Violet Glitter Gradient (Tutorial)

Remember how fun jelly sandals used to be? They may have fallen out of fashion for now, but with this glitter gradient tutorial we’re bringing that awesome jelly look back into style! This tutorial is a cross between the Green Machine Melt & Pour project and the Sunset Ombre Cold Process tutorial, with the added bonus of ample Silver Glitter (and who doesn’t love glitter?). This project gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “sparkly clean.”

What You’ll Need:

45 oz. Clear Melt & Pour Base

12 mL Easter Purple Lab Color

5 1/4 teaspoons Silver Glitter

12 mL Violet Fragrance Oil

10″ Silicone Loaf Mold

2 – 3 Droppers

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ONE: Cut the Clear Melt & Pour Base into small, about-equally-sized chunks and measure out 9 oz. each into five separate containers. Be sure the containers are microwave safe.

TWO: Melt one of the soap containers in the microwave on 30 second bursts, and then using a dropper, add 3 mL of Violet Fragrance Oil and mix well.

THREE: Using a second dropper, color the layer with 6 mL of diluted Easter Purple Lab Color. If you’ve never diluted Lab Colors before, check out this post before diving in.

FOUR: Add 2 teaspoons of Silver Glitter and mix well, making sure the glitter, fragrance and Lab Color are fully incorporated into the soap.

FIVE: Pour the soap into the mold and spray with Isopropyl Alcohol to disperse bubbles.

SIX: Melt a second soap container in the microwave on 30 second bursts. Fragrance with 3 mL of Violet Fragrance Oil and add 3 mL of diluted Easter Purple Lab Color.

SEVEN: Add 1.5 teaspoons of Silver Glitter and mix well, making sure the glitter, fragrance and Lab Color are fully incorporated into the soap.

EIGHT: Spray the first layer liberally with Isopropyl Alcohol. This will help the second layer of soap adhere and prevent separation between the layers. When the first layer has formed a thick skin and when the second layer has cooled to 130 degrees or below, pour the second layer into the mold. Spray with Isopropyl Alcohol to disperse bubbles.

NINE: Melt a third soap container in the microwave on 30 second bursts. Fragrance with 3 mL of Violet Fragrance Oil, color with 2 mL of diluted Easter Purple Lab Color and add 1 teaspoon of glitter. 

TEN: Spray the second layer liberally with Isopropyl Alcohol. This will help the third layer of soap adhere and prevent separation between the layers. When the second layer has formed a thick skin and when the third layer has cooled to 130 degrees or below, pour the third layer into the mold. Spray with Isopropyl Alcohol to disperse bubbles.

ELEVEN: Melt a fourth soap container in the microwave on 30 second bursts. Fragrance with 3 mL of Violet Fragrance Oil, color with 1 mL of diluted Easter Purple Lab Color and add 1/2 teaspoon of glitter. Spray the third layer liberally with Isopropyl Alcohol. This will help the fourth layer of soap adhere and prevent separation between the layers. When the third layer has formed a thick skin and when the fourth layer has cooled to 130 degrees or below, pour the fourth layer into the mold. Spray with Isopropyl Alcohol to disperse bubbles.

TWELVE:  Melt the final soap container in the microwave on 30 second bursts. Because this layer needs to remain clear, do not add any Lab Color or fragrance oil. Add 1/4 teaspoon of glitter. Spray the fourth layer liberally with Isopropyl Alcohol. This will help the final layer of soap adhere and prevent separation between the layers. When the fourth layer has formed a thick skin and when the final layer has cooled to 130 degrees or below, pour the clear layer into the mold. Spray with Isopropyl Alcohol to disperse bubbles.

Wait 24 – 48 hours for the soap to harden before enjoying your glitter gradient soap!

Soap Queen Lab!Want to hold this soap in your hands? If you’re a tactile and visual learner, we have another way for you to learn. Click here to grab one of these soaps for your very own, complete with a full color instruction sheet, from the Soap Queen Lab Etsy shop.

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17 Comments

  1. Sibs says

    Hi there,

    I’ve had this tutorial bookmarked since last summer, and am planning to give it a try this weekend. I have a question… the only Lab Color I have is red, which I don’t care for. If I were to use Liquid Blue ( http://www.brambleberry.com/Liquid-Blue-P4055.aspx ) would the colorant amount still be the same? i.e. 6ml for darkest layer, followed by 3ml, etc.

    If only I had enough soap on hand to experiment with a second loaf… I would totally try it with amethyst mica. I have a ton of micas laying around. :D

    Thanks for any tip you can offer!

    • says

      Hi Sibs!

      I think the Liquid Blue would work great! With melt and pour, it’s a “what you see is what you get” type of coloring system, so I would simply add the colorant until you get the color you desire, then add less and less for each layer :) If you get photos of your project, we would love to see them on our Facebook page!

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      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  2. Laura says

    Looks gorgeous! I only have a couple of concerns. Does the glitter scratch against your skin? Does the glitter come off the soap and is difficult to rinse off your skin?

    Also, could you use cosmetic glitter?

    • says

      Hi Laura!

      Because this is cosmetic-grade glitter, it isn’t actually going to scratch against the skin at all. It comes off easily and we’ve found that kids and teens just love having the sparkles in their soaps! As long as the glitter you are using is skin-safe cosmetic glitter, it should work for this project. I would suggest making a small test batch to see how you like the glitter you have! I hope this helps. =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

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