The tradition of sealing letters and documents with a personal wax seal is an ancient one. The first Great Seal of England was that of Edward the Confessor, and impressions of this seal can still be found. For centuries, it was common for most people to have their own seals made of lead, brass, bronze or silver. Though less common today, you can still buy a ready-made seal stamp from a craft store or have one custom made for a special occasion.
Things You'll Need
- Seal stamp
- Sealing wax sticks
- Paper or envelope
- Cooking oil
- Flame or butane lighter
Prepare the piece of paper or envelope you are about to seal by making sure the area is clean.
Choose an appropriate seal; brass is good because it do not require oiling. There are hundreds of seal designs on the market, including letters of the alphabet to signify a family name, as well as all kinds of illustrations from dragonflies to sunflowers. It is also possible to order monogrammed seals. Choose the color wax you would like to use. Crimson is the most original and authentic color, but there are dozens of colors available.
Oil the seal -- if it is not brass -- by dabbing a tiny bit of cooking oil onto it with a paper towel.
Light the wick of your wax stick with a candle flame or lighter so the wax starts to heat up and drip.
Drip the molten wax onto the area you wish to seal. Drip enough wax so it creates a pool the size of a nickel.
Set the wax stick aside on a piece of tin foil.
Press the seal into the wax vertically and apply pressure evenly so the impression is made in its entirety.
Lift off the seal and let the wax finish cooling.
Protect the seal if not hand delivering the document or envelope. The wax can be brittle and break during its journey. Place it inside a padded envelope or hand deliver for best results.