i have a couple shellac questions. i have used lacquer,
varnish, and oil/varnishes before, but this is my first time
i bought a pound of orange shellac flakes from lee valley,
and some shellac thinner (basically alcohol). i mixed up a
3 pound cut.
1. i was surprised how much flakes i had in the jar. i am
pretty sure i worked everything out right, but i basically
had the whole jar full of shellac flakes and added about an
inch of alcohol in the bottom! i know i am not describing
the quantities precisely, but there isn't much point since i
am sure i added the correct amounts (good scales and careful
math). what i am after is a 'feeling' answer. i have seen
pictures of people making a 3 pound cut on the web, and also
a picture in bob flexners book, and they basically cover the
flakes with alcohol. so are the LV flakes just not very
dense? or have people pounded their flakes up to make them
take up less room? in the end everything dissolved ok, so
perhaps it was right. seemed to go on ok, but i don't have
much to judge it by.
2. i wanted to let the shellac settle so i could dewax it.
i mixed a 1 pound cut, something light brownish settled out
in the bottom 1/2 inch in a day or so. i guess it is the
wax? the top is almost black, the colour of shellac flakes.
but my 3 pound cut has not settled out in a few weeks! the
whole thing is a kinda very dark brownish tan colour. am i
doing something wrong? or was what i saw in my 1 pound cut
not really the wax settling out?
any help much appreciated!