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
"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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    4 years ago

    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

    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.


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

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


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    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


    10 years ago on Introduction

    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 :(

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    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    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


    11 years ago on Introduction

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

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    11 years ago on Introduction

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

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    11 years ago on Introduction

    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.