Is wheat paste strong?
- Last week I used homemade wheat paste to glue suede leather onto my book's wooden covers, and the paste is holding fine.
Does wheat paste attract bugs?
- I did find this link: http://www.jhu.edu/~jhumag/1198web/arts01.html
which is an article about a preservation librarian from John Hopkins University who is trying to conserve and restore Cuban documents. Bugs and acidification are both problems with the archives, and she uses wheat paste and Japanese tissue for mending. If it is good enough for her, it is good enough for me
- I also found something here: http://www.everything2.com/index.pl?node=wheat%20paste
The second article on this site states it is the gluten in the paste which attracts bugs, so you want to use pastry, cake, or bread flour for making paste since they contain less gluten than all-purpose flour.
Thanks, viburnum, for asking the bug question. I would never have thought to look this up if I had not read your post