Wax seals are an elegant and beautiful way to enhance stationery, gifts and packaging. But how do you get wax seals perfect every time? In this article you will learn more about the different ways to make wax seals so that your wax seals look like they were made by a sealing professional.
There are two ways to apply wax seals to the desired object:
- The embossing of wax seals directly on the surface to be four-sealed/decorated
- The embossing of wax seals on a piece of baking paper or a silicone mat
We recommend embossing the wax seal on a silicone mat or baking paper, then applying a double-sided adhesive dot to the back and then attaching it to the desired object like a sticker. This has the following advantages:
- The subject can be perfectly aligned.
- Failed wax seals can be sorted out and don't "deface" your stationery etc.
But no matter which of the two options you choose, the crafting process is the same.
These materials are required to craft Wax Seal:
- Sealing wax of your choice
- seal stamp
- Smelting tool of your choice
- cooling pad/cooling pack
- Heat-resistant surface, e.g. silicone mat
- kitchen towel
Embossing wax seals can get a bit messy. So make sure there are no objects nearby that shouldn't be dripped with wax and make sure to cover all surfaces. But don't panic: dried wax can usually be easily removed from smooth surfaces.
Plug in your sealing wax gun, push a stick of wax into the opening provided and wait about 5 minutes for the wax to heat up and become liquid.
Alternatively, you can light a candle, put your sealing wax beads on a melting spoon and hold it about 3 cm above the flame until the wax has completely melted. Here we recommend stirring the melting wax a few times with a toothpick.
Pour the melted wax onto your chosen surface and slowly press your seal stamp onto the wax with a little pressure. Try to align the seal stamp as centrally as possible. Leave the seal stamp in the wax for 5-10 seconds.
After waiting a few seconds, place two fingers on either side of the seal and gently pull the seal stamp. If this comes off easily, you can remove it from the wax. Otherwise just wait a few more seconds.
Put your seal stamp on a cooling pad for a few seconds and then pat it dry with your kitchen towel. Now you can emboss your next wax seal.
Turn off the gun meanwhile so it doesn't melt your wax faster than you can make wax seals.
If too much wax does run out of the gun, collect it until you have enough for a wax seal and melt it with a suitable spoon (a melting spoon is best) over a tealight. Now pour the liquid wax on the desired spot and press your sealing stamp in as usual. So not a single drop of your wax is wasted. :)