Thank you to commenter Teresa for reminding me that Cookie Cutters are entirely appropriate to use instead of the Exacto Knife. I used cookie cutters for the soap display at Otion (above or click here to view full size photo) rather than the Exacto knife idea.
Melt clear soap (approximately 1 ounce per bar of soap). Cool this to 120 – 130 (it varies by base – Bramble Berry’s house bases are ideal for embedding soap at around 120 to 125 degrees). The key is that the soap must be cool enough to not melt your hand-cut insert. Pour this clear, cooled soap, into the mold approximately 1/8″ thick.
Step Seven: Carefully and quickly place your black insert soap into the clear soap. Spray liberally with alcohol to ensure a smooth clear surface. Allow to harden for approximately 10 minutes or until thick skin has formed. Be careful to not move the soap during the hardening process or you may end up with wrinkles.
Step Eight: Melt white soap, approximately 2 ounces per bar. Allow to cool to 120-130 degrees. Add fragrance. Spritz the clear soap layer with rubbing alcohol to help the two layers adhere. Pour white soap to fill the soap mold.
Allow soap to fully harden, invert and pop your creations out! Viola! You’re done. I’ll have final reveal photos tomorrow.
So, what do you think? Will you try this at home? If not, why not? And did I miss any major steps or questions that you have about this project? Post a comment and let me know.