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Sealing wax

Sealing wax, wax once used for sealing letters and still used for taking impressions from seals and for sealing bottles. Sticks of sealing wax, originally made of beeswax, turpentine, and coloring, are held over the material to be sealed and heated by a flame. The wax drips onto the paper or other surface; an impression can be made in the drops before they cool and harden.

See also: Wax.

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