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What Letter Are You Supposed To Use For An Old Wax Seal

Where to find letter sealing wax?

For anyone else who finds this Q & A: You can use sealing wax to seal an envelope and send it through USPS. However, you will need to go to a post office, speak to someone behind the counter, and request the letter be hand cancelled. The service is about what it sounds like. The letter will be "cancelled" by a person and sorted manually, not sent through machinery. The letter will arrive with wax seal intact. A few things though. 1) I would check the kind of wax used to seal the envelope with. Wax from candles becomes hard and brittle when cold. Hence, why you can flake it off a table. Even with careful handling, harder waxes will chip and won t look as pretty when they arrive at the recipient s house. Wax designed to be used with seals is a bit softer. It still dries fairly hard, but resists cracking and has a slight amount of natural give. This allows the wax to survive the mailing process and be handled once cooled without snapping along the edge of the envelope closure. 2) I can t remember if there is an additional charge for a letter to be hand cancelled. I don t believe there is, but if so, it will be a very minimal cost. You may wish to take this into consideration. 3) I would also wait to add postage until after speaking to a post office employee. Most domestic packages use stamps based on weight. A standard "Forever" stamp is for traditional letters and can be used on letters up to 3.3 oz. Very few letters will need extra postage. Even a long letter or one using a wax seal won t usually go over this weight limit. However, if you use a heavy weight paper (watercolor paper, some sketchbook papers, calligraphy paper) or include an item and add a wax seal, you may be pushing it. Using too much wax can also send you over 3 oz., though it will take a lot of wax (think the entire sealing edge of the envelope) to get that heavy. The price of postage varies, but being only slightly over usually adds an adjustment stamp (the kind that a square, and range from one cent and up). International, hand-cancelled mail can be far most costly.

Can one send a letter with sealing wax?

For anyone else who finds this Q & A:

You can use sealing wax to seal an envelope and send it through USPS. However, you will need to go to a post office, speak to someone behind the counter, and request the letter be hand cancelled. The service is about what it sounds like. The letter will be "cancelled" by a person and sorted manually, not sent through machinery. The letter will arrive with wax seal intact.

A few things though.

1) I would check the kind of wax used to seal the envelope with. Wax from candles becomes hard and brittle when cold. Hence, why you can flake it off a table. Even with careful handling, harder waxes will chip and won t look as pretty when they arrive at the recipient s house. Wax designed to be used with seals is a bit softer. It still dries fairly hard, but resists cracking and has a slight amount of natural give. This allows the wax to survive the mailing process and be handled once cooled without snapping along the edge of the envelope closure.

2) I can t remember if there is an additional charge for a letter to be hand cancelled. I don t believe there is, but if so, it will be a very minimal cost. You may wish to take this into consideration.

3) I would also wait to add postage until after speaking to a post office employee. Most domestic packages use stamps based on weight. A standard "Forever" stamp is for traditional letters and can be used on letters up to 3.3 oz. Very few letters will need extra postage. Even a long letter or one using a wax seal won t usually go over this weight limit. However, if you use a heavy weight paper (watercolor paper, some sketchbook papers, calligraphy paper) or include an item and add a wax seal, you may be pushing it. Using too much wax can also send you over 3 oz., though it will take a lot of wax (think the entire sealing edge of the envelope) to get that heavy. The price of postage varies, but being only slightly over usually adds an adjustment stamp (the kind that a square, and range from one cent and up). International, hand-cancelled mail can be far most costly.

You break the seal.If you don’t want others knowing you’ve opened it, you take a knife, heat the blade (careful not to let it get too hot) and use it to lift the seal, being careful not to break it. When you’re done, you simply reheat the underside of the seal enough that it softens and adheres to the paper once again.

What kind of wax was used to seal letters?

Sealing wax was used. Sealing wax is a resinous preparation of shellac and turpentine that is soft and fluid when heated but solidifies upon cooling, used to seal letters, batteries, or jars. In many cases, red wax was used for official business.

The use of seals can be traced back to the Old Testament, where it mentions that Jezebel used Ahab's seal to counterfeit important documents.

Royalty and governments used their own seal to affix to proclamations to give them their authoritative stamp of approval. The first Great Seal of England was that of Edward the Confessor, impressions of which can still be found. During this time, almost everyone had their own seal, and while most people had just one, Royalty would own several, including their "Great" Seal, as well as seals for all their courts and officials. It was common practice to destroy the seal when the owner died, which is the reason so few original seals are still in existence today.

Official Seals of the Crown were often handed over with great ceremony, and in Medieval Times the size and motif of the Seal conveyed an image of the status of it's owner. Early motifs were equestrian or heraldic in nature, or showed the owner in various pursuits like hunting or doing battle. William the Conqueror used an equestrian seal showing him armed and ready for battle.

In Medieval Times, betrothals were prearranged-therefore true words of love were secretly written and the envelope's contents secured by a wax seal, so that the recipient could be assured that their passion would be unknown to others.

The first Seal of the United States was created by Benjamin Franklin, John Adams & Thomas Jefferson on July 4th 1776 immediately after the Declaration of Independence was signed. Congress realized the necessity of such a seal for the newly established nation.

As literacy increased, seals were used less frequently and with the introduction of the gummed envelope in the 19th Century the need for privacy was reduced. Seals became a more personal expression as well as a decorative embellishment.

Can you use regular candle wax for letter sealing?

Not if the letter is going to be mailed or handled much. Or left in a hot car fro an hour. Candle wax isn't going to stay on very well. Sealing wax may be called wax but doesn't have a whole lot in common with candle wax.

Is there a way to open a letter with a wax seal without breaking the seal?

haha wow! i havent seen one of those in years! okay, so here, this is what i did, take an iron, take some wax paper, hold the hot iron upside down so you can lay the wax paper on it, use two sheets for good measure if you like. then place the letter (sealed side up!) ontop of the wax paper. basically this would make the heat from the iron soften up the wax (DON'T LET THE WAX MELT!) and you can open and reseal it

Can you seal letters with normal candle wax?

You can seal a letter with porridge if you want bt don't expect it to stay shut.
If you use normal wax then it will crack & break off as soon as it goes into the sorting machine.
Sealing wax has better adhesive properties & is elastic enough to stay shut through the sorting process.
Unfortunately if it sealed with wax it will probably go through a hand sorted process & will take a lot longer to deliver.

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Anything that can withstand heat will work. including a) your thumb, 2) a Brass embossing plate ( just press the plate down and the rest will stand up, 3) anything that is textured, 4) a pastry cutter/roller can make designs. So can the the eraser of a pencil to press out out a simple design, like a flower made out of dots. A cut out of a potato (like what you use to make your own wrapping paper should work, as should a crumpled piece of paper pressed down for texture. ANother option might be pressing beads with a pattern/texture to them and I guess you could just pick up the bead once the texture is in the wax. What I want to know is once you apply the wax seal, how do you mail it w/o the wax seal popping off compliments of the US Postal service??

You sure can…here’s how…Moisten a clean sponge and place it beside your envelope (a few inches away).Gather your wax, heat source, stamp and stationary.Melt your wax and place the drips in an area slightly smaller than your stamp.Once you have melted the wax onto the paper, use the wax stick to smooth and stir the wax into a uniform surface slightly larger than your stamp.Quickly, dab your stamp on the moistened sponge and carefully apply it to your wax.Wait 5–10 seconds, while applying medium pressure to allow the wax to cool in place.The stamp will lift cleanly from the wax leaving a beautiful seal behind.