The brewed starch is used as an adhesive for paper and cotton fabrics. They, sometimes, are glued to wallpaper or used in the manufacture of various crafts, including using the papier-mâché technique. Made from corn or potato starch, the paste is completely harmless to children and can be easily washed, therefore it is often used in children's art.
- - Corn or potato starch - 2-3 tablespoons;
- - steep boiling water - 1 glass;
- - cold water - ½ glass.
Use a small, high-sided enamel bowl and a whisk or fork. Pour the starch into a bowl and cover it with cold water. Pour out the entire portion at once. Stir quickly until the starch turns into a homogeneous gruel. Experienced housewives have long noticed one amazing pattern: stir the starch so that it does not turn sour later and so that the lumps quickly dissolve, it follows clockwise. But, of course, if this is uncomfortable for you, then you can not adhere to this rule.
When all the lumps in the starch have dispersed, boil the water and pour it immediately into a bowl of starch gruel. Pour it in a thin stream, stirring constantly and make sure that the thick, paste is homogeneous, without clots and flakes.
If the starch was stored for a long time, then its properties could weaken, and it will not thicken so intensively. In this case, put it for a short time in the same bowl on the stove, at the lowest heat. Remember to stir constantly so it doesn't burn at the bottom of the bowl. Look at the circumstances, but 5 minutes is usually enough for the starch to brew and thicken. Small bubbles form on its surface.
Remove the bowl from the stove and place it in a bowl of cold water or in a cool place like a windowsill to cool. Usually the paste becomes thicker after this, so keep this in mind when brewing the starch.