Introduction: Wax Sealing

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Sending mail with various papers,

incuding money, documents, or just personal letters is something that happens on a daily basis, especially when using home-made envelopes. But it is important that each of these home-made envelopes is sealed tightly so that nothing escapes from it. But how will homemade envelopes seal closed without a substance hold? This Instructable will provide guidance in sealing envelopes using household wax.

Step 1: Obtain Materials:

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To complete this process, candle wax, a lighter,

and an envelope will be needed.

Step 2: Prepare to Burn:

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Take the unwrapped solid wax from

the source and place it ½ an inch above the envelope with non dominant hand.

Step 3: Burn:

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Take the lighter with other hand and then slowly

light the wax. Once the wax has started dripping, drip wax in a circular motion over the tab of the envelope.

Step 4: Cover Opening of Envelope:

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Close the envelope tab so that it is over or

on top of the rest of the envelope. Make sure that the tip of envelope is covered in wax.

Step 5: Wait for Wax to Dry:

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Now that the tip of the envelope cover is covered in wax, wait for the wax to cool down and harden. This process will only take about 30 seconds.

Step 6: Done!

Now that the envelope is sealed, it

is now ready for sending. Using this method of seal, the knowledge of alternative envelope sealing will be gained. This technique can also apply to other forms of paper craft.

Comments

QueenBoadicea (author)2017-02-08

I tried using regular candle wax for seals. It doesn't work. The wax hardens too quickly and doesn't cling properly to the paper.

eladejarl (author)2015-04-14

You're using the wrong kind of wax. You are just using a normal candle.

MrE (author)2014-06-06

True wax seals that were used for official letters were not made from just wax. Usually the seal was from a mix of wax and other things. Here is the wiki description.

Formulas vary, but there was a major shift after European trade with the Indies opened. In the Middle Ages sealing wax was typically made of beeswax and 'Venice turpentine', a greenish-yellow resinous extract of the European Larch tree. The earliest such wax was uncolored; later the wax was colored red with vermilion. From the 16th century it was compounded of various proportions of shellac, turpentine, resin, chalk or plaster, and coloring matter (often vermilion, or red lead), but not necessarily beeswax. The proportion of chalk varied; coarser grades are used to seal wine bottles and fruit preserves,
finer grades for documents. In some situations, such as large seals on
public documents, beeswax was used. On occasion, sealing wax has
historically been perfumed by ambergris, musk and other scents.

craftclarity (author)2014-06-02

Can you use it to send ciphers?

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