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How to make wax seals for invitations, gifts, or other stuff. Everything besides the seal wax is homemade from super easy to find stuff.

what you need:
A grinding wheel for use with a drill press (True Value, $3.50)
Limestone rock
Dremel
"Odd broken drill bit looking thing" dremel bit ---Update! its called an "End-mill"
Drill press
Sand paper
Pencil
Soft clay
At least 3 fingers

Step 1: Find a limestone rock

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Find a cool rock that kinda looks like this. I don't know if you can see this but it's
*kind of* shaped like a 3 faced pyramid with a *kind of* flat base. I'm holding the rock with the base facing up.

Step 2: Refine the base

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Stick the grinder in the drill press and grind the *kind of* flat base into a *really smooth and shiny* flat base.

Step 3: For lack of a better imagination, "step 3"

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This is how the new and improved *really smooth and shiny* base should look. I rounded the sharp edges, you can do that if you want.

Step 4: Plan your design

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Use some sort of writing tool and draw the reverse (mirrored) of what you want imprinted on your wax seal.

Step 5: The tool

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This is the Dremel bit I used. It's an endmill.

Step 6: Carve!

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GENTLY carve out your design with the funny broken drill bit thing. The deeper you carve the better.

Step 7: Fine tune

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Use a piece of clay and test it. if it looks great then you're done with wax seals part 1. I'll make part 2 when I have nothing better to do.
 
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awoodcarver6 years ago
Good job , Maybe Soapstone since it carves easy you can use a butter knife and sandpaper on it
soapstone would be perfect for this. you can get harder grades of soapstone as well that need a little more effort to work. and it wouldnt degrade. it would however be sensitve to scatching and and dropping. i love soapstone. awesome stuff.
nepheron (author)  awoodcarver6 years ago
soapstone may work, but it may deteriorate. than again I've never tried it ( i lost all my soap stone :/ )
Soapstone is available through woodcraft.com
They use to make sinks out of soapstone ,I remember one on our back porch back in the mid 60's the house was built in 1920 or so and I seem to remember seeing it used as a fireplace or woodstove
I have a soapstone ashtray that is missing I am told a carved matchbox but i did buy it to used as a base for something else I was carving (got to finish that someday)after I finish my x mas gifts I will find the chunk of soapstone I have and try one of these
be nice
Cryptonat6 years ago
Does it have to be stone? Could you use wood, or are we trying to avoid porous materials?
nepheron (author)  Cryptonat6 years ago
wood does not work well. to pourous
I have made seals out of wood, but I use hardwoods that are varnished, waxed and buffed before I use them. Preferably a wood that is far less porous than red oak, and harder than cherry. I have had success with hard maple and walnut, and was planning to use some foreign woods like yellowheart and purpleheart.
I think would be fine as long as its been laquered dude. I just think the stone is for looks.
I think the thermal mass (ie the stone stays cold) is important so that the wax 'freezes' before it can stick. A wood seal may have to be dipped in water rather than lacquered.
nepheron (author)  jtobako6 years ago
you are very right. this is the same reason i prefer not to use polymer clay.
you could always go really old fashioned and make a signet ring.
dwhp5 years ago
duh
=SMART=5 years ago
Awesome !
thanks for the help but I prefer you make the seal with metal or copper stuff like that. I was hopping you would show me how to make the wax seal, I am so tired of having to make my own :(
nepheron (author)  making_hands5 years ago
Hey! hanks for the comment. i don't really understand what you are asking, could you rephrase the question? you said : "thanks for the help but I prefer you make the seal with metal or copper stuff like that. I was hopping you would show me how to make the wax seal, I am so tired of having to make my own :(" are you asking me to make an instructable on making a seal stamp out of metal? thanks for the comment! I would love to help you. -Nepheron
Cool.
gotclawz16 years ago
do i have to use limestone or can i just use a rock or maybe some leftover marble i have lying around
nepheron (author)  gotclawz16 years ago
of course. i used limestone because it is easy to carve with rudimentary tools
i had sealing wax for my wedding invites but i ran out so i used a red crayon and it worked perfectly
nepheron (author)  maninamousesuit6 years ago
crayon wax is very different form sealing wax. it works but is very brittle.
gamer6 years ago
If you want to make an "A" mark it as an "A", thats funny. very nice idea. -gamer
nepheron (author)  gamer6 years ago
:)
egreen7676 years ago
i've always wanted to do this sweet instructable!
snoyes6 years ago
For the wax seals on our wedding invitation, I just used a $3 rubber stamp that had my initial in relief, and a box of ordinary red candles from the dollar store.
stranoster6 years ago
Looks Great! I was going to buy a seal about 3 weeks ago but then I'd have been set back about $100. Wasn't going to happen. Good instructions with clear pictures. Nice to see macro mode still gets used occasionally. :)
nepheron (author)  stranoster6 years ago
thanks for the comment :) remeber that this instructable was just a quick guidline. if you spend more time on shaping and practice allot you will be able to make a really nice seal. good luck! ps i'm going to try to work out a homeade recipe for seal wax...cant be too hard :/
Maybe a gelatin and candle wax mix? I'm not sure if it'd combine but it would make it less brittle. The easiest solution is to buy a coloured candle and just burn it I suppose. Again this is a great instructable
nepheron (author) 6 years ago
thanks :) this is only my 2nd instructable so im happy it went over well
PocketSized6 years ago
Thanks for the Instructable. I really like it. I'm going to have it give it a try.
Very Cool! Well done!