Good evening (day?) to all, I have a question regarding an old wax (I
think) seal made of an engraved family crest. A client came in with
an old seal… from around the 20’s or 30’s I’m guessing, based on
the box it’d been glued into. I need to duplicate this design, to
create two signet rings for his sons.
My question is this; does anyone know what the material is that they
used back then for this purpose? It is red in color, shiny and
hard…and where the impression is, it has more of a frosted look. I
tried to melt a corner of it with my wax pen, but it barely melted.
Certainly didn’t react to heat like wax would. It is not at all
flexible. Almost feels shellacy when I score the surface with a
scalpel. Next question; the impression is in positive , not a
negative. I had assumed that the hand engravers would make a wax
impression for their clients’ approval but carving design in metal,
warming it and letting it sink into a sheet of wax. Once it cooled,
it would be pulled away, and presto…a negative of what was carved.
Seeing that this is in positive, including letters, I guess I really
don’t know the process. And then; My plan was to invest this "wax"
seal, burn out, cast it in gold, then make a rubber mold of it.
Shoot a couple seals and adhere them to the tops of carved wax
signet rings, then casting in 18ky as he’s requested. Make any
What would be a better way to do this?? Any help (to all of the
above) would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks in advance,