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From: "Geo." <>
Subject: Re: [trivvies] Knight's Duty
Date: Tue, 6 May 2003 23:00:10 +0800
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Sealing wax candles don't actually contain any wax though, Guy. Good quality
sealing wax was made primarily from shellac (roughly 55%), turpentine (about
25%) and pigment (20%). Commoner grades had various other ingredients
(chalk, magnesium carbonate, etc.) added to reduce the shellac component and
inferior types were made with resin in lieu of shellac.
If Sir Ian tries to polish his armour with sealing wax he'll probably
scratch it then Kweenie will make him pay to have it refurbished.
In medieval times beeswax was used but was probably not too suitable as it
would have been easily damaged or dislodged.
Sealing wax is a candle wax used to seal letters if the letter is opened
the seal is broken,
You may also lay a ribbon under the seal so that the ribbon goes around
the sealed document roll.
However being a wax it lubricates and shines armour helping to repel
water which is why it is used in shoe polish.