How to Make Pine Pitch Glue at Home

Have you ever been working on a craft and thanked Akash that someone invented glue? Would you be surprised to know that different types of glue have been in use for almost 200,000 years? Yes, that tall.

If you need glue and there is no hardware store in 100 miles, no worries, mate! You can make your own. Better yet, all you need is some simple ingredients you can find in the nearby forest.

What is Pine Pitch?

If you have ever leaned against a pine tree and been covered in a sticky sap, you have encountered this type of glue before. This sticky stuff is pine tar, and when it is processed into usable glue, it is known as pine pitch. The term “pitch” usually refers to a substance that lies somewhere between a liquid and a solid.

You may have seen such a substance if honey crystallizes at the bottom of a jar.

Pine pitch has been used as sealant and adhesive for thousands of years. It is relatively easy to make, as it just takes time and some easy to find ingredients.

How is Pine Pitch Glue useful?

You can use pine pitch glue in just about any situation where you need an adhesive. Additionally, since it is waterproof by nature, it is great for projects that may come in contact with water. For example, use it to attach and seal outdoor tarp edges, or to close a gap in the tent.

I use it as a primary adhesive when making arrows or when placing basket fish nets.

what you’ll need:

  • Fresh pine resin (sap): You can collect this sticky liquid resin in summer, but it is as easy to collect it in winter. You have to be strong enough to carry some frozen wood around.
  • Charcoal powder made from burnt hardwoods: These are crunchy black bits when you burn hardwood trees such as oak, maple, walnut, cherry, hickory, etc. Deciduous trees are usually hardwoods, while cones (evergreens) ) Are softwoods.
  • Armor of well-aged herb, ground into powder: gather old, dried rabbit or deer prey from the forest floor, and crush it into powder. The easiest way to do this is to place it in a large freezer bag and with a rolling pin. On the off chance that it is a sad day and there are no dry cups around, you can use well-dried sawdust instead.
  • Double boiler setup: a washed aluminum works well inside a large pot
  • Extra aluminum can for mixing
  • Stovetop type: Making pine pitch can be a sticky, messy process. If you do not want to be stuck on the kitchen cleaning fee for days, consider a propane burner installed on the road.
  • Fine-grained strainer: Take one from the dollar store that you don’t mind filling with sticky resin, leaf detritus, and dead insects.
  • Stir sticks: Dollar store wooden spoons or spatulas work very well as wooden paint stills.
  • Bisewax: This is optional, because if you want to make more flexible glue you will use it. When the pine pitch glue hardens and dries, it is almost glass-like.
  • Heat gun: also optional, as it helps control viscosity.

Step 1: Take some sap

One thing to remember here is that you have to collect FRESH sap. If it is old, it will lose the adhesive properties you are looking for. What is the point of making glue if it is not sticky? Absolutely right.

The sap runs smoothly in spring and early autumn. Alternatively, you can collect it from cedar roots in the winter and boil it.

If you want to tap on a cedar tree for sap, you can follow this tutorial to learn how to do so. Just keep in mind that this will cause irreparable damage to the tree. As a result, please just tap the pine trees that you plan to cut soon. Unreasonable does not cause misery.

A recently injured tree can naturally drip resin, whether under its trunk or on the forest floor below. Use a plastic or glass container to collect it. The resin will not stick to these materials, making things much easier for the next step.

In fact, if you place your resin in a plastic bag or container, it will never evaporate or “spoil”.

Step 2: melt the resin

You can collect all of the popped resin bits in the metal box above, and place them inside a large pot. Fill a large pot with enough water to submerge the inner water by about half.

Turn the burner under your double boiler to medium-high. Be prepared that some resin can spread on your work surface. I like to do this for a reason, especially on a portable burner on the driveway.

Keep heat until the resin melts into a liquid. If it catches fire then don’t out: Just blow the flame out and remove the pot from the heat. Lower the temperature and put the double boiler back once it cools down. While it is melting, install your sieve over a clean, dry can.

When the resin has melted into the liquid, pour it through a sieve into an empty container.

Now it is time to add other items. Mix 1 part charcoal powder and 1 part powder to the poop. The poop will strengthen the glue while the charcoal makes it temporary. If you want to make the glue flexible (for example, for coal tar together), add 1 part grated wax. If the resin is hot, make sure that it melts.

Stir it all together completely, then apply it as needed. Those wooden endemics are great for this purpose! You can also use a wooden popsicle stick or an old metal butter knife.

Tips for working with pine pitch glue

This stuff is sticky. I mean, really sticky. It is very sticky, and will mess up when you are done with it.

If you are aiming to apply this glue to a specific area, try using masking tape to keep the bits nearby clean. That way, you can later remove the tape, and the area below will be free of glue. Likewise, if you do not want to get all the glue in your work area, cover it with waxed paper.

If you mess up an area, you can use a heat gun to re-liquefy the glue. That way, you can remove it completely or rework it as needed. Be aware that when you work you are likely to get some pine sap on your own. When you are doing this project, I recommend wearing thick clothes. In this way, you will not be devastated if you get a sap in clothes.

To remove pine sap (or completely pine pitch!) From your skin, you can use oil or alcohol. The resin is both alcoholic and lipid-soluble, which is fortunate. Just soak some extra cloth in olive oil, wipe yourself well, and then wash the area with soap and water. Alternatively, you can use vodka or rubbing alcohol to remove it.

Pine resin also has a lot of healing properties. While you are assembling it to make pine pitch glue, keep a few different salves, tinctures, and incense. This stuff is also amazing for attracting splinters.

Be sure to store your pine pitch glue in a basement or basement where it remains deep and relatively cool. Keep it away from direct sunlight and away from any heat sources. This stuff is flammable as all get out, and you probably don’t want to set any building up with it.

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