!. Small Vial (I use an old contact lens vial)
2. Syringe with milliliter markings (I used a 12 mL syringe)
3. Digital Scale, sensitive to .1 gram
4. 10 Pieces of Dewaxed Shellac Flakes
5. 4 mL Denatured Alcohol (not pictured)
Ground up the Shellac Flakes, as small as possible. A mortar and pestle would be useful. Grounding up the flakes makes dissolving easier.
Measure out 1 gram of grounded Shellac Flakes.
Pour the 1 gram grounded Shellac Flakes into the small vial.
Measure 4 mL of Denatured Alcohol.
Add 4 mL Denatured Alcohol to the 1 gram ground Shellac Flakes. If you are unable to measure out 4 mL of Denatured Alcohol, you can approximate the amount of Alcohol to add by using 2/3 Alcohol by volume to 1/3 Shellac Flakes by volume.
Stir the Alcohol/Flakes mixture, then cap the vial. The Shellac Flakes will take 3-6 hours to completely dissolve before being ready to use. It's important to keep the vial capped, as the alcohol will evaporate rapidly. You'll have enough shellac glue to repair a dozen pens. The shelf life to the shellac is approximately 6 months to a year, if you keep it capped and store it in a cool dry place.
Edited by BillyL, 02 February 2012 - 21:35.