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Re: Ross Art Paste

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Wed, 29 Oct 1997 04:37:21 -0500 (EST)


The paste is great. I mainly use it for papier mache. If you hear of more
uses let me know. You have to mix it ahead - at least 15 minutes before you
need it. I mix it in gallon plastic milk jugs. I put about 6 cups of water a
jug, pour in the paste and shake (or let a student shake it) for two minutes.
Then I dilute it to a gallon and shake again until mixed. I then pour half of
the mixture immediately into another milk jug, and fill them both with water
so I now have 2 gallons of mix. I shake to mix and then let sit for at least
15 minutes where it thickens up. This makes twice the recommended amount, but
it works great for papier mache with newspaper and paper towel strips. The
greatest advantage over wheat paste is it has an indefinite shelf life. I
have never had any go bad - leaving it sealed in the jugs over the summer
from school year to school year. It is also clear so it does not leave any
type of visable film on the tables. Wiping it up once is sufficient.

The stuff is a little pricey - about $4 a box, but when diluted to two
gallons it is cheaper than using diluted Elmers. Easier to clean up, too. You
can catch it on sale occasionally in back to school flyers, etc.

Personally I have never tried it in applications where I would normally use
rubber cement. Maybe I'm missing something. Can anyone else clue us in?

Mary Jane