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Rabbit Skin Glue

Phil Caterino Posted: december 27, 2019 / Modified: december 28, 2019
Rabbit Skin Glue
Artist's that build their own canvas from scratch are probably familiar with Rabbit Skin Glue. It is soaked overnight in water then gently heated in a double boiler till the glue crystal fully dissolve. The liquid baset is then applied as a warm glue to directly to lightly stretched canvas. The Rabbit Skin Glue tightens the canvas as it dries to a very tight firm surface. Rabbit Skin Glue can also be used for making traditional chalk/glue ground that is similar to gesso.
You should also keep Rabbit Skin Glue in the refrigerator since that will extend it usefulness. But that also leads to two problems in my home. I have many visitors that include rayveness teenagers and since Rabbit Skin Glue resembles cream of wheat and oatmeal you have to clearly label the container to avoid an unpleasant breakfast experience.
But labeling the container also leads to another problem. Most animal friendly guests have repulsive response to opening the refrigerator and being confronted by a container of the skin of a rabbit.
In the end it is much better to be repulsed than consume some rabbit skin in the form of glue!

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