WAX SEAL STAMP FAQ
WHAT IS A WAX SEAL STAMP?
Our wax seal stamps are deeply engraved brass stamps with beautifully polished, turned wooden handles. Every stamp is engraved to order.
Our brass is sourced in Europe and our wood is sourced locally here in Ireland.
HOW DO I USE MY WAX SEAL STAMP?
There are many ways to use your wax seal stamp and many wax options / techniques;
• Wick-style waxes : The wax comes with an in-built wick. Light the wick and let the wax slowly drip onto your surface to stamp.
• Melting pots | Melting spoons (with wax beads) : Melt mini beads of wax in a spoon / pot over a heat source and pour onto your surface for stamping.
• Glue Gun waxes : Melt wax sticks using a glue gun. This method is the quickest, cleanest, most precise and most convenient method. We only sell glue gun sealing wax in our shop.
HOW DO I MELT THE WAX STICKS USING A GLUE GUN?
Our sealing wax sticks are designed for use with a standard 7mm glue gun. We always recommend a low temperature glue gun.
• Simply insert the wax stick into the glue gun..
• Wait 20-30 seconds for it to melt... (The glue gun will usually leak a little bead of wax from the nose indicating it is ready to go!)
• Position your glue gun over the desired area and gently squeeze the trigger 2-4 times until enough wax is extruded. You will need the amount of a small coin. Then set your gun down safely.
• Next pick up your stamp, ensure the orientation is correct and that the stamp is clean and dry and then firmly place the stamp into the centre of the molten wax. Don't move or wiggle the stamp as you do this - we find a direct and confident stamp in a downward motion works best each time.
• Remove the stamp and admire your tiny artwork!
Tip 1 : If stamping multiple seals, use an ice block to cool the stamp in between stamping to avoid the wax sticking to the stamp.
Tip 2 : Don't wait too long in between stamping seals! If the glue gun will be sitting idle for 2+ minutes between stamping, it's best to turn it off and then on again when required. The wax can easily overheat and whilst this is still perfectly fine to work with, we find it's easier to work with the wax when it is at a lower temperature.
Tip 3 : We recommend using a separate glue gun for each colour as residue from the previous colour may reside in the glue gun for a number of impressions.
UH OH! MY STAMP GOT STUCK IN THE WAX! WHAT CAN I DO?!
Don't panic! This can happen very easily! This usually happens when either your wax is too hot or your brass stamp is too hot.
• Don't try to force the stamp out of the wax - allow the wax to completely cool first. Once completely cooled, it should come away from the wax. Patience is required here!!
• If some wax still remains on the stamp, the easiest method to remove it is to stamp it into some fresh molten wax and when you pull it away the 'stuck' wax should be removed from the stamp and appear as part of the new seal impression!
• To avoid this happening in future, it's best to cool your brass stamp on an ice block in between stamping.
I WANT TO MAKE MULTIPLE WAX SEALS - DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS?
Yes! For multiple wax seals, we absolutely recommend cooling the brass stamp between impressions. This will speed up the process and reduce any errors! Simply rest on an ice block in between stamping and then dab on a dry cloth to ensure stamp is free of moisture before the next impression.
We also recommend working on a non-stick surface. You can use parchment paper, non-stick bakeware or (our fav!) a silicone mat. Wax is easily removed from all these surfaces and makes clean up a dream!