So we started by taking our vector logo from Adobe Illustrator into Autodesk Maya, resizing and extruding the model. Both pieces were modeled to be 55cm^2 by 120cm tall.
We took those models and sent them to our 3D Printer and created two physical models from PLA plastic. The transfer from our animation software to our printer software had a few issues but nothing that couldn't be solved with a little math.
The physical models were then used to create a silicone mold. The molds were made by pouring silicone into a small 5-sided box. The box was hot-glued foam board that we carefully measured to hold the exact amount of silicone you would get in one silicone package. We did this process two more times for a total of three full logo molds.
We ran some tests first to see if the soap could hold it's shape. It absolutely did.
Once the molds were set and the models removed, we moved on to making the actual soap. For this, we used a Melt and Pour type soap from ArtMinds® and added dyes and oils to make each one unique. Trying to get the color right was a nightmare! We still don't think it's quite right.
We made 2 very large 15lb batches for the different colors of the logo, melted them and poured each one into their respective letter molds.
Once cured, we popped them out of the mold. We made about 30lbs of soap!
We waited a few days for them to fully cure, cut them in equal pieces and wrapped them up nicely just for you!
Why Hand Soap?
First things first. Let's face it, there's nothing in the world that says that we're from Western Mass more than homemade soap. We figured we'd wear that hat proudly and embrace the culture head-on. As animators who sit all day mashing keyboard stroke combinations and mouse clicks, we realized that our hands are probably the most ignored part of our bodies. Yet, they are the extremities that allow us to make really cool animation and we should take better care of them.
We also just wanted to show off our attention to detail and dedication to fun projects. If this is what we can do on our own time, imagine the love and care we'll put into your animations when you hire us. :-)
And lastly, as a team, we know how important it is to create something else other than animation. We love doing it but to help keep us sane, we must take on personal projects that inspire us and get us away from staring at a screen all day. This was a great way to escape quietly, dream about bubble tea, and get lost for a few days in soapy heaven.
We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
Full Ingredients List
Honey Melt and Pour Soap from ArtMinds®
Propylene Glycol, Water (Aqua/Eau, Sorbitol, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Myristate, Glycerin, Sodium Laurate, Triethanolamine, Honey, Yellow 5, Red 33, Blue 1
Goats Milk Melt and Pour Soap from ArtMinds®
Water, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Stearate, Glycerin, Sucrose, Sodium Laurate, Sorbitol, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Goat Milk, Sodium Chloride, Stearic Acid, Lauric Acid, Silica, Titanium Dioxide, Pentasodium Pentetate, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Magnesium Chloride, Magnesium Nitrate
Shea Butter Melt and Pour Soap from ArtMinds®
Water (Aqua/Eau), Propylene Glycol, Sodium Stearate, Glycerin, Sucrose, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Sodium Chloride, Stearic Acid, Lauric Acid, Silica, Titanium Dioxide, Pentasodium Pentetate, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Magnesium Chloride, Magnesium Nitrate
Purple Dye from ArtMinds®
Water(Aqua/Eau), Red 33, Blue 1, Sodium Benzoate
Eucalyptus Mint Fragrance, Vanilla Lavender Fragrance, Apricot Seeds