by Rustic Escentuals
Autumn scents are in the air along with autumn activities. This is a perfect time for a soap making tutorial to cheer on football season – it will bring out the cheers from everyone!
Skills: Using micas, layering
Supplies and equipment needed:
Microwave safe glass containers (2)
Sharp knife to cut soap into cubes
Spray bottle with rubbing alcohol
Butter knives for stirring soap
Mini Footballs Silicone Mold (6 cavities, 19.8 ounces total. Approx 3.3 ounces each)
20 oz UltraClear Melt & Pour soap base
.5 oz White Melt and Pour soap base
Bonfire Bliss Fragrance Oil
Blackstar Gold Mica
See our How to Use Mica Colorants in Soap tutorial in The Crafting Library for tips on how to mix Mica into a soap base.
Cut up approximately .5 ounces of White Melt & Pour soap base into small cubes using a sharp knife. Melt for approximately 10 seconds. Repeat if necessary but be careful, because this is not a lot of melt and pour soap base. Leave a little un-melted soap base in the container, because the heat of the melted soap will melt whatever is remaining.
Note: No need to add scent to this stage, as it is not necessary for such a small amount of soap.
Taking the Mini Football silicone soap mold, spritz the cavities (football stripes) with alcohol. This allows the soap base to travel well into the nooks and crannies.
Using a pipette, draw approximately 2 ml of the melted white soap base into the pipette and add it to the small cavities within the mold. Do this to all mold cavities.
Spritz with alcohol to get rid of any bubbles. TIP: Sometimes the soap cools down too fast and may stop traveling to the edge of the cavity. Spritzing with alcohol will smooth it out.
Continue with the remaining cavities and let set for approximately 3 minutes. This is not a lot of soap and it will set quickly.
Add three .15 cc scoops of the Blackstar Gold Mica into a microwave safe glass container. Mica does not bleed and is a perfect soap colorant to use for a distinct separation of colors.
Using a disposable pipette, add 4 drops of alcohol to the mica and mix well. Add more alcohol if needed, however, be conservative with the alcohol.
Cut up approximately 20 oz of Ultra Clear Melt & Pour soap base into small cubes using a sharp knife. Add the cubed soap base into the container with the mica and melt in 30-second bursts. Repeat as necessary.
Using a disposable pipette, add 5 ml of Bonfire Bliss Fragrance Oil and stir in slowly. This is a wonderful scent for the autumn season.
Make sure the soap base is not too hot, because it will melt the white soap. The perfect pouring temperature is 130 – 135 degrees.
Spritz soap cavities with alcohol to ensure adherence between the white and brown soap.
Slowly pour the brown soap to the top of each cavity, completely covering the white portion. Finish off with a spritz of alcohol to remove any bubbles on top.
Let the soap set for approximately two hours before attempting to release the soap from the mold. It should be hardened and cool to the touch.
Turn the mold over carefully and slowly press on the bottom of the cavity to release each soap. Pull the edges of the mold away from the soap slightly to add an air pocket. Admire your work! It’s that easy!