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questions about soap from a novice!

hello gals
i know we have all seen the link to the martha stewart ice cube soap, yes? well if not, she says that to get nice hues, add a little bit of food colouring.... now my questions are:
♥does martha not know that food colouring stains your hands? im not sure if im just soap retarded, cause im planning on making my first batch of soap soon.... or if martha is retarded.
♥has anyone used food colouring in their soap and had it work?
♥does anyone know where i can get soap colours for cheap? (ex. NOT michaels or other pricey craft places)
♥and lastly in order to place charms and whatnot in my soap, i first do a layer, let it solidify then place them on-top and pour melted soap over it yes?

Im sorry if my questions are lame, but ive never made soap before, am quite poor and using them as my xmas presents, and really dont want to screw up too bad and waste my soap stuff. Thanks for your input!

meg :)


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Nov. 21st, 2002 07:56 pm (UTC)
if u let the soap solidify then pour over, the soap will not stick together. it will split in half.
u should only let it cool slightly.
Nov. 21st, 2002 07:59 pm (UTC)
oh ok, thanks a lot for that tip. i would have let it cool all the way, then my hand washing friends would not been very happy when their soap cracked open!
Nov. 21st, 2002 10:43 pm (UTC)
tat's ok!
you can try letting the soap harden slightly , then put the charm in and "poke" it into place too

i made a webpage abt that.

good luck!!!
Nov. 21st, 2002 08:12 pm (UTC)
*I* wouldnt use food coloring in your soaps. I would use cosmetic dyes. they arent that expensive, and you can find them at your local craft store.

and dont let the first layer completely solidify. let a thick skin form on the top, but it has to remain somewhat warm for the 2nd layer to stick properly...and make sure to spritz the first layer with alcohol before you pour your second layer, or the layers will not stick.
Nov. 21st, 2002 08:15 pm (UTC)
oh thanks so much!
um another ? .... alcohol like rubbing alcohol??

Nov. 22nd, 2002 04:24 am (UTC)
yes ma'am....just regular ol alcohol. put it in a spray bottle and you are all set.
Nov. 21st, 2002 08:44 pm (UTC)
Soap coloring is 2.50, not exactly pricy.
Nov. 21st, 2002 09:24 pm (UTC)
oh... heh.. well i thought it was like 5 bucks and i wasnt prepared to have pretty colour for that much. i would rather the stained food colouring hands! hah
Nov. 21st, 2002 09:25 pm (UTC)
Yeah I just bought some at Michaels today. Its not bad priced at all.
Nov. 21st, 2002 09:34 pm (UTC)
I actually made the soap cubes this week. I used food colouring, and no, it doesn't come off on your hands, but it DOES leave a mark on wherever to leave the wet soap. It worked pretty well for me. :)
Nov. 21st, 2002 09:36 pm (UTC)
oh thats great to know thanks! did u spritz it with rubbing alcohol like the other soap girls have been saying? how did yours turn out? im really excited to do it, but scared of the million things that could go wrong. when you stirred in the colour did it make a foam or more bubbles? thanks for any info u can give me!
Nov. 29th, 2002 06:21 pm (UTC)
Sorry for taking so long to get back to you. The soap cubes were so easy! I just put a teeny drop of food colouring in the bottom of a microwaveable dish, and then microwaved it for a few seconds and gave it a stir. If there wasn't enough colour, I'd add more then. And then poured the stuff into the ice cube tray and it was all done!
Nov. 29th, 2002 08:58 pm (UTC)
cool thanks so much!!!!!!
i'll see how they go!
Nov. 22nd, 2002 10:43 am (UTC)
soap colours aren't expensive at all.

when layering the soap, don't let the layers dry completely, or else they won't stick together.

i doubt you or martha stewart are actually "retarded". could you maybe not use that word? thanks.

good luck!
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