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Shellac Demo for Painters


Encaustic Painting with Alcohol Inks and a Dry Shellac Burn


Shellac Base for Oil Paint


Using Shellac Tutorial-Video 2 in series of painting a dresser with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint


Shellac, The Miracle Finish

Shellac is a resin secreted by the female lac bug, on trees in the forests of India and Thailand. It is processed and sold as dry flakes (pictured) and dissolved in alcohol to make liquid shellac, which is used as a brush-on colorant, food glaze and wood finish. Shellac functions as a tough natural primer, sanding sealant, tannin-blocker, odour-blocker, stain, and high-gloss varnish. Shellac was once used in electrical applications as it possesses good insulation qualities and it seals out moisture. Phonograph and 78 rpm gramophone records were made of it until they were replaced by vinyl long-playing records from the 1950s onwards.