DIY Fall Decor: Gold acorns. Clean and oven dry for several hours to ensure they are pest free. Acorns naturally fall out of the caps when ripe, so after they are oven dried and painted, use a hot glue gun to attach all the acorns to the caps. Finish them by adding a layer of clear shellac giving them a shiny look.
Shellac Finishes - Getting a Beautiful Woodworking Finish with Shellac. A shellac finish has been used by woodworkers since the early 1800's. It has many advantages: shellac is non-toxic, can be used as a sealer before applying a stain (to even out the stain's application), can be mixed with nearly any color, and is very easy to repair in the event of damage from use.
Choosing And Applying a Traditional Shellac Finish by Jeff Jewitt. To the average person, shellac probably invokes many negative perceptions. Poor water and heat resistance, difficult to apply, poor drying and low durability are all criticisms that I hear when I mention shellac to my clients or other woodworkers. While some of these criticisms are valid, many are not grounded in fact and are easy to disprove. To experienced finishers and restorers, shellac remains the finish of choice.
What's the Difference Between Polyurethane, Varnish, Shellac and Lacquer?
What's the Difference Between Polyurethane, Varnish, Shellac and Lacquer? These terms for a finish or top coat are often used interchangeably, but there is a big difference. Learn when and where to use the correct one.