Part I - Colorful Embeddables
Spring is just around the corner. The sun is peeking out, our days are lasting longer, and we day dream of all of the things of Spring; colors and scents of roses, lilacs, Jasmine, grass, violets.......
This is a Spring inspired soaping tutorial. Great for beginners of melt and pour, and can be incorporated into cold process as well. This tutorial will show you how to make beautiful embeddable glycerin spirals, chunks, and other shapes in all of the colors and aromas of Spring. These embeddable pieces can be used inside of your next loaf of clear, or opaque melt & pour soap, and / or your next batch of cold process soap.
What you need:
- Clear Melt & Pour soap base
- FD & C Color
- Essential & / or Fragrance Oils
- Mica Powder (gold, silver, pearl)
- Flat molds that will allow you to pout sheets of soap (1/4" thick and at least 12 or more inches long) Any of the following can be used for a mold: Tupperware, other plastic containers, empty. clean milk or juice cartons, plastic food trays. If you do not have something suitable for a mold, don't fret. You can pour your soap slowly over any flat surface such as your counter or table. As long as your soap hardens in a thin, long slab and can be peeled off of the surface it is poured on, you're fine. Pouring on a sheet of wax paper works fine as well.
- Spray bottle with rubbing alcohol for spritzing your poured soap to remove surface bubbles.
- Optional: liquid glycerin
One thing to keep in mind after you have wound up your rolls and sliced them is that you need to loosen the slices up some. If the slices are wound too tightly, they may not adhere properly to the soap batch you're going to pour over them. The larger rolls pictured above are an example of rolls that are too tightly wound. This is fine when you are rolling them up initially, but they must be loosed as pictures below, after you have finished slicing them. Continue on to the next few pictures. The pictures have notes beneath them and are there to show you examples:
Preparing to use your embedables:
Pictured below: Dome molds, Bunt cake molds, and a disk mold - all filled with embeds.
When you pour hot soap over these embeds, they will sink down, and shrink. You may want to have some extra embeds left over to add after pouring is done. I prefer to leave mine with a little more clear soap around the embeds so I filled these molds loosely.
Tap the sides to release air bubbles, and spray the top with rubbing alcohol to reduce foaming and bubbles on the surface.
If you have any left over shavings or embeds to add, complete your soap by topping it off with these and pressing them into the melted glycerin soap you just poured. If you do not have any remaining shavings or extra embeds, it is not a necessary step. I just had some yellow ones to use up in this photo.
You should leave your soap to harden at room temperature now. It won't take as long as usual because you poured the soap over some already hardened and cold soap embeds.
We're not done yet......
We're going to finish this off with some finishing touches. Grab some white / opaque melt and pour soap. You don't need much. We're just going to drizzle it over the soap cake.
I have added some red FD&C which will create a light pink in opaque M&P soap. I have also added more of the fragrance I am using for this recipe.
The center of my soap cake has a hollow part, as you can see in the photo left. I'm going to fill this up with pink melt and pour before I drizzle. Your soap make or may not have a hollow area like this to fill. And you may choose to leave a hollow area unfilled if you have one. It's up to you.
Almost finished, view from the top.