How to Make a Waterproof Seal

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How to Make a Waterproof Seal
Beeswax is an active ingredient in waterproof seals. (Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

A waterproof seal provides protection from moisture and liquids. You can avoid messy situations on clothing and furniture by making a waterproof seal, and lengthen the life of some craft projects by waterproofing joints and surfaces. A simple waterproof seal can be made from easy-to-find materials. According to Virginia Technical University, "adding linseed oil to the [beeswax] mixture makes [a] good waterproofing" solution. You can find all the necessary ingredients--beeswax, boiled linseed seed oil, and turpentine--at your local hardware store.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Used metal coffee container
  • Dish detergent
  • Towel
  • Microwave
  • Microwaveable container
  • Beeswax
  • Turpentine
  • Linseed oil
  • Wooden spatula

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Clean a used metal coffee container with water and dish detergent. Dry the metal container completely using a towel.

  2. 2

    Melt the beeswax in a microwaveable container in the microwave for three minutes or until fully melted. The melted beeswax should have the same consistency as melted butter.

  3. 3

    Pour one part turpentine, one part boiled linseed oil and 16 parts melted beeswax into the metal container.

  4. 4

    Mix the turpentine, boiled linseed oil and melted beeswax with a wooden spatula until it is well-blended and has the same consistency throughout.

  5. 5

    Using a brush, apply the mixture to any surface to create a waterproof seal.

Tips and warnings

  • Boiled linseed oil can be purchased at the local hardware store. You do not have to boil the linseed oil yourself.

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