A few years ago (not more than 3) I bought a 16 oz jar of Behlan's
super blond shellac flakes. They sat on the shelf and I just got around
to trying them. 75% of the jar sort of congealed into a solid mass but
there were plenty of flakes left.
Following directions in this group, I mixed about 1 oz of the flakes in
about 10 oz of denatured alcohol. I periodically stired it, shook it
and set it in hot water for 2 days. While it looks like the flakes
dissolved, if I hold it up to the light, I can see the texture of
flakes in suspension.
Yesterday I borrowed(!) the coffee grinder and ground up about an ounce
into powder and mixed it with 10 oz of alcohol. Same thing. If I hold
it up to the light I can see the powder in suspension. If I leave it
sit for a few hours, it becomes milky at the bottom and clear amber at
My question is, is this normal? Does shellac need to be stirred into
suspension for each use? Or should shellac mix down to a clear mixture?
I live in a dry climate and didn't expect to find the flakes congealed.
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