This is the last video in our Melt & Pour series on Soap Queen TV. We’re going to take a little break before we come back with our next series in the Fall. What do you want to learn about? I know I’ve said this before but just to remind you – we really want to hear your suggestions!
In this episode I use the layering technique from Episode 12 and the embedding technique demonstrated in Episode 4 to create some adorable soaps. I also show you 2 new techniques for getting perfectly even layers and gradating soap colors to go from dark to light. I hope this episode inspires you to mix and match some of the techniques we’ve covered in the last 15 episodes of Soap Queen TV.
Episode 15: Gradated Color Layers from Soap Queen on Vimeo.
Clear melt & pour soap
White melt & pour soap
Liquid orange color
Flexible brownie pan
For Embedding variation:
Basic shapes soap mold
Super pearly white mica
We did a tutorial on a basic CP swirl soap last Christmas. Here's part one: http://soap-queen.blogspot.com/2008/11/cold-process-christmas-soap-part-one.html and part two http://soap-queen.blogspot.com/2008/11/cold-process-christmas-soap-part-two.html
However, I highly recommend reading a book like The Everything Soap book or watching my Cold Process DVD before attempting your first batch. It's very important to take all of the safety precautions – lye is a dangerous chemical.
Maybe you do one on just the basics of CP? I've done lots of MP but never attempted the CP.
wow, as always I learn more and more about M&P~! Thanks this was a great tutorial~ really enjoyed it~
Extrusion is where you force the soap through a mold or a tube to create a certain shape.
Have a sweet sleep =)
AM, do you know me well enough to understand my dry wry crinkly humor…..hope so!
not sure what extrusion is….kinda have an idea….and yes, don't we dream late into the night about all this?
ok it is time for bed
i am completely wasted down dirty tired!!!!!!
with Buttercream Frosting on top and filled with Hello, Sweet Thang!!!!!
Kat, Good job on the cupcake attitude change. Make what people are happy to pay you for =) and, make bigger batches so clean up happens less frequently.
I think that Primal actually is extruding the soap out of those cutters – as opposed to molding them
They started out doing a lot of this type of thing:
And then they started adding in the shapes.
That said, I don't know for certain if it's molding or extrusion. Either way, it's ultra cool and yes, it would be fabulous if we could bring that technology to everyone =)
ok, so after seeing AM's comment on fancy flours.com and seeing their beautiful designs
i repent of my crummy attitude
if people want my bath bomb cupcakes then i will make them
and then clean up the mess.
after all, didn't Marie Antionette say
let them eat cake
if they want cake
give them cake
and decorate it all pretty
maybe that will be the niche
tongue in cheek re: Bridgette's comment…
oh yeah, who would NOT want to
do what primal does lol!
the closest i have seen is soapylove and sunbasilgarden!
but there has to be a way to mass produce. otherwise you would go stark raving MAD.
only thing i can figure from their designs is that they have a die cutter and stupendous molds with a fulltime artist who just sits there all day making things on a computer and then another computer does what he says and spits out a mold. because what they do they do with a whole 5 pound loaf.
you know, the one like ELF now has!
but Anne Marie can do that now, can't she! maybe we could submit designs to elf lol!
Lisa, We'll be doing a series of Soap Queen TV on CP but will probably be doing them as small paid classes because of the difficulty factor and extra support that I suspect they will take but I'll keep you posted on that. Have you seen these blog posts on swirling though?
meanwhile also i am wracking my brains trying to increase sales on etsy, send out newsletters, do shop banners, and plan for christmas. reading their little tutorials is proving to be an effective tool.
ok, back to that!
i sent out my first formal newsletter to 35 people yesterday. only 1 unsubscribe in 24 hours. still awaiting feedback….
beautiful! i am so NOT ready for summer to be over! i have So Many inspirations to do summer soap and not all of them are realized.
but we need to move on with the seasons i guess. i just am not ready for that to happen.
i will miss the thursday episodes!
of all the things i enjoy most from you, Anne Marie is your business advice. That is in no way to lessen the episodes. I relish them, sometimes watching several times. I like that I can check back for referencing and have done that! For instance on the coloring one, on the herbal additives one, and on the how to shrink wrap one! And of course the trendy geo one…oh that is so beautiful. that will be the next project i make definitely. as soon as i decide on the fragrancing.
Saponifier Magazine mentioned "mixed media" an issue or two ago. Have you though about that perhaps? A mixture of MP and HP together.
I just had a brain blurp last night. My bath bomb cupcakes are one of my best sellers. No one does not like them!
Unfortunately I absolutely DREAD making them. To me they are a hassle and I hate making a mess in my kitchen and the frosting is messy and I could go on and on.
My question is this: You know how you can make dinners and freeze ahead? Has anybody ever thought about or considered or tried making bath bombs ahead and freezing them? What is the approximate shelf life of a bath bomb cupcakes anyways? Would it compromise the citric acid? would it break down the components….
just trying to figure out a way to be more and more efficient.
and I agree with the lady about the lotions. i know you have a time limit on your segments so i don't know how reasonable a request it is to cover lotions….
Happy Friday everyone!
Yowzah! – I just *love love love* this style/technique. Thank you so much for all the episodes. They've helped me along and instilled more confidence in what I'm doing.
Lynn in Seattle says
I really liked the idea of adding a bit of sparkle to the clear. Wow! Yep, I'll try that for sure.
Sometimes you make me feel really slow — why didn't I think of that? (slaping myself on the forehead while grinning).
Alex Solla says
You do realize of course that my weekend is now toast?! I had planned on making pots for the studio, but NO…. now I am gonna be trying new ideas with layered colors in my soap. Jeez Anne-Marie! Whydja have to go and make such a cool tutorial?!! WHY??!!!
I need suggestions on colorants for M&P soaps. Looking for rich saturated colors. I tried using food coloring and I bet you can guess what happened.
lisa ann skincare says
I'd love to see swirling techniques in cold process making. Mine don't always come out the way I envision! Thanks…
Brigette, There is SO much more to do with M & P. We will definitely get into MP loaves in more detail for sure. I love that idea.
Evermore, If I had to choose my fave, I'd go with Optiphen for efficacy and less controversial ingredients. But yes, I will do a lotion tutorial for sure.
SoapyLove, Thanks! The scale makes the layers absolutely spot on perfect. And, the layers on their side do look swell. That's my favorite one too. =)
I love that you weighed the melted soap. That's so smart, and made super precision layers! Great tip!
My favorite soap in the end was the one with the layers laid side ways. That looked awesome!
Great video Anne-Marie. This melt and pour series has been so great! Thanks so much!
Id love to learn about making lotions without harmful preservitives. I know lotion needs it, but I would really like to know what the least harmful preservative is.
Burnt Mill Candles and Soap says
another great video 🙂
I love the graduated colors. This tutorial makes it very easy to do. On future segments I would like to learn more about making glycerin loafs. The more complex one like what Primal Elements makes. Thanks for being open for our suggestions.