Saturday, February 18, 2012

By Way of Explanation (and Apology)

For all two or three of you who read this blog, I thought I'd check in and let you know I haven't fallen off the edge of the world.

Actually, I've been working.  Working my usual day job substitute teaching, and working doing supply preaching on Sundays, and working at Dick and Harry's Tax Service* on evenings and Saturdays.

And yes, working on the house.  Woodwork is getting shellacked!  Can't do that much at once, given the limited capacity of my sawhorses.  But progress has been made.

A jolly lot more progress must be made, in the next two months.  Yes, I have a deadline.  My best friend from theological college in England is coming to visit a couple weeks after Easter, and I'm determined she's going to have a civilized place to sit down in.


Karen Anne said...

Working is good. Especially working for which one gets paid :-)

Shasha Kidd said...

How do you apply your shellac? Do you use a brush? Or some other method? I'm about to shellac and I'm trying to decide what method to use.

Kate H. said...

For my shellac work I use a battery of watercolor brushes by the Princeton Art & Brush Company that I bought at my area hobby/arts supply store. They're within my budget, have nice, soft, flexible (very important) golden Taklon bristles, aren't too thick (important for the flexibility), have an even, blunt edge (no trailing bristles), and they seldom shed. My favorite is the 1½". I wish they sold one at 2" or 2½", because you do have to watch for streaks if your shellac is tinted. But when I've tried bigger brushes, they turn out to be too fat and the shellac gets stubbed on instead of flowing on. There are professional shellac brushes, but I can't afford them.

Here's a link to the brush I use most:
I can't vouch for this distributor, and I'm sure I got it cheaper locally, but it looks like a nice website.

Kate H. said...

Have a pair of tweezers handy for when the brush does shed. If you don't catch it before the shellac gets tacky, leave the bristle there until the coat is dry, then gently sand it over with a 300-grit sanding sponge. Once it turns white and lifts, you can grab the end of the hair with your tweezers and pull it right out. Buff the place a little with the sponge, and you'd never know it'd been there.

Shasha Kidd said...