Shellac flakes in a lump

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Forum topic by Elksniffer posted 09-02-2010 05:14 PM 1119 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-02-2010 05:14 PM

My son gave me a jar of shellac flakes that has morphed into an irregular lump. Any thoughts how I can salvage or use small amounts of it for small batches of shellac. I would guess there is somewhere around a pound in the bottom of jar. Thanks LJs

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#1 posted 09-02-2010 06:08 PM

Even dry shellac flakes have a shelf life. I don’t think I’d bother… Buy some fresh flakes and move on!

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#2 posted 09-02-2010 06:21 PM

Bob has it right….but shellac dissolves in alcohol (denatured) can try dissolving some into alcohol and applying to a test piece….if the finish dries discolored or has webbing…toss it.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#3 posted 09-02-2010 07:08 PM

I would try grinding it into small pieces then dissolve in alcohol.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#4 posted 09-02-2010 07:45 PM

Trying to get some out of the jar is one of the problems. The jar is about 6” around and 12” high. I don’t know if the shellac has adhered to the glass or not, but one thought is to break the glass and then at least I have access to the lump. Then I could dissolve some. I didn’t know the flakes could go bad and I don’t know about the webbing. It is ultra blonde but seems petty deep colored, like good honey (amber).
Thanks for the suggestions.

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#5 posted 09-02-2010 08:09 PM

I dont think I would bother with it. Its not worth spending many hours building something then putting on shellac that the shelf life might have expired.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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