Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Shellac is Back

No, actually it's not.  I just needed a clever title, and it came down to "Shellac is Back" and "Shellac Attack."  Anyways...

Mom and I got an idea last week that was inspired by one of my aunts.  Mom said my aunt used to dip flowers in Shellac, and it made them really pretty.  So we got a bundle and started the experiment.

First, we pushed all the greenery up to the buds (you'll see why later).

We used Amber tinted Shellac.  I wish we would have used clear, but we didn't have any.

You begin by pouring the Shellac all over the flowers into an old bucket.  PLEASE wear gloves because this stuff does not come off for anything!  Lesson learned the hard way.

Then swish the flowers around in the bucket to coat all surfaces... leaves, petals, everything.  This is why you'll want to have your greenery pushed up.

Let it drip.

And find a place for them to dry.  We shoved them up in between two sawhorses.
These aren't very good pics at all, but here they are in the living room...

and in the kitchen.

Again, I wished we had used a clear Shellac because they look dirty to me.  But my mom and mother-in-law both disagree.  And I don't argue with those two women.  

I am pretty sure you could use any kind of protector for this project in place of Shellac.  Just whatever you already have around.  I imagine that plain old Polycryclic/Polyurethane would work just fine.

I am interested in knowing if anyone else has ever tried this?  What coating product did you use?


  1. Very neat idea. Thanks for visiting my blog through Jenna's. I see you are a teacher too. Don't you just love having your summers off? Tamara

  2. That's a really great idea! I may have to try that sometimes!


  3. Hmm never heard of such a project!! Cool idea though!!! Miss ya!

  4. Hi Janice, I've never hard of doing that with flowers before, but how interesting! What a fun project too.

    Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment! Yes, I do homeschool and I love it. It's a lot of work, but the rewards are incredibly worth it! I do post about it, especially as we get into the school year.

    Have a wonderful day! :)

  5. This is totally new to me but it looks like fun!! And you're in NWA? So am I!

  6. I'm over from Jenna's! I've never heard of this, but it's such a good idea! I think they look great!

  7. Love this idea! I've never heard of it... I've only bought the stuff at the craft store that dries them out, this is much better!

  8. That is such an AWESOME idea! Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. :) Looking forward to learning some more neat ideas from you. :)

  9. hi, i just googled shellac flowers, and came up to your blog... awesome project!! i would like to now how long did this flowers last?? do you still got them?
    im a fashion design student and interested in making some accesories with this method.
    hope you can help me though its been some years since you posted this.
    thak you!

    please reply to my mail: velvet_rabbit@hotmail.com



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