Wax sealing is now often used for decorations and as a form of art. However, in the past, its uses were more important and rather formal. A wax seal didn’t only secure the letter as it gets delivered toward the recipient, but it also acted as a proof of authenticity since a wax seal displays a mark or logo that is limited to a certain person, family, or organization back in the day. It is often rather exclusive and most definitely crucial.
What is a Wax Seal?
A wax seal is a seal that is made of wax by melting it, stamping it, and letting it harden. It is round shape, flattened against a paper with a distinct mark left in the middle. Nowadays, there are more variations regarding what can be stamped onto the wax seal. People try to be more creative with it and create stamps that come with cute characters, symbols, or even simple words for certain occasions. The use of wax seal has become much less formal, and it is now leisurely made to be enjoyed aesthetically mostly. Over the past years, it regained popularity around the internet.
Types of Waxes
Even though they’re all essentially wax and made from the same material, they are made into several different shapes and has a different composition as well, for example, oil levels. Some wax has wick, some are non wick.
Here are two examples of wax blends:
1. Traditional Sealing Wax
This one is usually shaped like a candle, it may have wick or not. This type of wax has a lot of oil in it, making it easy to break. This can be good for some people and some uses, but it can be the opposite for some others. This type of wax is not suitable for wax sealing for letters or mails.
2. Flexible Sealing Wax
Flexible sealing wax is a wax that is made by a mixture of real wax and resin. This is an example of a wax that has another mixture in it. It is more flexible compared to the traditional sealing wax, especially when pressed. This type of wax is harder to break and it can adapt well to many different types of materials or surfaces, even ones that are curved.
What Kind of Wax is Best?
In choosing the right type of wax, it all depends on the uses of it. For example, as mentioned before, traditional sealing wax is not very good for sealing letters or mails. Then, it must be good for other purposes. And most definitely, there is a type of wax that is more suitable for sealing letters or mails. In order to be familiar with what type of waxworks for a certain type of surface or material, you have to actually try and use it. Wax sealing requires a little bit of exploring and practice so that you can build more knowledge regarding the characteristics of the waxes and where they can be used the best.