More on Shellac

Bears, Sun and Shadow

A quick tip, working with shellac. In the previous post, I mention a brush keeper, for my shellac brushes. That keeper is for the brushes I use with pigmented shellac, as a colored undercoat and sealant, for the gesso, when oil gilding. When I brush a clear shellac on something, or I don't want that brush in the keeper, I give the brush a light rinse in a little alcohol, and then wash it using one of the household cleaners such as 409 or Fantastik, which use some ammonia, I believe.  A relatively benign way to clean your tools.

An excellent article about shellac: http://antiquerestorers.com/Articles/jeff/shellac.htm