How to use Wax Seals, Calligraphy and care for pewter
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 How to do calligraphy, use wax seals and care for your pewter

 
How to Use the Wax Seals
 

Wick Wax. Light the wax taper and holding the wax stick at an approximate angle of 40 - 50 degrees, allow a pool of melted wax to collect on the surface to be sealed.

 
       
 
Care should be taken when using naked flames
 

Gun Wax. Insert the wax into gun allow to heat up (aprox 3-5 mins) pull trigger (see image 2) and allow a pool of melted wax to collect on the surface to be sealed.

 
Wax Gun Instructions 1 Wax Gun Instructions 2 Wax Gun Instructions 3 Wax Gun Instructions 4
 

Press your seal into the wax and hold for a few seconds. Then gently remove the seal.

Why not try dusting the melted wax with glitter before pressing the seal in, or you can use ribbon under the wax for that personal touch.

 
 Manuscript video of wax gun use
 
Problems you may encounter when using wax seals
 
  • Seal sticking in the wax: this is usually caused by the seal being too warm or the wax being too hot - solution: try using ice to keep the seal cold in between use (if using a wax gun the wax cannot be too hot)

  • Black streaks in wick wax: this is caused by soot from the flame when melting the wick wax - solution: hold the wax at less of an angle stopping the flame from touching the wax your melting or you can break the wax up and use a candle and spoon to melt your wax, let the wax cool slightly before pouring

  • Wick wax catching fire: this is usually caused by the wax being held at the wrong angle and the flame being in direct contact with the wax - solution: hold the wax at less of an angle stopping the flame from touching the wax your melting

  • If you need any advice on using sealing wax or seals please phone us on 01788 311415 (10.00am to 3.00pm)

 
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 Getting started with Calligraphy
 

1: Calligraphy is best done on a smooth good quality paper.

2: To prevent the ink flowing too fast, place your paper on a slight slope

3: It is important to sit squarely to the surface on which you are working

4: Hold the shaft of your pen close to the nib between your thumb and first finger, place the tip of your second finger beneath the pen for support. The upper part of the pen should rest against the knuckle of your first finger

 

Men's Quill and Dipping Pen Sets  /  Ladies Quill and Dipping Pen Sets

 
Pewter Care
 

Pewter - which consists mostly of tin - doesn't tarnish, but it will develop a dark patina, to keep the pewter looking as new wash pewter regularly in warm water using a mild detergent if it starts to darken make a paste of:

1 tsp. salt
1 cup vinegar
half-cup flour.

Apply to pewter, Rub this all over your pewter and then rinse it with warm soapy water dry everything with a soft clean cloth.

Please note: pewter should never be placed in a dishwasher
 

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