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#1 CharlieTurtle

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Posted 08 April 2014 - 17:49

Is a lighter the only way, or will simply dipping the end of the wax into boiling water suffice?


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Posted 08 April 2014 - 17:53

put the wax on a spoon and apply fire under it


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Posted 08 April 2014 - 18:26

Blowtorch. Does dipping in boiling water work? Never heard of that.


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Posted 08 April 2014 - 20:57

I remembered a post with the title below on the Ink Nouveau blog (May 21, 2010). Brian Goulet says he tried a lot of different ways to melt wax for seals and ended up with a $6 lighter.

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Posted 08 April 2014 - 21:28

Lighter.



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Posted 08 April 2014 - 21:30

I've used matches, cigarette lighters, fireplace lighters, melting pieces of wax in a spoon over flame, and a creme brulee torch.  All work.  Most will have soot drip in with the wax, a quick swirl from the end of the wax stick will "blend" it in before setting the seal.

 

I have not used boiling water.  I assume the premise would be as a double boiler, letting the wax melt in another container over the water, then pouring the wax onto the document for setting the seal.  There are actual melting pots made for this purpose, but I haven't used them.  I don't think dipping a wax stick into boiling water will work, really, but you can always experiment and find out.


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Posted 08 April 2014 - 21:55

I use this micro torch:

 

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Posted 08 April 2014 - 22:13

I use a birthday candle attached to a small plate and heat the wax over it. (I have a lot of these little candles.) Cheap and easy. I find the wax is ready to use when it begins to drip on the candle.



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Posted 09 April 2014 - 11:48

An egg poacher (such as this). Keep a good quantity of wax in one of the cups and, when needed, soften it over smmering water in the pan beneath. Use a spoon or tiny ladle to dispense melted wax onto the documents to be sealed.

Unused wax can stay in the cup for the next time.

We chill the (brass) seals in the refrigerator before sealing, to ensure a clean impresion.


Edited by ysgrifbin, 09 April 2014 - 11:50.


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Posted 09 April 2014 - 13:11

My wax must be unusual - it has a wick that you set fire to :thumbup:

 

But you still need a lighter or match.



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Posted 10 April 2014 - 03:09

Thank you for this post. I received a seal and stick of wax a couple of months ago, and have been trying to figure out how to use it. I tried using a regular candle, and ended up with wax from both the candle and the wax stick on my documents. Hadn't thought to try a lighter, since I don't have one around. Duh.

 

And I like the idea of chilling the seal first.


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Posted 10 April 2014 - 03:57

My wax must be unusual - it has a wick that you set fire to :thumbup:

 

But you still need a lighter or match.

I remember when all sealing wax had a wick in the middle of it. Ah, the good old days. I can't seem to find those, and I like Atelier Gargoyle wax (which flexes so it goes through the post office machines) so I use my blow torch from when I did creme brulee on the dessert station. (Those little torches are okay, but take too long when you need to burn the sugar on 12 at a time.)


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Posted 10 April 2014 - 04:08

I've always used a cigarette-lighter. Matches don't last long enough. 


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Posted 10 April 2014 - 06:20

I use an alcohol lamp. I place the lamp on its side on one of the facets with the wick above the area that will get the stamp. The alcohol I use is at least 90 proof to keep the soot down.


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Posted 10 April 2014 - 12:46

I use wax from here. They have two versions. One is like a glue stick that requires a heat gun to melt. I have two of those. They also have the wax with the wick in the middle. I use the gun when I have written several letters/cards at one time. I use the wick stick if it's only one.
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Posted 11 April 2014 - 01:11

Disposable Bic lighter has always worked for me.



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Posted 11 April 2014 - 06:59

I remember when all sealing wax had a wick in the middle of it. Ah, the good old days. I can't seem to find those,

 

Those are EVERYWHERE. Nostalgic impressions, letterseals, all over the ebay, on a zillion etsy stores. I even saw some in Michael's once.

 

That said, I hate the wicks. They just make it harder to easily melt the wax. I use a little blowtorch like the one the alert gargoyle people sell. Same one I use to shrink heat shrink and light cigars.



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Posted 11 April 2014 - 12:43

My wicked wax always gets blackish bits in it but I look upon those sooty swirls as the waxy equivalent of shading ;)



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Posted 11 April 2014 - 12:53

I use a wand style candle lighter.  Works really well.


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Posted 12 April 2014 - 05:04

I use my creme brulee torch. It works great for me and is super fast. And it's a nice use for the torch that doesn't end in me consuming 1200 calories.






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