Though it sounds like a scary word from high school chemistry, methyl cellulose is a bookbinder’s good friend. It comes in different forms, but the most common type used in the bindery of the Center for Book Arts is in the white, powdered form seen above. This white powder is mixed with cold water to make a viscous liquid, which, when mixed with PVA, can slow the drying process. This gives a bookbinder more time to properly set covers, such as paper or bookcloth, without having to apply it in sections (or reapplying if the glue has already dried). The extra time allows a bookbinder to take his or her time casing in a book or putting it together, especially when making larger books or boxes which can be more difficult to wrangle than small ones.
Extra time also gives us the opportunity to fix mistakes, buy provigil mexico such as accidentally setting something crooked, forgetting to trim corners, or not fully smoothing out folding or bunching paper, which the normally fast-drying glue does not. In simple terms, methyl cellulose allows glue to dry slowly enough to make your project come out clean, smooth, and just the way you want it, regardless of how large it is (or how small of a mistake you may have made!).
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