In this test I'm using the brass seal I just purchased and the sample wax that came with it from www.waxseals.com. To keep things simple, I'll say they offer two types of wax. Flexible and Breakable. Flexible is a modern version so that your seal will not crack under postal machine stomping before it gets to its intended party. NOTE:
"It is an expected practice that your seal be INSIDE your mailing envelope..."
NOT exposed on the outside. Here is a sample of the Breakable Wax:
I currently do not use the breakable wax. I did two tests. One test with their flexible wax, designed specifically to be used inside a low temperature glue gun; the other test with wax from an art's & craft store.
There are many methods to melting wax. For this test I chose to melt both with a spoon over a flame.
A small word about cooling your stamp before using. Many brass stamp manufacturers recommend this. It's a way of cooling your wax puddle quickly while preventing the wax from sticking excessively to your stamp. I did this in my tests above.
I personally will not be doing that in the future. It cools the wax too quickly for my taste. But this is absolutely a personal preference. I think most people do put their brass seals on an ice pack first. However, for the DIY stamps I cast from KwikWood, freezing them is totally ideal. They function quite differently compared to brass.
Well, as you know from a previous wax post I am looking for new sources for my wax. Using the wax sample I received isn't suited for the spoon method. I'm not inclined just yet to use a glue gun as part of the process of sealing my letters either. So I am still hunting. I won't lie, I do have my eye on some wax from Switzerland. Seems seriously dreamy. But I have to merit the expense first. Will keep you posted.
In the meantime, keep scribbling!
Hello, I’m Nina, the maven behind the
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