The Art of Darkness

DIY Wax Seal

April 12th, 2010 by Cobwebs

SealI love the elegant look of wax seals, but it’s sometimes difficult (or expensive) to find the perfect design. The RageHaus blog has a great tutorial on making a custom seal using a wooden dowel.

The pattern is incised with a wood-burning tool, so unless you have a very steady hand you might not be able to get the same kind of fiddly little detail that you would with a cast metal stamp. If you don’t have a wood-burning tool, I expect that it might also be possible to carve the design with an X-Acto knife or a small Dremel tool.

The technique should be fine for things like monogram initials in the font of your choice or patterns with a fairly simple outline (say, bats rather than intricate spiderwebs). Making your own is certainly cheaper than having a custom stamp designed for you, and the dowel should hold up much longer than stamps made of linoleum or other soft materials.

The DIY method gives you great flexibility in matching a seal to its intended purpose: The invitations for each party you throw could have different themed seals, and RPG props, Halloween decorations, or special documents could all benefit from a seal with an appropriate design.

(via MAKE)

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  1. xJane Says:

    I love wax seals. I think that letters should arrive in suitable fashion to be presented to you by your butler on a silver platter (in your estate home). I have multiple colors and weights of waxes for various letters and even three different brass seals (first initial, last initial, and first and last initial). But I’ve been thinking recently of getting seals that don’t just have letters on them…and I have a dremel! I am all over this proj!

  2. Empress Pam Says:

    I love xjanes idea of letters delivered on a silver platter.

    I bought a wax seal when I saw Robin Hood…the one with Kevin Costner. I was so enchanted by the idea of letters sealed with wax. Part of why I kept Hallmark in business for so many years. I bought cards just to seal them with my pretty wax seal. I need to start doing that again. tres elegant!

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