July 22, 2003

Dr. Science, Where does Shellac Come From?

Answer: Bobby, shellac is formed by thousands and thousands of little insects called Lac who live on "lac host trees" and produce a sticky secretion called "lac resin". Shellac has been utilised in the manufacture of many products over the years. In fact 78rpm records were made from it and this was formerly the largest single outlet for shellac. It used to colour Indian solders' uniforms and is still used to dye oriental carpets. Today shellac is used in paint and varnish, as a hat stiffener, a glaze for fruit, coffee beans and nuts, a coating for tablets, as a leather dressing, as a component in rubber compounds, as a sealing wax, to make gasket cement, as a mould for dental plates, as printing ink, in cosmetics such as hair lacquer, in confectionery such as chocolate, as a food colouring, as a sealant or as a glossy silky finish on superior quality playing cards. In America large quantities of bleached shellac are used for floor polishes especially the No-Rub polishes.

This time Dr. Science is telling is straight! Read this interesting page and be the star at your next cocktail party conversation. Guaranteed!

Posted by fred1st at July 22, 2003 07:17 AM | TrackBack

Those little beetles get around. Talk about making a silk purse....Do people really still have cocktail parties? (You can tell that I'm well into geezerhood.)

Posted by: Cop Car at July 22, 2003 07:38 AM

I can hardly wait to spring this one on my next unsuspecting audience gathered around the cheese log. *G*

Posted by: feste at July 22, 2003 04:22 PM

So this may be the ultimate genesis of the old Nauga rancher joke (Naugahyde = Nauga-hides)


Posted by: bryan at July 23, 2003 07:01 PM

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