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    What to do with soap stone?

    I've been doing some local on-line auctions here and last week I picked up a case of soap stone sticks for $10. I've given several boxes away and a couple more spoken for, but still leaves me with about half of a case.

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    If anyone wants some and wants to pay the shipping, they are welcome to it (120 sticks per box I think), but just trying to figure out what I can use some of it for otherwise. To be honest it's not that expensive at the store, so shipping it may be more than it's worth at any quantity. BTW...I have 3 sticks that I bought for marking metal, probably 8 years ago, and I'm still on my first stick.
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    Darren

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    Couple of Q's.

    What are the dimensions on the sticks?
    How hard is it (easily scratches with a fingernail, difficult to scratch with a fingernail, can't scratch with a fingernail)?

    I've been occasionally playing around with carving some, it carves really nice with abrasive and scrapers but doesn't cut so good The stuff you have looks possibly harder and certainly clearer than the oregon sourced stone I have.

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    I'll have to let you know about the hardness tonight, but the dimensions of each stick are 3/16" x 1/2" x 5".
    Darren

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    I think that's a bit thin for most of the project I'm thinking of.. hmm... will have to think on this.

    More ideas:
    • A set of hot plates with grooves cut to inlay the soapstone into. You could even fancy up the soapstone little but I think it would look pretty spiffy anyway.
    • Use the sticks as scales for a letter opener. The trick of course would be fastening them, epoxy might work.. You could cut grooves/holes on the ends and pour (lead free) pewter around that and file back to make and endcap and bolster. Some of the older ones (mostly in jade from the orient) were wire wrapped on the ends and/or the middle which can look pretty good as well.

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    Marking steel for welding and cutting

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    Perhaps opening an artisanal soap stone shop would work for you? You know, kinda like this:
    https://www.facebook.com/radiocbc/vi...91913/?fref=nf

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian McMillan View Post
    Marking steel for welding and cutting
    Nah, to obvious.. no one would ever do that

    Practically speaking as Darren noted for most of our uses a couple of sticks are a lifetimes worth so something a bit more outside of the box is called for there

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    Soap stone is pretty soft. It is softer than Marble, and I have cut Marble with carbide on my CNC.

    I have filed and sanded Marble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Calver View Post
    Perhaps opening an artisanal soap stone shop would work for you? You know, kinda like this:
    https://www.facebook.com/radiocbc/vi...91913/?fref=nf
    That's clearly a scam. I bet those guys are really just bringing in container loads of kindling and are just re-selling it. Posers.
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    My mother used soap stone to mark fabric when she sewed. She used the same piece for years.

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