Frequently Asked Questions

1. I would like to give a seal and wax as a gift. Which wax is best for gifts?

Being given seals ourselves as gifts in the past, we couldn’t wait to use them!

Choosing a wax with a wick allows for immediate use, anytime, anywhere.

With a wick wax, one can melt wax without any extra tools beyond a match or lighter.


2. My seals are going to be mailed - what is the best wax to use?

We have a category of waxes just for you - Mailable Sealing Waxes

These waxes are all strong enough to hold onto your papers, and withstand lots of handling and shuffling without breaking.
The strongest holding of these is our Faux Sealing Wax, which will hold to smoother papers better than actual waxes (such as vellum papers).

 Please remember that adding the weight of a wax seal to your mailed item may increase the postage required for mailing.
If in doubt, take a completed item to your postal office for a postage quote.
If you opt to have items hand cancelled, your postal office may charge a fee for this service.
 Postal offices use many automated machines for stamp canceling and sorting.
These machines could potentially smear/remove wax seals, even if these are mailable waxes.
Please consider using your seal on the inside of your mailing to avoid seal damage, as well as extra handling costs from your postal office.


3. I have a large event and need to produce many seals for mailing.

Using a mailable sealing wax molded to fit a glue gun will save you so much time, you will be looking for more ways to use your seal and beautiful wax.

One just "points and shoots" the wax directly onto a project surface, then emboss with a seal.

Truly no fuss, and no muss - and no flame needed.

 When we do large scale productions, we often use up to four stamps of the same engraving at the same time.  

This really does cut production time x 4 - and can easily be done by one person.  Chill the seals on an ice pack between embossing to "speed set" your wax as well.


4. We are creating a large amount of seals, but do not need to mail them.

Since mailing is not an issue, any of our waxes would apply for this use.

We are addressing how to best create a large amount of seals.

Again, we would suggest the glue gun method mentioned above - this is by far the best way to create a large number of seals.


5. What is the most traditional sealing wax you carry?

We are very pleased to offer several lines of waxes from J. Herbin of France, and Waterstons of Scotland.  

Being traditional waxes, they are breakable to provide evidence of tampering.  

These are wonderful for hand delivered items, packages, gifts - as well as certificates.

6.  When sending a letter sealed with an initial, do you use the sender's initials, or the recipients?
While there is no hard or fast rule around this, typically it is the sender's initials - meant to indicate that it was the sender who sealed the correspondence, and it has not been tampered with.
Since the initials were used out of necessity, rather than formalities, the use of the recipients initials now would not be seen as wrong or out of place.