Awhile back, one of my blog followers and former colleague, Neil, gave me an Outus sealing wax and seal set.
The Outus brand is made by the Anhui Yashengweige Wangluo Keji Youxian Gongsi company based in Hefei, China. The city of Hefei is one of China’s special economic zones. With a population of 7,869,000 inhabitants it is almost double the population of the whole province of Alberta and makes Canada’s largest city, Toronto, seem like a village with its population of 2,731,571 (even the greater Toronto area only has a population of 5,928,040). It amazed me when I was visiting China just how large and populous a county it is and how little I really knew about it.
This set came with a sturdy brass seal imprinted with a tree on a wooden handle as well as eight sticks of sealing wax. The only kind of sealing wax that I have used before is the type with a wick (for more information, please see this blog post https://margretputspentopaper.wordpress.com/?s=sealing+wax). While two of these sticks have a wick, the rest do not so I had to figure out how to use them.
I tried just using a lighter to melt the stick but I couldn’t comfortably keep the flame going long enough to melt quite enough wax to make a nice looking seal.
I also tried heating the wax stick over a candle and then just smooshing it onto the envelope in a circle but again I couldn’t get enough wax on the paper to make a nice seal. The end result looking like squashed bubble gum (I was using the bright pink) and was so unappealing I didn’t even take a picture.
Next, I attempted using a candle but I had to hold it at an angle and the candle wax started to drip. The resulting seal ended up being a combination of blue candle wax and silver sealing wax with some soot from the smoking candle mixed in.
After that I thought I should consult the internet. It turns out that the non-wicked type of sealing wax is the traditional type. Sometimes it is sold with a little ladle-like spoon meant to be heated over a candle with a small chunk of the wax in it. While this set didn’t come with a spoon, I had a cheap teaspoon from our camping gear I didn’t mind experimenting with. I cut off a piece of wax (I could have used a smaller amount), put it on the spoon, and heated it with a small candle.
It didn’t take long to melt and I was easily able to pour the wax onto the envelope.
If the Outus sealing wax and seal set was a person they would be hard to get to know but once you googled them you would see a whole new dimension.