Simulated Wood Tales
....brushed shellac breathes tone,
by hands of the creator,
i impart design….
And so the tale is told, that all that one sees, is not what it really appears to be. What I have set before you here are some pieces of wood done up as fruit….and yet even here in the midst of these wooden tokens of fruit and nuts….lies an impostor. Can you spot the one….
....and yes, I love using shellac and so I play with it in many of my creations of ‘wood art’. This jar happens to be ‘garnet’ and is of the de-waxed variety, which I have mixed//cut to a 2lb. cut. One interesting note here to using shellac, is the no-need to ‘have to’ clean your brush out between//after uses. I keep bottles of denatured alcohol around, which I may stick the bush into after using or just let it go till the next time. When the next time comes I just stick the brush in the alcohol and wait 5 minutes and presto….soft and ready to be used is the brush. By the way, I keep the plastic wrap around the rim of my jars, which keeps the jar lids from sticking and no, the shellac and alcohol does not effect the plastic, except that every so often I have to put a new piece there due to constant use and friction….
....I use it out of the can, de-waxed and waxed, plus also in the form of flakes and then I also mix colors in this golden ambrosia drink for the wood, or as in this case, a gourd. Having said all that, I will hold off for now on what I consider to be some of the many myths associated with using shellac and so save that story or stories for an-other blog of forum topic. Oh, I all-most forgot to mention the hat….my wife picked this one up in one of her trips to Thailand and which lends an efficacious persona, to the background setting here….
....so here’s the impostor. This one started out as a green gourd and was dried out over a year in our attic, washed and scrubbed to remove it’s first layer of covering….and then came forth from my hands, the design to create, in the image of wood. I have sanded with #120-#180-#220 grit sand paper, then #0000 steel wool, plus the use of steel wool between coats of finish lacquer….multiple coats of shellac and then I sprayed on some topcoats of lacquer….
”....work smart, work safe, and live, to work the wood….”
-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/