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i was wondering, does anyone have any tips on putting objects in soap? i tryed being a soap crafter for the first time last night, man alive i am terrible at it. i was so jazzed on making christmas presents this year, and everything seems to have been this miserable psuedo-failure that had enough of a result for me to still give what i made out as presents and yet for everyone to say "goddamn sarah lily, you really suck". well...i tryed. i suppose everything just takes a lot of practice. and that is what i shall do, i just wanted some tips from all you experienced, talented soap crafters. thanks!

sarah lily xo!


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Dec. 21st, 2002 10:02 am (UTC)
One thing /I/ found, at least, and tersa I think also: don't overheat the glycerin, and definitely let it cool down a lot in the mold before you put other objects into it. Anything made out of more glycerin will melt off detail, or sink to the bottom of the mold.
Dec. 22nd, 2002 01:07 am (UTC)
thanks! i did find that seemed to be one of my problems, plus i hurt my fingers a lot.

sarah lily xo
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Dec. 22nd, 2002 01:09 am (UTC)
thats what i was trying..oh it got so messy. my whole kitchen was covered with soap, and die and glitter and whatnot. i swear my hands have never been cleaner though! i am definitly gonna try again, and if i have any film i will post some pictures for sure. nice icon, by the way. and thanks!

sarah lily xo
Dec. 21st, 2002 03:03 pm (UTC)
This is how...
Well, I made some little glycerin soaps a couple of weeks ago. I got the clear kind so I could imbed little fellas in it and I poured it half full, let it sit for 45 minutes and then placed the little toys in it and poured more glycerin right on top. Pop the bubbles or scootch them to the side (do this on layer one, also, before you leave it for the 45 minutes). Once I let layer 2 (the top layer) sit for 1 hour, I put the buggers in the freezer (still in the molds) so that they'd be really easy to release. It worked GREAT!!

My only complaint is that the glycerin smells yicky and feels a bit on the slippery side. I got the heat and pour kind, so I know for once that I didn't do anything wrong! I heated and poured!! They are cute but maybe I'm a perfectionist, because I don't really want to give them away as presents like I was going to do before. If it wasn't for the slipperyness, I would.
Dec. 22nd, 2002 12:40 am (UTC)
Re: This is how...
they were likely icky and slippery due to your putting them in the freezer to solidify. it's best to let them cool at room temperature (an hour to an hour is usually sufficient for an average size/depth) and then pop them in the fridge for a minute or two once they're fully cooled only if you're having trouble getting them to release.
Dec. 22nd, 2002 01:34 am (UTC)
Re: This is how...
uh, an hour to an hour AND A HALF is what i meant. haha. my delerium due to lack of sleep is definately not making me articulate, now is it? :)
Dec. 22nd, 2002 01:14 am (UTC)
Re: This is how...
oh, thank you thank you! i really rushed it, i think that was probably part of my problem. but, in the time it took me to fuck up over and over i could have done it once the good way. i am getting jazzed for trying again now. thanks so much!

sarah lily xo
Dec. 22nd, 2002 12:45 am (UTC)
the best way (that i've found) to imbed objects in m&p soap is this way:

melt soap
let cool slightly (if a skin develops, stir it back in)
fill the mold about 1/3 of the way
spritz with alcohol to get rid of bubbles
let sit for a few minutes to get a slight skin
arrange objects lightly on the soap
let sit 10 or 15 minutes
melt more soap
let cool slightly
spritz layer 1 with extra alcohol (it helps to keep the two layers from separating)
fill mold the rest of the way with slightly cooled soap
spritz with alcohol to remove bubbles

i hope that helps? xo.
Dec. 22nd, 2002 01:17 am (UTC)
that helps so much! i had no idea about alcohol, and one of my big problems was that all my soap seperated. do i just use plain rubbing alcohol? or something else? and thank you so much, i think i may be able to do it right now. oh im so jazzed. thanks again!!

sarah lily xo
Dec. 22nd, 2002 01:33 am (UTC)
it's no problem at all - i'm glad i could help. :) but yep. just grab whatever rubbing alcohol you've got sitting around the bathroom. that's what i use and it works perfectly fine. it's best if you find some sort of spray bottle for the spritzing though. an old non-aerosol hairspray bottle or whatever works well. also, don't worry about spraying too much alcohol on the soap - it won't ruin it. it could possibly make the soap a little more drying on the skin, but an extra 5 spritzes here and an extra 5 there won't really make a noticable difference.
Dec. 22nd, 2002 01:59 am (UTC)
oh, excellent! thanks so fucking much, im so jazzed on trying again now!

sarah lily xo!
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