I decided to experiment with creating a Solomonic style seal for Operation Intruder. The intention is to create a set of seals with all of the OpIntruder sigils. I would like to create one of each not only for the original abduction and ontological shock sigils but also all the other ones that various agents came up with since the beginning of the operation. The idea came from my chat with Dana Varahi. She made a set of wax seals as part of her Abramelin Operation and shared with me the method used. Dana followed instructions she found on solomonicmagic blog.
Making my OpIntruder seal took around 1 hour in total. It was fun and fairly easy. I suspect that to create more complex shapes it will be easier to carve hard wax. I followed Dana’s method of carving the sigil with a toothpick when wax was still soft. It seems a good method for simple shapes but it would be very messy and impractical for complex designs. The seal is fairly fragile and tiny bits of the foil occasionally flake off when handled. It looks great and I will enjoy using it but it needs gentle handling and keeping away from heat so it doesn’t melt!
I am going to describe my own adaptation of the method.
You will need:
- double boiler (small pan inside of a bigger pan)
- small plate with a rim
- baking paper
- cocktail stick
- ufo cookie cutter (available on ebay)
- small knife
- chunk of beeswax
- some pine resin
- gold or silver leaf sheets (available in nail art shops)
- Prepare your double boiler by placing the larger pan on the hob, half filling it with water and putting the smaller pan inside. Place your wax in the smaller pan so it can melt. Meanwhile grate your resin into powder and add to the wax. It should slowly dissolve. I added quite a lot of resin (around 30% of the wax volume). It helps to make the wax sticky, which is useful when applying the gold leaf.
- Cut out a circle from the baking paper and line your plate. Pour the melted wax and leave until it sets a little before proceeding. You want the surface of the wax to turn solid but the inside still be a little soft. It took just over 5 minutes in my case.
- Place the ufo cookie cutter on top of the wax and draw the shape with cocktail stick. you want to make a deep line so it will be easy to separate the ufo from the remaining wax. Once this is done draw the sigil within the ufo, leaving some space away from the deep line. Leave to set completely.
- To remove the wax from the plate place it on a hot surface for short time. I put mine on an electric hob on the lowest setting for few seconds. The wax will melt and the disk will come out easily. (Watch out for the plate, it might be hot!) Remove the baking paper from underneath the wax disk. Now you can gently pull the wax away from the ufo shape. Carefully observe the ufo shape to make sure you do not stretch it accidentally. You can use a knife. Tidy up the edges by gently cutting bits off to even them up.
- You have a small wax ufo ready to be covered with silver or gold leaf. Make sure your hands are not sticky. The foil is very delicate and stick to everything. Place the ufo sigil face on the gold leaf, press gently, turn both over and gently massage the sigil surface. You will be able to see how the film sticks to it. You can bend the leaf around the edges to cover them. It helps to use the paper your gold leaf came with to gently rub around the edges until smooth. Turn your ufo and stick the foil to the other side. At the end you can trace over the sigil with the cocktail stick to remove the foil. It helps the shape to stand out.