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This is a follow-up on my previous video about this no-mold substitute for Elmer’s Art Paste.
Some of the comments I received on the previous post made me a little nervous. Some folks thought the paste had to be mixed with really hot water or it wouldn’t be sticky after storing it for awhile.
If you saw my last video about methylcellulose, you know I mixed it with cold water, not hot. It worked great for my jackrabbit, but would it work again, after sitting on the shelf for a month?
I had to find out, so I took my left-over methycellulose paste off the shelf and tested it – just to make sure it still worked.
I discovered that if you try using it without re-mixing it, it doesn’t stick any better than plain water.
But if you mix it up again, it works really well. You don’t have to mix it very much – I just turned the jar over a few times, nothing fancy.
Maybe if I used hot water to mix it the first time I wouldn’t need to mix it again – but I don’t need another quart of paste so you’ll have to do that experiment yourself. 🙂
This is the brand of food-grade methylcellulose that I used. I doubt that the brand makes much difference, but this looked like the least expensive option, and the only one I’ve had a chance to play with.
Especially after today’s experiment, I’m really happy with this paste. It holds the paper mache on really tight, and it sat on my shelf for a month without even a hint of mold. It’s a great option for humid areas or school classes, or for anyone who doesn’t like mixing up a new batch of flour and water paste every day.
Let me know what you think in the comments below. 🙂