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Please Watch These Soothing Videos of Sealing Wax With Me

It's been a long week.

For as long as I can remember I’ve loved the concept of wax seals. What I did not know is that I am hardly alone in finding the process calming and beautiful. It turns out that there are many videos of seals being waxed on the Internet and they provide a pocket of tranquility in this ruin of a world. Join me.

Wax seals harken to earlier eras, evoking images of riders delivering important letters on horseback at breakneck speed, romantic notes passed in the night, sigils of high office and authority pressed into intricate and unbreakable patterns.

I love seals, in general: ancient seals, seal rings, seals found in museums and for $10 at fancy bookstores. I recall begging for a “K” seal of my own as a child and prized the one purple sealing candle I possessed. What a perfect bit of human ingenuity and creativity this was, a way to quite literally make your mark.

I recently discovered that my disposition towards wax seals is, perhaps, not so bizarre or lonely. There exist a whole host of videos that do nothing more than set the precise and calming process of sealing wax to music and seek to soothe our savage souls. There’s an excellent artistry and sense of satisfaction in viewing the delicate tools involved, the lovely wax colors chosen, and the resulting perfectly formed seal.

There are days when I love the Internet very much, and this is one of them. And if sealing wax just isn’t your thing and you can’t get behind this but came for something to lift your spirits on this here Friday, may I recommend:

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Kaila Hale-Stern (she/her) is a content director, editor, and writer who has been working in digital media for more than fifteen years. She started at TMS in 2016. She loves to write about TV—especially science fiction, fantasy, and mystery shows—and movies, with an emphasis on Marvel. Talk to her about fandom, queer representation, and Captain Kirk. Kaila has written for io9, Gizmodo, New York Magazine, The Awl, Wired, Cosmopolitan, and once published a Harlequin novel you'll never find.