Preparing the shellac for French polishing. Basically just alcohol and shellac flakes. TIP: Never mix your alcohols.
I start with some thinned shellac with a little amber stain mixed in to give it some base color.
Next I French polish using a little heavier shellac mix. I'm using medium amber shellac flakes so as I build the finish, the color starts getting a little deeper. French polishing uses a cotton ball dipped in the shellac mix, wrapped in a cotton cloth, and dabbed with a drop of olive oil so it will wipe on smooth. I slowly build up the finish with this technique.
Once I have it built up to where I want it, I use a 400 grit sandpaper to level it all and remove the streaks from the wiping process.