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Old 10-19-2017, 10:26 PM   #11
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Here's a pretty good video and she tells you exactly what rope she's using.
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I'm still working on the perfect soap on a rope for the elderly men in my life (which includes my dear old dad and my dh's granddad).

I want a very soft, long rope to hang around the neck so they never have to bend to pick up dropped soap. To date, the ropes I've bought have been too scratchy for 80+ year old skin. It's also been difficult to get a long enough loop around the neck and hang at a comfortable (mid-elbow) length, because as Gini's video shows, it's hard to deal with longer lengths. So, I'm thinking two ropes might be needed.

My idea is to start with just a single strand of rope embedded in the very center depth of the soap; that way there's less surface area for the soap to dissolve away from the rope than if there were two. This single rope could be fairly short and not much in the way while the soap is saponifying. After the soap has hardened, this end would be connected to another rope that is long, looped, and soft. A good sailor would know what type of knot would work, but I'll have to do some research!


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My idea is to start with just a single strand of rope embedded in the very center depth of the soap; that way there's less surface area for the soap to dissolve away from the rope than if there were two. This single rope could be fairly short and not much in the way while the soap is saponifying. After the soap has hardened, this end would be connected to another rope that is long, looped, and soft. A good sailor would know what type of knot would work, but I'll have to do some research!
You know, if you find waterproof lanyards (which can't be that hard to find), you could then just connect the soap to the lanyard. The lanyard would be reusable, and just discard the little soap loops once the soap has been used.
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I'm still working on the perfect soap on a rope for the elderly men in my life (which includes my dear old dad and my dh's granddad).

I want a very soft, long rope to hang around the neck so they never have to bend to pick up dropped soap. To date, the ropes I've bought have been too scratchy for 80+ year old skin. It's also been difficult to get a long enough loop around the neck and hang at a comfortable (mid-elbow) length, because as Gini's video shows, it's hard to deal with longer lengths. So, I'm thinking two ropes might be needed.

My idea is to start with just a single strand of rope embedded in the very center depth of the soap; that way there's less surface area for the soap to dissolve away from the rope than if there were two. This single rope could be fairly short and not much in the way while the soap is saponifying. After the soap has hardened, this end would be connected to another rope that is long, looped, and soft. A good sailor would know what type of knot would work, but I'll have to do some research!
I didn't like the looks of the short loops in the video. I was thinking to do the short loops, Then tie a longer loop in that loop but not sure how having a knot would look either. Perhaps around the neck is the best, but maybe also your dear old gentlemen could put it on a wrist.
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^^I was thinking two loops too, as it would be easier to secure together than a single strand and a loop. And the short loop would be more self-supporting than a single strand would be (i.e., less likely to fall onto the soap while it's saponifying).

When I made SOAR previously, I used one long loop and devised a way to hold the ropes off of the soap in the mold. But it was a PITA and needs a design overhaul if I was to use that concept again.
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You know, if you find waterproof lanyards (which can't be that hard to find), you could then just connect the soap to the lanyard. The lanyard would be reusable, and just discard the little soap loops once the soap has been used.
Awesome idea!
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You know, if you find waterproof lanyards (which can't be that hard to find), you could then just connect the soap to the lanyard. The lanyard would be reusable, and just discard the little soap loops once the soap has been used.
Good idea if you're making them for family, then they would be reusable but if you sell....
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I think they meant resuseable as in repurposeable, not give it back and I'll make another soap on a rope?
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I think they meant resuseable as in repurposeable, not give it back and I'll make another soap on a rope?
I was thinking reusable as in they could put future gifts of soap on a rope on the lanyard or repurpose it like you said for keys or something else.

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