The first one was for homemade glue.
I use liquid starch to help harden my paper clay and strip mache projects. I could buy liquid starch, but again, it can get expensive. A 64 oz. container can cost around $4.50 or so. In the scheme of things it's not going to mean skipping any meals to buy it, but making your own is very easy and it's cheap too, literally costing pennies a gallon.
Homemade Liquid Starch
- 1 cup water
- 2 tsp cornstarch
- 3 tsp water
Boil the cup of water. While that's heating up mix the cornstarch with the extra water. Just as in cooking, you need to mix the cornstarch beforehand to prevent clumping.
Add cornstarch mixture to the boiling water and stir.
Wait for the mixture to clear and remove from heat.
Allow the liquid starch to cool and place in an airtight container and refrigerate.
I use the liquid starch in my paper mache paste, my homemade glue, and in my paper clay. Again, it's used as a hardening agent and helps bind the ingredients together.