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Fish Glue

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Derived from fish bones, Fish Glue has been in existence since the days of the ancient Greeks and the Roman Empire.  Today it is used for the glueing of wood, papers, cardboard, leather, brass inlays, shell and shagreen (shark skin). Artisans Fish Glue is a natural and flexible glue that has a strong adhesion power.  Fish Glue tends to have a long 'open' time, which combined with a high initial tack makes it highly suitable for intricate work.  It is also used in furniture and shoe repair.  Conservation and repair uses include painting, ceramics, book binding and gilding.  It is reversible and can be reactivated and thinned with water.  Also, it has good resistance to solvents and heat and can be sanded.

Suitable for:

* Wood

* Paper

* Cardboard

* Leather

* Brass Inlays

* Shell

* Shagreen (shark skin)

* Leather

* Ceramics

* Glass

* Metal

The origins of Fish Glue:  Dioscorides of Anzarbus (c40AD - c90AD), known colloquially as the 'Father of Pharmacology' translated an ancient Greek text, which described the manufacture and uses of what we now call Fish Glue.  It was used in the treatment of skull fractures and its properties were deemed to be suitable for the treatment of leprosy.  It was also a component in lotions for the erasure of face wrinkles!  Street performers of the time were alleged to coat the soles of their feet with Fish Glue to protect from burns when walking over hot coals.

Apparent eye witness accounts at the time described the process of making Fish Glue, which involved boiling the fish guts to make an adhesive that bonded a variety of surfaces, including use by ivory carvers.

Manuscripts dating from the 8th to the 12th centuries discuss the use of fish glue as a medium for painting and the illumination and gilding of parchment manuscripts, where it was mixed with ground gold.  Further artistic uses include the repair of parchment and as a binding or glazing agent and as a protective coating for paintings.