You may have seen a wax seal in Singapore either from movies or the internet. Did you know that wax sealing has been around for hundreds if not thousands of years? It used to be a necessity for sending out letters because it acted as an adhesive to seal off the letter or the envelope and ensured its safety as it was sent out to reach the recipient of the item. Since sending out physical letters is no longer something that people commonly do now, a wax seal is no longer that popular. However, in recent years, it surfaced again with a different purpose. Many people enjoy looking at how some others can be creative with wax sealing, creating an interesting and unique look with it. Wax sealing is also quite popularly used as a decoration for other arts and crafts or items and stationery. It feels vintage but somehow sophisticated and most definitely unique. Now that people enjoy some aesthetics from the past, the wax seal has regained fame in this way.
If you are one of the people who are intrigued to try out wax sealing, it is better to learn about its basics here. Below, you will find several questions regarding wax sealing that a beginner usually has.
Where Can I Use a Wax Seal?
There are actually no limitations now regarding where you can use a wax seal. The question is more likely directed toward what is the limit to the items, surfaces, or types of material that a wax seal can be used on. Well, the answer is that you have to always be experimental with it and try if your waxworks on a certain material or not. Some waxes work, some waxes don’t. As long as it works, then you can definitely use your wax seal on that type of material. A wax seal is nearly appropriate on any items, as long as you can be creative with it. Since it is now often a decoration, you can choose to include other things to make it fit the item and occasion.
What are the Tools Needed for Wax Sealing?
Quite simply, you need to have a suitable wax type for the surface or material you want to seal, a tool for melting the wax and pour it onto the paper or other materials, a heat source, and of course, a stamp.
The stamp here is not the same as an inking stamp. It is a different type of stamp that is able to leave an indentation on the wax seal and create a mark of your own, for example, your company logo, your initials, a certain symbol, or even simple words. This type of stamp can be simply manufactured at a stamp manufacturer after making the design for it. The other tool can usually be found in craft stores.
People often contemplate choosing to use a glue gun or a wax sealing spoon as a tool for melting the wax and pouring it onto the paper. A glue gun is more convenient since it does not require a separate heat source, however, it can get quite tricky for beginners. It is more recommended to use a wax sealing spoon for newly starters.