Homemade Wax Seals Part 2

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Introduction: Homemade Wax Seals Part 2

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

Step 1: Placement

Put a small mark where the seal will be. I made a big mark so you can see it.

Step 2: Paper Weight

Use something(s) to weigh down the envelope flap. We do not want hot wax getting under it.

Step 3: Hot Wax

Drip the hot wax onto your mark. When you get a blob the size of your thumbnail stop and blow out the candle.

Sorry about image quality
I don't pay my camera men enough

Step 4: Impress

Gently but firmly push your stamp into the wax. Wait about 10 seconds or until your sure the wax is cooled before you remove the stamp.

Such awful quality images!! blek!

Step 5: All Done

I only used a small amount of wax because I don't want to waste it.

This image is better because I took it and not my camera man
I fired him

ps: I'm working on a way to make homemade sealing wax. I think I've figured it out, keep your eyes open for an Instructable on that.

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Maybe you should fire that so-called camera man and hire another one. :) It's okay, we can still see what's gonig on.

Hi. I have a suggestion. Put a crayon in a hot glue gun. LOL that'll make nice, controled wax blobs and you can pick out of the 5000 crayon colors

Oh my goodness! I love this! Thanks for sharing your hard work and great talent!

Where do you buy sealing wax? I'm assuming that a normal taper, plumbing, or birthday candle wouldn't have the right adhesive properties.

I've always wanted my own personal seal. Maybe I'll make one into a ring. Or I'll try sculpting that cool skull used by the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera.

Cameron S S I hope you are able to make that skull seal I'm trying everywhere to find one Please post how you did it. :)

I'm thinking of using a little plastic skull I have (attached to a little plastic skeleton) and actually casting the seal. I'm not sure what to use for a casting material, yet, though, I think the wax would stick to plaster. Actually, I might make a mold using either a couple negatives or positives, or with a positive using the lost-wax process, and casting it in lead. Then the seal would look like death AND be toxic.

I've said before that polymer clay would not work... but I actually think it would! just moisten it slightly using a sponge before you stamp.

If you want to use metal, try tin plumbing solder. it's quite cheap and alows you to avoid toxic chemicals like lead.

To make a metal seal form your plastic skull, here is the process I propose:

1: Coat the part of the skull that you want to make into a seal with rubber cement or silicone caulk. be sure to put some kind of release on the skull first, like oil.

2: Remove the rubber cement or caulk from the skull (be careful not to tear it). fill the cavity with plaster of paris and let cure.

3: take a cardboard toilet paper tube and cut it to about 1 inch in length.

4: give the inside of the 1" long toilet paper a coating of thick plaster of peris and let it cure.

5: arrange everything as shown in the picture below:
I hope this picture makes sense...

plaster mold.bmp

If you want to use metal, try tin plumbing solder.

Except that both of our melting pots are filled with solidified lead...

uh-oh I guess lead will have to be a go.

its not about adhesive properties, its about durability. sealing wax bends, not breaks.