White Sealing Wax

Most of the time, I use red, silver or gold sealing wax. I also have a huge stick of bright, pencil yellow sealing wax, but I've not had occasion to use it yet. I also have a half dozen sticks of white sealing wax. It has a slight pearlescence to it, but nothing overly fancy or over-the-top. White is a wonderful choice anytime you are using dark envelopes.

In my case, I had about a dozen chocolate brown envelopes in need of such a seal. You see, it would go so beautifully with the white, hand lettered addresses I did on the front with my dip pen.

Simplicity Embellished Brown Envelopes White Ink

 

White sealing wax presents a few challenges that you just don't have with darker sealing waxes.

I give you, chemistry:

Simplicity-Embellished-White-Sealing-Wax-BlockSee the crud around the wick?

Simplicity-Embellished-Vintage-Wax-Seal-LoveIf you're not careful, it will mix in with your wax. See the above and you'll see what I mean.

The best way to avoid this is in the angle with which you hold your wicked stick of sealing wax.

Here is how you hold it to mix in the black stuff:

Simplicity-Embellished-White-Sealing-WaxDo you see what's going on there? Here's another angle:

Simplicity-Embellished-White-Sealing-Wax-StickWhen you hold your sealing wax (and you should really hold it this way with all your colors), hold it like this:

Simplicity-Embellished-White-Sealing-Wax-ProcessSee how it runs clear?

Now, why would you hold it the other way? Well, I'll tell you why do. I hold it that way (sometimes) because I think I get my blob of hot wax faster. Maybe I don't, I don't know. But I think that by licking the flame all over the top of my stick of sealing wax, I'm going to speed up the process. What I'm really doing is mixing in the ash from the wick into the wax.

See how much nicer the seal looks when you hold your sealing wax stick at an appropriate angle?

Simplicity-Embellished-White-Sealing-Wax-SealSo much nicer.

The other thing that might be discoloring your wax impression is the actual seal itself.

Look at this:

Simplicity-Embellished-Wax-SealThis belonged to my Mom when she was a kid. It has produced many a seal and is due for a cleaning. You can make out the maroon coloring and that is likely from all of my red sealing wax.

Simplicity-Embellished-Vintage-Wax-SealBut in this case, I'm not going to clean that seal. Even if a little tinge of red makes its way into the wax seals it produces, I'm not cleaning it. I'd rather have a dirty seal that's seen better days then a fresh, new clean one.

All the history and all of that.

I mean, if you're going to use sealing wax you might as well embrace the history that comes along with it.

You can read about some of my other wax seals here. In this post you'll see my silver sealing wax and my star of david seal.

Here, you can read about the vintage LOVE seal I used in this post.

Here's a post with my green sealing wax and an initial N brass seal.