In situations where convenience is prioritised, the use of common seals has been combined with common seal stickers for fast and neat application. However, there are still a large amount of users who value aesthetical sense, and therefore opt to use the same old method of combining sealing wax with their common seals. Here’s how you can achieve an authentic design with sealing wax in just 5 steps:
For users who aren’t keen on direct application (since there is always a possibility that wax may ruin envelopes and stain important parchment), you can actually prepare the wax seals in advance. Here are some of the items you would need for the entire process so make sure to get them all ready before you begin: Cookie sheets or wax paper, glue, wax candles, oil (vegetable oil is the best recommendation), any form of additional embellishments, a spoon, glue pots or butane lighter or heating tool of choice. Once you have made the necessary preparations, you can continue onto the next step.
To begin making the wax seal, you will be required to melt the wax. Prepare your wax paper and spread it out onto a flat surface so that there will be no uneven texture in your wax seals. Now you can choose two methods- Using either a lighter for direct application onto the wax paper or a glue pot.
For lighters, simply light your wax candle and hold it at an angle so that the melted wax will drip onto your wax paper. Make sure that your candle flames aren’t in direct contact with the melted wax and won’t be extinguished by it so that you can keep a steady stream. To melt the candle evenly, you can rotate the candle at regular intervals slowly. Once you have determined that the wax pooling on the wax paper is enough, simply stamp your common seal down to create an impression.
Alternatively, you can melt your candles in a glue pot. Make sure to grease your spoons with vegetable oil and scoop the amount of molten wax you need before transferring that onto the wax paper and stamping the common seal down on it.
Keep your common seal pressed in for about 30-45 seconds so that the wax puddle solidifies and keep a firm consistent pressure. Once the wax hardens, you can extract and pull your common seal away upwards as gently as possible. This will have successfully created the wax seal and you can repeat the same steps as many times as you want. Keep in mind that you may occasionally have to smear a thin layer of oil onto your common seal for easy removal.
- Additional embellishments
This step is optional but additional embellishments can be added to your wax seals for a customised touch. For example- ribbons or coloured ink embossing. This is highly recommended for design enthusiasts who wish to add on personal touches to their seals. While it’s not exactly the most practical, it could potentially be an opportunity to showcase your creativity and talent.
One of the best things about creating wax seals is that no parts of the wax are left to waste. You can collect the scrap bits in a pile and remelt them to create more wax seals. In fact, it would be more interesting since you can make use of different types of coloured wax and create a marbled effect when they melt together.