Bone glue

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Tiger Bone Glue


A strong, liquid, protein-based adhesive made from collagen in bones, sinew, and cartilage. Bone glues are considered inferior to skin and parchment glues. They are often sold in granular form instead of sheets. Bone glues are used as carton and box adhesives.

See also Animal glue.

Synonyms and Related Terms

colle d'os (Fr.); cola de huesos (Esp.); colla d'ossa (It); lining glue; animal glue

Physical and Chemical Properties

Typical pH = 5.8 - 6.3

Soluble in hot water.

Resources and Citations

  • J.Hubbard, "Animal Glues" in Handbook of Adhesives, I.Skeist (ed.), Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1977, p.139-151.
  • R. J. Gettens, G.L. Stout, Painting Materials, A Short Encyclopaedia, Dover Publications, New York, 1966
  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 369
  • Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982