Rabbit Skin Glue
Traditional glue used for the manufacture of small musical instruments and by artists to size panels prior to painting.
Rabbit Skin Glue, also known as Hide Glue, is the original hot glue which has been used for centuries and is a stronger than Pearl Glue. Its strength makes it particularly suited to the manufacture of small musical instruments of wood construction, the manufacture of bellows and veneering. The bond strengthens over a number of hours as the water content evaporates. Wooden items made with this natural glue can be disassembled for repair without causing damage to the glued surface. Rabbit Skin Glue was also traditionally used for book binding, and is still used as a traditional way to prepare artists canvases and to make gesso for gliding.
Soak the granules by covering in water to get a firm, jelly like mixture. Heat this mixture using a double boiler and do not allow the mixture to boil, as this affects the strength of the glue; add more water as required to get the right consistency for your project. This mixture may be reheated 2-3 times before the strength is affected; a dirty mixture should be discarded.