For many months now, I have been fascinated with the whole idea of wax seals. They’re so… noble and… old-timey. And if I may say so, very Harry Potter-ish! It all started out with a colleague presenting me a gift containing a wax sealing kit; which had two bars of sealing wax and a sealing stamp.
My love for them grew when I kept landing on wax sealing videos online. They’re just so satisfying to watch that it itched me to try them out on my own.
So finally I gave in to the temptation and bought two packs of mix multi-coloured wax sealing beads on eBay.
Honestly, it can be quite costly these wax beads. Buying them in separate individual colours would be silly for beginners like me. That’s why I jumped on these multi-coloured ones. They’re definitely a better deal. They all came with a melting spoon and tea lights.
Upon unpacking these, I’d separated them according to their colours in my plastic storage tray. As of now, I currently only have 3 sealing stamps. Though I don’t think I’m adding more to that since I find that I kept using only one of them for all of my stampings; my initial ‘I’. Also, if you can see, I have now a total of 3 bars of wax seals. After this shot, I had cut them all off into bits and pieces and had placed them in the same container. I hate melting these wax bars with their wicks on. They’re just way too slow for my liking.
So here’s me melting 3 beads of different shades of gold. The beads melted up quite quickly if I may say so. It’s quite satisfying seeing how the bubbles appear as the wax boil in the metal spoon… And oh! For those who wonder, the metal wax spoon doesn’t heat up all the way to your hand. So it’s quite safe to hold it.
Quite difficult pouring the wax in one hand, and holding your camera phone on the other. But I managed. Haha! Anyways, I have to say that the spoon portion turns out to be way too much. Or perhaps 3 wax beads are a little bit too many. I previously used another melting spoon with a wooden handle. The portion is smaller than this spoon and it stamped quite nicely. Perhaps I should just use that old spoon the next time.
Do not immediately place your metal stamp into the hot wax. Give it 3-4 seconds before you stamp it in.
Even then, do not pull out the metal stamp right away; especially if your metal stamp is not cold enough. I left it standing in the wax for about 6-10 seconds before I pull out the stamp.
So there it is to behold. The stamped wax seal… It’s the Hogwarts crest, in case you can’t see it. You can always slowly pull off the wax and re-melt them again. Then again, do note that it will leave some unwanted marks on your envelope.