|Making Guest Soaps using Krafty Lady moulds
by Kimberly Davenport
Soap Making supplies:
Here are some "bricks" of soap base (I usually get mine at Michaels.)
The bricks of soap come in colors such as yellow, blue and green, as shown here. They also come in clear or translucent. I prefer the translucent and add my own color. It allows me to custom my soaps a little more.|
These particular (colored) bases are coconut oil soap base. they tend to heat quicker and harden faster. I don't care for those since they start to harden as soon as you take it out of the microwave, not allowing much time to work with.
It's hard to say a time frame because it depends on how hot your soap base was from the microwave, the thickness or depth of your mould, and even the different types of soap bases.
I wait a half hour for thin moulds and up to an hour for thicker moulds (like Monty here).
Close up of a darker Monty in blue with his modest fig leaf in place. (depending on how many drops of color you put into your melted soap base will determine how light or dark your finished soap becomes.)
Hint: If you do try to release it from the mould and it hasn't cured yet, you could damage the impression and either live with it or pop the soap out of the mould, put that mixture back into your glass bowl, microwave at 5 second incriments until it's fully melted, and then repour it back into your mould and start the waiting time all over again.
Note: Colorings for soap will not stain your skin or your sinks or tubs. Make sure the colorings and scents you use are for soap making (you don't want to use colorings and scents not for human contact in this manner.)
I melted some green soap base first and put it in the center section of the mould and let it harden for a few minutes.
Then I melted more soap base and added blue coloring and poured it directly over the green so it formed a two-tone soap.
Note: I did the same technique from the ornament mould. Melt your first small batch of soap base and add first color. Pour into the butterfly section of the mould.
Then melt and pour a second small batch of soap base and fill the rest of the mould.
This one actually has three colors of soap base: blue, dark pink (or red), and then yellow.
Note: I cut off a piece of thin bamboo stick I had laying around in my office for the stem. I cut the thin stick on an angle and inserted the angled part into the soap.
You can wrap them in clear or colored plastic wrap, tie with a ribbon and give as gifts.
I hope you try making your own soaps. And I hope you enjoyed this how-to.