Have you ever received a letter that was closed with a seal? It looks so romantic and classy, I love this nostalgic touch!
Here I show you how you can turn some of the beauties of your button collection into selfmade seals.
- From Buttons to Seals - Tutorial
- Who doesn't have some old buttons and pens? Turn them into something original!
- 1 ballpoint pen broken or non-functional
- 1 jeans button or any shank button you like
- glue i.e. E6000
- sealing wax
- separating agent pigment ink pad, powder, oil...
- Aren't these jeans buttons adorable? When I bought them, the pattern reminded me of seals, so I decided to turn them into, well, seals.
- As a handle, I used an old ballpoint pen and simply screwed of the tip and removed the refill.
- I attached the button to the plastic tube. Do not use your glue gun, the glue will melt when you use the seal. Trust me. Use a strong glue instead and let it dry loooong enough.
- That's how my first selfmade seal turned out. Fancyish, huh?
- Instead of old-school sealing wax with a wick, I used sealing wax sticks which can be pushed through a glue gun. I put a coin-sized blob onto my paper.
- While it was cooling down, I pressed my seal into my pigment ink pad. That's because you need a separating agent - you don't want your seal to be stuck inside the wax. If you do, you're weird.
- Here's the blob before I applied the seal...
- ... and here's how I pressed the seal into the slightly cooled-down wax. Never push to hard, or the seal will get too thin.
- Let it cool down completely. I could even let the seal stand upright :)
- Carefully remove the seal. Doesn't the result look fabulous?
- When using ink, I need to remove the excess ink from the stamped seal. I just wipe it off with a kleenex.
- Looking through my collection of buttons, I found several more which promised to make interesting seals.
- So here's my stash of selfmade seals.
- Using different colors and distressing methods, the seals make beautiful embellishments. Don't you think?
Hinweise zur Anleitung
If you use a baking sheet instead of paper, you can simply peel off your seals after they've dried. You can attach them later to your projects with a drop of glue or double-sided sticky tape.