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Re: black glue


Date: Sat Feb 23 2002 - 07:13:24 PST

I don't remember if this was posted on the list or if I heard it at a
conference but there is an easy way to color glue AND use up your markers
that are drying out. I have made black glue by removing the wick from a
black Crayola marker (this is the only BRAND I have tried this with) and
placing it in an Elmers (not washable) glue bottle. After about 8 hrs.the
glue turns black from the color in the the marker wick. Sometimes,
depending on how dried out the original marker had been, the glue looks
gray or blue as the students use it, but it always dries black. I have had
bottles in which the glue appeared quite gray even before we used them and
for those I just added another wick. This also works with red, blue,
orange, purple and green (and I assume any color that you can get a marker
wick for) with no clogging or stickiness problems. You can leave the wick
in the glue after the glue is colored.