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Welcome to our big sealing wax test 2021. Here we present all the sealing waxes we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web. We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best sealing wax for you. You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy sealing wax.




Summary

  • Sealing wax comes in four different types: sealing wax sticks with wicks, sealing wax sticks without wicks, sealing wax beads or granules and sealing wax sticks for wax guns.
  • There is sealing wax and sealing wax. Both are used to make seals, but wax is more flexible and varnish is glossier.
  • To avoid or promote sooting, it depends on the type of sealing wax and how you work.

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Guide: Questions you should deal with before you buy sealing wax

What is the difference between sealing wax and normal wax?

As the name suggests, sealing wax is of course made of wax. So why make a difference? Sealing wax is used to seal letters, bottles or gifts. Nowadays it is often used to give the sealed object a noble appearance. This is the reason why sealing wax is used.

A wax seal with identification emblem: normality in the Middle Ages. Today, sealing wax is used more for decorative purposes. (Image source: pixabay / Bru-nO)

Sealing wax is used to seal letters, bottles or gifts. Nowadays, it is often used to give the sealed object a noble appearance. Normal wax also fulfils this function in principle, but even coloured candles quickly look dirty or colourless on the background. Normal candle wax is often very brittle, dissolves too quickly or leaves too much residue when the seal is broken.

What does sealing wax cost?

There are different types of sealing wax. Due to the different applications, the price for the different types of wax varies.

Type of sealing wax price in euro cents per seal
Sealing wax with wick 0.08-0.22 cents
Sealing wax sticks 0.07-0.13 cents
Sealing wax beads 0.08-0.15 cents
Sealing wax sticks for gun 0.10-0.26 cents

Even though the sealing wax sticks now seem much more expensive, it is worth considering using them. You can read more about this in the decision section. There we explain what makes sealing wax for hot glue guns so special and what the advantages and disadvantages are.

What is the alternative to sealing wax?

You can also use sealing wax instead of sealing wax. There are a few distinct differences, please read the decision section about the difference between sealing wax and sealing wax to help you choose the right adhesive for your seal. Of course, you can also make your own sealing wax. You can find good instructions linked in the sources. Be aware, however, that it is not easy to make and that you will need many different materials that you cannot buy at the supermarket around the corner. Making wax for sealing is also only worthwhile if you produce a large quantity.

Decision: What types of sealing wax are there and which is the right one for you?

Do you want to make a gift look particularly elegant, seal wine or vinegar bottles yourself with fine sealing wax or do you have a completely different craft idea in this area? We will help you find the right sealing wax for you. In the following section you will find a short description as well as the advantages and disadvantages of the different sealing waxes:

  • Sealing wax with wick
  • Sealing wax sticks
  • Sealing wax sticks for (hot)glue guns
  • Sealing wax in bead or granule form

What are the characteristics of sealing wax with wick and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Wicking sealing wax is the type of sealing wax we know from most films. Using sealing wax with a wick is very simple. You light the wick and let a little of the wax melt. Let the melted wax drip onto the clean surface to be sealed. Now wait until your wax stain is viscous before you press a seal into it.

Advantages
  • Easy to use
  • no extra utensils needed
Disadvantages
  • A little practice required
  • Inevitable soot haze

What distinguishes sealing wax sticks and what are their advantages and disadvantages?

Sealing wax sticks are actually the same as sealing wax with a wick - just without the wick. However, the application is a little more complicated. Since the wick is omitted, the sealing wax stick must be melted over an open flame. It makes a difference whether you want a soot veil on the seal or not. If you use a candle or a lighter, a soot film will form. If you want to avoid this, you will need a spirit burner.

Advantages
  • Pulled threads can be removed
  • cheapest option
Disadvantages
  • Special burner needed to avoid soot formation
  • Difficult to estimate seal size
  • Easier to detach petal from base

What are the characteristics of sealing wax sticks for wax guns and what are their advantages and disadvantages?

Sealing wax sticks for wax guns are probably the easiest and fastest way to make seals. Although a heat-regulated wax gun is recommended, according to the testimonials of other customers you can also use your hot glue gun for this. The most common sizes for the sealing wax sticks are 7mm or 11mm. The principle for this modern method of sealing works exactly like a hot glue gun: put the bar in the back, let it heat up briefly, press the trigger and the viscous wax comes out the front.

Advantages
  • Uniform sealing impressions
  • easy to use (also for children under supervision)
  • quick work possible with large numbers
Disadvantages
  • Only use of special sticks possible
  • colour mixing in the seal when changing colour
  • comparatively the most expensive variant

What are the advantages and disadvantages of sealing wax in bead form?

In addition to the above-mentioned sealing wax products in stick form, you can also use granules or small beads. You place the desired amount in a brass or copper spoon (these materials collect less soot) and heat it over a candle. Even better is a burner, as this leaves no soot at all. As soon as the wax has liquefied, you can apply it to the area to be sealed. As the wax is very liquid, wait a little until it becomes viscous and then press the seal on.

Advantages
  • Two-colour seals are easy to make
  • Long processing time possible
  • Easy to dispense
Disadvantages
  • Long waiting time when melting
  • Extra spoon necessary

Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate sealing waxes

In this section we will show you which criteria you can use to decide between the many possible waxes for sealing.

  • Application complexity
  • Suitability for mailing
  • Suitability for bottles
  • Carbon black free sealing wax
  • Presentation and scope of delivery

Application complexity of the sealing wax

As already mentioned in the guide section, you have to choose between four different types of wax. How could it be otherwise, each variant has its advantages and disadvantages. In this overview we have sorted the sealing waxes according to simplicity. This means that the wax with the easiest application is at the top.

Type Additional material Dosage Children
Sealing gun Yes Easy Yes
Sealing wax beads Yes Easy Yes
Sealing wax wick Maybe Difficult Maybe
Sealing wax stick Maybe Difficult No

Suitability of sealing wax for mailing

Not every sealing wax is suitable for commercial mailing. For this reason, there are two different types of sealing wax: hard and soft sealing wax. Hard sealing wax, also called sealing wax, is breakable but has a noble sheen. This wax is not suitable for sealing letters or parcels that are to be posted. Flexible sealing wax is somewhat softer and therefore cannot be broken even with bending. Therefore it is well suited for mailing letters or sealing scrolls. Flexible and breakable sealing wax is not available in all types. In this list you will find an overview.

Breakable Flexible
Stick with wick No Yes
Sealing wax without wick Yes Yes
Sealing wax beads No Yes
Sealing wax granules Yes No
Wax gun Yes Yes

Suitability of sealing wax for bottles

Self-sealed wine, champagne, schnapps or vinegar bottles lend a particularly noble character. Placing a seal on the cap of the bottle or on the neck of the bottle is no problem at all. It does not matter whether flexible or breakable sealing wax is used, as the bottle itself is a rigid base and the seal can only be broken by scratching or if, for example, a thread runs underneath. However, if your plan is to seal the entire bottle, you will need a different wax. You have to dip the entire neck of the bottle in wax. For this reason, you will need a bowl of melted wax. Since sealing wax hardens relatively quickly, this would be a bad choice. In addition, sealing wax is very thick.

Soot-free sealing wax

Soot-free sealing wax is not available as a special product. However, by being conscientious, you can ensure that no soot is produced during combustion. Soot is produced either when the candle burns or because the sealing wax burns. For this reason, no soot is produced when using sealing wax beads and granules, as the wax in this board has no direct contact with fire and therefore only melts through the heat.

This also applies to sealing wax sticks for the glue gun. The situation is different, however, with sealing wax sticks with or without a wick. However, you can reduce the formation of soot here by not exposing the stick directly to the flame, but by heating it for a longer period of time near the candle. However, since the wick itself also forms soot, it is almost impossible to create a soot-free seal, especially with sealing wax with a wick.

Presentation and scope of delivery of the sealing wax

You are already enthusiastic about sealing wax? Then how about inspiring your loved ones with it too? Because sealing wax is also a great gift idea for those interested in handicrafts. There are now many gift sets available on the internet. Usually, sealing wax beads are packed in attractive jars and sent together with brass or copper spoons. This way, the recipient can get started right away.

Sealing wax beads can be beautifully packaged and delivered as a gift set. (Image source: pixabay.com / LeoNeoBoy)

Facts worth knowing about sealing wax

How do I use sealing wax?

If you have already looked around a bit on this page, you may have noticed that you have to work a little differently with each type of sealing wax. In all cases you will need:

  • Sealing wax
  • Flame (candle, lighter, burner)
  • Optionally a spoon

You will find a detailed description of the application under the respective descriptions of the sealing wax types in the guide section.

At what temperature does sealing wax melt?

Sealing wax melts at a temperature of 40° Celsius. Sealing wax, on the other hand, must be heated to a higher temperature. Sealing wax liquefies at a temperature of 140° Celsius.

Why does sealing wax turn black?

The black veils that form when sealing wax is processed are soot. This substance is the product of combustion partly from the candle, partly from the sealing wax. The soot veil often gives the wax seal an old-fashioned touch. Sometimes this is intentional, sometimes not. Here we have given you an overview of the types of sealing wax you can use to get a soot veil and those you can use to get a pure seal.

Type of sealing wax soot veil
Sealing wax with wick Yes
Sealing wax rods Yes
Sealing wax beads No
Sealing wax rod for gun No

You can also reduce or prevent the soot haze by either using a soot-free flame (e.g. a spirit burner), or by holding the wax further away from the candle and never letting the wax burn (on).

How much sealing wax do I need?

For a sealing wax with a diameter of 20 - 25 mm you need approx. 1 gram of sealing wax. Especially when working with sealing wax sticks you have to develop a feeling for how much wax is melted off. Generally speaking, a stick of 10 cm length is enough for about 10-13 seals. With sealing wax beads, the manufacturer often specifies units. Two beads per seal are recommended. However, customers often state that they needed 3 to 4 beads.

To dose the granules correctly, you should use the quantity indicated on the spoons provided. With sealing wax sticks for wax guns, you must pay attention to the different diameters of the sticks, the length of the sticks is always 10 cm. Sealing wax with a diameter of 7 mm is sufficient for about 5-7 seals. With sealing wax sticks with a diameter of 11 mm you can make 10-14 seals. The amount of sealing wax depends entirely on the size of your seal.

What do I do if the sealing wax sticks to the seal?

The sealing wax is too hot or has not dried enough. The wax should be viscous when you press the stamp into the wax. But don't wait too long, otherwise the sealing wax is too hard and something like small "ice floes" or even hard pieces of wax will form and ruin the seal visually. If it still doesn't work, you can also grease the stamp a little before each use. Simply spread a thin layer of cooking oil on the stamp and dab it on a kitchen towel to avoid leaving grease marks. This trick reduces the adhesion of the wax to the seal.

To avoid ruining your work, you need to be calm and meticulous when working with sealing wax. It is also important not to remove the stamp from the seal too soon. The wax needs time to harden. Simply leave the stamp in the wax for a short time and only remove it carefully when the sealing wax is hard. It is best to try it out on a sheet of paper with a small amount of sealing wax before you start working.

How do I glue bottles with sealing wax?

This question is often asked inaccurately on the internet. On the one hand, you can apply a wax seal to a bottle, on the other hand, you can seal the neck of the bottle with wax. Leaving a wax seal on a bottle is no different to any other material. However, if you want to wax seal the entire neck of the bottle, you will need wax other than sealing wax. This wax is sold on the internet, or in very specialised craft shops. You buy about 1 kg of wax blocks, which are melted in a pot on the cooker or even in the microwave. The bottle necks are then dipped into the soft to viscous wax.

What other craft ideas are there for sealing wax?

Sealing wax is not only a visual highlight for sealing letters. Packages can also be spiced up with a wax seal. A seal on bottles, for example wine bottles, is also a good idea. If you work a thread or a string into the seal, it can also decorate as a pendant. As the sealing wax adheres to many materials, not only paper and glass but also textiles and metal, there are almost no limits to your imagination. The sealing wax stamp is versatile. For example, you can also use it to make chocolate seals to embellish cakes and cupcakes. The stamp can also be used on marzipan.

Image source: pixabay.com / Felix Lichtenfeld

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