Seedlac is formed into Buttons by the traditional hand made process. Hand made button shellac is produced by placing Seedlac
into long narrow cloth tubes about 2" in diameter and 30" long and heating one end over a charcoal fire. The other end is attached to a windlass and is twisted gradually. Heat of the charcoal fire melts the lac which is forced through the cloth by pressure. The molten lac is scraped out manually onto sheets and the buttons left to harden. The process requires considerable manual skill and a lot of experience.
Buttonlac is preferred by restorers and those looking for a very protective shellac finish. It is superb for French polishing because of its hardness. The processing of buttonlac polymerizes it, resulting in a very tough material. Buttonlac's toughness and moisture resistance.makes it the preferred choice for finishing floors and woodwork.