I was going through my old photos, cleaning out my sadly overstuffed Flickr account, and found these photos. While this was one soap that didn’t make the final taping for the Microsoft Small Business Summit (didn’t see this series back in 2008? Check it out here), I wanted to share the technique with you. This is a good way to embed larger photos using Water Soluble Paper.
Step One: Pour a thin layer of Clear Melt and Pour Soap down. Don’t spray alcohol. Alcohol makes the ink bleed. When the Clear Melt and Pour has slightly set up, gently set the photo down. The goal is to not allow the soap to get the water soluble paper wet. Wet paper = bleeding paper.
Optional Step: 24 hours before embedding your Water Soluble Paper page, lightly spray with a very fine drizzle of hairspray to help set the color on the paper.
Step Two: When the Clear Layer is fully set, gently pour cool temperature opaque soap on the back of the paper. Why cool temperature? The cooler the soap, the more viscous and thick the soap is. The thicker soap doesn’t make the ink bleed as much as freshly poured, very wet soap. You don’t have to keep the soap totally straight white either! You can lightly color the soap base to make a light pastel. Blue based tones look best. Warm tones seem to enhance the natural yellow of the clear soap base and yellow out the photo.
Step Three: When the soap has fully set up, gently peel away from the mold.
Step Four: Use a sharp large butcher knife to cut the soap into the shape you want.
The photo I was able to embed using the Jelly Roll Pan is double the size of a standard soap mold. It’s just one more use for this amazing, versatile product.