To make a material for whipping fish hooks, melt over a slow fire in an earthenware pot for ten minutes 1/4 lb. of best white resin and 1/2 oz. of white wax; add 1/2oz. of tallow or fresh lard, and simmer gently for a quarter of an hour. Pour the mixture into a basin of water, and work between the fingers till white and pliable. After tying, the whippings should be varnished with the following: - Crush a little sealing wax of the desired colour and dissolve in methylated spirit; or, if transparency is desired, use shellac instead of the wax. Apply with a camel-hair brush; give two or three thin coats, taking care to allow the binding to dry well between each coat.