In my first post about using silicone molds with melt and pour soap, I gave some tips about using these intricate molds and how to avoid surface flaws. Today I will touch on using different bases and colorants, how to enhance the designs, and how to make a cute jewelry filled soap purse (click here for the mold).
Using different bases and colorants:
The neat thing about these molds is that they can have a lot of fine detail and a variety of textures. To get the biggest impact, experiment with your mold to see if clear, pearly (clear base with mica color), or opaque shows off the design the best. You will find that each will have a very different look depending on your mold. For the purse, my favorite was an opaque base with pastel color. For my Typography Soap mold (which I made), I prefer clear with just a hint of color. There’s no hard-and-fast rule about what’s the most effective because all designs are unique!
Enhancing the design:
Sometimes you want a little extra “oomph.” I like to use a cosmetic blush brush and some pearly mica to do just that. First just use the mica in the lid of your jar. This will be plenty. Just swirl your brush in the powder, tap it on the lip of your jar to remove any excess and gently brush the surface of your soap. By going light, you can control the intensity of your color. See what a difference the mica makes?
Jewelry Box Filled Purse:
For a quick and fun version of the ever popular “toy in soap” idea, here is a fun way to play up the purse shape. Take a lip butter pot and fill it with acrylic craft gems (you could put something special in there, but I did have some soap seep inside, so keep that possibility in mind).
Next, fill your mold 1/4 way with soap and allow to form a thick skin. Make sure to pop all bubbles so your layering isn’t noticeable. Now close the lid on the lip butter pot and gently push it into the soap skin. Hold it for a few moments to let the soap “grab” and solidify. Then spray the jar with alcohol and top off with soap. Allow to harden and unmold!
I hope you have enjoyed my posts about using these super fun molds. It’s so incredible what shapes can be made! You may even want to try your hand at your own original designs with Bramble Berry’s Flexy Fast!