I have to admit that i am VERY curious. Sometimes, my curiosity gets the best of me. In this case, cold process soap.
last year i had discovered Soap Queen and later Bramble Berry. I instantly fell in live with cold process. So when i had the chance to do it for my science fair (keep in mind my science fair is like 5 months away) i took grasp of it and dove right in. I made a 3 layer 4.5 pound soap log with green oxide, merlot mica, and titanium dioxide. I used brambleberry's woodland elves fragrance oil as my fragrance.
To start i invited my grandpa over and the tree of us got suited up. we were all freaking out about the lye but once that was done i felt a little better. we mixed our oils and mixed them together to meet trace. then, i added in the fragrance oil. heres where things went down hill. it seized. it wasnt so bad as the result soap was still ok but next time i will choose a frgrance oil that i know dosent affect trace
Using the basic principal as before I will show you another fun tutorial!
Prep your mold as before. Then I'm a large mixing bowl combine 1 part citric acid and 2parts baking soda. Using a gloved hand mix together until they are well combined! Next add fragrance and color and mix it up! Try to stay away from food coloring. You don't want to turn yourself pink! Add witch hazel into your mixture until you can squeeze it and it holds its shape! Now, pack it into your mold and let it set up! Remove from mold and remove stamp and you are done!
As a fellow soap maker and card maker I was thrilled when I saw soap queen's video tutorial which showed a way to put clear stamps into soap, and then use them again!
So here is how to add texture to soap by using a clear stamp!
So, first, I want you to draw your attention to the photo above. Yes, the background is pink but the stamps them selves are clear. You can find these at michaels for like $13 or cheaper, just make sure they are clear. If you are a stamper, you will recognize the name Stampin' Up! Their cling stamps and many others are not clear, they are just un mounted. Now, stampin up sells clear polyester stamps but just make sure that they are clear or polyester.
Once you have found your stamp(s) it's time to find a mold. You don't want a loaf mold for this because your design won't be seen from all your bars and you don't want a mold with too many designs on it. A simple geometric shape works great!
Place your stamp design side up in your mold. you can add as many stamps as you want. Measure out how much soap base you need and cut and melt that down. Add color and fragrance. Next pour your soap into the mold. Spritz with rubbing alcohol and let it set. Once your soap is set, remove it from the mold with the stamp inside the soap. Using a pick from the pj's tool kit, a tooth pick, or just careful fingers slowly peel the stamp away from the soap! You can clean up around the edges if you want and then you are done!
this is taylor and im here to spotlight a product of mine i like to call mini red velvet cupcakes! these sell at 1 for $3.00 and two for $5.00. If you are interested in purchasing please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
the base or "cake" is a mix of shea butter and mango butter melt and pour, and colorant that wont dye your skin red! the top or "frosting" is a whipped mango and shea butter soap with some liquid soap infused into it. Customers have written back telling me how they love using the whipped part as a face moisturizer. And finally the drizzle is the same soap and the sprinkles are a dry sugar scrub mix!
See you soon!
For my first ever blog post i decided to share a recent soap I made (recent as in last night!) I went to michaels and just had to buy a soap fragrance! Michaels didnt have much, so I picked up a random fragrance. Boy was i surprised at my results...
How cool is that! Now, Im going to teach you how to make it!
Ingridents you will need
cucumber melon fragrance (amount depending on mold)
44 ounces of melt and pour of your choice (today i used shea butter)
Materials you will need
something to prop up your mold (moldable clay, a curved spatula, slanted building block, zoku slant thingy)
heat gun or hair dryer
spoons or soap mixing sticks
heat safe bowl
91% rubbing alcohol
scale in ounces
Crafter's Choice Regular loaf mold 1501
Now lets get started
1. melt 11 ounces of melt and pour soap in the microwave until melted.
2.once melted stir soap and all 1/4 of your fragrance and green colorant until you get deired color
3.using your mold aligner, prop your soap up on one side. when you pour in your green soap, it should slide down to the side that isnt proped up.
4. spritz rubbing alchohol on surface of soap.
5. leave alone until very thick skin has formed. This could take fifteen minutes to an hour! DO NOT PUT SOAP IN FRIDGE OR FREEZER!!!!!
6. once thick skin has formed, melt an additional 11 ounces of soap and add 1/4 of your colorant. by now half of your colorant should be gone. add orange color until desired color is achieved
7.make sure your soap has a skin before removing your proping item.
8. slowly remove proped item. if soap spills through skin, let harden and melt again. this is the only time during this soap where you have a chance to save it before addding another layer.
9. place item on other side of the mold.
10. make sure your soap is under 120 degrees farenheit or cool enough for you to stick your finger in without wincing.
11. pour your second layer.
12. repeat steps 4-10 with layer 3 but this time dying it green!
13. now its time for layer 4
14. remove do higgy from bottom of mold
15. instead of putting it on the other side of mold we arent going to use it anymore. your mold should be flat.
16. pour your final orange layer and spritz with rubbing alcohol. let cool for at least 5 hours.
17. unmold and cut soap
18. use saran wrap scissors tape and heat gun to wrap soaps.
19. ta da! enjoy your new soaps! and because this is melt and pour, there is no curing time!