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Wax Seal and Stamper kits

Updated on November 4, 2014

Decorate your envelopes with wax seals!

I've always wanted to use a wax seal to spruce up my correspondence. But I never knew where I could buy the supplies. I mean, you can't just go to Walmart and buy wax for wax seals, and they definitely don't carry wax stampers!

Then a couple months ago, I found both wax and seal online (and at a great price!). After a little bit of practice, I've found that wax stamping is not only fun, but it's a great way to turn an ordinary envelope into something special. Now I use a wax seal on everything!

Traditional Wax for Wax Seals

Wax Seal and Stamper kits

There are actually many different kinds of wax for wax seals. Traditional sealing wax comes in 3 different forms and each is melted a different way.

  • If they are in stick form, the end is heated until it's pliable enough to be placed on the envelope.
  • If the wax is in candle form, you just light the wick and let the wax melt.
  • If it's in granular form, the wax granules are placed in a spoon and then heated with a flame until the wax is melted.

How to Use Traditional Sealing Wax - Wax Seal and Stamper kits

Although it may look easy, wax stamping is difficult to do without a little practice. You have to use the right amount of wax. You have to use the right amount of pressure. You have to leave the stamper in the wax long enough for the shape to hold, but not too long or else the wax could stick to the metal. Here's a video that shows you exactly how to use traditional sealing wax. After you watch it, I would suggest practicing a few times before trying to seal anything important.

Discount wax sticks - Try it for yourself!

These traditional wax sticks are made in Scotland using the original "recipe" that's been used for over 250 years. Each 4 inch stick will yield 12 to 15 wax impressions.

Faux Wax for Wax Seals

Wax Seal and Stamper kits

Because a traditional wax seal is easily broken, many people have started using faux sealing wax. Faux wax is flexible so it's perfect for sealing letters you want to send through the postal system. It's also easier to apply than traditional wax. The usual form for faux wax is in the shape of glue gun sticks. The sticks are placed in a glue gun and, after heated, they can be pushed out just like glue onto your paper.

How to use Faux Seal Wax - Wax Seal and Stamper kits

This is definitely an easy way to use wax and seal. I like it because I don't have to mess around with fire, plus there are less drips this way. The only thing you have to watch out for is getting your wax too hot. Also make sure not to push out the wax too fast or you'll get too much. Otherwise this is simple and definitely a lot easier than using traditional wax.

Get the best deal on Faux Wax - Wax Seal and Stamper kits

I usually purchase my wax on Ebay because I can choose just one stick or many sticks. Sometimes sellers offer my choice of multiple colors. When I get faux wax, I try to purchase enough for 6 months or so and I try to get them all from the same seller. That way I can get a good deal on shipping.

You'll also need a glue gun - Wax Seal and Stamper kits

Remember to get the right glue gun for wax sticks. You'll need a mini glue gun for the mini sticks and a full size glue gun for the jumbo sticks. The best kind of gun to use is a low or dual temperature glue gun. When you aren't using the gun, rest it on something scrap paper or a scrap of cloth (I use a piece of tin foil). This prevents stains should the wax happen to drip from the hot gun.

Surebonder DT-280F Dual Temperature 60 Watt Full Size Standard Glue Gun
Surebonder DT-280F Dual Temperature 60 Watt Full Size Standard Glue Gun

If you get this glue gun, make sure to purchase full size glue sticks.

 

Choose your own wax stamper

Ring wax stamper
Ring wax stamper

Wax Seal and Stamper kits

Traditionally, a stamper was used to identify the person who sealed the wax. It was usually a family seal or family crest.

Today they are used just for decoration. Some like to stamp their initial into the wax. Others want shapes like a heart or Fleur di Lis. The great thing about modern wax stampers is that there is such a huge selection to choose from. Why get just one?

Get a stamper that fits your personality - Wax Seal and Stamper kits

Seeing a wax seal on an envelope isn't a common occurrence. In fact, it's rare enough that whoever receives that envelope is going to look very closely at the symbol in the wax. So make sure you choose a stamp that says something about you.

Sealing Wax Stamper - Fleur De Lis
Sealing Wax Stamper - Fleur De Lis

Perhaps the most widely used symbol, the Fleur di Lis is a design used by royalty throughout history.

 
Crown 3/4" diameter brass Wax Seal Stamp, hand-engraved in South Africa
Crown 3/4" diameter brass Wax Seal Stamp, hand-engraved in South Africa

3/4" brass stamper with a 2" brass handle.

Stamper and handle are all one piece.

 

Wax Seal and Stamper Kits - Wax Seal and Stamper kits

This is the easiest way to go, especially for a beginner. A kit will come with everything you need, including a set of detailed instructions.

Amscan - Wax Seal Kit - Heart
Amscan - Wax Seal Kit - Heart

This wax seal kit includes 4 sticks of wax and a decorative stamper shaped like a heart. Each stick of wax should be able to make 15 seals.

 
Seal and Wax Set
Seal and Wax Set

This kit includes 3 sticks of faux wax in gold, silver and red. It also has a long handled seal with 3 interchangeable designs, a quill, a Christmas tree and a heart.

 
The Art Of The Love Letter (Miniature Editions)
The Art Of The Love Letter (Miniature Editions)

This kit comes with 1 stick of red wax and a heart stamper. It also includes 5 sheets of paper the perfect size for love notes and 5 matching envelopes. And as a bonus, you'll get a 32 page mini book detailing the history of love notes and wax seals and even some sample notes.

 

What would you use a wax seal for?

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      yayas 5 years ago

      I would use wax seals on letters of endearment to my good hubby-buddy or for a message to any of my children or grandchildren. I love the idea of making the note more special. Thanks for the tips on where to find these supplies.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The lost novelty of communicating by letter. It's not as fast, but everyone loves to get mail that's engaging and not a bill. I only wish I could find the wax seal I'm looking for which is a Hebrew letter.

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      KarenCookieJar 6 years ago

      I've always wanted one of these too!

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      NYtoSCimjustme 6 years ago

      What a fantastic way to personalize a card or note. I hadn't thought this was popular so recently - I thought it went out once we had self adhesive envelopes. :) Two Thumbs Up!

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      Othercatt 6 years ago

      @Virginia Allain: The first time I stamped a letter, I accidentally dripped the wax on my finger. Yowzahs! That hurt!

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      CCGAL 6 years ago

      Wow, I haven't thought about sealing wax for at least 30 years. I used to write love notes to my boyfriend and seal them with red wax and a heart stamp ... of course that was in the early 1970s, so I'm giving away my age. I had no idea the art had been revived, but I think it's nifty! So much fun! Good job on pulling together everything one needs to learn and do this art of personalization.

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      It's been years since I used wax seals with a monogram stamper. I bet I still have them stashed in a drawer somewhere. The faux wax sounds good. Use caution, as I have a scar on my hand from a molten drop of wax.

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      CarolynPile 6 years ago

      When I was in high school (the seventies), you could buy sealing wax and stamps at Hallmark stores and other stationery stores. I used to write letters and seal them with peace signs or hearts. Nowadays the lumps would probably cause problems in postal sorting machines.

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      hessa johnson 6 years ago

      I think this is such a long lost tradition of letter-writing. It IS hard to get the wax/stamping just right! Excellent lens.

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      Stacy Birch 6 years ago

      I love the romantic feel and writing letters the old fashioned way. Good lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is so fun. I love it. Thank you for a great idea.

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      grandma deal 6 years ago

      I love this idea. Wonder how expensive it would be to have a stamp custom made. It would be fun to use one for myself. But I think it would also be neat to use at the office for use on invoicing envelopes. Liked, Favorited and Lensrolled.

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      WateredGardenCreations 6 years ago

      I haven't used wax seals in years, not since I was a young kid. I really want to try it again now. Thanks for all the wonderful information.

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      I'd love to get a wax seal... I'd certainly use it for sealing cards and letters, it just adds a touch of old fashioned class and sophistication.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      I put them on letters a couple of times, but don't write letters anymore. Too bad, might be cool to use them on bills! :-D

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Aw, this is nice and very helpful. These are something I've always been interested in, they are fun and look so darn nice and official. ~ Blessing

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      Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

      I love the idea of a hand-written letter on beautiful paper, sealed with a wax stamp. Somehow email just doesn't have the same appeal!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      Wow! This is really awesome! Thank you for showing us so many great kits and also for the videos. The combination makes an exemplary crafting kits lens. Proud to feature this one on Squid Angel Mouse Tracks in Crafts!