The above Ad will no longer appear after you Sign Up for Free!


Shellac is an alcohol based sealing material derived from the shell of the Lac Beetle. Most shellac will come in a premixed container and be labelled Clear, Amber, or Orange. Shellac can also be custom mixed by combining raw shellac resin, which comes in a large block, with Denatured alcohol. Varying the amount and color of resin will alter the final color and thickness of the finish. Shellac is a US FDA approved food coating and is used on many candies to give them a shine and to help preserve moisture.

A Female Lac Beetle:
View attachment 5386

Raw shellac Resin:
View attachment 5387

Premixed commercially available Shellac:
View attachment 5388

Not frequently used in the theatre, as other finishes such as polyurethane, produce better, easier, and less-costly results.

This page has been seen 322 times.