I have become fanatical about Sealing Wax and Seal Stamps. Locally I’m not finding much outside of an Initial letter or Fluer de lis stamp (which I love). But I’m all about verity in my work and that seems to be spilling over into the esthetic of my letters. So no surprise here that I’ve begun making my own stamps too. There is no ONE way to make them. Researching online, you'll find a variety of methods and materials.
But in the spirit of repurposing (yet another passion), I usually ask myself “What do I have around here that I can use?” before making a store run. (I can not tell you how thrilling it is to use what I’ve got, regardless of the project I’m working on.) Between my Studio and ‘lil Workshop you’d be amazed what I can come up with.
I’ve managed to make about 4 stamps so far by using materials I have along with one trip to Hobby Lobby for some pendants.
"So here is the big thing
about what makes the grade
for a good potential stamp..."
This is just my opinion, but a stamp should be engraved into instead of embossed outward. Does that make sense? I’ll explain.
I made a simple handle for the stamp above out of a champagne cork and some gorilla glue. But I needed an actual design to glue onto it…. I’m going somewhere, follow me…
I got the pendant, cut off the eyelet with wire cutters, and VOILA I had me a design! BUT if I took the pendant and glued it to the cork it would result in a finished wax stamp that would look “carved into” (the reverse effect of what I'm after). Using a kneaded eraser, I've demonstrated this below.
This is not how I want my wax seal to look.
So instead of using the pendant as-is, I used it to CAST a mold. The MOLD is what is then glued onto my handle. That becomes the stamp because I want my wax seal to look just like the pendant.. embossed outward… popping out of the paper surface if you will.
What did I use to make the mold? I use KwikWood from the hardware store. And yes, I work with wood so I had that on-hand. It’s a wood putty unlike any you’ve ever used. It dries as hard as a rock, is perfectly sandable, and best of all there is no messing with two part apoxies like most casting materials. It comes with the two parts already in place, blah blah. I might do a tutorial on this later if there is enough interest. Comment on this post.
I have just ordered a professionally laser cut brass seal to be made of one of my logos due to it being a custom design. There are times when you should leave it to a machine. It’s in the mail! I can’t wait. Try your hand at adding a wax seal to your letters, you might end up with an addiction. Don't say I didn't warn ya.
Hello, I’m Nina, the maven behind the
IQS blog. I’m all about creativity (ya think?).
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