This project is colorful, fun and easy! It is truly a creative piece of art that takes a couple different steps and layers of soap in preparation. It’s a project of imprecise measurements with unique and random soapy shapes. The first step is to make small soaps that are swirled, cut, colored and layered. Then we embed all of those soapy pieces into a loaf mold and use the swirling, embedding and geometric techniques. Intrigued?
Here are some suggestions for your rocky (embed) pieces...
(Leave me a comment and let me know your different techniques!)
First choose a color scheme. Having a clear color scheme really helps the final outcome look nice. I went with different shades of purple using Amethyst Purple Mica, Liquid Violet, Lavender Mica, Ultramarine Violet Oxide and Liquid Blue. I also used a little bit of Fuchsia LabColor and Super Pearly White Mica for contrast. You’ll also need 2 pounds of Clear Melt and Pour and 1 pound of White Melt and Pour.
OPTION ONE: Start off with a couple rectangle bars of purple colored soap. Cut it up in to random chunks (the more angles the better). Then embed those chunks into a different colored purple soap. Don’t worry about temperatures just make sure that you spritz the soapy chunks with rubbing alcohol before embedding.
OPTION TWO: Pour a thin layer of soap into a Silicone Brownie pan and let cool for about 10 minutes. When the soap seems to be hard but is still warm, take the soap out of the mold and tear it into small chunks with your hands. Use these pieces to embed in soap.
OPTION THREE: Try pouring two purple colors at once. Cut into uneven pieces and embed.
Fragrance Oil: I used Coconut Citrus Sorbet. Just add a little bit of fragrance oil to your first couple layers of plain purple soap (you don’t need to add fragrance to the soap that has already been scented). Then add fragrance to the layers in the loaf mold.
Keep repeating the cutting and embedding cycle until you have several different layers and colors in one hunk of soap. The more embedded soap chunks you have the better.
Then use a combination of the Geometric Soap technique, the Swirling technique and the Embedding technique to embed all of your random soap chunks into a Plastic Loaf Mold. Repeat these steps until you have a full loaf mold and let your creative juices flow layer after layer! Then let the soap cool and unmold the masterpiece.
I like to leave some soapy chunks sticking out of the top.
The key to cutting the soap is lots and lots of random angles. No two soaps will be the same, which is why I love this project. Cutting the soap is SO exciting! You’ll have a bunch of scraps left over after you cut your soap which you can use in your next batch.
I see the purple gems and it look awesome . this types of the gemstones are rarely arable and the cost of this types of the gemstone is high .
Wow! Two requests in one day for a video. I’ll definitely take it to my awesome team and stack it up against the other ideas we have and still want to film. Not to worry though, SQTV is not going away any time soon =)
Video? Hm, I hadn’t thought about it but you’re right, it would be a great project for a video. It is extremely time sensitive and a video would help. I’ll put it up with all the other ideas and see where it comes out. =)
Melissa Hussell says
This is the greatest idea!! Video on this any time soon?
Melissa Hussell says
Could you do a video tutorial on SoapQueenTV (YouTube) on this topic?
Fantastic, as always, thanks for sharing.
Sherris Scents and Soys says
I love making these soaps as well! I like to dust some of my embedding soap chunks with mica powder in complementary or contrasting colors.
Your amethyst soaps are gorgeous Anne-Marie! Thank you so much for sharing your process.
I totally am going to do that! After I make that custom “zebra” soap I promised this one boutique I would make, and that “camo” soap in one of your tutorials.
Oh, the projects! They are so much fun!
Totally – like treasure =) And, actually, if you got really clever, you could get some small gemstones and embed them in the soapstones – sort of like a real hidden surprise. =)
Thank you! I think something similar with golds and coppers and shiny silver would also be a nice combo (maybe with a black vein running through it?).
Freeform also means that you can easily ‘mess up’ and no one will know it. =))
They would look fantastic in an upscale shop – and think of the color combos you could do based on other real rocks. I’m betting a turquoise would be incredible or even just a beautiful rose quartz? Yummy cool.
Make them, hit up a posh upscale store and let us know how it goes =)
They are totally crazy easy, aren’t they? They’re just slightly time-consuming but as long as you have a couple hours (not to worry, you get to do things in between layers), they are the perfect project.
oooh! Amethyst is my birth stone, but who doesn’t love purple (don’t know many!). These are just absolutely gorgeous, and so simple. When I saw the first pic I thought “ohmy! how did she manage THAT”… very clever, as always. I love coming here, it’s a treat in my busy, not always very condusive to crafting, life!
i can’t wait to do this project! i think these would look really REALLY cool in posh upscale gift baskets. and i think that if we as soap sellers, could take pictures of these in real bathrooms embellishing them with their beauty; perhaps in a rock garden kind of arrangement on pretty sinks, they would sell really well too.
A boutique selling my soaps here locally puts them in in a basket filled with rice and it looks kind of cool. But any kind of coral, or rocks or sea glass or pebbles or marbles would also be cool.
Wonder Turtle Soaps says
Wow, these are gorgeous gemstone soaps! Freeform projects where you can combine all sorts of techniques are really fun, and the results are always interesting. Thanks for sharing how to make these! 🙂
It’s a very fine imitation, congratulations
love it <3
Such a cool idea! I love the idea of embeds in this kind of soap. Like a treasure! Great for kids.