Methyl Cellulose is an archival vegetable paste used by fine art conservators to adhere Japanese paper hinges. Methyl cellulose in it’s dry state is a white powder made from vegetable cellulose. A methyl cellulose adhesive typically creates a much weaker bond than a wheat paste. When hinging you do not want to make the hinge stronger than the art. Methyl cellulose should be used for hinging thinner and lighter art on paper for both matting and floating presentations.
step by step instructions
Assemble the tools and materials. They are: methyl cellulose, measuring spoons, stirring spoon, micro spatula, hot & cold water.
Measure the methyl cellulose into a jar. The proportions for a pint is 2 1/2 tablespoons of methyl cellulose to 1/2 cup hot water and then enough cold water to make a pint (approximately 1 1/2 cups) We recommend using a good bottled water
Add the 1/2 cup of hot water.
Stir briskly to prevent lumps.
When the water is thoroughly dispersed add enough cold water to make a pint of paste.
Let sit for several hours; preferably overnight. To thin, add a few drops of water, mix and let stand. This paste is archival and reversible with water. It is recommended for hinging small light weight papers because it has weaker bonding qualities than wheat paste
Framer's Tip: When ready to use place a small amount in another container. Never dip the brush into the main supply.