How many wax beads do you need to create a wax seal?
To create nice round seal, you would need three beads for a 25mm stamp and four beads for a 30mm stamp.
Do you have any maintenance tips for the wax melting spoon?
The bottom of the spoon can sometimes go a bit black because of the soot from the flame but that won’t affect the functionality of the spoon. I would wipe the bottom of the spoon with a wet towel after and dry it with a dry towel after. I would not recommend washing the spoon as you need to let it dry very well after. When melting the wax beads, I prefer using tea light candles made from soy wax or other plant wax instead of paraffin as they burn cleaner and produce less soot. They also burn longer. 🌍
Do you have any tips on creating wax seals?
To get a nice round seal, make sure that you use the right amount of wax beads and pour it in a circular shape. In order to get nicer seals without many air bubbles, make sure that your wax does not sit too long in the spoon. Only the wax beads in the spoon are melted, you should pot them out immediately. If you think your wax is bubbling too much on the spoon, remove the spoon from the flame and the melting pot, let the melted wax settle for around 10 seconds before you pour it out. If you are not happy with your wax seal, you can remedy it again in the spoon to create a nicer one.
When is the ceramic placemat needed?
The ceramic placemat is handy when you plan to create a batch of wax seals for later use. The smooth cool surface of the placemat ensures that you can remove the wax seal easily without breaking its shape. Melt your wax beads as usual and pour them onto the placemat. After the stamping process, wait for it to cool down and you can remove it from the ceramic surface easily.
Why do you offer soy tea light candles in your stamping kit?
Soy wax is non toxic and produces clean burning. The normal tea candles are made from paraffin wax, which is a by-product of petroleum and it is not a sustainable choice. We sourced our tea light candles from a local supplier, ensuring that they are made in the UK.