Crockery Cement

To mend broken china, glass, marble, or common crockery, mix fresh-slaked lime with white of egg until it becomes a sticky paste. Apply to the edges, and in 3 days it will be firm.

Liquid Glue

Best white glue, 16 ounces; white lead, dry, 4 ounces; rain water, 1 quart; alcohol, 4 ounces. With constant stirring dissolve the glue and lead in the water, by means of a water bath. Add the alcohol, and continue the heat for a few minutes. Pour into bottles while still hot.

Paste That Will Keep

Dissolve a teaspoon of alum in a quart of warm water.

When cold, stir in flour to the consistency of thick cream, beating up all the lumps. Stir in powdered resin, and throw in a half dozen cloves to give it a pleasant odor. Have on the fire a teacup of boiling water; pour the flour mixture into it, stirring well all the time. In a few moments it will be of the consistency of mush. Pour it into an earthern or china vessel; let it cool, lay a cover on, and put it in a cool place. When needed for use, take out a portion and soften it with boiling water. Paste thus made will last twelve months. Better than gum, as it does not gloss paper, and can be written on.

Mending Tinware

Fill a vial § full muriatic acid, put into it all the chippings of sheet zinc it will dissolve; then add a crumb of sal ammoniac and fill up with water. Wet the place to be mended with this liquid, put a piece of zinc over the hole, and apply a lighted candle below it, which melts the solder on the tin and makes the zinc to adhere.


To 1 pound resin, put from 2 to 3 ounces tallow; melt very carefully together, and, when hot, stir in fine sawdust, and make very thick. Spread it immediately about 1 inch thick upon a board. Sprinkle fine sawdust over the board first, to prevent sticking. When cold, break into lumps 1 inch square. If made for sale, take a thin board, grease the edge, and mark it off into squares, pressing it deep, while yet warm, so it will break in regular shapes. This may be sold at a good profit. It takes but very little to kindle a fire.