Sunday, May 10, 2015

Soap Sculpture for Egg Me On Soap

Egg Me On Egg Soap - A golden yellow mica line is near the top of the soap.  There are also tiny in the pot swirls in the soap.  These items do not show up since the background color is almost the same color. 

I learned that I can make soap sculpture with my hand made cold-process soap.  I don't want to use melt and pour soap since I want to keep my soaps more natural and all hand made.  I sculptured soap similar to fondant sculpture for cakes decorating. 

Directions:  I first shred my coconut soap.  (Approx. 2 cups of shred) and then add 1/4 cup of warm water and stir.  I microwave this mixture for 30 sec., stir, microwave for 30 sec., stir.  Then I mix in tapioca flour, a little at a time, until soap dough forms a workable ball.  I knead this a little until it is not sticky, adding in a small amount of tapioca flour at a time.  Once it is not sticky, I start sculpting.  To color the soap, I use colored mica.  If I leave the soap white, I can still use a white mica to make it shine.  Corn starch may be an alternative ingredient, but I couldn't find any and tapioca flour was available.  I also planned to use glycerin for more playability, if necessary, but it wasn't needed for this project.

At this time, you are probably wondering what I can use the soap sculpture for.  Well, my main reason to make soap sculpture is for decorating the top of my soaps.  I can also place the sculptures inside of my bars of soap.  I am limited only by my imagination.  

My latest soap is:
Egg Me On

This is some of the packaging for my soaps.  The one on the left has won out for this soap.

Egg Me On

This soap has egg sculptures on the soap tops.  The soap ingredients are:

tallow, raw whole milk, coconut oil, castor oil, sunflower oil, unrefined shea butter, water, fragrance oil-Hemingway “type”, 2 eggs, mica, titanium dioxide.  Some will also contain: glitter, decorative eggs (coconut oil, tapioca flour, water, lye, and mica),

Due to me making the bar superfatted at 10% and having so much milk fat, the bars did not set up as fast as most of my soaps.  I usually superfat at 5%.  When I cut the first two soap logs, some of the soap stuck on the bottom.  I will give the soap another few hours before I take it out of the last mold.  Superfat is the amount of extra fat that does not suponify in the soap, so you get extra oils and butters on your skin when you wash.

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1 comment:

Amy Warden said...

Those turned out super cute!! Very resourceful way to make the soap sculpture. Thanks for sharing!