Homemade Wax Seals Part 1





Introduction: Homemade Wax Seals Part 1

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
"Odd broken drill bit looking thing" dremel bit ---Update! its called an "End-mill"
Drill press
Sand paper
Soft clay
At least 3 fingers

Step 1: Find a Limestone Rock

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

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"

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

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

Step 5: The Tool

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

Step 6: Carve!

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

Step 7: Fine Tune

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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    Wow. Hey could you use wood or oh oh! Maybe CLAY that would work! This goes out to all of y'all that can't use fancy stuff! :D

    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.

    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

    Does it have to be stone? Could you use wood, or are we trying to avoid porous materials?

    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.