The process of creating Wax Seals is relatively straightforward. All you will need to begin with is a stamp and some wax.
We have a separate tutorial for each of the 3 wax types:
Sealing Wax (Candle & Spoon method)
Place the tip of the wax stick onto a metal spoon and heat gently from below using a candle. Note: Our wax sticks are wickless by design. The use of a direct flame or traditional wicked wax will result in an undesirable amount of charring and will inevitably stain the wax black.
Pour just enough so that the pool of melted wax is roughly the same diameter as the brass stamp head. By doing this we allow the wax to form a natural bleed around the edge of the stamp. If you try to overcompensate then you will end up wasting a considerable amount of wax. At this point be sure to have your stamp within reach and ready to use.
Press your stamp firmly into the wax and hold for 10-15 seconds. It is important that you do not attempt to lift the stamp prematurely during this period. Once the wax has cooled you will be able to lift the stamp out cleanly with very little effort. If there is any resistance then that means the wax is not yet dry.
Glue Gun method (SEALING IN BULK)
The Glue Gun method is excellent for creating Wax Seals in bulk. Due to the higher volume of this production process, we will be using ice to cool the brass head in order to reduce the wait time between stamping. To begin, place the stamp onto the ice until the surface of the brass becomes visibly cooler.
With your Glue Gun loaded and your temperature set to low, begin by keeping the nozzle in close contact with the heated wax while it is being dispensed. This will ensure a smooth consistency similar to that of honey. If you are experiencing runny or bubbly wax then you should further reduce your temperature setting.
For the next step it is advisable to take your pre-cooled stamp and wipe any excess condensation with a dry cloth before proceeding. When stamping, make sure to maintain a vertical position and apply even pressure in a downwards motion until the edges of the wax begin to form.
When the wax has fully cooled you should be able to remove the stamp effortlessly. Be sure to ease the stamp away from the side gently as opposed to pulling straight upwards. If there is any friction whatsoever then your wax has still not yet fully hardened and therefore you should wait a few more seconds before trying again.
If you purchased our Glue Gun Sealing Kit then you will have received some 3M adhesive backings. If not, you can simply cut a strip of double sided tape and place it on the back. The purpose of using adhesive is so that you can prepare the seals in advance rather than having to melt them directly onto your invites.
Wax Pebbles (1:1)
With traditional ’wax beads’ it can be difficult to judge how many pieces you need to make one seal, but with our Wax Pebbles the amount is 1:1 meaning that one pebble is enough to make one seal. If you purchased these together with our Melting Kit you will have also received our purpose-made melting spoon (above).
Start by placing a single Wax Pebble into the spoon and hold it carefully over a tealight candle or an alternative flame source. With this method it is important to take your time and enjoy the process. By rushing and heating the wax too close to the flame you may create unwanted bubbles.
Once the crown in the top of the pebble has been completely submerged, pour the melted wax onto your envelope as normal. We designed each Pebble to hold the right amount of wax plus overs (to allow for potential wastage). Therefore, we recommend doing a couple of trial runs to familiarise yourself with the process.
The most rewarding part of handmade Wax Seals is the reveal. Although it can be tempting to pull the stamp out right away, it is best to let it cool for at least 10-15 seconds. Once cooled you should be able to carefully peel the stamp away from the wax as if you were operating a lever.