Friday, March 18, 2011

Perfect Polka Dots

I love the new mold that we just got in from Mold market, it inspired me to make some creative polka dotted soaps! They were so easy to do and they look so sharp, I just had to share the idea.

Here's what you'll need:

15 oz Natural White Melt and Pour Soap Base
2 oz Pre-Coloured Melt and Pour Soap in various colours and/or
3 x .15 cc scoops of Black Iron Oxide
Denatured Alcohol for spritzing
Polka Dot Mold Market Soap Mold
1 tbsp Fragrance Oil of your choice
Soap Injector Tool

1. Prepare your work area. You’ll need at least one glass measuring cup or microwaveable container and smaller containers for the different colours of Melt and Pour, and a large clean workspace lined with newspaper or paper towel.
2. Decide how many colours you would like to use and melt about ¾ of an ounce of coloured melt and pour in total for each cavity’s polka dots. For example, if you are just doing black dots then you would melt 1.5 ounces for all three cavities in the mold, then scoop the iron oxide in and mix well. If you are doing many colours like the rainbow soap above, you will only need about a teaspoon of melted soap base per colour.
3. Take your soap injector (we recommend cutting the tip of it so the opening is about 2 mm wide) and suck up some of the coloured soap. Squirt the soap very gently into the recessed dots in the mold, being careful not to push down on the plunger too hard. Keep a glass of hot water handy in case the soap starts to solidify in the injector and to rinse it out in between colours. If you have any bubbles forming on the tops, spritz the mold with denatured alcohol.
4. Repeat until you have coloured all the dots, then let the layer harden fully or approx. an hour.
5. Melt the 16 ounces of white melt and pour soap, then add your fragrance. You’ll need to pour this soap at as low of a temperature as possible so the coloured dots do not melt and bleed into the white soap. Stir the melt and pour frequently to cool it off, pouring just before it starts to solidify. Spritz the coloured dots with denatured alcohol before pouring the white melt and pour soap to help the layers adhere.
6. Wait 24 hours then gently de-mold your soaps. If you find they are sticking, place the mold in the freezer for 5 minutes before trying again.

Have fun with this project, try using different colour combinations or micas for pearly soaps!


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