Introduction: Homemade Wax Seals Part 1

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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.

Comments

DaYodadude (author)2015-06-16

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

awoodcarver (author)2007-11-18

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)awoodcarver2007-11-29

soapstone may work, but it may deteriorate. than again I've never tried it ( i lost all my soap stone :/ )

thepelton (author)nepheron2009-02-09

Soapstone is available through woodcraft.com

awoodcarver (author)nepheron2007-11-29

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

Metalcaster14 (author)2009-02-14

be nice

Cryptonat (author)2007-11-17

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

nepheron (author)Cryptonat2007-11-29

wood does not work well. to pourous

thepelton (author)nepheron2009-02-09

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.

darkmuskrat (author)Cryptonat2007-11-17

I think would be fine as long as its been laquered dude. I just think the stone is for looks.

jtobako (author)darkmuskrat2007-11-17

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)jtobako2007-11-29

you are very right. this is the same reason i prefer not to use polymer clay.

Ausmaus (author)Cryptonat2007-11-18

you could always go really old fashioned and make a signet ring.

dwhp (author)2009-01-09

duh

=SMART= (author)2009-01-04

Awesome !

making_hands (author)2008-10-11

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_hands2008-11-09

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

PyroMaster007 (author)2008-02-22

Cool.

gotclawz1 (author)2007-11-17

do i have to use limestone or can i just use a rock or maybe some leftover marble i have lying around

nepheron (author)gotclawz12007-11-29

of course. i used limestone because it is easy to carve with rudimentary tools

maninamousesuit (author)2007-11-17

i had sealing wax for my wedding invites but i ran out so i used a red crayon and it worked perfectly

nepheron (author)maninamousesuit2007-11-29

crayon wax is very different form sealing wax. it works but is very brittle.

gamer (author)2007-11-18

If you want to make an "A" mark it as an "A", thats funny. very nice idea. -gamer

nepheron (author)gamer2007-11-29

:)

egreen767 (author)2007-11-17

i've always wanted to do this sweet instructable!

snoyes (author)2007-11-17

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.

stranoster (author)2007-11-16

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)stranoster2007-11-16

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 :/

stranoster (author)nepheron2007-11-17

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)2007-11-16

thanks :) this is only my 2nd instructable so im happy it went over well

PocketSized (author)2007-11-16

Thanks for the Instructable. I really like it. I'm going to have it give it a try.

joejoerowley (author)2007-11-16

Very Cool! Well done!

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