Most of the color I get in the shellac steps. I can vary the color through various agents, such as the cochineal 'tea' and the TransTint. The above photo shows some of the color variation possible. I shot this in less-than-flattering light, I think, but neutral. A white blank, and sunlight filtered up and reflecting off a white ceiling. We finally had some direct sun again today.
This is a couple white violins that I varnished, showing about the range of the colors I have in the shop now. A redder violin, one I made from scratch, sold not too long ago. It would have been nice to have that here for these shots, but nicer to have the sale.
Here is a mixture, one of my from-scratch fiddles, the Hardanger on the left, and the rest being whites, 2 violas and a violin.
Another shot of some whites, different reflective angles for the backs.
Here is the back of one of my scratch fiddles, in glancing light. I find it hard to photograph varnish and bring out the details I like to see. What I'm trying to show here is the texture, which comes mostly from the clear oil varnish final coating, maybe 2. It has that leather-like look to it. Being this is one of my handmade fiddles, it wasn't buffed down to car-door smoothness. In fact, I actually did a fairly bad job of smoothing this one out, unintentionally. I can even see some toothed-plane marks in the back. Not sure how I missed that, but I did. Fortunately, I do like the sound of this fiddle, and have been playing it for a year or so now. We are compatible. Not too interested in selling it, and have grown to like the tool-marks that I keep finding.