Damar varnish alternative?

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no brian, i just like wearing white shoes, especially when welding, using the cutting torch, or walking thru my local junkyard. my white dress caught fire, so i don't wear that anymore.
 

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I have the Epson transparencies because I bought a buttload of them figuring they might take them off the market. But there are other good films. My friend uses some that he got from Tom White I believe. They aren't as dark as the Epson but do a good job in combination with the Shellac mixture.
 

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I have been using a mixture of Bullseye shellac and isopropyl alcohol. I can't remember the exact mixture but you can try 50-50 as a start. I get excellent transfers as you can see. The bottle in this picture was mixed almost 5 years ago and it's almost empty. I used it up one Q-tip at a time. I don't post much but I do a lot of engraving. It's almost all production engraving on high dollar flutes. You can see the results on a 22 carat gold Head joint. I will admit that I use the Epson transfer sheets. I bought a huge stock of them back when they were available. There are other films that still work well. I believe Tom White sells some. And this solution is not toxic like some of the other solutions I have heard about.





Is this oil based?
 

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You can always order damar varnish from Blicks Art Supply or JerrysArtarama. They are both great sources for all things art.
 

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One summer we had a class... everyone ate lunch outside under the grape arbor.

A gal knocked over a glass of apple juice. There were practice plates on the table.

There were no napkins that day, so I jokingly told her to let it dry and we'd see if it would take a transfer later...


It did.


So, the answer to your question is that yes, there are probably a lot of other substances that will work.

Some will attract ants...


Brian


Do you have a "Michaels" store where you live? They'd have damar.
 

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has anyone found or tried an alternative to damar varnish? if so will you share? having a bear of a time finding some locally! Hobby Lobby is closed......
I have also tried zapon lacquer with same result as dammar varnich. about 50% lacquer and 50% denatured alcohol. Think any shellack solution probably will give okey results.... The zapon lacquer solution is what I use today. Cant find any dammar varnish in the local stores where I live:)

Jørn-Ove
 

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