Last week, I introduced you to my newest project – making my cousin’s favors for her wedding. If you missed that post, check it out here. I am going to make leaf shaped mini soaps, marbled in autumn colors.
First, I’ll make sheets of soap which I’ll cut into mini soaps with cutters. Since I need to make 350 soaps, I need a large surface to create big sheets. In the past I have used my own aluminum cookie sheets, but they’ve started to warp, so needed an inexpensive alternative.
I went to a party supply store and found the perfect thing – disposable aluminum cookie sheets. They have a nice smooth surface and won’t warp when I pour hot soap onto them. At $1.50 per sheet, they were a steal! I got 6 of them.
Now I needed to figure out how much soap to pour per pan. To do this, I filled one with water to 1/4″ depth (the thickness of the soap sheet I want), then poured the water into a large Pyrex to see how much that is. In this case, it’s 2 cups. I have found that with m&p soap, the weight and liquid volume is virtually the same. So I’ll need 1 pound of soap per pan.
Next week, I’ll melt, color, scent, and pour my soap. They’ll be marbled with metallic micas, so make sure to check it out! It’s a really fun technique and can be used for lots of beautiful effects!