Introduction: Soap on a Rope

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When I was a kid it was pretty standard to give my dad a bar of Old Spice "Soap on a Rope" for Father's day each year. This was a big fat oval bar of soap with a big fat twisted rope coming out of it to hang in the shower. I assume it lasted until the following year when Father's Day would roll around again and I would get him a new one. As far as I knew soap on a rope was the prerogative of men because Old Spice was a men's cologne. I do remember how much I wanted my own though.

This instructabe will show you how you can make your own soap on a rope using Sugru and the soap of your choice. It's great because even though I did not invent "soap on a rope" it is a wonderful invention as the soap never gets yucky, and it also makes the soap last a long time. Best of all when the soap is all gone you are left with your Sugru rope which you can use again and again on future bars of soap.

If you don't yet know about Sugru I will give you a little information here, otherwise move right along to the steps. So, Sugru is a really great new product made in London. It acts like sticky clay for a few minutes, then acts like clay for half hour or so, then it hardens and acts like rubber. In fact it is silicone rubber. The hardest thing about using it it to open the package and think what to do with it - once you do that though the ideas just keep coming. But don't open the package until you know what you want to do.

It bonds to itself, aluminium, steel, ceramics, glass, wood, leather and some plastics. Go to their website to find out how to buy it and for lots of great ideas on what to do with it at Sugru.

This is my entry into the Sugru contest so be sure to vote for me if you like this idea, staring on Sunday when the voting starts.

Step 1: Supplies

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  • A big knife
  • 1 to 2 packets of Sugru ( you may have a bit left over so have another idea handy or make a bigger hook than I made)
  • One bar of the soap of your choice - this should be a glycerin type soap or one that is fairly easy to cut - you can find lots of wonderful handmade soaps on Etsy
  • A pencil or tooth pick for tracing the outline
  • A gouging tool of your choice

Step 2: Prepare Soap and Sugru

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Firstly make a long snake of your Sugru with loop on the end as shown. Use your bar of soap to measure how long to make it. I added some cross pieces to help the "rope" stay inside of the soap. 

Next cut your soap in half. While I was taking photos I changed the bar around and that is why you see a line in the soap in the fist photo as that was my original cut, mistakes disappear within a few days though.

Step 3: Trace Your Rope Onto the Soap

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There is really no reason to do this while the Sugru is still in it's uncured state because in this project you are not relying on the adhesive quality of Sugru. This is one of the reasons you will be able to use this "rope" for all of your future soaps.

Step 4: Scoop Out Your Design

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I used a gouge tool to scoop out inside of the traced design so that the Sugru would not squish when I add the soap halves together again. If you don't have a tool like that you could use your finger nail or a tiny spoon edge, really anything such as a Bic pen top would work.

Step 5: Squish

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Place your Sugru rope into the area you gouged out. If this is your fist time then you will want to balance the end with the loop on it onto something that will let it cure at the same height level as the soap. If you are using a Sugru rope from past soaps of course you won't need to do this.

Wet one half of your soap and squish the two halves back together. 

Step 6: Let Cure

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I used a something the same height as half the soap to let the rope balance on as it was curing.

Step 7: Make a Hook

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My shower walls are made of tumbled marble and nothing I have ever tried has stuck to them - until Sugru! I am very happy to have a cute hook that matches my Sugru rope. Let is cure right on the wall and it will stick and stay stuck. Just don't try to hang your soap on it for 24 hours.

Step 8: Done!

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I have been using my soap now for 6 weeks and it is holding up just fine - I find it amazing at how long the soap is lasting now that it doesn't sit around when it's wet. Yes, it looks a little crooked but that was my fault as I didn't set it up perfectly straight as I was making it - I am sure now that you have seen a cooked one that you will make sure yours is nice and straight.

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deluges (author)2017-10-10

Nice project :)

soonersseth (author)2014-07-07

How do I make it smell like old spice.

MichaelI85 (author)soonersseth2017-07-26

To make it smell like Old Spice, usr Old Spice soap. Target, WalMart, etc.

KemikalzAreFun (author)2013-07-04

Think it was invited by somebody in prison.. Just sayin..

Wesley666 (author)2010-10-07

I am too young for this, but I have heard about it, apparently my mom and dad and their friends when they were young would buy soap on a rope and wear it around to school and such, cause it was "in", and it promoted good hygene. Ahhh the good ol days that I never actually experienced but heard about... :D

Ninzerbean (author)Wesley6662010-10-07

Noooo, someone is fooling with you, no one would do that - would they?

Wesley666 (author)Ninzerbean2010-10-07

YES! My parents and alot of kids apparently bought soap on a rope to wear as a fashion accessory. It came out in the late 60's I think and it was soap on a loop of rope and they wore it around their neck to school, work, around town, EVERYWHERE! No jokes! My dad never really did, but my mom did and alot of her friends.

acidbass (author)Wesley6662010-12-15

i think you are getting confused with prison

Wesley666 (author)acidbass2010-12-17 I am not...

acidbass (author)Wesley6662010-12-18

okay then that is one of the weirdest things because my mom has never heard of it, but to each their own thanks for the little tidbit of info

Wesley666 (author)acidbass2010-12-21

Your mom obviously isn't from Western Canada about 40 years she? :P

acidbass (author)Wesley6662010-12-22

no she is not she is from st. louis about 40 years ago

beehard44 (author)Wesley6662010-10-25

bling bars: Retro soap fashion lol

paperclip32 (author)Wesley6662010-10-08

What happens when it rains?

Wesley666 (author)paperclip322010-10-08

You get cleaned.

BluTiger (author)Wesley6662010-10-10


Ninzerbean (author)paperclip322010-10-08


Wesley666 (author)Ninzerbean2010-10-08

100% serious.

11orem (author)2010-10-08

would have been great to have this in prison :P

acidbass (author)11orem2010-12-18

thats what i said

acidbass (author)2010-12-15

don't drop the soap

rimar2000 (author)2010-10-07


Ninzerbean (author)rimar20002010-10-08

Thank you!

ChrysN (author)2010-10-07

Very clever, especially since you can reuse the rope again and again. Nicely done!

Ninzerbean (author)ChrysN2010-10-08

Thank you, like you I like things that don't need to be thrown away, it is also amazing to me how long this soap is lasting.

Creativeman (author)2010-10-07

I must admit I am really impressed with the ideas you come up with...I got my sugru, but could only think of a few things to use it for...don't know what's up with that, but I seem to have a left or right brain block in the road when it comes to this stuff..(sugru)...maybe after the contest is over, the lightening bolt will strike and I will be overwhelmed with ideas...I guess that's why we have you and others like you to make these things materialize! Good going!

Ninzerbean (author)Creativeman2010-10-08

The hardest thing was opening the packet but then the ideas just kept on coming. Thanks CMan!

porcupinemamma (author)2010-10-08

Good work Ninzer!!!!! Will vote on Sunday when voting starts. 10/10 Very creative. May I ask...will you be able to remove the sugaroo hook from your wall, and if so, will it leave a damaged surface?

Good question - Yes I will be able to remove the hook and no, it won't leave a mark. I know this from my tea cup 'ible. Thank you!

blkhawk (author)2010-10-07

I was a child during the 70s and I remembered the soap in a rope. It came in all shapes and colors and with all sort of logos. I always thought that the soap came with a rope so the man would not drop the soap bar in a gym shower. (Don't drop the soap!)

caitlinsdad (author)2010-10-07

From what inspired you, It's nice to know you don't have a rap sheet.  Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Ninzerbean (author)caitlinsdad2010-10-07

Oh wow, I never thought to look.... it was such a weird idea to me, I should have known to look first. I will reference it later tonight. Thanks for pointing it out.

Jayefuu (author)2010-10-07

Great use of sugru! :D I love this project.

Ninzerbean (author)Jayefuu2010-10-07

Thank you ever so!

improprietary (author)2010-10-07

good tutorial, but are there any negatives sides to sugru? Does it leave colour in the soap or things like that?

Ninzerbean (author)improprietary2010-10-07

I have used it in quite a few projects and there does not seem to be any negatives except the price but it does seem worth the money as it fixes so many things. It won't discolor anything it is attached to. It's magic I guess.

lemonie (author)2010-10-07

nice job all-round.


Ninzerbean (author)lemonie2010-10-07

Thank you kindly L

tiraha (author)2010-10-07

Very nice, but what the hell is "sugru" ??

Ninzerbean (author)tiraha2010-10-07

There is info in the intro about Sugru and a link you can click on to go to their website. Go look, it's such great stuff. Thank you!

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