You have received your seal stamp and want to know whether you should better be using sealing lacquer or sealing wax, you are wondering which paper is best for your embosser or how to get your monogram in the email signature? Answers to these and many more questions can be found here.

  • Sealing

    Sealing lacquer or sealing wax?
    Up until today, sealing lacquer is still manufactured from natural ingredients, such as shellac and tree gum. Various additives such as chalk or metal oxides make the color variation. Sealing lacquer is quite hard and crackable and thus not recommended for postal distribution.
    Soft sealing wax though contains a high portion of wax, such as bees wax. This wax maintains nice flexibility even after hardening and doesn‘t break that easily like normal sealing lacquer. Sealing wax is indeed suitable for postal distribution, it‘s non greasy and doesn‘t mark off.

    How to use sealing lacquer or sealing wax?
    There are various methods of processing sealing lacquer and -wax. The most common is to heat up the sealing stick over a flame and drop it off to paper. With this method you‘ll get a seal like it was done in ancient times. Depending on how far or close you hit the flame, carbon black particles are built, which mix up with the wax and give the seal an ancient touch. That soot production can be prevented by using a spirit lamp and by maintaining as much distance as possible between the seal stick and the flame. With a little practice you can light up the sealing wax and drop the wax off circularly starting in the centre to the paper. The wax on the paper will remain on fire, but won‘t burn the paper. Once you‘ve got enough wax on the paper, extinguish the flames with circling moves with the wax stick into the wax droplet. With these circling moves you‘ll give the seal its classical round shape and you‘ll stir up the smut, until it‘s not visible any longer. After that you press the seal for five to ten seconds into the wax – done!

    How to best mass produce seals?
    For that purpose we recommend the modern method of sealing by utilizing a sealing gun and wax-sticks. The gun works like a hot-melt gun. The temperature of the device is set to the melting point of the wax.

    What if my seal pulls strings?
    In that case your seal stamp turned too hot after multiple usage and can‘t take up the energy of the hot wax any longer. The colder the brass head of your sealing stamp, the faster it cools down the wax and hardens it. Cool down your seal stamp in water, on ice or a thermal pack.

    Could I produce seals on bottles or rolls?
    Basically rounded surfaces would be tough to seal onto as the sealing stamp is flat and the liquid material might drop off in strings. One possible solution is to seal on a banderole or any flexible foil with soft wax and wrap it around the item of choice. Or you go ahead and produce some seals onto parchment paper of which you could easily peel it off and later glue it onto your rounded item of choice.

    How to remove residues from my sealing stamp?
    Lacquer or wax residues could be best removed with a wooden toothpick in order to not scratch the sealing stamp. With a nail polish remover or spirit dipped handkerchief one could release the very last residues out of it. Please screw off the wooden handle for that job in any case, as it could be harmed by the chemicals. Swap the sealing stamp with organic oil from time to time. It acts like a separating agent.

    Could I produce seals of other materials?
    Some have been incredibly successful on chocolate, pastry or clay. In any case, approach the ideal viscosity as well as the optimal peel-off time for every single material you‘d like to use.

  • Embossing

    Which paper is suitable for embossing?
    Basically with our embosser you could emboss any paper with weights ranging from 80 to 250 g/m2. But fundamentally important is: the more fibers a paper contains, the better it could absorb the deformation. Ideal are pure cotton papers or vat papers. Please refer to our correspondence paper as an example.

    My embossings aren’t any nice, what could I do?
    As any paper reacts differently to the physical force because of its thickness and structure, some sensitivity and practice are required. Test every paper before going into serious production by varying the pressure you apply. If you are about to emboss very thin paper add a cardboard substrate under the paper you want to emboss. By that you can most likely prevent from unaesthetic rips.

    Could I emboss different images with my caliper?
    With our embossing calipers one can change the embossing plates. So if you‘re intending to use a different image, don‘t hesitate to contact us. For the production of such a new set of embossing plates, you would need to consider – depending on the effort of engraving – around CHF 60.–.

    How do I change the plates of my embosser?
    1. Flap the lever of the embosser up into a vertical position.
    2. Press the round metal plates slightly together and pull them out.
    3. Press the exchange plates slightly together and insert them with the one plate having notches facing downwards into the embosser until they click into place.

  • Digital topics

    When to use JPEG and when to use EPS?
    With JPEG files the image data is defined by single pixels. JPEG‘s advantage is the small data size because of the special compression methods being applied. For these two reason JPEG‘s are widely used in today‘s digital environment. JPEG‘s are good to be used in smaller than the original size, but should never ever being used larger than defined, as very unpleasant pixels or lack of definition might occur. Areas of application: e-Mail signatures, internet applications, digital presentations, …
    With our EPS files all shapes of your sign are defined as vectors (curves and lines). That data is up- and down-scalable without any loss of resolution. Areas of application: Gravure, print, embroidery, …
    Using both formats, almost any application considered will be feasible.

    How to use a monogram in an e-Mail signature?
    Many of today‘s e-Mail clients offer the option to create signatures including attached images in an automated fashion. In order to utilize such a function, just check the options menu of your e-Mail client software or search for „signature“. On a Mac, images are easily embedded with drag and drop functionality. Please consider to have the right size of your image available (100% displayed size should represent 72dpi resolution).