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Re: [BKARTS] Glue trouble



Although the results may be good, using sugar and alum in book paste is
probably dangerous in the long term, offering an invitation to mould in a
humid environment and making the adhesive acidic in the case of the alum.
Alum is used as a mordant (biter) for dyes and releases acid slowly.  It
could result in foxing of the paper ie nasty little fox coloured spots.

You could try mounting cloth in the Japanese fashion using paper as a
lining and a paste with an antifungal agent in it. Some of the commercial
pastes offer this feature.

Adrienne Allen

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