Step 11: Removing Foil and Finishing Touches

After it is cooled, do not try to remove the foil. Put it into the freezer to make the wax super cold then remove the foil. If any foil remains stuck to the wax, use an X-Acto knife to cut it away.

I also melted the bottom of the wax stick and impressed my wax seal onto it...

This wax is different to use than other varieties. Mainly it differs because it has no wick. To use this wax there are 2 ways:

1: Using a butane torch, heat up the end of the wax stick until it melts. Drip the blob of melted wax onto the object you are sealing and stamp it with you seal.

2: Cut the amount of wax you want to make a seal with and place it in a spoon. Put the spoon above a small open flame (i.e. candle flame) until the wax in the spoon melts. Drip the wax in the spoon onto the document you are going to seal and stamp it with you seal.

Have fun and be safe!
<p>Does it have to be fabric hot glue stick, can any low temp stick work?</p>
<p>Could I use acrylic paints instead of dyes?</p>
I crushed a lava rock into red powder and it died it perfectly fine. but acrylic wouldn't work. it was a failed attempt
<p>Hi guys, as the daughter of a beekeeper please let me tell you that aluminium can alter the beeswax. This may not be an issue with the small amount of beeswax in this instructional video though.</p><p>Big question... Would this be ok for sealing wine bottles??</p>
Hey could I use a candle?
You seem like a pretty cool guy! Thanks for this!
<p>I brought over a wax stick from Europe,</p><p>I was considering casting a silicone or Air drying cast from this wax mold.</p><p>I do like to make my wax as well as my Soaps look professional</p>
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.
<p>and old kitchen peeler just might do the trick too....</p><p>I like your idea BaronBrian...</p><p>Sweet Jesus!! Y'All have any idea how much trouble I have caused because of this website?? *evil laugh* </p><p>But it has been a ton of fun tho...8P</p>
Thanks, I hadn't thought of that!
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?
No, a wick would not work .. I have tried it XD.
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.
<p>That would be sweet...just one trivial problem tho.</p><p>What if, what if it melts the entire stick all at one time INSIDE the glue gun?</p><p>Even with a low temp gun, this is something to think about....</p><p>the possibility of the mess it could create, &amp; how it MIGHT ruin the gun....</p><p>if you make an attempt at this, I suggest that you either...</p><p>#1) test this outside</p><p>#2) inside a box lined with old rags/newspapers</p><p>#3) One of the first two options but wearing some gloves of some kind to keep you from getting burned by the hot mixture.</p><p>Not trying to tell you wha to do, just give you something to think about B4 you do this.</p>
Maybe if you used a high temp glue stick and low temp glue gun?
<p>scammed at the store?? NAWWWWW, they wouldn't do that....</p><p>Yeah right. </p><p>They'd do it in a New York Minute....a Mississippi heartbeat...faster than you can bat an eye...etc., etc., etc......</p>
would this be flexible enough for the mail?
<p>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 &amp; 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</p>
Hopefully, this instructable isn't dead! <br>I'd like to commend you for how thorough your 'ible was. <br> <br>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? <br> <br>Thanks!
<p>generally speaking, &quot;regular candle wax&quot; &amp; &quot;paraffin wax&quot; are the same thing...</p><p>there may be a few differences between the 2, but for this project, I fail to see anything majorly different.</p>
No, it's not dead at all :) <br>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 :) <br> <br>Good luck! <br>-Calvin
<p>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?</p><p>And the rit dye is only for color?</p><p>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...</p><p>TY, it was a very enjoyable read....very educational. :)</p>
Wow: what a great recipe &amp; 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.
Yep, any color!<br>You can't add a wick, I've tried :(<br>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 &amp; 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?
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!!!
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?
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? <br> <br>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!<br /> <br /> Any source for the pigment/dyes?<br />
&nbsp;It is Ritz Fabric Dye<br /> It can be&nbsp;purchased&nbsp;at most craft stores, and is staple in any fabric stores.<br /> I&nbsp;believe&nbsp;Wall*Mart stocks it,&nbsp;as well.
very cool!How do you make the stamp?
Oh, I'm so sorry! here is the link!<br/>This instructable is pretty old... no wonder you had trouble finding it! It's also not quite as well done as my newer ones...<br/><br/><a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Homemade-wax-seals-part-1/">https://www.instructables.com/id/Homemade-wax-seals-part-1/</a><br/><br/>Good luck and tell me how it goes!<br/>-Nepheron<br/>
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!
Oh, I'm so sorry! here is the link!<br/>This instructable is pretty old... no wonder you had trouble finding it! It's also not quite as well done as my newer ones...<br/><br/><a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Homemade-wax-seals-part-1/">https://www.instructables.com/id/Homemade-wax-seals-part-1/</a><br/><br/>Good luck and tell me how it goes!<br/>-Nepheron<br/>
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!
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.
i do this too but i just use a brass button for the stamp and melt a wax crayon
will this be like real wax or is it goopy and thick?
Awesome work!
Great! I've been waiting for this one. Thanks for sending me the message.
Thanks for liking it!
I like it to :)
Craft stores usually carry sealing wax in large white blocks. You can use candle dye to color it. When my wife and I got married, we put wax seals on all of the invitations to the wedding. The benefit of using wax is that you can add a wick if you'd like.

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