This section is from the "Henley's Twentieth Century Formulas Recipes Processes" encyclopedia, by Norman W. Henley and others.
Glue............. 3 ounces
Gelatin........... 3 ounces
Acetic acid........ 4 ounces
Water............ 2 ounces
Alum............. 30 grains
Heat together for 6 hours, skim, and add:
Alcohol........... 1 fluidounce
Brown glue, No. 2. . 2 pounds
Sodium carbonate .. 11 ounces
Water............. 3.5 pints
Oil of clove.......160 minims
Dissolve the soda in the water, pour the solution over the dry glue, let stand over night or till thoroughly soaked and swelled, then heat carefully on a water bath until dissolved. When nearly cold stir in the oil of cloves.
By using white glue, a finer article, fit for fancy work, may be made.
Dissolve by heating 60 parts of borax in 420 parts of water, add 480 parts dextrin (pale yellow) and 50 parts of glucose and heat carefully with continued stirring, to complete solution; replace the evaporated water and pour through flannel.
The glue made in this way remains clear quite a long time, and possesses great adhesive power; it also dries very quickly, but upon careless and extended heating above 90° C. (194° F.), it is apt to turn brown and brittle.
Pour 50 parts of warm (not hot) water over 50 parts of Cologne glue and allow to soak over night. Next day the swelled glue is dissolved with moderate heat, and if still too thick, a little more water is added. When this is done, add from 2.5 to 3 parts of crude nitric acid, stir well, and fill the liquid glue in well-corked bottles. This is a good liquid steam glue.