(Closed) Anyone used real wax to make seals?

posted 5 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Did you check out Walmart? I know Canada doesn’t have much but also did you check other Micheals stores? I’m in Pickering so I can guess you’re looking at either the Oshawa or Whitby stores, but theres ones in North York and I believe scarborough.

Also you can check Staples or Canadian Tire. They sell the guns and sticks not sure about coloured ones though 🙂

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

We did it.  I ordered specific wax candles  for it.  I lit the candle and let the wax drip a few times and then did a press with my little stamp.  It wasn’t easy, but it sure looked cute!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’ve done this before for hand delivered letters, but wondering how it holds up in the mail?

The wax sticks seem to work well but are somewhat expensive

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Franklin Plaza

Tagging this post!  We plan to do this with the real wax and we are very excited about.  We haven’t looked around for where to get everythign from yet though.

 @MASPA:  Where did you get all of your materials from and how much did it end up costing you?

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

@subola:  honestly I dont remeber where, some website.  I bought 2 sticks, a stamp and a color foil pen and I think it was around $40

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Franklin Plaza

@MASPA:  That’s reasonable.  We VERY briefly searched (aka only looked at the first site we stumbled upon) and it was very pricey. We figured it would be about $150 to do it.  The stamp was like $110.  YIKES!

Also did you stamp your then soon-to-be monogram onto it?  That’s we were planning, but someone said it didn’t make sense because we’re not married yet.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@bella128:  One of my girlfriends put real wax seals on the back of her wedding invitations.  They did not hold up well at all going through the mail!  The post office uses very fast moving conveyor belts that are set vetically so there is very little room for the letters/envelopes to go through.  Her invitations must have kept getting caught because once they arrived to the people’s homes, they were all crunched up and bent and looked like they had been through a war.  I showed her mine and she was so upset because she had spent a lot of time on it.  A few invitations also did not make it to her guests.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

@subola:  Thats a ton of money!!  I bought it so long ago I wish I remembered where I got it.  we didnt get a custom monogram.  They did have that option for more money.  I didnt change my name so we got an M seal since both our names start with M.  We used the wax seals to hold closed the pocket invite, we regularly sealed our envelopes. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

We used sealing wax – it was a little handheld stamp I already had (I think it was originally $10-$15 when I purchased it a few years back) and the candlestick-style wax sticks. We made it a team project when we put the seals on – one of us melted the wax, the other one pressed in the seal.

It worked well … we used a few different colors, and noticed differences between them (some were more brittle, some were “stickier,” etc. You also have to pay a postage surcharge (I think it was 20 cents extra) to mail them.

As far as I know, ours held up just fine in the mail. If your invitation suite has both inner and outer envelopes (ours didn’t), you could wax-seal the inner ones and then tuck them inside the outer ones to protect them …

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Franklin Plaza

@KCKnd2:  Wow, 0.20 extra per invitation.  That sounds a little pricey.  Maybe we will put it on the inner envelope as you suggested.  

Did you do your soon to be new monogram as the seal or something else?

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

@subola:  We used a claddagh (Celtic symbol of hands holding a crowned heart: friendship, love & loyalty).

The $0.20 surcharge will apply whether the seal is on the inside or the outside – it still adds the same extra weight. The postal worker also recommended, when we were doing it, that we bring the sealed envelopes inside and hand them directly to a person, letting them know what they were, rather than dropping them in a mailbox. If you drop them in the mailbox, they go directly into the machine processing. They told us that if you hand them to a person, they will try to divert them so they get processed more gently and the seals have a better chance of surviving intact.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I fell in love with the wax seals and absolutely had to use them!  I ordered everything online(waxseals.com, it was pricey but I will use it forever!) and used a logo that a friend designed for us using our initials and the original ironwork in our reception building designed by Daniel Burnham.  We used a similar logo for our dance floor and GOBO.

The glue gun version is so easy and pretty much full proof!  Squirt out the size of a quarter, stamp and hold.  I placed my stamp on an ice pack between stamps as it heats up and will not release as well when its hot.  I also did the stamps on wax paper and used glue dots to put them on our ribbon belly band.  We used a flexible wax.  I would not suggest using it on the outside of the envelope as the machines at the post office will rip it right off.

 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Was it just me who opened this thread wondering why you would make a wax seal? (as in the sea mammal)…Embarassed

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Franklin Plaza

@KCKnd2:  Ok thank you!  I may steal that idea if you don’t mind.  My fiances family has large irish background and we are planning on bringing that into the ceremony in some way.  I actually have a claddagh neckclace that my FMIL gave me after we got engaged.

@baletrina:  Thanks for your quick response.  That seems like a good idea to do it on wax paper and then seal it.  Also for the glue gun method do you need a special glue gun or will a regular one work just fine?

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