The Glue Gun Method for Wax Sealing

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This video by @elisaannecalligraphy serves as a great little tutorial for anybody wishing to use the Glue Gun sealing method.

First thing to note is that the wax in this video is at perfect temperature. We see far too many instances of people heating the wax until it reaches boiling point! With a low-temp glue gun you avoid creating unnecessary bubbles and burnt patches.

Secondly, and this is actually the most important. Notice the wait time between pressing the stamp into the wax and then finally lifting it back out. In this particular video it is around 20-30 seconds. At around 10 seconds you will see a first attempt is made to lift the stamp but there is still a bit of tug which indicates that the wax is not yet set. A further 10-15 seconds later you see that the second attempt is almost effortless. The stamp simply lifts away without any trouble. This is when you know that the wax is dry and has fully cooled.

It doesn't happen too often, but we do see people not following the instructions. We get that it can be exciting and a little nervous for first-timers, but you must resist the temptation to pull the stamp out when it's not ready. Wax Sealing takes time and finesse! The only time the Wax will ever stick to the stamp head is if you are not patient enough with it.

That being said, if any of our customers happen to have made a complete hash job of their stamps then don't despair! We understand that things don't always go to plan, so if you get in touch with us we'll try our best to help and offer a replacement if necessary.

Pro tip: Once you've finally mastered the art of wax sealing you can start to speed up the process by using a block of ice. Simply cool the brass head in-between seals and ensure you wipe away any excess moisture before stamping. You can reduce the wait time to under 5 seconds 😉

Glue Gun Wax is available to purchase via our website - https://stamptitude.com/collections/sealing-wax/products/glue-gun-wax

Note that we do not sell the actual glue guns, only the wax. Most glue guns can be found in hardware / Craft DIY stores for around $20. We recommend choosing one that has temperature control and one that will accept 1/2 inch (11mm) sticks.

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