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Top 10 Questions About Sealing Wax

Written by Artisaire on 2020 Sep 2nd

Top 10 Questions About Sealing Wax

Whether you’ve never worked with sealing wax before or if you’ve worked with mountains of it – buying the perfect sealing wax can be tricky, because really there isn’t a whole lot of information to help guide your journey. So we're here to save you the time (and money) of trial and error - by creating our list of the Top 10 Questions You Should Ask Before Buying Sealing Wax!

What Is Sealing Wax?

To start us off - we should probably talk about the wax itself!

Sealing wax is a waxy material that has been designed to melt easily, hold an impression when stamped; then harden once cooled.

Traditionally, sealing wax was used to send letters safely during the days of squires and knights without fear of tampering. Also used as a status symbol, having a seal was reserved for royalty and prestigious professions such as lawyers or doctors.

Wax seals have come a long way since then, however they still hold true to creating a look of elevation and importance.

Now used on everything from wedding invitations and crafting to branding and packaging – the uses for wax seals and sealing wax are endless!

Is All Sealing Wax The Same?

This is kind of like asking if all coffee is the same!

While you may make your coffee the same way every time, using different types of coffee beans WILL change the flavor in your cup!

Working with different brands of sealing wax is exactly the same way.

Depending on the ingredients used to make the wax, the format of the wax (hello glue gun sealing wax), and even the company you buy it from – you will end up with a different experience.

We will go into more detail below on the specific questions to ask when shopping for your sealing wax.

What Makes A Good Sealing Wax?

As we said above – not all sealing wax is created equal!

When we created our signature sealing wax blend years ago, we wanted to create the highest quality sealing wax, and here are our must-have, top 5 attributes of what we believe makes sealing wax amazing:

1. Rich in color (and lots of them);
2. Luxurious and smooth texture
3. Flexible and durable enough to be mailed
4. Easy to use, doesn't stick often and avoids pooling
5. Holds a defined, high quality impression

Now – it’s easy to tell all of those things once you’ve already purchased the wax and tested it,

But… how can you tell the difference between different types of sealing wax before you hit that buy button?

What Are The Different Blends Of Sealing Wax?

There are two main blends of sealing wax: Traditional Wax and Flexible Wax.

It is important to what each blend is meant for, because each one has a different look and some are only designed for specific uses!

The Traditional Blend

Traditional Sealing Wax is quite easy to identify because it usually comes in either “with wick” wax sticks (square in shape and look almost like a candle) or wickless wax sticks.

This form of wax uses a special shellac – making it perfect if you are looking for that “breakable” wax effect when your guests open their invitations but is not recommended for mailing.

Typically found in traditional colors such as black, red, and gold – this type of wax is widely available on shops like Etsy and Amazon.

The Flexible Blend

Flexible Sealing Wax is created using a combo of real wax and resin – to create a more flexible wax seal when pressed (and prevents cracking or breaking).

Available in a wide range of colors with a thicker consistency for easier pouring, this is the most popular form of wax used in the wedding industry. This type of sealing wax is also known for its ability to safely travel through the mail and be used on curved surfaces like bottles and candles.

It is important to note that this type of wax does vary quite a lot between different brands – so make sure to read the reviews before buying!

What Are The Different Formats Of Sealing Wax?

Sealing Wax Sticks

This is the most popular form of wax and has been for the last few years. Primarily made of flexible sealing wax, this wax has been designed to melt in a Low-Temp Glue Gun.

Quick and easy to use, this format of sealing wax will save you tons of time and create more beautiful wax seals!

Traditional Sealing Wax (with or without wick)

These wax sticks are made typically using traditional sealing wax.

Melted over an open flame, this form of wax is much more fluid than other forms, and won't be flexible when dried. Making it best for hand-delivered letters and crafting only.

Sealing Wax Beads

Pre-portioned rounds of wax, these little beads were created to melt in wax spoons over an open flame.

A great solution for making a few seals at a time – this type of wax is perfect for the DIY addict who has time to enjoy it!

Available in both traditional and flexible sealing wax – it’s important to ask what blend of wax you are working with before buying!

Pre-made Wax Seals

A relatively new addition to the market, pre-made wax seals are pressed by hand and finished with adhesive backing – to save you the entire process!

Made from flexible sealing wax, we love how quick and easy it is to add wax seals to any project!

Our favorite uses for them? Wedding invitations and packaging!

How Much Sealing Wax Do I Need?

Ok, well the first thing to ask yourself is:

“Is there such thing as too much sealing wax?”

If you happen to be like us and answer no to the question above – then feel free to buy all the sealing wax, in all the colors, just to be safe! 😉

For those of you planners out there – we hear you! Below is a chart on how many seals you can get per stick. :

Wax Stamp Diameter Wax Seals Per 4" Stick

0.75" (19mm)

10-12 Wax Seals

1.0" (25mm)

8-10 Wax Seals

1.25" (32mm)

5-7 Wax Seals

1.5" (38mm)

3-5 Wax Seals

*We sell sealing wax in 5 packs, and each stick is 4". As a rule of thumb you can typically get 40 wax seals per 5 pack, when using a 1 inch wax stamp

How Do I Use Glue Gun Sealing Wax?

Okay, now comes the fun part, making your wax seals!

Here is what you need:

  • Wax Stamp
  • Sealing Wax Sticks
  • Low Temperature Sealing Wax Gun
  • Zip-lock bag of ice
  • Microfiber Cloth

Melt

  • Plug Sealing Wax gun into electrical plug (comes with a North American plug)
  • Insert 2 sealing wax sticks, requires 2 sticks in the chamber to dispense
  • Wait 5-7 minutes for sealing wax gun to heat up

Pour

  • Hold your sealing wax gun 1-2 inches above your surface and squeeze the trigger
  • Aim for a pour slightly larger than your stamp
  • Place Sealing Wax Gun on silicone mat

Press

  • Press Wax Stamp into sealing wax
  • Leave 5-10 seconds to cool
  • Gently peel away, if sticking occurs, give extra time to cool
  • Chill Wax Stamp on ice between stamping

How Do I Use Sealing Wax Beads?

If you are looking to make 1 or 2 seals at a time, this method is straight soul-food!

To get started you will need:

  • Wax Stamp
  • Sealing Wax Beads
  • Sealing Wax Spoon
  • Open flame (a large candle works well)
  • Zip-lock bag of ice
  • Microfiber Cloth
  • Silicone Mat

Melt

  • Light candle or an open flame
  • Place 1 bead into sealing wax spoon
  • Ensure protective cover is on spoon
  • Hold spoon above flame, avoiding direct contact
  • Wait 1-2 minutes for bead to melt

Pour

  • Pour liquid sealing wax onto your surface
  • Aim for a pour slightly larger than your stamp
  • Place spoon on silicone mat after pouring

Press

  • Press Wax Stamp into sealing wax
  • Leave 5-10 seconds to cool
  • Gently peel away, if sticking occurs, give extra time to cool
  • Chill Wax Stamp on ice between stamping

What Color Sealing Wax Should I Use?

If any of you are color lovers like us, this question is basically like saying it’s Free Wine Day - but you can only choose one bottle to enjoy! Nearly impossible!

When it comes to choosing the color of sealing wax for your project – application is everything!

We're all about a bright yellow, bumblebee wax seal on your niece’s birthday invites, but if we’re talking about a soft, ethereal wedding invitation, then bright yellow might not be the right choice.

Whether you are using wax for your wedding invitations, social stationery, branding, or crafting, we always recommend ordering samples to make sure your color is just right!

While online shopping has changed our way of life – when it comes to choosing color, physical samples are still key!

The Wrap Up

Well friends, that’s a wrap!

Now that you are equipped with the Top 10 Questions You Should Ask Before Buying Sealing Wax you are ready to go out in the world and find your color calling!

As always – if there are any questions or other topics you’d like to chat about – leave them in the comments below!

Xoxo,

Team Artisaire