The Seal or wax seal stamp, or personalized seal is the perfect object of the individualization and formalization of a personality or an institution. it preceded for a long time and then accompanied the signature which hires the signatory in access to the shop ligneun act of the social life. With one or more initials for individuals, with logos for companies, with the emblem of the French Republic “Marianne” for the city halls and professions with authorization to Sealed, Wax seals are also used to embellish and personalize wedding announcements, they are highly appreciated by amateur and scrapbooking enthusiasts, as well as designers and merchandisers.
The creation of a wax seal or a personalized seal consists of the engraving of a text, initials, the name of a company, a business, a craft enterprise, a Administration or a liberal profession with logo, symbol or even coat of arms …
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The Wax Stamp is etched in reverse on a brass holder. The dimensions range from a diameter of 10 mm to 50 mm, and more on special request. If the “sealing wax” is melted and the seal is applied to the wax still warm and soft, the wax seal will print in relief and harden with cooling. The seal is then definitive.
Please refer to our price list, this item can be ordered online.
IMPORTANT: The engraving of the personalized seals is exclusively carried out according to the rules of the art by your interlocutor Dominique Chaine, craftsman engraver. The round brass base is 15 mm thick, and is screwed to the wooden handle. The wooden sleeves are black varnished, and on request can be provided natural color varnishes. The direction of apposition is indicated by a small golden nail
WARNING: Sealing wax is flammable and sticks to the skin. It can cause severe burns. Be very careful when handling hot and melted wax and do not allow young children to use this process
In France, even today, the Constitution is sealed with the Seal of the Republic (preserved by the Minister of Justice, Garde des Sceaux, in its office in Paris, Place Vendôme) to signify its importance.The function of the seal is primarily to authenticate acts. Without its seal, the document loses all its diplomatic value: fixed in the document, it takes the place of signature (the signatory who affixes his seal is called sigillant). The seal must not be considered in isolation, but in the set it forms with the document and its mode of attachment. It is therefore more appropriate to speak of a “sealed document”. As in antiquity already, the seal has two other functions: to seal documents, but also to close places, furniture, containers, to guarantee their integrity, to specify the ownership of an object, to attest to their origin or the quality. Historians carefully study the seals in order to better understand their signatories or sigillants, they testify to the customs and customs of an era and contain significant signs and information about their issuer. The specialists of the medieval coat of arms are evidently great connoisseurs of the seals, carefully preserved as objects of history. There are a few hundred thousand seals thus preserved in France.
The short history of seals and stamps wax.The sigillographie is the science which studies seals. In France, there is a French of heraldry and sigillographie with an excellent site very supplied with documents http: // to sfhs.free.fr Seals are small wax reliefs on which we can see images, texts or attributes. Works of art were realized by artists, they are the testimony of time. It is about marked images or about characters engraved in a hard material on the soft wax, the moldable material: the matrix engraved back to front and in hollow, contains the logo of the authority, it is affixed on its support. The matrix generally consists of a cuprous alloy, a brass or a bronze; the imprint is the mark or the seal of the matrix on the wax
In the Middle Ages we can distinguish two types of seals or bubbles: the lead being rare and little usual in West, we use more frequently the wax there. Unlike the East, where the hottest temperatures make fragile of use the wax and it is then the use of the lead that prevails. The seal existed in Antiquity, before the existence of the writing (in particular the cylindrical seal of Mesopotamia 4000 years before. JC). 2000 years before. JC it is “the sigillary ring” used by Rome and by kings Mérovingiens. In the Middle Ages in Europe, kings and upper clergy use abundantly the seal, then all the medieval company practises him: Lords, middle-class person, big farmers, municipalities, abbeys and churches, corporations of jobs. When the use of the paper becomes widespread, the original signature
Please do not send letters sealed in this way by mail. The Post Office uses automatic sorting machines which will damage your seal if it is apparent on the envelope. If you wish to send a sealed letter please insert it in a padded envelope.
Before sealing an important item several trials should be made beforehand.
1. 1. When breaking sealing wax into pieces, place the stick in a plastic or paper bag and tap with a hammer.
2. 2. Melt the wax in a small container over a spirit lamp candle or flame. Melt only a little at a time. Do not boil the wax, it might ignite.
3. 3. When the wax is melted but not boiling, add the desired amount to the paper using a non heat-conductive spatula. The amount of wax should be laid with a slightly greater diameter than the seal. Let the wax cool for a few seconds.
4. 4. Press the seal firmly into the wax . Hold the seal in the wax for a few seconds only. The difference in the temperature between the cold seal and the hot wax prevents the seal from sticking to the wax. If you have problems with wax sticking to the seal, cool the seal first on an ice cube or in cold water. Dry the seal well before making the next impression.
5. 5. If wax becomes embedded in the seal, dip it in very hot alcohol. This dissilves the wax. Do not poke or scratch at the seal with a metal object, this will damage the seal.
How to make seal impressions using a candle.
You should be able to make 10 – 14 seas with one wax candle.
1. 1. Light the candle wick and hold the candle downwards at an angle of about –20°
2. 2. Hold the candle directly over the area where you wish to make your seal and allow the hot wax to drip in place.
3. 3. When you have enough wax apply the seal and remove after a few seconds.
Notes: This method of using candle wax is convenient for carrying out one or two stamps and is relatively simple to use. Candle wax is available in a wide variety of beautiful colours.
One stick of wax in a small pistol will make 6 to 8 seals.
1. Insert your wax stick in the channel provided at the rear of the wax pistol. Allow the first stick to be used fully before inserting another.
2. Heat the pistol to the required temperature. Place the gun on a piece of aluminium foil to prevent wax droppings.
3. Make some tests to gain an idea of how much wax you will need to gain a good seal. Generally two squeezes of the trigger should be enough.
4. Wait about thirty seconds before attempting a new seal. Using trial and error, space your seals accordingly.
5. Press your seal into the wax and remove.
The wax pistol is very economical to use. In order to change the colour and to clean the wax gun use a neutral stick of wax to expel any residue.
What there is to know
1. The wax liquefies at a temperature of 85 ° C and shall not be used for objects not resistant to such temperature.
2. sealing surfaces must be free of grease, dry and clean.
3. Disconnect the gun if it is not used for more than 30 minutes.
4. After changing the wax stick, wait a few moments for it to warm up. Do not force it.
5. Small particles of wax may be removed with a knife whose tip has been previously heated. The drops can be easily removed once cooled.
6. By pressing too hard on the wax stick, the channel may become clogged. In this case, heat the gun for 10 minutes and remove the stick. If the stick is pushed in too deeply, take a new one, melt one end on the nozzle, insert it into the channel and stick it to the already stuck stick and then remove it by turning slightly.
1. Insert the wax stick into the ring on the back of the wax gun.
2. Place the gun on cardboard or on a wooden panel.
3. Plug in. Heat for 7 to 10 minutes, pressing the trigger from time to time so that the wax stick is sufficiently inserted (if necessary, insert a second wax stick).
4. Gently press the trigger to apply the wax to one of the surfaces to be sealed. It is not necessary to spread the wax.
5. Immediately apply a strong pressure with the sealing pad (seal).
6. Disconnect the power supply from the gun after completion.
7. After 2 minutes, the wax seal will be perfectly formed.