The other day, I was fiddling with the packaging for Laser Lace Letters, and nothing quite seemed right. It’s a victorian steampunk project, with stories told through letters and other documents, so I started asking my friends what they thought of when they heard the words “Victorian mail.”
“Wax seals!” they all said.
“But didn’t wax seals go out of fashion with the rise of the postal service, around before the Victorian period?” I said.
“Doesn’t your story involve tiny robot swarms, evil laser cutters and Aether travel?” they said.
“Oh,” I said.
There are a few places online where you can order custom made brass matrices (the part that makes the impression in the wax is called a matrix), but ever the DIYer, I wanted to see if I could make a serviceable acrylic matrix on the laser cutter at the Dallas Makerspace. It turns out that making a custom wax seal is rather simple. If you have access to a laser cutter or can drop a few dollars at Ponoko, you can make a completely customized acrylic stamp for under $20.
Check out the whole process at Instructables, or just marvel at these photos.