The same goes for trying to use crayons as sealing wax or sealing wax made for hot glue guns. All great (and fairly expensive) for hand dispatched letters and invitations but not for something I want to last because they are all made from some sort of wax that easily cracks.
Keep reading and I'll show you how to make your own super simple sealing wax!
Hot glue pretty much lasts forever and is a less expensive way to make the three hundred faux wax seals I need and by using colored Mod Melts, the hot glue looks like sealing wax but is much sturdier. My hot glue gun wax seals will go through the US mail without being damaged if I chose.
How to Make Hot Glue Sealing Wax
You will need:
Metallic Hot Glue (learn more about it here)
Wax seal stamp - you can buy many different styles through the link
Silicone craft mat
Hot glue gun – I recently upgraded to the this AdTech Precision Pro Hot Glue Gun and do not regret it one little bit!
Small bowl of ice water
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Step by Step How to Make It:
1. Trace the coin with the pencil several times on the silicone mat. You will use these circles to size your wax seal.
2. Put the metal wax seal in the bowl of ice water and allow it get cold. The hot glue is less likely to stick to cold metal when you stamp it.
My ice cubes are strange colors because I use reusable ice cubes
otherwise my freezer eats ice cubes before we can use them.
3. Put a Mod Melt Hot Glue Stick into your hot glue gun and dispense fill your circle size guide on the silicone mat with hot glue
You can freehand the size if you like but I like using a guide to keep the size and shape uniform.
4. Remove the metal sealing stamp from the ice water, blot the water on the towel, and quickly stamp the puddle of hot glue before it dries.
If your metal wax seal stamp isn’t cold enough or if you wait too long for the Mod Melt hot glue to harden, the faux wax seal may stick to your metal stamp. No worries! Gently peal the Mod Melt seal off the stamp and put it aside. This is why I recommend making the hot glue wax seals on a silicone mat because this situation might damage your project surface (like a paper envelope) if you stamp on it directly.
5. Allow the hot glue wax seal to harden and use tacky glue to attach it to your envelope or project.
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