In praise of sealing wax for finishing our letters

By on 6-07-2015 in Blog Post

In praise of sealing wax for finishing our letters
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Today’s blogpost is in praise of taking a few minutes to use sealing wax to affix a seal on our letter before placing into envelope for mailing.  

The traditional sealing wax (mine each have a wick in them) I have had for a very long time.   For me I like to affix the seal and then put into an outer envelope (usually padded) for mailing, that way helping to ensure it does not break given it can get brittle.  In these photos taken here we were just playing around with using the wax and seal.  If I were to use the envelope with the wax seal I would then place into a larger outer envelope before putting into the mail, even if I were to use the more flexible types of sealing wax I have been reading about on line.

There were some reasonably priced individual alphabet seals on Amazon along with sealing wax.

On Etsy there were several offerings for ordering custom seals including LetterSeals on Etsy they offer a Custom Order Wax Seal Stamp (On twitter @LetterSeals).

At Sue SeasonsCreations “the perfect Seal & Wax for every occasion” (On twitter @WaxSeals) there were many options from which to choose.   They carry the traditional sealing wax and faux sealing wax which is a type of plastic.  Their FAQ page had excellent instructions for how to make a wax seal using Traditional Sealing Wax (the kind with a wick) and even the recommended thickness for postal guidelines to help get it through the mail if placing onto the outside of the envelope for mailing.

 

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Here is an example where have sealed the letter and will then place into envelope for mailing.

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Sunday afternoon, June 07, 2015 – photo taken by Helen – using the sealing wax to demo.

 

 

 

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The Making of Wax Seal step by step – (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum Rothenburg ob der Tauber). By User:Mattes (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Do you currently use sealing wax with sealing special letters?   Why not give it a try!  You can have a seal or a collection of seals, as well as a single color of wax or have many colors!    I encourage you to consider adding to your letter writing routine and supplies.


Anchors Aweigh,  

Helen