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In this instructable I am going to show to how to make your very own sealing wax for signing documents and such. Sorry for the lengthy instructions, it is mostly pictures.

SEE MY OTHER INSTRUCTABLES FOR INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO CARVE A SEALING STAMP
 
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Step 1: Preparation

Picture of Preparation
Everything you need and MORE!

FABRIC HOT GLUE: It looks like hot glue, except it's white. the stuff I use is called "fabristick" or something.
DYE: Any kind of colorant can be used. I prefer RIT dye (very cheep).
BEE'S WAX: You only need a tiny bit. If you don't have this, paraffin works OK.
MORTAR AND PESTLE: You will need it for grinding the RIT dye into fine dust.
A CANDLE SETUP: It is featured in the picture below. Looks like a candle under a metal tripod.
ALUMINUM DISH (OR EQUIVALENT): Use one that is small enough to be used in the candle setup.
WORK PAPER: Something that you won't mind getting wax on. your going to work on top of it.

BEGIN!

Step 3: Wax and Glue

Melt a tiny bit of bee's wax in the aluminum tin. Also cut two(2) one inch lengths of fabric glue stick and put it into the tin with the melted bee's wax.

Remember: after the bee's wax melts, swirl it around the tin to thoroughly coat the inside. After you do that put the fabric glue sticks in.

If the wax bubbles or pops at any time in this procedure, it is too hot! Take it away from the flame for a minute.

Step 4: Melting Stuff = YAY!!

Because the fabric glue stick does not melt well without help, you may need to push it against the bottom of the tin with a toothpick. The reason it does not melt well is because of density... the not melted part of the glue stick seems to float on top of the the melted parts, keeping it away from the heat.

If the wax bubbles or pops at any time in this procedure, it is too hot! Take it away from the flame for a minute.

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baronbrian3 years ago
You might try shaving the glue into slivers some how (pocket knife, kitchen grater, whatever). That way it will melt better. You can do the same thing with wax to make it melt easier.

and old kitchen peeler just might do the trick too....

I like your idea BaronBrian...

Sweet Jesus!! Y'All have any idea how much trouble I have caused because of this website?? *evil laugh*

But it has been a ton of fun tho...8P

nepheron (author)  baronbrian3 years ago
Thanks, I hadn't thought of that!
eranox5 years ago
Fantastic 'ible! Great photos, and really easy to follow. Finally I can make this stuff myself without getting scammed at the store! One question, could a wick be added to the wax, or would the hot glue part prevent this from working?
nepheron (author)  eranox5 years ago
No, a wick would not work .. I have tried it XD.
eranox nepheron5 years ago
Y'know, I wonder if you could actually just pour the stuff into a tube the same diameter as the original glue stick, and then use the glue gun to apply it. The beeswax might make the melting point too low to pull this off, but it'd be super sweet if this works.
SIRJAMES09 eranox6 months ago

That would be sweet...just one trivial problem tho.

What if, what if it melts the entire stick all at one time INSIDE the glue gun?

Even with a low temp gun, this is something to think about....

the possibility of the mess it could create, & how it MIGHT ruin the gun....

if you make an attempt at this, I suggest that you either...

#1) test this outside

#2) inside a box lined with old rags/newspapers

#3) One of the first two options but wearing some gloves of some kind to keep you from getting burned by the hot mixture.

Not trying to tell you wha to do, just give you something to think about B4 you do this.

Maybe if you used a high temp glue stick and low temp glue gun?
SIRJAMES09 eranox6 months ago

scammed at the store?? NAWWWWW, they wouldn't do that....

Yeah right.

They'd do it in a New York Minute....a Mississippi heartbeat...faster than you can bat an eye...etc., etc., etc......

would this be flexible enough for the mail?

easiest way to find out is to take a regular envelope, seal it like you normally would, then add the wax seal after that....once that is done, go down to the USPS & mail that envelope to yourself....if it survives their machines, then you know it's all good...the USPS might, I stress MIGHT, have a problem with the wax seal tho....were it me, what I would tell them can not be written here.... :p

Syrrah2 years ago
Hopefully, this instructable isn't dead!
I'd like to commend you for how thorough your 'ible was.

I have a question though; is bee's wax a requisite or would normal candle wax work? I see you said that paraffin is acceptable too; is paraffin synonymous with normal candle wax?

Thanks!
SIRJAMES09 Syrrah6 months ago

generally speaking, "regular candle wax" & "paraffin wax" are the same thing...

there may be a few differences between the 2, but for this project, I fail to see anything majorly different.

nepheron (author)  Syrrah2 years ago
No, it's not dead at all :)
Regular candle wax and paraffin are typically the same thing. However: regular candles might not be entirely paraffin, they might also contain a percentage of beeswax. Which is totally fine :)

Good luck!
-Calvin
SIRJAMES096 months ago

So if I understand you correctly, the wax by itself will not stick to the document/envelope/etc., without the melted glue that is added to the recipe?

And the rit dye is only for color?

I thank you for posting this(even if at this writing this instructable is about 6 yrs old)....I have always wondered about how these were made...

TY, it was a very enjoyable read....very educational. :)

Wow: what a great recipe & you can do it in any color RIT makes! I'm sure you could use standard candle-casting techniques to add a wick to the stick if you wanted to.
nepheron (author)  Oryctolagus habilis4 years ago
Yep, any color!
You can't add a wick, I've tried :(
The wick doesn't stay lit because there is not enough wax in this mixture fuel a flame. The only reason you add wax is to disrupt the stringy qualities of the hotglue.
maybe if you dip the wick in candle wax first then let it dry and then you might be able to add it and use it!?
Aha! Thank you for letting me know that, since I'm definitely going to make this & now know not to bother trying to add a wick.
why not normal hot glue stick
will food color do?
Can you use normal glue sticks instead of fabric glue, and can you use paraffin instead of beeswax?
Datwinksta2 years ago
I *love* this! I think I've been using too much wax. I'm using fabric glue and bee's wax, but the sticks melt in my hands and take forever to set and the design isn't very clear...any tips?
I've always wanted to make an old fashion letter after watching so many old movies. :) thanks for making my wish come true!!!
jcoronel13 years ago
Great tutorial. Easy to understand and really helped me make it my own. Lots of room for self editing! Also I used a small ceramic bowl to mix it all up, it took a long longer than i think it should have so i am assuming it is alot easier with a metal one?
crimsonhalo3 years ago
Does the colour transfer to any other surface once the mix has been applied as a seal? Or is the glue and wax sufficient to keep the dye contained?

I'm planning on creating mailable seals, so I'm curious to hear from someone who's got more experience on this stuff.
Really great instructable!

Any source for the pigment/dyes?
nepheron (author)  harmless matt4 years ago
 It is Ritz Fabric Dye
It can be purchased at most craft stores, and is staple in any fabric stores.
I believe Wall*Mart stocks it, as well.
tolga5 years ago
very cool!How do you make the stamp?
nepheron (author)  tolga5 years ago
Oh, I'm so sorry! here is the link!
This instructable is pretty old... no wonder you had trouble finding it! It's also not quite as well done as my newer ones...

http://www.instructables.com/id/Homemade-wax-seals-part-1/

Good luck and tell me how it goes!
-Nepheron
tjk94 tolga5 years ago
That's an excellent question! It says "SEE MY OTHER INSTRUCTABLES FOR INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO CARVE A SEALING STAMP" but I can't find that Instructable anywhere! If anyone knows where it is or why I can't find it please tell me!
nepheron (author)  tjk945 years ago
Oh, I'm so sorry! here is the link!
This instructable is pretty old... no wonder you had trouble finding it! It's also not quite as well done as my newer ones...

http://www.instructables.com/id/Homemade-wax-seals-part-1/

Good luck and tell me how it goes!
-Nepheron
thepelton5 years ago
Interesting. I am going to try this, and see if my Mesopotamian style roller seals will work with it. I will return with a report, but it may not be right away. I need to get the materials together. Beeswax is actually quite easy to obtain. Many small places that sell honey have small blocks of beeswax. Not the big Grocery stores, but the small places like Farmer's Markets where beekeepers sell their own personal stuff. Also, try sewing supply stores, art stores, and lumber stores. With a little digging you can find a place that sells beeswax.
I was in a hobby store just the other day, and saw a five pound chunk of beeswax there.
good instructable!
thepelton5 years ago
One other thing. I suspect you used the bottom of an aluminum can for your wax pan. Right? Any of them would work, as long as you made sure you didn't cut yourself on the edge.
filthyfury5 years ago
i do this too but i just use a brass button for the stamp and melt a wax crayon
junits155 years ago
will this be like real wax or is it goopy and thick?
denzani5 years ago
Awesome work!
trooperrick5 years ago
Great! I've been waiting for this one. Thanks for sending me the message.
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