A new nifty thing: wax seals. Wax seals really are a great thing. As you can see they close envelopes, they close many things, they're the world's first security system. Back in the Middle Ages when knights when charging across Europe to deliver things, if that seal was broken then you knew there was a spy checking the contents. We don't really use it for that anymore, but it does still reflect a wonderful old feeling of a world. It's a great thing. And since I've been selling these for a bloody 25 years, the contents of the wax has changed and the ease of use. Back in the old days you'd get a little Bunsen burner and you'd put a light in and you'd light the wax, you can still do it this way, now hot glue guns with the wax put in, its the most brilliant and contemporary way of doing a wax seal. So let's make some. Get these out of the way. This is my little wax gun, and always put something underneath it to catch the potential drips. If you catch your drips you can put them in a little thing and melt them in the microwave and use those too. If you get a bunch of colors it makes kind of a fun little creative thing. Do Something Creative Every Day! So now this has been heating for way over 5 minutes so it's really hot. So now we're going to put an actual seal on this envelope. And you just you can either seal it closed, which guarantees that it won't pop up while you're working, or you can just hold it down. I'll do it the brave way. So you just press the little handle and let it squirt out. There’s no rush, you just sort of ease it until you get a circle that is about the size that you want. You can see you just do it slowly and you can move it out, I'm using the nozzle to increase the size of the circle. It doesn't have to be perfect and beautiful; in fact, a lot of people prefer to see it a little more hand done looking. I'm going to put this over there, and I'm going to find a seal, I'm not very organized. So here is one that is very decorative, all these are different kinds of seals that we carry. From the size of this, you'd think I should be going faster than this, but it's better for it cool down a little. Here is an L, an excellent letter and I'm going to put it carefully on top, pressing down. If you do it too early, the way is too liquid. You hold it with a little pressure and then you lift up and it's a beautiful beautiful impression. I hope that the camera can see how nice that is. And as I said, it's a security system! The other nice thing about it, is that they now make the wax with a lot of bendy stuff, I don't know the scientific stuff, but when it goes through the mail, and one of their damn little machines goes like this, it won't break. It used to be a problem for wedding invitations, but now it's great.
So now I'm going to put the wax seal on this, and we'll be done. So again I figure out where I want it. I put a glob of glue on, making the circle the size I want. Letting it cool slightly, holding these edges down in the meantime, and then putting a, oops it's running, I'll let it run the other direction, take one of these little ones and put it right in the middle, hold it down, give it an extra minute or two, lift it up and it's a perfect little seal, and a very elegant look. A few more words about this gun. This is a multi temperature gun, but you use the wax on the low setting, actually I think this gun only has the low so you can't screw it up. The wax comes in little packets like this, it's a little three pack, it comes in lots of fun colors, so no matter what your project you can find a color that will look beautiful in it. Red is the traditional one, but who needs tradition. This is another kind of wax I want you to be aware of. This is the finest quality wax that's made today. It's made by a young man, well he was young when I met him, he's now getting middle aged, guy in Switzerland he makes the beautiful quality waxes in the world, they don't fit in the glue gun, oh well, win some, lose some. But I developed a technique of just putting it in the microwave, keeping an eye on it and then putting it in a little thing that you can just pour in, it works almost as well as a glue gun. Or you can do it the traditional way but just using heat from a Bunsen burner. Anyway, these are exquisite colors from a lovely young man in Switzerland, I think that this is the easily the easiest way to go. And we have all sorts of wonderful little seals, we also have them in these wonderful little boxes which make a lovely little, don't touch this thing, it's hot, lovely little boxes make a great gift, particularly for a bride or somebody like that. And I think that's it. Happy sealing!