OK, I'm trying flakes for the first time. I'm attempting to make a 1# cut.
So I poured 2 cups of alkie-haul in a quart jar, then I measured out 2 oz.
of flakes using a cheapo diet scale. I ground up the flakes in SWMBO's
handy-chopper. Hope she doesn't mind. :)
Then I added the flakes to the alkie-haul and commenced shaking. At first I
thought it was completely insane to think that you could ever dissolve the
dry equivalent of about 3 cups of powder in 2 cups of liquid. I shook, and
shook, and shook, and nothing happened.
I let it sit a minute or two, then I did a new round of shaking. After
about four good sloshes, something magic happened right before my eyes.
Instead of brown liquid on top of a conblafulation of gooey looking,
translucent flakes sticking to everything, I suddenly had a jar full of
what looks like coffee with a drop of milk added to it. Amazingly, it's
only something like 18 fl. oz.
Is it actually done that fast? I was under the impression it took days
weeks to dissolve fully. I see all the knees and elbows and stuff I need
to get rid of at the bottom. I'm thinking I might ought to just let it sit
for a good bit and then pour off the liquid into another jar. Decant and
de-knee in one step.
I'm also thinking, come to think of it, that 1# cut is a little annoying to
use. I should add a little more. Maybe another ounce to make a 1.5# cut.
I think that's what I wound up with last time, with the Bullseye stuff. 3#
was too thick, 1# was so thin that I had to do 30 coats just to get the
film to rise above miniscule undulations in the wood grain. So yes, I
think I'll go add another ounce of flakes while I've got everything out
Anyway, this was pretty painless if it was that easy. And this should
probably still be good until the first of May, at least?
I can't wait to see what color this comes out. I had the impression that
"orange" shellac was more of an amber poly type color, but it's more like
coffee. It ought to be good for making purplish KD walnut look more like
walnut is supposed to look, but it might be too overpowering on maple or
mahogany. I'll have to try it and find out, won't I? :)
When can I try it? Can I try it now? Tomorrow? Friday? Once it has
apparently dissolved, is that the end of the prep work and time to get out
some raw wood to play with? Or do I probably have a huge glob of
undissolved lurking in there, which keeps sloshing out of view, and will
only reveal itself after this brew has settled completely?
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