15 Comments

  1. Helen Skibinski

    Bought the pineapple last weekend and have had several epic fails in my attempts, although to be honest, I am a bit of a crafting incompetent. I must come to letter writing class next month and get some hands on instruction. Youtube is just not helping.

    • wonderpens

      Oh no! Sad pineapples! Although I’m sure they’re better than you think 🙂

      Please come to our next Letter Writing Club, we would love to have you there, wax seals or no, but of course there are going to be more than a few folks who would love to help (no kidding!). Sometimes it’s hands-on instruction, sometimes it’s our special brand of encouraging charm 😀

  2. Ruth E. Martin

    My blobs of wax definitely fall into the wabi-sabi category, ha! Each seal is a fresh challenge with perfection always just out of reach.

  3. Laura

    Love the designs! I have one mini seal (from one of those mini box kits you can get at big box book stores) which doesn’t get used much but I think if I had a beautiful seal like these and lovely wax I would make it happen more often!

    • wonderpens

      The designs are great! You should break yours out more – sometimes once it’s already out, it’s too tempting to not use, and an envelope just looks so pretty with a wax seal 🙂

    • wonderpens

      Hah! Yes, indeed. I’m a bit surprised by how well the pineapples have done, but I guess it’s a sign of what a quirky and delightful community we have 🙂

  4. Cristina

    I’ve been using wax seals for thirty some years now. I used to write unending letters to my friends when they went to live abroad. I even made birthday/Christmas cards that belonged in a museum. Most times I wrote with one fountain pen or other. I even took my notes during my university years with a fountain pen & it didn’t slowed me a tiny bit.
    Now I don’t do that so often. Not because e-mails and this fast world, but because, unfortunately, as you age, you find out those receivers don’t deserve it anymore.
    I now use it to write my journal and for my own delight. And I’ve gathered a good collection of both seals and fountain pens.

    • wonderpens

      Wow, imagine a wax seal from 30 years ago – how beautiful!

      I’m sorry to hear the recipients of your handwritten correspondence aren’t appreciative, what a shame. I’m of a generation that didn’t grow up with handwritten letters, so maybe I appreciate them all the more as a result. I’m glad to hear though that you are still writing, and finding delight in it. That is maybe the best therapy there is 🙂

  5. Tess

    Are wax seals on the outer envelope Canada Post approved? I’ve been tucking the sealed envelope inside another before mailing.

    • wonderpens

      I’m not sure if they are officially “approved”? However, they do make it safely through the lettermail system, with its rollers for flat mail. The traditional wax is the type that cracks (used on certificates, or for ceremonial purposes), but the supple wax that we sell is designed to be safe to go through the postal system.
      To be the safest, you can, as you do, tuck the sealed envelope inside another, however, I have sent and received mail with in tact wax seals on them. If your wax seal is too large (too much wax), it might squish a bit or even come right off, but a reasonable sized wax seal should have no problem. Hope that helps! 🙂

  6. Rob

    While not common I see these come through the post office from time to time. I’m a customs officer and pen maker and smile when I see these in use as we examine mail. They do tend to hold up quite nicely

    • wonderpens

      That’s great to hear! I sometimes wonder about how they fare internationally – I’m thinking most of my pen pals are too gracious to mention any wax seal fiascos, and so I can only hope everything has arrived in tact!

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