I used to have a low opinion about shellac
. The bottles of shellac
I got growing up would go on like goop and never dry right. It was years later that I found that the problem was that once shellac
is mixed up, it starts to age. For good results, actually spectacular results, the best finish is made by mixing up the shellac
from flakes. It's easy to do. Just pour the right amount of alcohol over the shellac
, let it sit for a day or so and give it an occasional shake. And fresh shellac
is a great finish: easy to apply, very forgiving of mistakes, quick drying, and non-toxic. You can brush it on, rub it on, spray it, or do a French polish. Shellac
finishes are enjoying a real revival for these good reasons. This German Shellac
is the highest quality, cleanest, clearest shellac
available on the market. It's refined in Germany and is as pure as is available. Shellac
naturally comes mixed with wax but these shellac
s are all "dewaxed," which means the wax has been removed for a harder, clearer, and easier-to-apply finish. The super blond is the clearest of the shellac
s. Blond shellac
has a little color to it but not much. Amber (which is also called orange) shellac
has still more color, and Garnet is the darkest. Lots of people like using amber and garnet because these colors gives the wood such character.
is a secretion of the Lac beetle, which lives on trees in India. In the past few years the climate where the beetles live has changed and the crop has failed for more than three years in a row. This has sent prices skyrocketing.
While the shelf life of waxed shellac
flakes is very long, dewaxed shellac
like this is far more fragile. Packed in a resealable nylon impregnated plastic bag with a desiccant and oxygen absorber to prolong shelf life. For best results store in a sealed container in a cool dry place. To speed up dissolve times, just before mixing with alcohol break up the flakes to the size of lentils. Agitate frequently when dissolving the flakes in alcohol.
Available in one-half and two pound quantities.
Imported from Germany.