I love everything to do with snail mail: from typewriters, to vintage paper and envelopes, cardmaking, pens, handwriting and more; but one thing I have never tried (until now!) is sealing wax; but I'm pretty sure I'm already HOOKED! In this post, I'm using Glue Gun Sealing Wax and a variety of seals; however, The Ink Pad does also carry traditional Wick Wax, as well as a Sealing Wax Set with small wax beads and a melting spoon, which I will save for another post.
A few weeks ago, we were lucky enough to be sent some excellent videos by Cathy Simon of Global Solutions which we put on the blog as Sealing Wax Tips and Tricks. I highly recommend starting there for a great overview and basic troubleshooting. But here are a few things to know about the Glue Gun Wax, before you start: You'll need a glue gun that takes 1/2" Wax Sticks; a non-stick heat resistant surface (Ranger's Silicone Mat is ideal!); and of course some seals. Optional extras that I found handy: an ice pack to keep metal seals from overheating and sticking in the wax and an old pot holder to catch the drips. I started by making a few seals right on the silicone mat, just to practice dispensing the correct amount of wax, making it vaguely circular and centering the seal. When it was time to change colors, I found that the best (and basically ONLY) way to get the old color out is by dispensing it, so again, I made a bunch of seals, some of which were marbled where the two colors met inside the gun. I found these wax mixtures to be very pretty, but the impression of the seal was usually less distinct.
When I was ready to make seals on paper, I started with a bunch of premade tags. I added a few little bits of torn vintage paper, and maybe a cancelled postage stamp, then dispensed a circle of wax just a tiny bit larger than my 3/4" seal and made impressions right on the tags. I used Freund Mayer Wax in Light Grey and Global Solutions Wax in Cranberry. As I grew more confident, I started experimenting with adding glitter and fragments, scraps of twine andtiny Prima paper flowers, all of which worked well, though I found that when adding texture to the wax, you lose the detail of the seal, so you're probably better off using a Blank Round or Square Seal when adding texture elements. Generally, the slightly chunkier designs showed up more clearly than finely detailed ones, but that may be my "newbie" status. After they were cool, I emphasized the detail on some of my seals with a Posca Paint Pen which made them stand out even more.
The seals I used in this post include: Classic Icon Fleur-de-Lis Wax Seals in Leafy Tree, Unicorn, Music Staff, Dragonfly, Thank You, Anchor and Compass, as well Classic Alphabet Fleur-de-Lis Wax Seal in "L" and a more ornate Florentine Brass Initial Wax Seal, also in "L". In addition, The Ink Pad has Florentine Brass Small Icon Seals in a variety of designs; Elegant Icon XL Brass Wax Seals which also have many varieties; and Classic Typewriter Scroll Seals. There's also a nicely priced assortment of eleven Interchangeable Brass Seals, which work with our Glass or Wooden Handles. I especially love the way my seals combined with Pepin's vintage inspired stickers, Appree Pressed Flower Stickers and The Ink Pad's Vintage Flower Stickers.
is proud to report
un-burnt fingers thus far!