Shellac is a natural 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 at right) and dissolved in ethanol to make liquid shellac, which is used as a brush-on colorant, food glaze and wood finish. Shellac is kid-safe and food-safe.
Note: Because Etsy does not support different shipping prices for different weight we reduced the price of 10g shellac by $2 to compensate for the shipping price.
Usage: Dissolve for 24 hours in 90% ethanol (or denatured alcohol). The ratio is about 1-2 lb per 1 gallon alcohol. You can shake it every few hours to make it dissolve better. After it's fully dissolved you should straine it through cheesecloth or coffee filter to remove impurities. Apply with brush or sponge. Allow 2-4 hours drying between each coat. Light sanding between the coats will give you smoother finish. You can stop here, but if you really want nice shiny finish, come back in 3-5 days to rub it out with fine steel wool.
The alcohol needed to dissolve 10g is about 80ml for 1 pound cut. That's roughly 3/16 US pints. If you want 2 pound cut - reduce the alcohol to half.
P.S. "1 gallon cut" means that you dissolve 1 pound shellac in 1 gallon alcohol. The prefered ratio is about 1.1 to 1.5 lb shellac per gallon alcohol.