Friday, October 24, 2008

Imitation, Flattery, Innovation: A Soap-Making Mold is Constructed

It's true what they say, "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery", but it's also true that with imitation comes innovation. But we first must begin with necessity (it being the mother of invention that created the original object to imitate). In other words, Jennifer needed a mold for soap-making. Here's what I came up with:

The basic design is from a soap-making catalog. It's basically a box in which to pour prepared soap so that it can cool and harden (and then be sliced into bars). Here is the bottom view showing hinges...

...that allow the sides to swing down... that the hardened soap can be easily removed:

So that's the imitation part (the measurements anyway). Hope somebody out there is flattered:) The innovation part is the mechanism which holds the hinged sides up. I had plenty of small scraps of wood left over from cutting the other parts of the mold and decided that they could be employed for the task. I fashioned a simple u-shaped "clamp" of sorts... for each end of the box. These easily slide over and securely hold the whole works!

Tomorrow we make soap!

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