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Hardening Soap for Carving

I have a lot of soap shavings left over and want to remelt and allow students to carve another piece. I'm hoping to add something to make it a bit harder, more carvable. The soap scraps are Ivory soap.

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March 17, 20170 found this helpful

You need to use oils that dry hard. Olive and castor oil are two good choices.

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March 17, 20170 found this helpful

Try beeswax if you can get some but use less than 10 percent of it in your entire mix ratio.

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March 17, 20170 found this helpful

you could also use glycerin, which is used in making soap to begin with, and is available at many stores

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March 18, 20170 found this helpful

I just add regular Olive Oil to make my bars hard again but it takes experimenting to find out how much to add and I did not write my amount down. It takes more than you would think and will be a little "soft" when first made but does harden slowly. Letting soap cure takes longer with oil - may take 2 -3 weeks.

I still have some nice carvings made from Ivory soap that were given to me over 20 years ago.

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