Some years ago I was fortunate to obtain an English, 8 bell chiming,
longcase clock movement. I am near completion of a new case for it and would
like your help in finishing it. After vain attempts to gather information
and replicate a Chinese lacquer finish I am focusing on using shellac and
If you have experience in using pigments for opaque finishes I would like to
hear from regarding mixes, hints on where to purchase and any pitfalls to
Additionally, I am considering using a pin-striping wheel to apply opaque
shellac. Is shellac to thin a medium for use in a wheel? Anyone ever try it?
Basically my plans are:
1. Fill and seal wood grain.
2. Base coat of bright red shellac.
3. Add striping and geometrical shapes
4. Add Chinese scenes.
5. Finals coating of translucent shellac with colors to tone down the
I posted a bracket clock that has the type of finish I wish to replicate on
my longcase at A.B.P.W.
If you can be of help or have suggestions, comments, etc. I would like to
hear from you.
Regards and Happy Holidays,
Roger in Abilene
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