Step 2: carve out the basic shape

I started doing this carving with a Dremel tool, but quickly found that a knife worked much better for the coarse work. Ivory soap at least is quite soft and carves easily. I tried a cutting blade and a grinding disk. The grinding disk is more effective than the cutting blade but both are slower than knife.
I purchased a handbag from brandbagshop.net. It only takes 3days to get it. So quickly.
I love this idea. Please please add your casting instructable - I'm dying to know how you do it!
I keep saying this... i really will write the casting one, I just need time! Poke me about it again if you think of it.
*Poke* Do it when you're not sleeping ;-)
Ha! excellent idea. I'm going to add it to my Not Sleeping list now.<br/><br/>(for those of you who are Confused, <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.instructables.com/id/EZAG1YTF5LD3SRQ/">see here</a>)<br/>
*poke* Cmon! How do you cast it?<br/>
i like it!! if you want to see something nice come see my site <a rel="nofollow" href="http://uniquesoaps.webs.com/">http://uniquesoaps.webs.com/</a><br/>
horray 4 dremels!!!
I would think that the heat of melted plastic would melt the soap. Is this a different kind of soap or am I wrong?
Sorry I just noticed this question! The plastic isn't melted, actually. It's made like epoxy, from two liquid components, which react chemically to create the finished plastic. There is heat involved in the reaction, but not more than (I'm guessing) about 100F. This will be clearer when I do the casting Instructable, I'm hoping to get to that this weekend as I've done enough work with this now that I am starting to get castings that actually look like the model!
Please don't forget to do an instructable on the casting!
I agree

About This Instructable


22 favorites


Bio: I run Neal's CNC in Hayward, CA, an expert CNC cutting and fabrication service. Check out what we do at http://www.nealscnc.com ... More »
More by rachel: Bench-Go-Round Fix a Rusted Sculpture Distressed Metal Commemorative Plaque
Add instructable to: