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  • Today, we are making glue made out of food,
  • and putting it to the test to see
  • how well it holds up against commercially available products.
  • [Music]
  • Guys, everyone knows about Elmer's Glue, super glue,
  • lots of regular glues that you're going to find
  • around the house,
  • but did you know
  • that you can actually make these at home?
  • That's right.
  • Glue has been around for a lot longer
  • than the Elmer's Glue company,
  • and we wanted to take a look at some recipes that we found
  • that might have worked for older types of glue,
  • and see how they compare to what we're using from the store.
  • Now, I think it's safe to say
  • that not all glue is created equally.
  • You do not get the same results with Elmer's glue that you do
  • with say a super glue.
  • But there are lots
  • of variations of recipes that you can make at home.
  • So we want to try them out.
  • Glue has been around since approximately 70,000 BC,
  • when cavemen would use glue made out of tree sap
  • as a protective coating for cave paintings.
  • Around the year 2,000 BC,
  • Egyptians started using a liquid glue as an adhesive
  • in their wooden artifacts.
  • In 1932, Elmer's Glue was introduced,
  • and became a staple of the industry,
  • and still is today.
  • Here's the basic idea.
  • Using common household ingredients, most
  • of which are food,
  • we're going to make a variety of different types of glues,
  • and see how they hold up against their commercial counterparts.
  • So for our first glue,
  • we are going to go with the most basic of basic recipes.
  • This is probably one
  • that used to use in preschool or kindergarten.
  • It's just flour paste.
  • You need that,
  • and you need water, and that's it.
  • So for flour paste,
  • if you've never used it,
  • this stuff is really good for simple paper crafts,
  • or even if you're putting up posters outside,
  • and you don't want to use any sort of toxic glue.
  • This stuff is wonderful for it.
  • Making this glue is the easiest it could possibly be.
  • You're just going to mix water and flour together
  • until you have about a cake batter consistency,
  • and then throw it on the stove until it boils.
  • Now, we're going to be making multiple types of glue.
  • So just to keep them separate,
  • and keep track of them, we're also going to add
  • a little bit of food coloring to each of them.
  • This one's going to be green.
  • Sort of green.
  • Yellowish green.
  • Maybe I need more food coloring.
  • Well, it's definitely sticking to itself.
  • We made guacamole glue.
  • It does look like guacamole.
  • While our first glue recipe is cooling down off the stove,
  • we're going to be starting in our next one.
  • This recipe calls for water,
  • corn starch, 2 tablespoons of corn syrup, and finally,
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar.
  • This glue recipe is supposed to end up quite thick,
  • almost the consistency of a glue stick.
  • In the past, we've done some stuff with glue sticks
  • where we took a lot of them,
  • and we put them in a George Foreman grill.
  • It was a lot of fun.
  • Those glue sticks were purple,
  • and I think we're just going to carry on with that theme.
  • We've got a green glue.
  • Now, let's do a purple glue.
  • Now we put this on the stove, heat it up, and mix it
  • until it gets thick.
  • [Music]
  • It almost looks exactly like our melted glue sticks.
  • It does look very similar.
  • Okay, making that was fairly interesting.
  • I spent maybe four or five minutes stirring.
  • It was on medium heat.
  • Most of the time I was stirring it,
  • it was really thin.
  • It was like the consistency of milk,
  • although, you know purple,
  • because we added the purple food coloring.
  • But it's just thin, thin, thin, then all of a sudden,
  • I saw it starting
  • to sort of blob up on the end of the spatula,
  • and I was worried I'd done it wrong,
  • but I just kept stirring,
  • and the whole thing thickened very quickly.
  • All right, so we have got our two types
  • of homemade glue here.
  • This one is just regular craft paste.
  • So it doesn't have the strongest sticking power,
  • but we're still going to put it to the test
  • against Elmer's Glue.
  • The other one
  • that we've got here is technically glue stick glue,
  • and we want to compare that to glue sticks itself as well.
  • So what we're going to do is were actually going
  • to have a weight test.
  • Nate has a scale,
  • and we are going to hang stuff from the glue itself,
  • and actually see just
  • how much weight this stuff can take before it breaks.
  • [Music]
  • Okay.
  • Now, I think we need to let these dry,
  • and while we're letting these dry, we can try
  • are other types of glue.
  • So the glues we've made so far
  • are very water soluble as are their commercial counterparts.
  • So the glues were going
  • to make now should technically be waterproof.
  • We're going to make one that's a little bit simpler,
  • and then one
  • that should be strong enough to mend broken glass.
  • But we're going to put those to the test.
  • So this first one we're going to do is going to be glycerin,
  • water, gelatin, and vinegar.
  • So you're going to start with 6 tablespoons of cold water,
  • and then two packets of unflavored gelatin.
  • Now, we're going to put this on the stove,
  • and we're going to heat it up
  • until the gelatin has dissolved completely.
  • Alright, so we've got the gelatin all dissolved.
  • Now, we're going to take it off the heat,
  • and we're going to add two tablespoons of white vinegar,
  • and a teaspoon of Glycerin.
  • And we're also adding just a bit of yellow food coloring.
  • So we can keep all of these separate.
  • You do want to use this glue warm,
  • but we want to make sure
  • that it's cooled just enough to touch,
  • and then we'll be able to use it.
  • So we are going to make one more glue
  • that's supposedly tougher than the rest.
  • Now, this is a waterproof glue.
  • The other two that we have our craft glues and paste,
  • but we're going to try one
  • that is specific for holding glass together.
  • Starting off,
  • we're taking three tablespoons of fat-free milk,
  • and we're going to heat that up on the stove.
  • You want this almost to boiling, but not quite.
  • While Nate is heating up the milk,
  • I'm going to mix 2 tablespoons of cold water with two packets
  • of gelatin again,
  • get those as dissolved as we can before we add the milk.
  • So perfect.
  • Yeah, we're starting to get a simmer,
  • so we can take that off,
  • and we're going to mix that directly into our gelatin mix.
  • So this recipe is both waterproof
  • and supposedly strong enough to hold together glass.
  • But it does have milk in it,
  • so it will spoil if you don't use it immediately.
  • One way that you can actually kind of combat
  • that is you can add some peppermint extract.
  • Keeps it from spoiling.
  • So I think that means we need some glass
  • that needs to be glued,
  • and right now, we've got glass that doesn't need to be glued.
  • So...
  • We're going to break some stuff.
  • We're not exactly sure
  • how high up we need to hold these to drop them,
  • and have them break their concrete.
  • So we're going to start low, and work our way up.
  • So these are thicker than your usual glasses,
  • and they're made of borosilicate glass,
  • which is going to be a little bit harder
  • for us to break than soda lime, but we're going to try it.
  • Okay, I'm going to go up to about a foot.
  • Okay.
  • 3, 2, 1.
  • Something broke.
  • This one's broken.
  • Oh, mines in pieces.
  • All right, we get about 1 foot.
  • That one sounded
  • like it exploded into lots of pieces.
  • That one will never be a glass again.
  • [Music]
  • All right, which glue do we want to use on which cup.
  • So let's go from what we think will be the strongest
  • to the weakest.
  • So I'm going to say super glue for the worst.
  • Let's go ahead and take our glue made specifically
  • for glass to this piece,
  • and then our one that's almost intact,
  • we'll go ahead and use our waterproof glue for.
  • [Music]
  • All of our glue has had plenty of time to set,
  • so now we need to see how well it's working out.
  • I think first,
  • we can take a look at our glass glues,
  • compare those, see what we've got,
  • and we've actually done multiple tests with the glues.
  • For instance, I also glued these two pieces
  • of glass to each other,
  • and this piece of paper on here to act as sort of a label
  • that you're putting on a glass jar or something like that.
  • There's our breaking point right there.
  • Just removing the tape on that one,
  • it was too much for this.
  • And this is the one that the recipe said
  • it was specifically for glass, right?
  • It did.
  • Yeah.
  • That's what's so confusing.
  • Now, this recipe,
  • you're supposed to use at room temperature,
  • which is why it's
  • so gelatinous to glue glass to other pieces of glass.
  • Put a little bit of pressure on this that,
  • just right off.
  • You got those two pieces all right together.
  • The recipe I found
  • actually told you to keep it room temperature.
  • That's what all this is.
  • That's what fell apart.
  • I wasn't having it.
  • So I superheated it.
  • And this one that's actually staying together.
  • Yeah, that's actually holding really well.
  • I'm going to try and break it off.
  • All right, so one was able to come apart,
  • but so much more resistant than like,
  • that has almost no resistance,
  • it just falls right off, heating it up.
  • So when this is like nice and hot,
  • and very liquid,
  • it actually does an okay job of securing the glass together.
  • So room temperature,
  • this is just two pieces of glass glued to each other.
  • Let's see how well that holds.
  • Not really.
  • Virtually, none.
  • Might be good
  • if you're just trying to like keep a piece
  • of glass from sliding off another piece of glass.
  • I'll see this goes.
  • Go with this one,
  • see how well that comes to pieces.
  • It's already so much stronger than mine was.
  • It does have the advantage of being all together,
  • so it's just every side is being supported.
  • I'm gonna try and break that apart now.
  • See mine just snapped apart.
  • [inaudible]
  • Okay, so I was able
  • to put a little bit of pressure on that,
  • and it's coming apart, but it's still tacky too.
  • Mine is not even tacky anymore.
  • Okay, there we go.
  • Once you've got one piece off.
  • They're all just gonna fall apart.
  • This glue was meant to glue glass to other pieces of glass.
  • This type of glue was simply meant to be waterproof.
  • So I'm curious about our little paper label.
  • We both had labels attached with our glue.
  • Let's see how well this is attached.
  • So this is just a piece of paper.
  • It did come off fairly easily.
  • But it also was staying on it.
  • Nothing was pulling that off.
  • It was sticking pretty nicely.
  • Now, this is fun.
  • This is actually pulling off like how I've seen a lot
  • of cooking labels.
  • This is actually how I've seen labels peel off before,
  • and this is--
  • Even leaving some behind.
  • Yeah.
  • Out of these two glues, which one would you use?
  • I would definitely go with the yellow one.
  • It definitely seems more useful,
  • easier to use by a little bit,
  • and a little bit stronger.
  • My superglued cup is just a huge mess,
  • still missing big old pieces,
  • because it broke quite a bit.
  • I couldn't get everything back together.
  • Some bits are still missing.
  • I think.
  • Wow.
  • Okay.
  • That actually just broke the glass again.
  • That didn't come apart at the glue.
  • This is where it was glued,
  • and here is a new break that I just put into it
  • by pulling it apart.
  • Superglue, better or worse than our homemade glues?
  • I have to say better.
  • Superglue actually has ingredients that we
  • don't just have lying around the house usually.
  • Can you order them?
  • Yes.
  • Is it possible to make?
  • Yes, but for convenience sake,
  • I would say reach for the Superglue.
  • We've got non-glass type glue,
  • and we've built some tests for that as well.
  • I think it's time to see how they hold up.
  • I want to start with our homemade flour paste,
  • and then I want to compare it to Elmer's Glue.
  • Wow.
  • [Music]
  • Oh, it didn't break the glue, it broke the paper clip.
  • I'm just gonna hang all of my weight from this.
  • You ready?
  • Oh!
  • See, that time, it got to four pounds.
  • I like our old result better.
  • We got over 20, and I kind of wonder
  • if just by pulling it twisted, just a little bit--
  • I think so.
  • I think it,
  • and it also hit the ground so, it could have, you know,
  • cracked a little bit.
  • That's interesting for a couple reasons.
  • When you're pulling straight apart,
  • when we were adding weight,
  • or you're pulling straight down, it held a lot of weight,
  • and that actually reminds me of something similar.
  • This is a paper bag from the grocery store.
  • These handles here, they're glued on.
  • It's just paper glued to paper.
  • And if you pull straight up on them,
  • you can put quite a bit of weight in these bags.
  • In fact, it even says on the bag,
  • pull handles up, not out.
  • So pulling straight up on these bags,
  • you can get quite a bit of weight going.
  • But as soon as you pull sideways,
  • they come off so easily.
  • But we got at least
  • 25 pounds pulling straight down with our first glue.
  • Let's move on to our so-called glue stick glue.
  • [Music]
  • What did we get to?
  • I didn't see that time.
  • I didn't either.
  • Hopefully, Mark caught it.
  • When we did our video
  • with tons of glue sticks in the George Foreman grill,
  • I have never been super satisfied with the performance
  • of a glue stick in gluing things together.
  • However, now we're going to see how it does
  • in our fish scale test.
  • [Music]
  • 14.
  • I think that was at 14 pounds.
  • Both of our homemade glues are almost doubly as strong
  • as the glue stick glue.
  • Elmer's Glue.
  • Now, this is the one we both thought was going
  • to be the best.
  • >> Holy cow. >> That's 40 ...
  • 50...
  • Oh, we maxed out this scale.
  • We have a solution to this.
  • [Music]
  • Holy cow!
  • I think I saw that at about 55-60.
  • Oh, it didn't break the glue.
  • It tore through the popsicle stick.
  • [Music]
  • Glue made out of food at home.
  • It is doable,
  • and we got some pretty awesome results.
  • So with our glass glue and our waterproof glue,
  • it's going to work pretty well
  • if you've got some light crafts, you're working with kids,
  • but I was very impressed with our homemade flour paste
  • and stick glue.
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