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If you ever need to send a letter, adding a wax seal is the undoubtedly the best way to show class. Cutting a seal is a simple but laborious task, and the finished product is very rewarding. A seal made of the proper material will last generations.
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Step 1: Tools and Materials

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-metal lathe(optional, highly recommended)
-precision Dremel bits (small bits with coarse teeth)
-rat tail metal file
-400 grit sandpaper
-600 grit sandpaper
-jeweler's rouge(Flitz)
-Craftsman Bench Buffer(optional, makes things easier)

-3" to 6" round aluminum stock, 1" diameter
-one sheet of paper
-glue(stick, Elmer's, whatever)

Step 2: Design

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I used Powerpoint to design my seal. Simply draw a circle, draw your design with the various shapes, and group everything together. Then resize everything to a 1" diameter and REMEMBER TO FLIP IT horizontally or vertically. Print and cut out a copy.

Tips for designing:
-Be aware of your limitations. You'll probably want to stick to 2D designs for your first run.
-Lines should be far apart and easy to distinguish from one another. My simple JP symbol was more than challenging.

Step 3: Cut a Chunk

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The size of your chunk depends on how big you want your finished piece to be. I cut mine 2" longer to be safe.

Step 4: Machine a Blank

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The exact dimensions of the seal are not important. This is a custom job. Just remove the oxidation and turn a flat face. Then add a fillet to taste. You only need to do one side at this time.

Step 5: Apply Design

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Center your design on the face and glue it in place. Be sure it's dry before proceeding!

Step 6: Secure the Piece

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Use a towel to avoid scratching. You'll want the face to be perfectly flush with the surface of the vise. Confirm with a straightedge.
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Kyrc003 years ago
As much as I appreciate the tutorial, somehow all the steps seem completely meaningless, minus doing the finish. Take a diamond wheel point dremel bit, like 5/64", and simply etch the design into the piece of metal before finishing it up. All it takes is a steady hand. I did a topography map on the back of my iPhone and people ask where I got the custom case. ;)

Not to say that I don't appreciate your efforts here, but for such a simple, I think the steps are far too over-complicated, turning a two-step process into eleven.

~Just Friendly Advice
zappymax Kyrc003 years ago
and also instead of steel, you could perfectly use a bronze rod, much easier to etch any design. no problem with a seal on wax.
JamesRPatrick (author)  Kyrc003 years ago
Thanks for the Just Friendly Advice.
I was making a signet ring for a school project, and I finished it last night, I have never seen your instructable, but I also used a Dremel, and it came out pretty well, and I think it looks cleaner than yours when you use it. Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures of this.
JamesRPatrick (author)  bobwantzanapple4 years ago
You should take a picture of it so we can all see it.
I tried on the last post, I have no pictures of the wax
Signet Ring 1.JPG
JamesRPatrick (author)  bobwantzanapple4 years ago
Sweet! Have you considered writing up an instructable on it?
I was going to, but I don't want to steal your thunder.
JamesRPatrick (author)  bobwantzanapple4 years ago
By all means, go for it. It's not the same projects and lots of people would benefit from it.
Did you look through all of my comments after I made one on your instructable, and then call be a troll on the 9v thing, or was that a separate incident?
JamesRPatrick (author)  bobwantzanapple4 years ago
Must have been a separate thing.
how skinny can these boxes get?
JamesRPatrick (author)  Garlikguy4 years ago
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I can see the end!
How's the weather up there?
JamesRPatrick (author)  bobwantzanapple4 years ago
Freezing! Must be the altitude.
Let's see if we can get to the center of the Earth! I've heard it's nice and warm down there.
JamesRPatrick (author)  bobwantzanapple4 years ago
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Wait, everyone stop. It's time for a dance break.
JamesRPatrick (author)  Garlikguy4 years ago
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Dr. Horrible's sing along blog?
JamesRPatrick (author)  Garlikguy4 years ago
Check out KipKay's orangboard.
JamesRPatrick (author)  JamesRPatrick4 years ago
(scroll down)
Seriously, this is like a record or something!
JamesRPatrick (author)  Garlikguy4 years ago
Not even close.
I ment for comment replys on an instructables. Lets get ssmaller.
smaller it is, then (ji)
sorry for the random post, I just wanna see how small it goes.
energizer keep going!
keep replying here though to make it really long. Only reply to the latest coment plz!
Cheese Scrolls!
wow, it keeps going on and on and on and on and on.
even smaller?!?!?!?!
I don't think so...
cmon keep it going
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not u apdog4 @ everyone else- is that all u got?!?!?!?!
Well, this kind of died out....
it did?
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