How to Make Skate Wax

Many skaters rely on quality skate wax to easily pull off grinds and other tricks. Ordering from a skate shop gets costly, but you can make your own wax at home for a fraction of the price. Make a basic wax by melting candles or crayons in the oven, or do it on a stove to keep a closer eye on the quality. As you get used to the process, try using raw paraffin and beeswax for even better bars. Bust tricks instead of your wallet with your own style of skate wax.

EditSteps
EditMelting Wax in an Oven
Preheat an oven to about . Let the oven warm up for at least 5 minutes while you prepare the wax. Wax has a low melting point, so keep the temperature low to avoid burning it. If your oven doesn’t have a lot of low-heat options, use the lowest setting available.
Different types of wax melt at different temperatures, but you never need a lot of heat. At most, set the oven no higher than .

Cut candles or crayons into small pieces. Try using some leftover tea lights or a pack of crayons you no longer need. Slice them up to roughly the same size. Also, pull out any wrappers or wicks as you come upon them.[1]
The exact size you cut the wax to isn’t that important, but keep in mind that smaller chunks are easier to work with and melt faster.

The best candles to use for your skate wax are ones made out of paraffin, although any type of waxy, oily product tends to work.

Place the cut wax into an oven-safe bowl. Cake baking bowls are the perfect size if you have them. Make sure the bowl is big enough to hold all of the melted wax. If you’re making a lot of skate wax all at once, put some of the wax in a second container to prevent it from spilling.[2]
If you’re uncertain about using a bowl, flip it over to check it for an oven-safe label first.

You could also melt wax in a microwave. Some metal containers are not safe for use in the microwave, so look for a safety warning on the container to avoid a scorched mess.

Pour about of cooking oil in with the wax. Vegetable oils like canola oil work well in skate wax. The oil makes your skate wax smooth and easy to scrub on your board. You don’t need much of it, but make sure you have room for it in the container.[3]
Less is more when using the oil. If you add too much, you end up with a soft and brittle wax.

Melt the wax for about 10 minutes in the oven. The wax likely will begin melting right away, so keep an eye on it. When it melts, take the container right away to prevent it from overheating. Consider giving the wax a brief stir to ensure the oil mixes evenly with it.[4]

Put the bowl in the refrigerator to cool overnight. The wax gets pretty hot in the oven, so consider setting the bowl aside for 5 minutes to let it cool a little. Then, leave it uncovered in your refrigerator. Wait for the wax to feel cool and completely solid to the touch.[5]
If you take the wax out too early, it can fall apart. You won’t be able to use it, so the extra wait is worth it.

Pry the hardened wax out of the container with a knife. Once your wax chills, it’s ready to be used on your skateboard. Flip the bowl over and try to pop the wax out with your fingers. Sometimes the solidified bar is a little stubborn, so wedge it out with a knife as needed.
Another way to remove the wax is by cutting into it with a sharp knife. You could also heat the container a little, such as in the microwave, to melt the edges of the wax.

EditMixing Wax on a Stove
Choose some small candles to use for the skate wax. Paraffin tea lights are a great choice for making your own skate wax. You can also cut up crayons and other types of candles. Get about 2 or 3 candles, usually enough to make a single bar of skate wax.[6]
Get additional candles or crayons if you plan on making more bars. Keep in mind that making lots of skate wax on a stove is tough, so you may need to make one bar at a time.

Crayons and colored candles are useful for coloring your wax bars. You can mix them in with basic white candles. Mixing and matching is okay.

Cut wax pieces into a metal container. Cut them up roughly with a small knife, removing any wicks or wrappers as you reach them. As you work, drop the wax into an empty container, such as an aluminum soup can or soda can. You could also use a heat-resistant bowl safe for use on a stove.[7]
To cut the candles into pieces that melt quickly, try scraping the wax with a knife. Hold the candle in one hand and drag the knife across it. Move the blade away from your body so you don’t cut yourself instead.

If you’re using a soda can, cut it in half. Poke holes in the center first so you have a place to fit a pair of scissors. Then, use the scissors to remove the top half of the can.

Fill a saucepan with about of water. Choose a cooking pan that is big enough to hold the metal container you’re using. After you add the water, move the container to test your setup. The container needs to stay standing in the pan so the wax doesn’t spill out.[8]
The water temperature doesn’t matter, but warmer water boils a little faster if you’re looking to melt the wax as quickly as possible.

Melt the wax over medium heat after placing the container on the pan. Watch for the wax to begin melting within a few minutes after the water heats up. To get it to melt faster, find something to stir it with. Try using a plastic stirrer like a spatula or chopstick you can easily clean off or throw away when you’re done.[9]
Stir carefully! Make sure the wax doesn’t splash into the water. Anything in the water is unusable and might even burn when the water begins to boil.

Add about of butter to the wax. As soon as the wax melts, scoop out a small pat of butter with a knife or a measuring spoon. You need about 2 teaspoons for a single bar of skate wax. The butter softens up the finished wax so it’s easier to rub on your board. Stir it around in the wax until it finishes melting.[10]
Some people use alternatives in their skate wax. Soap is a decent replacement, even products like deodorant work.

Use butter as sparingly as possible. Too much butter makes the skate wax way too soft to use on your board.

Stir about of cooking oil into the mixture. The final ingredient you need is whatever cooking oil you have on hand. Vegetable oils like canola oil are perfect for skate wax and you probably have some in your home. Pour the oil into the wax mixture, stir it around for a minute, and let it heat through for 2 or 3 minutes.[11]
This part can get a little dangerous. The water in the pan is probably boiling ferociously at this point. Watch out for oil spatter and consider covering your hands to avoid burns.

Adjust the amount of oil used as needed to change the skate wax’s consistency. Normally, using less oil is better so the finished bar isn’t too soft.

Pour the wax into refrigerator-safe containers or molds. Steel yourself for the trickiest part where you have to handle hot wax. Get your containers set up before you take the can off the stove. When you’re ready, pick it up with potholders, then gradually fill the containers one at a time.[12]
Some examples of containers to use include rubber ice cube molds, aluminium cupcake wrappers, heat-resistant bowls, and even empty deodorant or glue stick containers.

Keep the wax away from any drains in your home. If the wax goes down the drain, you might end up with a big plumbing emergency.

Chill the wax in the refrigerator overnight. Keep your potholders at the ready as you carefully move the containers to your refrigerator. Clear out space for them first before picking them up. After fitting them in the refrigerator, check back in the morning to see your finished skate wax.
Make sure the wax solidifies completely before you pry it out of the molds. Leave it alone for as long as a day to ensure it comes out at the right consistency.

EditUsing Paraffin Wax Bars
Choose pure paraffin and beeswax to make better skate wax. Most homemade bars of skate wax are made with repurposed candles or crayons. A paraffin and beeswax mixture is closer in quality to what you find at skate shops. You need a single bar of 100% paraffin wax as well as a bar of beeswax. If you’re planning on making a lot of skate wax at once, get more.[13]
You can buy good paraffin and beeswax online, but also check hardware stores and craft supply stores in your area. These places may also carry the coloring wax you can use to customize your bars.

Add the paraffin and beeswax to a metal pot. Get a big, metal cooking pot to fit on your stove or an electric burner. You could also try melting the ingredients together in the oven or microwave, but it’s easier to do on the stove. Then, drop both bars of paraffin and beeswax into the pot. You don’t have to cut them up, although breaking them up makes them melt faster.[14]
For the perfect skate wax, try making your mixture 60% paraffin to 40% beeswax. If you purchased bars of both ingredients, using the whole bars is fine.

The beeswax softens the finished bar of skate wax, so don’t add more beeswax than paraffin. The paraffin is the main component that gives skate wax its shape.

Melt the ingredients together over medium heat. Wait for the pot to heat up. Once the wax begins to turn into a liquid, stir it around using a wooden spoon. Keep stirring the paraffin and beeswax until they are melted and well-mixed.[15]

Add candle dye if you wish to color your skate wax. For the highest quality skate wax possible, purchase 100% natural wax dyes. The dyes look like small pellets of wax. They look and act the same way as the paraffin you used. Toss them into the pot and stir them around as they melt.[16]
The color of the mixture changes as soon as the dye melts. To avoid darkening your skate wax more than you want, add the dye in small amounts, waiting for each batch to melt before adding more.

There is no set amount for how much dye you need. It all depends on how you wish to customize your skate wax. You could even leave out the dye if you don’t mind the brownish color from the beeswax.

Pour the wax into container or molds to shape into finished bars. Set up your containers on a table close to the pot. The wax is very hot, so put on gloves or potholders. If you’re making a big batch of wax, consider scooping the wax out with a measuring cup to easily pour it into the molds. Then, fill each container completely as much as possible.[17]
Cupcake wrappers are great for creating small puck-shaped bars of skate wax, but you can use many other types of containers. For instance, ice cube molds work well, but so do heat-resistant containers and even metal cans.

Leave the wax in the refrigerator overnight until it solidifies. Chill the wax until it forms a solid bar you can easily remove from its container. The exact length of time this takes depends on the size of the bar you plan on making, among other factors. Larger bars of skate wax can take up to a day to set, so give the wax some extra time in the refrigerator if you need to.
Be careful when moving the hot wax to the refrigerator. Cover your hands and move slowly. If you have a lot of wax to move, let the molds cool down a little bit first, or leave them out until the wax solidifies.

EditTips
Anything with paraffin in it can be used to create custom skate wax. This includes products like petroleum jelly and store-bought lubricants.

Use different molds to alter the shape and size of your skate wax bars. The amount you pour into a mold also determines how the finished product looks.

If you want to color your skate wax, melt colored candles, crayons, or candle dye. Food dye doesn’t go well with wax, so don’t bother with it.

EditWarnings
Making skate wax involves a lot of heat and melting and boiling things, so burns are possible if you’re not careful. Cover up with long-sleeved clothing and latex gloves or potholders to reduce the chances of accidents.

EditThings You’ll Need
EditMelting Wax in an Oven
Oven

Oven-safe container

Spare candles or crayons

Paring knife

Measuring cup

Cooking oil

Oven mitts

Refrigerator

EditMixing Wax on a Stove
Stove

Saucepan

Metal can

Paring knife

Measuring cup

Water

Butter

Cooking oil

Potholders

Molds

Refrigerator

Spare candles or crayons

EditUsing Paraffin Wax Bars
Metal cooking pot

100% paraffin

Beeswax

Wax dye

Molds

Refrigerator

Potholders

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How to Wear Chiffon Pants

Chiffon pants are elegant, stylish, and timeless. While chiffon pants do tend to be on the dressier side, you can style the rest of your outfit to be either more casual or more formal, depending on where you’re going. Because chiffon is a light, floaty fabric, it’s often used to make wide-legged palazzo pants, although you can occasionally find chiffon dress pants in a slim cut as well. In addition, chiffon pants come in a variety of colors and prints, so pick your favorite and have fun with this style!

EditSteps
EditFinding the Right Fit
Choose high-cut palazzo pants for a flattering, relaxed fit. Typically, chiffon pants are made into a palazzo style, which feature a wide leg with a lot of fabric around the ankles. Since this is a very voluminous style, you’ll get a more flattering silhouette if you opt for a higher-cut style that emphasizes the narrowest part of your waist.[1]
If you have a long, rectangular torso, a low-rise pant might be more flattering.

Opt for slim-fitting pants if you don’t want to wear palazzo pants. Although anyone can pull off chiffon pants in a palazzo cut, if that’s not your style or you’re concerned it won’t look right on you, you may be able to find chiffon pants in a trouser style. While they aren’t common, they can sometimes be found at formal clothing shops and high-end department stores.[2]

Choose pants that skim the top of your shoe to lengthen your legs. To make your legs look their absolute longest, choose pants that just barely touch the tops of your shoes. If they’re too short, you run the risk of making your legs look stumpy, but any longer and you’ll look like you’re too short for the pants.
Remember that you can usually have the length of your pants adjusted by taking them to a tailor.

Look for pants that stop above your ankle for a modern take on this style. An intentionally-cropped pair of chiffon palazzo pants can be very flattering. However, if the hem of the pants hits you mid-ankle, it may just look like your pants are too short. To avoid this, make sure your entire ankle is exposed below the hem of the pants.[3]
Cropped palazzo pants might stop anywhere from the top of your calf to the top of your ankle.

Stick with slightly narrower palazzo pants if you’re curvy. Wide-legged pants can add a lot of volume, making your bottom half look boxy and disproportionately large. However, that doesn’t mean you have to totally avoid this style! Just look for chiffon pants that hug your hips, then flare out starting about mid-thigh or lower. This will create more of a mermaid shape that will emphasize and flatter your curves.[4]
If you have wide hips, you may also want to avoid pants made of pleated chiffon, since the pleats add a lot of extra fabric.

Consider vertically-striped pants if you’re short. It can be hard to pull off a wide-legged style if you’re on the short side, but it’s definitely possible. Create the illusion of height by opting for a breezy pair of chiffon pants in a vertical stripe print. The stripes will make your legs look longer, so you’ll look taller overall.[5]
Pair this look with heels to look even taller.

You may also prefer a narrower leg when you’re choosing your chiffon pants.

EditCreating a Casual Look
Mix and match colors to create a fun outfit. If you wear all one color from head to toe, it tends to look a little dressy. Since chiffon pants are already on the dressy side, if you want your outfit to look more casual, try playing around with different colors and prints.[6]
Chiffon pants are available in a wide range of colors, from basic neutrals like white, cream, navy, and black, to bold shades like fuschia, mustard, and teal. In addition, you can often find chiffon pants featuring stripes, florals, and other prints.

For example, you might wear yellow chiffon palazzo pants with a fitted navy blue top, gold hoop earrings, and stacked wedges for a bold look that’s perfect for any season.

Wear a tucked-in, fitted T-shirt for a look that’s comfortable and casual. Although they look dressy, chiffon pants are also extremely comfortable, so they’re a natural match for a buttery-soft T-shirt. However, with that much fabric on the bottom, you need to keep your look sleek on top, so opt for a slim-fitting T-shirt, and tuck it in to show off your waist.[7]
If the weather is cool, you could wear a slim-fitting sweater or turtleneck instead.[8]
A bodysuit is great for this look, because it won’t come untucked throughout the day.

You can also wear your shirt tied at your waist.[9]

Toss on a cropped tank top for an effortlessly cool warm-weather outfit. A cropped tank top and a pair of high-waisted chiffon palazzo pants is as cool and easy as it gets. Depending on how you style it, you can take this look anywhere from a day at the beach to a nice date. To dress it down, keep your hair and makeup simple, and opt for sneakers, flats, or casual sandals.[10]
Wear a one-shoulder cropped tank and a smokey eye to add a little extra glam.

Take this look to the beach with sunglasses, a topknot, sandals, and bronzy makeup.

Wear a silky top and a relaxed blazer for a business-casual look. If your style is laid-back and comfortable but you still want to look office-ready, style your chiffon pants with a silky tank, T-shirt, or button-down. Then, toss on a relaxed blazer and a sensible pair of shoes and you’ll be ready to take on the day![11]
A structured blazer may clash with your flowy pants, although it can also provide a nice contrast. Don’t be afraid to experiment and see what you like!

Keep your shoes casual. If you’re trying to dress down your chiffon pants, look for casual shoes, like strappy sandals, wedges, loafers or flats. You can also wear boots or ankle boots with your chiffon pants, but most of the detail will be lost unless you’re wearing cropped pants.[12]
If you want to wear sneakers, opt for a low-profile style.

Try the pants on with the same type of shoe you’re planning on wearing to make sure the length is right

Opt for chunky, casual jewelry if you wear any. To give off that relaxed, casual vibe, stick to colorful, bold, or chunky pieces, or skip the jewelry altogether. Cuff bracelets, long necklaces, big earrings, and wide belts are all great accessories for a casual look featuring chiffon pants.[13]
For example, if you’re wearing a tucked-in T-shirt and palazzo pants, you might wear a long beaded necklace, a bold watch, or a pair of statement earrings.

Avoid wearing any jewelry with sharp or pointed edges, as they might snag your chiffon pants.

EditStyling a Dressy Outfit
Wear high-waisted chiffon pants and a silky tank top for a sophisticated outfit. Dressing up doesn’t have to be difficult, and it doesn’t get much easier than high-waisted chiffon palazzo pants and a silky tank. You can tuck the shirt in or leave it untucked, depending on the style of the tank.[14]
If the tank is cut to fit a little boxy, it’s probably best to tuck it in, as this will emphasize your waist.

If the tank is relatively short and is nipped in at the waist, it’s fine to leave it untucked, if you want.

You can wear a short cardigan or jacket with this look if the weather is cool.

Create a daring night-time look by wearing a bustier with your chiffon pants. Bustiers are strapless tops that are made to fit tight around your body, and they’re often cropped to show a little midriff. When you pair a bustier with flowy chiffon pants, you help soften the look, leaving you with an edgy style that’s still tasteful.[15]
Try this with cropped palazzo pants, stiletto heels, and a statement choker.

Choose a sheer button-down blouse for a soft, sweet look. A sheer button-down blouse and chiffon pants will create the type of breezy, romantic look that’s perfect for brunch with your friends, a date, or pretty much anywhere you feel like going. By opting for a sheer fabric, you’ll be showing your figure underneath the top, which tends to create a more flattering silhouette than hiding yourself under layers of fabric.[16]
Wear a cami underneath the blouse if you don’t want to show too much skin.

Opt for a blousy tank and a jacket with slim-fitting chiffon pants. Slim-cut pants look great when they’re balanced by a flowy tank top. To make the outfit look more dressy, top it with a fitted jacket or blazer.[17]
Finish this look with a pair of heels or ankle boots.

Opt for solid-colored pants for most dressy occasions. Chiffon pants can be found in a wide array of beautiful prints. However, these prints can often make your look seem more casual, so if you’re dressing up for a special occasion, you might want to stick to one color.[18]
Don’t be afraid to experiment with some of the bold hues available! For example, if you’re going on a date, you might wear fuschia pants with a black top and black heels

Consider a monochrome look for formal events. If you’re attending a formal event, it’s more common to wear a head-to-toe look in a single color. This can be a neutral shade, like black or white, or you can opt for a bold color if that’s more your style.[19]
For instance, if you’re attending a formal dinner, you might opt to wear all black.

If you want to wear chiffon pants as part of a wedding pantsuit, look for an embellished or lacy top that’s the same color as your pants. These can be traditional wedding colors, such as ivory or cream, or you can choose your favorite color, instead.

Opt for simple, bold jewelry. Since an outfit featuring chiffon pants tends to be somewhat minimal, it’s best to stick to simple, graphic jewelry. Big, solid pieces, like collar-style necklaces, statement earrings, and wide bracelets, tend to suit this style better than intricate pieces.[20]
It’s easy to snag chiffon, so avoid jewelry with sharp edges.

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