Paste Tools

Images and text by Garry Harrison,
Head, Circulating Collections Conservation,
Indiana University Libraries Preservation Department


Horsehair strainer

Wheat paste is refined by straining it through a horsehair strainer, which ensures that its consistency is absolutely uniform.


Glass/plastic boards

These are made of either glass or Plexiglas. They are normally used in flat paper mending, in conjuction with Japanese tissue and paste.


Sauce cooker

Though it is actually a kitchen tool, the sauce cooker is ideal for cooking wheat paste because it both heats and stirs. This frees up time to be doing something other than cooking it manually.


Spatula

Also the kitchen variety, the spatula is used for scraping containers when making methyl cellulose and wheat paste.


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