The next test is crafting ability: how evenly does the base melt? How quickly does it set up? How well does it take fragrance load? The answer for this soap is that it melted evenly, gave adequate time to craft with and took heavy fragrance loading.
Here is my first attempt at embedding the ducky pencil eraser (get your own at Giftapolis.com). It wasn’t so good – Mr. Green Duck wouldn’t quite stay down and ended up breached on his side. I used a slightly yellowing fragrance so the soap isn’t as blue-clear as it could be but it has good transparency.
Test three is the final product: how does it lather? Does it look clear? Is the scent sticking in the soap? I’ll keep you posted on all of that once the soap comes out of the molds and in use.After three breach-duck fiascoes, I finally figured out how to balance and anchor the disoriented duck on his head so that the duck shows up clearly and in an upright fashion when the soap is popped out of the mold. It’s the small victories like this keep me going.