Re: Period Starch or How to Stiffen Linen
- Either wheat paste or rice paste would work. The recipe for either is
simple. One part flour of your choice to four and a half or five parts
water. Let sit for half an hour. Heat over low heat (double boiler)
stirring constantly, bring to a boil for no more than thirty seconds
(or it gets to gellatinous. Apply it to the linen while still warm
then shape the linen.
One caveat is that both of these starches will soften in high humidity
or contact with water.
There are other glues out there that are more sturdy against these,
fish glue and hide glue for example. Cenninni has a recipe for fish
glue (as well as wheat paste).
Hide glue is simple to make, too, just boil scraps of leather(undyed)
or parchment in water. Reduce over heat until it is almost gelatinous.
Use while hot (it doesn't reheat). Shape and let dry.
- Donata said:
> Hide glue is simple to make, too, just boil scraps of leather(undyed)If you add more water to dried hyde glue, it will reconstitute (or hide
> or parchment in water. Reduce over heat until it is almost gelatinous.
> Use while hot (it doesn't reheat). Shape and let dry.
glue, however you prefer to spell it). I only know this because I've done
it a few times. On the same pot of glue.
Jeffrey S. Heilveil, Ph.D.
Department of Biological Sciences
North Dakota State University
Fargo, ND 58105
> Of course, that's predominantly English fashions, as far as Irecall,
> and not German, and it *is* Sixteenth Century, neither of whichmight
> be very helpful, documentation-wise. (Sorry: not recalling the time-I apologize, I was thinking faster than I was typing and I did not put
> frame for the linen toque.)
the time frame at hand... 1300-1350 (Manesse Codex.) Al of the input
has been wonderful, thank you!