Friday, September 7, 2012

Non- Stampin Project: Hand Made Soaps....

Hey everyone -

Okay I must admit although my passion is papercrafting from time to time I dabble in some other crafts....I put this picture up on Facebook and got a HUGE request for how to do these so I put together some instructions.  Sorry but I don't have additional pictures other then the final one here but if you have any questions please post a comment or email me personally at beachsidestampers@yahoo.com.  I will be creating a couple other soap making ideas and will make sure to create proper tutorials with those!! :-D  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies you will need:
Molds to make your soap - This can include * formal soap molds, cookie cutters on wax paper on a cookie sheet, or any type of paper carton like a milk or juice carton. (When using cookie cutters I tend to find it is easier to use a cookie sheet with a high lip side or brownie pan and then cut out the images.)
*Glycerin soap -clear or white
*Fragrance of your choice -I used strawberry
*Blue and Red dies
Glass measuring cup
Spoons to mix the soap
Microwave

*All these items can be purchased at any local craft store. 

1)  The first thing you want to do is take the glycerin soap and cut up blocks according to how much soap you are going to work with first.  Put it in the Glass measuring cup and put it in the microwave for 40 seconds.  Take it out and stir and continue for roughly 10-20 second increments until the soap is completely melted.
2) You will then add your fragrance - just a couple drops will do but you can add more or less depending on how strong you want your soap smell.  Stir well until you see the desired color you are looking for.
3) Next pour into the mold of your choice.  Within 30 seconds or so you will start to see the soap start to set.  Make sure to fill to the top of the mold or you will lose parts of the image when you pop the soap out. 
4)  Lightly tap the mold to remove air bubbles.
5)  Once the soap has set you can just pop them out and BAM you have hand made soap. 

Have fun with simple 1-2-3 project.  Makes great teacher gifts, co-worker gifts, or create a basket for a bridal or baby shower.  Skies the limit.  :-)


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