This was my first time making soap with melt and pour and micas. I used the Milky Way Sun Mold and Apricot Blush, Gemtone Ruby and Shamrock Green Mica. First, I took 1 pound of clear melt and pour and cut it into little chunks to melt it in the microwave. I put the Rose Pearl Mica in the smaller melted soap because I needed so little of it. I poured that into the mouth of the sun. I also put the Shamrock Mica into another cup of soap for the eyes. My goal was to have bright ruby red lips, green eyes and a gold face but because I was impatient and didn’t wait for the lips to cool and I didn’t wait for the soap that just came out of the microwave to cool down, the color of the lips and eyes melted right away when I poured the Apricot Mica into the mold. If I were to do this mold again, I would wait for the lips and eyes to cool completely and would wait so that the apricot soap wasn’t so hot when I poured it in. The other two molds were my first attempt at dropping soap color into detail areas to create interest and texture. I used the Aloha Sandal Mold and the Milky Way Dragonfly Mold because I’m ready for summer! I used clear melt and pour and light gold, apricot blush, sparkle red and shamrock micas for this mold. After mixing my micas with my melted soap, I used a dropper to get the soap to stay inside the flower and not linger anywhere else. The color I used for the flower was Sparkle Red Mica. I also used a dropper for the sandal straps. They are made with light gold sparkle mica. The base of the sandal was Shamrock Green Mica along with a mixer of Apricot Blush Mica. Again, I had no patience so I didn’t wait long enough for the soap to harden up before I accidentally melted it by pouring more soap on it again. Again, I was taught the lesson that if you want your design to work the way you see it in your head, you have to wait for the soap to cool. Overall, soapmaking is awesome and I can’t wait to try and venture out into more areas.
A question for Anne-Marie: The Bramble Berry website says that the shamrock mica is a bleeding color–will this be an issue with the layered soap? I’m wondering beause I wanted to make the soap w/water soluable paper for my son’s school. One of the school colors is shamrock green, but I was afraid to use the mica for the backing color because of the bleeding. Amy’s soap sure turned out cute even if it’s not quite what she planned!
[email protected] Birch says
Welcome to the Bubble Sisterhood, Amy. How lucky you are to work at BB I’ll bet it’s a ball!!
The addiction has started and there is no turning back. 😉
Little Shadow Creations says
~We LOVE anything with dragonflys! Too cute! Andrea~
Suds to Love says
Hey Amy. What a great first effort. You were much braver than I was on my first effort, I just did a plain mold pour and thought I was doing something remarkable (grin). And thanks for sharing the patience tip. I too have rushed. It’s a good tip and something I need to remind myself often. Thanks!
In the words of Freddy Mercury…Another one bites the dust = ) Making soap is contagious and always rewarding…way to go Amy! I’m impressed with anyone who can work ALONE at night = )
Great job Amy! Your soaps are beautiful.
The soaps are lovely. It took me forever before I started trying detail work, and those are her first bars ever? Grats!
Carrie ~ Gigi says
Hi Amy! You’ve done a great job with your candid explanation of soapmaking. I think the soaps look wonderful~ Have fun!!!
Well I don’t know how they feel or smell, but they certainly LOOK BEAUTIFUL!! Congratulations.