The recipe below is a well known varnish recipe. It makes a
beautiful golden spirit varnish which is especially good for
touch up, as well as for new instruments.
- 45 g Seedlac
- 7.5 grams gum elemi (optional)
- 200 ml Alcohol
- 9 ml. Lavender Oil Spike
Place all of the ingredients in a glass jar and let it dissolve,
stirring at least twice a day, until the lac no longer sits
and sticks to the bottom of the jar (This may take from one
to three weeks).
When completely dissolved, boil in a double boiler for seven
minutes, let cool, and then boil again for seven minutes. While
still warm, filter through a cloth (I use a cheese cloth). If
it is allowed to cool it will be difficult to filter. Repeat
the filtering process until there is no more dirt in the filter.
Once this process is complete, and the varnish has cooled, it
is ready to use. Since alcohol is lost in the cooking process,
thinning with alcohol will probably be necessary to obtain brushing
consistency. Be sure to have extra alcohol on hand for this.