How Our Forefathers Made Glue Out of Pine Resin
Making glue out of pine resin is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to bind something together when you’re out in the wild. It’s strong, easy to carry, and durable.
Before making your glue, you need to collect some resin. After that, you will need to find a container to heat the glue in, a fire to heat it on, and some charcoal, which you can collect straight from the fire.
Step One: Melting the Resin
After the fire is lit and the wood is burning, take some charcoal from the fire (or get your charcoal ready that you’ve already collected), and let it cool. Put the resin into the container, and place it on the fire.
Warning: Be careful while working with the resin as it can easily catch on fire from the gasses it releases while melting. Be ready with some pliers (or any other tool) to take it off the flames, and blow the fire out so it doesn’t burn.
Step Two (Optional): Filtering Out the Resin
While collecting the resin, it’s possible that some of the wood will be chipped away with it. You don’t need this, and it just makes your glue chunkier. So to get a smooth liquid, you need to filter it out. Grab an extra container, and put some sort of filter over it in order to catch the wood, the pine needles, and anything else that might be inside the resin you’ve collected.
Filtering must be done quickly as the resin will harden fast and clog up the holes of the filter. Move the resin around in the filter to speed up the process.
Step Three: Crush the Charcoal, and Mix It with the Resin
After filtering the resin out, leave the clear liquid on the fire to stay warm. You need it to be fluid for it to mix.
Grab your charcoal that you left out to cool, and crush it into a powder.
Be careful while crushing it. Move with slow movements, and crush it carefully so the charcoal dust won’t fly out.
After crushing it, dump it over the resin. What I did was put two parts resin and one part charcoal, although it depends on how you like it. Experiment with it, and find the best for you.
Making it is pretty simple and easy, but you have to work quickly as the resin hardens fast and even faster with the crushed charcoal.
Now that you have your pine resin glue, you just need to test it out. I heated the glue up once again and dumped some onto the bottom of this large bowl, placing a wine bottle onto it for it to stick.
After that, I let it cool for around one minute. After lifting and turning the bowl over, the wine bottle was stuck to it completely.
The glue works, and it’s strong, durable, it dries quickly and isn’t sticky or messy. It’s completely rock hard, which makes it easy to carry around. If you want, you can put it inside a small can or stick it to a piece of wood for easy access.
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