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A water-resistant glue used in the early 20th century. Dried blood was obtained from cattle or hog slaughter houses then sold as a water-soluble dark red powder. It contains serum, Albumin, and globulin. The powder is dissolved in water, then activated by the addition of an alkali, such as Slaked lime, ashes, and/or Alum. This forms a dark color adhesive that dries to a water-resistant film. Blood glue has been used as plywood adhesive, as a paint for brickwork, and as an adhesive for filling joints between brick and building stones.
Synonyms and Related Terms
cola de albúmina (Esp.); colle à l'albumine (Fr.); blood cement; blood albumen glue; blood albumin glue;
Physical and Chemical Properties
Initially soluble in water (pH = 7.8).
- Dried powder can develop a strong static charge.
- Will produce dark, insoluble stains on cellulose.
Resources and Citations
- J.Hubbard, "Animal Glues" in Handbook of Adhesives, I.Skeist (ed.), Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1977, p.172-180.
- Encyclopedia Britannica, http://www.britannica.com Comment: "adhesive" [Accessed February 12, 2002]
- Art and Architecture Thesaurus Online, http://www.getty.edu/research/tools/vocabulary/aat/, J. Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles, 2000