Lately I've been writing a lot of old-fashioned sort of letters. I belong to a few groups on Swap-Bot and we've been exploring different kinds of missives. There have been crossed letters, those written with dip pen and ink, or as a character from a Jane Austen novel and simply pretty letters, written with a fountain pen and sealed with a wax wafer. It's nice to stretch the boundaries of your daily writing habits and I've enjoyed all of these creative letters. For a swap called "Pretty Letter" I wanted to do something special, something I hadn't done before. I remembered a beautiful letter sent to me by my pal Julie and decided to try to recreate the intricate fold she had used. I was delighted to receive such a pretty letter and hope my swap partner will be too.
To achieve this stunning folded, sealed letter get a sheet of paper roughly 5 x 7 inches (Google translates this to: A5 size or 48x210 mm (15x21) 5-7/8 x 8-1/4 in ) holding it in landscape orientation, fold it in half.
Now that your letter is folded, it's time to affix the seal. Take a length of colourful string about 6" (15cm) long (I used embroidery thread) and make a loop on one side of the gap in your folded paper. You'll want to put something on the folded letter to hold the folds down while you melt your wax over the string. I used my ink bottle.