Ever since launching Otter Wax in our store, we have received a lot of curious emails and comments about the uses of this mysterious product. Well, here is your answer! I have compiled a few different tutorials and links from around the web that feature Otter Wax as a finish for ready made garments and DIY projects. Hopefully these will leave you inspired to start waxing!
First of all, you might be interested to read a little more about the maker of Otter Wax – Chris Chase. He is an inspiring entrepreneur based out of Portland, Oregon who is committed to providing natural fabric and leather care products, and, most recently, apothecary products!
Now that you know a little about Chris, now have a look at what other people have used Otter Wax for: Check out this gorgeous waxed jacket as an alternative to the classic leather motorcycle jacket – complete with wind and water resistant qualities!
Waxing a heavy button-up shirt turned this garment into the perfect work shirt – ideal for chopping wood on a misty morning and generally just wearing 24/7 until it becomes a soft, wrinkled and pleasantly worn second skin.
Otter Wax isn’t only for menswear style garments! Female style and DIY bloggers have embraced it as the perfect way to create sexy waxed skinnies (which would create a look similar to leather pants but be WAY easier to sew btw…and in my opinion, more flattering and forgiving).
And, of course, Otter Wax, used as it was originally intended, is the perfect tool to wax canvas or tin cloth jackets and bags. It instantly creates a worn in and rugged look and gives the fabric water resistant properties. If you are in doubt about the effectiveness of Otter Wax, have a look at this experiment and tutorial over on The Art of Manliness in which Otter Wax is tested on several types of fabric (even wool!). Thanks to one of our readers for sending us this article!
The two shaving kits that I made using Otter Wax used about 1/3 of the bar for a medium level of wax coverage…soooo I’ve got 2/3 left to use for another project, yay! Last weekend there was a garage sale a few houses down from us so I came home with a really old (and worn) wood framed rucksack. It looks similar to the backpacks used in WWII but the owner said it wasn’t used in the army and that he owned it since it was new. Needless to say, the canvas needs a little help if it is going to survive a few more seasons. I think Otter Wax will come nicely to the rescue! And I’m hoping it will mask the musty smell of old canvas stored in what must have been a very dusty attic :P.
Note: As you can see from these various tutorials, some people simply rub the wax onto the fabric and leave it to cure for 24 hours while others apply heat with a hair dryer either before or after applying the wax. I’ve found that Otter Wax works just great when applied as instructed on the package (no heat), but if you are applying it to a rough or napped fabric and it isn’t spreading very smoothly, heat might be a good idea!
What projects would you like to wax? Has anyone tried it on a wool cap yet (I think that would be AWESOME) or on sneakers (a common use for it)?