Faux Wax Seal Bookmarks using Polymer Clay

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Our wedding invitations had been a hit. The only complaint I’d overheard was that it broke people’s hearts to break that delicate wax seal.
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The more that people mentioned this problem, the more I started to think about ways to make more permanent versions of the seal which they could use long after the wedding.

I’ve always loved working with polymer clay and I thought to myself how easy it would be to make clay versions of the wax seals so long as I used fresh clay and conditioned it enough to take the impression.

Supplies:

I ordered a package of Sculpey’s Premo Effects Bronze clay and found that it was enough for 38 seals.

I bought a few packages of bronze eyepins at my local Veritas

Tools needed:

  • Needlenose pliers
  • a wire cutter
  • a pair of scissors
  • a glass pie pan for baking the seals

I used the lovebirds seal and the blue ribbons which were left over from the wedding.
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 How to:

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The first step was to form the eyepins so that they would remain solidly placed in the polymer clay after baking.

I cut the pins in half with my wire cutters. Formed an eye on the straight half, and used my needle nose pliers to bend and loop the wire around so that the total length was less than the height of my wax seal. I did this to all the eyepins and then set them aside to await the next step.

2.

I experimented a bit to find the right amount of clay to make the impression into and found that a one centimeter ball seemed to work perfectly.

I rolled an entire package of the bronze sculpey into these little balls and set them aside. This helped to pre-condition the clay so I wouldn’t have to work it so much for the next step.

 

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3.

I poked a loopy eyepin into a ball of clay and then set it down onto a sheet of thick but flexible plastic.

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4.

Holding onto the eyepin with one hand, I gently flattened the ball of clay with the wax seal. I was surprised by how well it turned out. There were only a few of these that I had to take apart and try again.

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5.

I followed the instructions on the package closely and baked my seals at 275 °F (130 °C) for 30 minutes in a glass pie pan. I actually ended up taking them out around the 27 minute mark when I noticed that one was starting to look a bit burnt.

 

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6.

After the seals had cooled down, I used my wireworking tools to make sure that all the eyes were tightly closed.

7.

I used a piece of cardstock to make my ribbons all the same length. This is as simple as wrapping the ribbon around the cardstock once for each bookmark and then cutting through one edge of the wrapping.

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8.

I poked the middle of a length of ribbon through the eye (from front to back) and pulled the ends through the loop to form a tight little knot around the eye of the pin.

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9.

I cut the ends of the ribbon to an angle.

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All finished! You are not required to make bookmarks out of your seals. You can use them as pendants for jewelry, gift tag embellishments, brand labels. The sky is the limit!

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Of course, I couldn’t just send the bookmarks as they were, I needed to create some Thank-you cards to hold them. That walk-through can be found here.

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Organizing our Blue, Bronze and White Wedding

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April 11, 2015 was not only our seventh anniversary but also the date of our wedding. There were many DIY components to our wedding as we were trying to save as much money as possible.

I have decided to share with you all of the resources I used to plan our wedding as well as some tutorials for the various projects I made. Perhaps they may prove as useful to you as they did to us!

The first step when one is planning a wedding is to get organized!

I signed us up for The Knot right away. This website has many checklists and inspirational photos to help you get an idea for your wedding. I was really hopeful about this site as I know many other brides who have used it. Unfortunately only an American couple will get the full benefit of what they have to offer. Mostly we used this site to look for ideas and to organize our guest list.

The next thing I did was create a board on my personal Pinterest account to brainstorm everything about the look of the wedding.

https://www.pinterest.com/mistyrae82/wedding-plans/

Every time I saw an image or link that I liked, I would pop it into the wedding board. Every few weeks I would make Philippe sit down and look at the board with me so that we could eliminate ideas which didn’t please both of us. This also helped me narrow down our colors and theme until we had something definate.

In order to have a physical place to keep track of our plans, I downloaded this free wedding planner from Worldlabel.com’s blog. They have so many free labels and printables there that I’m sure I’ll be a frequent visitor.

These resources were invaluable. I don’t know how I’d have kept everything organized without them!

Setting a date was easy. The first thing we had to do after that was find my dress.

Once we found the locations for the wedding and had everything reserved, we needed to create the invitations and a website. The website took a lot of thought since I needed to find a wedding site provider which would allow me to create both English and French versions for our various guests.

I finally found a great service. Twowed is a fairly simple wedding site creator but it is the only one I found which allows multiple languages for a great price. $30 for unlimited use is just about unheard of these days.

Here is our site so that you can maybe get some ideas for your own. We even created a facebook event since it’s thanks to Facebook that we found one another.

After deciding on a location for the reception, we had to create a plan for decorating the reception hall.

I wanted to prepare some wedding favors to thank the people who’d been invaluable during the planning.

The ceremony had to be planned down to the last detail… though that is next to impossible in Belgium!

Then it was time to start thinking of what I would do for thank-you cards and gifts.

Now that it’s all over, I need to start thinking of what to do with the photos and what I can do with the leftover decorations.