Thursday, August 26, 2010

Q&A: Liquid Starch

I’ve been fielding a lot of questions lately regarding where to find liquid starch.

First using starch is not a necessity for making papier mache paste, it’s just my preference so if you can’t find it don’t sweat it.

Liquid starch is available in the laundry detergent section of most grocery stores, or a least it is in my area.

The brand I use is called Sta-Flo concentrated liquid starch and runs about $2.70 for 64 fluid ounces.

It is also possible to make your own liquid starch by mixing corn starch and boiling water, this is a recipe I found via Google.

1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup cold water

Mix and keep stirring while you pour in about 1 1/2 to 2 cups of boiling water depending on how stiff you need.

It should stay clear.


Chris 'Frog Queen' Davis said...

Did not know they even made that anymore. So do they look at you oddly when you fill up your cart with starch at the store? :)



Yes, but I'm used to odd looks :)

Chris 'Frog Queen' Davis said...

LOL! I guess us haunters are aren't we? :D



They don't have it at most supermarkets in the LA area. After much searching I found it here at the Smart & Final stores, and as you said it's near the laundry detergents. I've had the starch nearly two years now, I had better find time for paper mache this year!

Susie said...

Couldn't find it in my area, so I used "Stiffy" that you can buy at Michaels or even Wal mart. Like you said you don't really need it, but I think in the humid climate down here it somehow helps everything hold together while it's drying.


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