Hide Glue + Titanium Dioxide

Hello All

From my experience Old Brown Hide Glue is the best glue I have used for instrument repair and re-skinning. Only problem with this glue - it dries brownish and “sometimes” (more like always) leaves brown traces on the skin due to glue filling up skin pores or making it a bit transparent so the dou frame is visible.
Just curious if anybody tried using Hide Glue with pigments, let say Titanium Dioxide.
I have ordered the pigment already and going to do a test anyway, just wonder if somebody tried it already.

Best regards,

Hello Alexey,

I use hide glue too and have the same brown traces showing through the skin, but the severity of the effect is unpredictable. I would love to find a solution/alternative.

Please keep us posted on your findings,

Hi Alexey
I also use Old brown Glue for gluing shamisen kawahari and find it fantastic. The long open time is great and I’ve never had a skin pull away on me.
At one point I got in touch with Patrick Edwards at Old Brown Glue and I think he said that 10% titanium dioxide wouldn’t affect the gluing qualities. Now I could be wrong on that exact number, and I can’t at the moment remember if that was volume or weight (I think maybe volume). I’m sure you could send them an email to get some thoughts from them. I found them to be very helpful and interested. i’m sure they’d be delighted to hear of another shamisen maker using their glue for skin gluing.
For my part, I never ended up using the titanium dioxide as I ended up liking the random transparency that comes from the glue used as it is.
Cheers and all the best!
Would love to hear how it works for you.

Hello Catherine

Thanks a lot for the information!
I would definitely keep it in mind during testing!

Best regards,