Shellac is made from the excretions of a beetle that lives in India.The dried flakes are soaked in grain alcohol for about a week, then brushed on over any stain. But I would recommend a gel stain.
- Any universal tint can be added to the shellac after it has soaked.
- It's totally safe, non-toxic and renewable.
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