Karen, You asked about recipes for gum tragacanth. I like the one
suggested by Philip Morton in “Contemporary Jewelry”.
Contemporary Jewelry: A Studio Handbook
By Philip Morton
Manufacturer : Henry Holt & Co
Release data : 01 June, 1976
"Add one heaping tablespoon of powdered gum tragacanth to a
quart of distilled water. To do this, sieve the power through
a kitchen sieve to break up the lumps, then make a paste with a
small amount of water before adding the rest of the water.
Stir well to break up lumps. Now bring the solution slowly to
a boil, while stirring and working out all lumps. Strain the
solution through a double thickness of old nylon stockings
placed in the sieve, and store it in a quart bottle with a
tight lid. This is a concentrated solution. To mix a 1-to-20
ratio solution, measure out 1 teaspoon of concentrate to 20
teaspoons of distilled water, and mix well."
I cut this recipe down to one cup, because one quart of glue is too
much volume when you only use 10 or so drops of glue per project.
This glue stores well and does not seem to get moldy as does hide