At the first ever Soapmaking Weekend Intensive held at Otion in 2008, I had the great pleasure of meeting Paula Kates of PJ Soaps. She is an incredible glycerin soap artist and I learned a little method from her that I haven’t used until now. The interesting surface design on these Ombre Hearts uses her deceptively simple mold-tipping technique. I think you’re really going to like it!
2 oz. Bright White soap base
12 oz. Naturally Clear soap base (or Clear M&P)
Jewelry Box Colorant Set
Candy Jar Fragrance Set
Striped Heart mold
Knife, cutting board, bottle of rubbing alcohol
1. Prop top left corner of mold up on something about 1″ tall.
2. Melt 2 oz of white soap base. Spray mold with alcohol, then pour a small amount of soap into mold at the top curves of the heart, allowing soap to run down stripes and pool at one side. You only want total coverage of white soap over 1/2 of the design. Allow to harden.
3. Melt 12 oz of clear soap. Color with 1 or 2 drops of any color from the Jewelry Box set (Fiery Fuchsia and Turquoise Blue are shown) and a sprinkle of Sparkle Dust. Fragrance with 2 dropper fulls of any scent from the Candy Jar set. Allow soap to cool to 120 degrees.
4. Place mold flat on table and spray white soap with alcohol. Slowly pour colored soap into mold, aiming the stream at the edge of the mold where white soap is thickest. This will protect the thinnest area from melting. Allow to harden and unmold.
Although the Jewelry Box colorants are bleeding colors, the white area may become a pastel shade of the colored soap but will always look bright and distinct.
Stay tuned to the Bramble Berry and Otion sites for info about the next “SWI.” It’s a great weekend that you should not miss!
This is wonderful. Thanks for sharing !
Wonder Turtle Soaps says
Oh, cool, I like this! I'll have to try it out. Thanks for the inspiration! Love your tutorials … 🙂
I am floored by how simple it is to make such a cool effect! At least you make it seem that way, Debbie. 😉 All your projects bring such a huge smile to my face (I was looking through your book and smiling lots yesterday).
Thank you for the Ombre tutorial. Nice effect and the colors and fragrance sound like such a fun combo too. Cute for Valentine's Day!
Naiad Soap Arts says
What a cool effect! Thanks for another fabulous technique Debbie!
Those soaps are very pretty. A very simple technique makes for a beautiful effect. Thanks for sharing.
Candipill – to get the best fade, make sure to spray the mold with alcohol before pouring your soap in. This makes the most gradual effect. Have fun with your project!
YEAY!!! I was wanting to do a safari themed range in prep for World Cup 2010 S.A. I have been trying to figure out how to do a blended skyscape sort of design for the "background" – I tried all kinds of things like dropping pigment into the mould. Didnt turn out the way I wanted – but I think your post has given me a new idea to achieve the effect that I am looking for! Thanks A-M, as always you are totally rad!
who says you need flat surfaces! fun!