Everybody’s got their favorite wax, but I’ve never really pledged enduring loyalty to one brand over another. I will say that the Sex Wax label is pretty iconic and well known even among non surfers.
Instead of throwing out my wax wrappers, I collect them. I don’t have any cats, so I’m still one stage removed from hoarding officially, so don’t judge.
Anyhoo, I wanted to make a cool magnet from the wrapper. Some magnets I’ve seen at tourist trap beach stores are $5-6 bucks! This one’s cheap and easy to make, so steer your out-of-town in-laws away from the overpriced crap and have fun making this during the afternoon thunderstorms we get around here that run everyone off of the beach.
I bought a ready made 3.25″ diameter wood circle- you can cut one yourself with a scroll saw, but I found this at a craft store for a quarter. You may want to give the wood circle a once over with some 120 grit sandpaper if the edges are a bit rough still.
|Wax wrapper and pre cut balsa wood circle shape|
Next, I painted the circle (both sides) white like wax, but you can paint it whatever you want. I also took the wrapper and carefully cut the plastic away from around the round wax label. If you can peel the label off without tearing it, that will work too.
|Painting the wood circle with a small foam brush and acrylic paint|
Next, I used some white glue on the back of the label to glue it to the circle, but instead of placing the label in the center, I placed it a bit off-center. This allowed me to make another, smaller circle, around the label with a compass, and I outlined it with a black paint pen. This gives the magnet a little dimension.
|Using some Tacky glue to glue the wax label on the front of the wood circle|
|I used a compass to make a guide around the outside of the label off to the side to make the wax look 3-D|
After letting it dry, I used some super glue to affix a clothespin on the back of the circle straight up-and-down (in relation to the front).
After that, I put a small disc magnet on the clothespin in the middle, a little above the hinge point.
Voilà! A cool little magnet that can actually be used to hold lists and stuff. Here’s mine: