How to use a wax seal stamp
There are a few ways in which you can use a wax stamp to make an impression. For small individual projects I would recommend using wax beads and the pouring method and for projects in which you are making large quantities, the glue gun method would be better.
Equipment you will need:
- Sealing wax beads
- Wax melting spoon
- Heat source- a tea light candle
- Wax seal stove to hold the spoon- OPTIONAL
Place 3-4 of your wax sealing beads into the spoon and hold this over the heat source. Once the wax has melted pour onto the area from middle of the area in which you would like your wax seal to be. Gently press the wax stamp into the centre of the wax. When you are happy this it's placement gently push the wax seal into place. Leave the wax stamp for at least 2 minutes before removing.
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TOP TIP: hold the spoon at least 6cm from the top of the flame. The wax will take longer to melt but it will hold it's shape better when pouring and you will minimise the risk of getting bubbles in your wax.
TOP TIP: if the wax is too runny or bubbling, hold the spoon of the heat until it becomes less runny. You can also use a cocktail stick to stir the wax to help remove any bubbles before pouring.
Glue gun method
Equipment you will need:
- Low temperature glue gun
- Sealing wax sticks, 7mm or 11mm diameter (check what the gun takes)
To start you will need to load the gun with 2 wax sticks and turn on. Make sure the gun is set to the lowest temperature. Once this has heated up squeeze the gun to dispense (what should be) the ideal amount of wax.
Gently press the wax stamp into the centre of the wax. When you are happy this it's placement gently push the wax seal into place. Leave the wax stamp for at least 2 minutes before removing.
TOP TIP: changing colours can waste a lot of wax as it take at least 2-3 wax sticks for the new colour to come through clearly. if you are making a lot of wax seals it would be better to have a glue gun for each colour.
TOP TIP: If you are making wax seals for a hobby, changing wax stick colours can create some lovely marble effect wax seals which you can use.
Whichever ever method you choose I would recommend practise, it will rarely be perfect the first time you try but the more you wax seal and get a feel for it the happier you will be with the results.
Most importantly ENJOY!