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Homemade wax paper wrappings? Answered

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Hello everyone! This is the first time I've used this feature on Instructables, so here goes. :)

I'm trying to recreate vintage sweet wrappers for a friend who will use them in a film he's making for uni, and I wondered if I could somehow impregnate the wrappers in wax to make them "chocolate proof" so I could let a friend re-live times from long ago. :)

I'd be using standard printer paper and inkjet ink, would this survive the waxing? Also how would I coat the paper in a layer of wax thin enough not to crack when the package is assembled? I was also planning on heat sealing the edges wsing a warmed metal tooling to first fold the paper into a tube, then crimp the edges.

Thanks for any help :) (Sorry if this is in the wrong section, as its technically a wax and paper mess-afound i think it's closer to Art than anything else. :) )

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BurfBest Answer (author)2012-01-30

The easiest method would be to take a sheet of regular waxed paper, place it on an old towel, arrange the pre-printed labels on the wax paper and place a clean sheet paper over the labels.
Using a regular household iron on a low but hot enough setting to melt the wax, bond the sheets together and when cooled, cut them apart.
You should end up with a two ply label, waxed on the inside, plain on the outside.

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Llamarama (author)Burf2012-01-30

That would produce the best quality wrapping, closest to the real thing. Would it be OK for heat sealing, or would it crispen and brown?

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Burf (author)Llamarama2012-01-30

I'm not sure what you mean by heat sealing it but so long as you only get it hot enough to melt the wax, browning shouldn't be a problem.
Myself, I would just twist the ends of the wrappers and let that suffice.

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Llamarama (author)Burf2012-01-30

I was going to try crimping the ends shut with hot metal plates, hopefully pelting the wax together. Oh well, can but try! :)

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rickharris (author)2012-01-30

http://www.ehow.com/how_5110150_make-wax-paper.html

Can you get hold of freezer paper? I believe it is waxed.

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Llamarama (author)rickharris2012-01-31

Yeah I think my nan has some that's been sitting around since the 60s... Waste not want not! :D

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Re-design (author)2012-01-30

Print your labels on regular paper that will run thru your printer. Wrap the candy in plain wax paper then wrap in your labels. That way the labels can be reused if needed.

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Llamarama (author)Re-design2012-01-30

That would be the easiest, now I have to think where to get A4 sized lables from! :)

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rickharris (author)Llamarama2012-01-31

Do you really need them to be A4 in size?

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Llamarama (author)rickharris2012-01-31

Ideally, I'd have to mess around with my printer but it in theory any size should do. :)

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steveastrouk (author)2012-01-30

Use a cheese grater, pare off small chips of wax, then sprinkle on, and bake in a low oven.

Steve

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Llamarama (author)steveastrouk2012-01-30

I'm sure my mam will love you for that, but that seems like the most effective method! :)

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steveastrouk (author)Llamarama2012-01-30

Just tell her it was Rick's idea ;-)

Steve

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Llamarama (author)steveastrouk2012-01-30

I think my brother would be annoyed as his name is Rick! :P

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Llamarama (author)steveastrouk2012-01-30

He'd probably deck me, or "accidentally" borrow my house key off my key ring just before I go out to a party where it's 2AM before I realise I need to wake everyone up to get back in again, which isn't helped by the fact I might have had 1 too many shandys... Brothers eh? :D

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rickharris (author)2012-01-29

Modern sweet wrappers are made from thin Polypropylene which is easily heat sealed.


You may be able to wax coat paper by dipping in molten paraffin wax, e.g. white candles. Usual precautions apply - Look up melting candle wax.

The issue will be getting a very thin layer - I think this was done commercially by passing wet paper/wax through rollers to squeeze out the excess.

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Llamarama (author)rickharris2012-01-30

Thought it was, I vaugly remember seeing it on something like "How It's Made" but can't find the episode. I'll tryfeeding it through a mangle like device to get out the excess wax. Thanks :)

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