Saturday, 1 June 2019

Further adventure in varnish making


So today I walked down to my local park in suburban Perth to look for some mature Grass Trees.  Found a few and even, to my amazement, found three balls of resin at the base of one large tree.  I didn't expect to find this so easily as I expected that someone else would have been there before.  Grass Tree resin is an ingredient in incense and is used in aromatherapy I believe.  So I took my discoveries home and dissolved them in methylated spirits in a jar, added a little sandarac and tomorrow I will add some orange shellac to the mixture.  The orange should go well with the red/brown color of the Grass Tree resin.  Above is a short video of where I was at with it before dissolving the resin.

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