How to make a seal? - Backtozero

How to make a seal?

To make a seal, all you need to do are: 

1. MELT the sealing wax.
2. DRIP it onto your preferred surface, such as paper, wood, glass, etc. 
3. PRESS the stamp onto the hot wax. Let the wax & seal cool down.
4. LIFT the stamp slowly. You're all done!
 

Now, let's learn how to melt different type of wax and tips for each specific wax, shall we? 

How to melt a WICK WAX STICK?

Light the sealing wax stick like a candle, hold the wax stick horizontal to the surface you're working on.
Slowly spin the wax stick and let the wax drip on your preferred surface. 

Followed by the PRESS & LIFT process we mentioned before.

TIPS 
Be patience. It takes time to melt.  
The wax can burn and turn black if you hold it differently. 
Slowly spin the wax stick to make the wax melt faster.
Trim the wick before / after use to avoid the wick drop and burn the paper. 

DO NOT melt wax directly with a flame
.
It will overheat & burn the wax, also might caught on fire.
Just like melting chocolate, it might separated the wax and turned it into 2 layers. 

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How to melt WAX BEAD?

Carefully melt the wax bead(s) with a metal spoon above a candle.
Then pour the wax on your preferred surface. 

Followed by the PRESS & LIFT process we mentioned before.
The wax (our wax) could be clean with a tissue paper when the wax & spoon cooled down a little.

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How to melt a NON-WICK WAX STICK?

There're 2 ways to melt it:
1. Cut the stick into smaller pieces melt it above a candle with a metal spoon
2. Put the whole stick vertically in a metal spoon and melt it above a candle
Pour the wax on your preferred surface.
Then, followed by the PRESS & LIFT process we mentioned before.

TIPS
Be patience. It takes time to melt.
Move the stick around to make the wax melt faster.

  

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How to melt a Glue gun wax?

There're 3 ways to melt it:
1. Melt it with a regular size glue gun with at least 1.1cm diameter insert

2. Cut the stick into smaller pieces, melt it above a candle with a metal spoon
3. Put the whole stick vertically in a metal spoon and melt it above a candle
Pour the wax on your preferred surface.
Then, followed by the PRESS & LIFT process we mentioned before.

TIPS
As working with a glue gun can melt wax a lot faster than other method, it's also the easiest way to get into the "sticky situation". To avoid this, get some ice ready before you start sealing! Ice your seal, wipe it dry and press! 
It takes a few minutes for your glue gun to warm up.
Unless you work / seal very fast or you're an expert, if not, don't keep your glue gun on for too long, as it'll overheat the wax. Turn it off when you see the wax is too "liquid". 



How to avoid the "sticky situation"?

It happens when either the wax is still hot or the wax seal stamp absorbed too much heat from the wax and the stamp stick to the wax and you can't lift the stamp up.

You could either wait for it to cool down or cool your seal before you press it on the hot wax. It's essential especially when you're making a lot of seals or working with a glue gun.

The best way to cool your wax seal stamp down is to place it on ice. After cooling on ice, dry the stamp with a towel before the next use to avoid imperfections in your seal. Once cooled, you can stamp 3 - 5 seals before you need to cool it off again. And please make sure not to get the wooden handle wet by screw the metal disc off.

 

How to highlight your seal?

There're 3 ways to highlight your seal:

1. Press your wax seal stamp on a metallic ink pad before pressing on the hot wax, this would highlight the flat part of your seal, the raised part on the wax will not be highlighted.

2. Use a q-tip or your finger to highlight with an metallic ink pad demonstrated by PC below:

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3. Highlight the raised area with a sharpie pen demonstrated by Letera Studio below:  

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