Tuesday, December 22, 2015

More impression mat soap making

I tried using impression mats again.  I used the same tall/skinny mold and the rose impression mat on the bottom.  Instead of using mica, I filled the design with soap.  I used the plain white color without any coloring or fragrance.

The bottom mold is the one I used plain white color.  The round bars I added mica after the impression mats were in the mold.
The fragrance I used in this soap was antique lace.  It smells wonderful, but it turns the soap dark brown. I get this fragrance from Natures Garden and they say the smell is "the romantic blend of jasmine and fresh vanilla beans, with a base note of musk."  After the white soap batter was placed into the impression mat, I placed about 1/2 inch of the batter with the fragrance added.  Then I added a thin layer of ground vanilla beans on top of this.  They call this a pencil line.  The last layer is an in the pot swirl of the plain color which will turn brown but it is a peachy color now, a bronze color with added mica, and yellow color with added mica.

In the round molds I used mica to color the impression mats.  


I think it would work just as well in the future for me to use mica on the tops of the soap once it is made and out of the mold, instead of putting mica on the impression mat.

With the use of impression mats, the soap does come out of the mold a little easier.

If using mica on impression mats, do it prior to placing them in the mold so as not to get mica on the sides of the soap.

Don't make the pencil line too thick or the soap layers will not stick to each other.

I tried the impression mats made from thin plastic.  It stuck to the soap and did not leave a good impression on the soap or on me.  I will stick with silicone.

This is the kind that did not work for me.  The pattern indenture was very shallow and it pulled some of the  design off when unmolded.  If I left it in the mold longer it may have worked better.

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