Hey HAY. B-Train here.
I heat moulded my Chaya setup today! YAAAAY! Here’s what happened and I hope this helps answer any questions or concerns about the heat moulding process.
Step 1: Procrastinate. Seriously, why did I wait a week? :rolls eyes at self:
Step 2: Take laces out and realize that I need to get the short stem toe stops because they came with the long stems. The last time I tried big girl toe stops I sprained my ankle bad and I haven’t been able to find my old short stemmed gumballs. My jam plugs are on my other skates in the trunk of my car. Too far to walk. Sends email to boss so that I don’t forget. Natural pls.
Step 3: Turn on oven to 215 degrees Fahrenheit. At least I think that it’s 215? My oven is from the 1940s so the dial says 200 and then 300 so I guessed.
Step 4: Double check the Kid Block instructional video to make sure that I have the correct temperature range. Stop video the moment I see the temperature.
Step 5: Go back in the video because did Kid leave the laces in? I took them out. Shoot.
Step 6: Start to put away laundry and remember that I turned the oven on to bake my skates.
Step 7: Put skates into oven.
Step 8: Tells self to look at clock & set timer on phone for 10 minutes.
Step 9: Go back to putting away laundry. Crap. What time did I put the skates into the oven? Set timer for 10 minutes because it couldn’t have been THAT long before I put the skates into the oven? Right? Use potholder to take whole pan thing with skates to doorway.
Step 10: Remind self a dozen times that the metal will be hot and that’s why you have a potholder. Metal = hot be careful. I mean I didn’t totally burn myself.
Step 11: Put left foot into boot and realize that I don’t have my phone to document this process. It’s in the other room.
Step 12: Lace up skates and crank them tight.
Step 14: Unpaused Kid Block’s video because I forgot how long I needed to leave them on my feet. OH! I should be sitting down right now. Whoops.
Step 15: Troll instagram and laugh at dozens of memes. Wait. How long did she say again? 15 minutes. Crap. What time did I crank them tight? Wait another 5 minutes to be safe.
Step 16: Skate a few laps in the parking lot! Wait. WHY DO I HAVE A SCOOBIE DOO BABY DEER FEELING THIS IS NOT MY FIRST TIME ON ROLLER SKATES!? Did I? Nope. Definitely did not tighten the trucks before I took off.
Step 17: Add a few washers to help with the clip axle spacing & tighten trucks down.
Step 18: Skated around parking lot again! Obvs had to snapchat it.
Step 19: Put phone down and grabbed Waffles because he needed to take a spin around too!
Step 20: Admire my new best friends.
Step 21: Since I was a bit hasty in my first try and didn’t follow directions – I did have to bake the skates again! 😀 I made dinner, waited for the oven to cool for a few moments and put the skates back into the oven … including laces still laced in the skates! This re-mould improved the fit for sure.
Official Chaya heat moulding tutorial: