Anyone have suggestions on best ways to melt the wax? I tried using a lighter, but that left black carbon smutz in the ink.
I also tried a candle, but this dripped it's own wax along with the sealing wax.
I'm batting 0 for 2 so far.
As with most things, you can see there are various ways to do this, and different preferences with different people. Probably the fastest and most efficient is the torch, which seems to be the favorite of many. I'm going to guess that all my hues,
and others who use the spoon melting technique, prefer the "old world" feel of doing it this ancient way. I prefer matches, since this also feels "old world" to me. It does leave some carbon in the wax, but I like it better with with the carbon swirled into the color for an antiquing quality.
Chemyst suggested Atelier Gargoyle's website for tips. Here is a link to their website's tips for using matches: Matches
I hope if I use black sealing wax that people don't think death.
I like black sealing wax for the same reason I like black ink — elegance. To me it's a classic color.