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« on: September 09, 2008 12:12:32 AM »

Goldfish in a Bag



Goldfish in a bag seem like they are pretty easy to make, but there are lots of little things that you can do to ease the frustration and get perfect fishies. I want mine to look very "I just won this at a carnival" so I take the extra time to use the wire and position it, and also to make sure the soap hangs while it cools so there are no sharp edges to take away from the illusion of "wow, it's a bag full of water...with a fish!" Also that's why I use a twist tie, or you can use a cute little bit of ribbon!

Ingredients and Equipment:

Melt and Pour Soap, Extra Clear
Vinyl/Plastic Goldfish
Plastic bags, 8 inches x 2.5 inches
Large Embroidery Needle
10 inch lengths of wire, fairly thick but still bendable.
Very small cup or bowl
2 cup Pyrex with Pouring Spout
Rubbing Alcohol in Spray Bottle
Twisty Ties or Ribbon
Chip Clips or Clothespins
Someplace to hang your soaps while cooling (I bend down the handle on the tea pot)







*OptionalTiny amount of Blue liquid soap colorant or food coloring
*Optional--Fragrance, be very careful, many fragrances will discolor or turn cloudy after awhile, and any fragrance that contains even a percentage of vanilla will eventually turn brown.

I choose to leave my soaps uncolored and unfragranced.


Instructions:

1. Prepare your goldfish by sticking the embroidery needle all the way through your fish tail to create a hole for the wire. If your wire is stiff enough you may just be able to poke the wire in, if not use the needle. Then place the wire through the hole with about an inch sticking underneath the bottom of the fish. Curve it slightly up towards the fish body.







2. Fold down the top 4 inches of so of the bag onto the outside. This is to prevent making a mess of soap on the inside of the upper lengths of the bag when you pour it. Prop it up inside a small cup or bowl to keep it from moving while you pour the soap.



3. Cut your soap into small cubes and place about 3.5 ounces by weight into the Pyrex dish. Microwave** for short bursts (15-20 sec) stirring after each session. Do not fully melt the soap, and definitely do not boil it! When it is mostly melted with just few small chunks left, remove from microwave and stir until fully melted. Do not get it too hot because the bags will melt!



4. Pour your melted soap into the bag and then spray the surface with rubbing alcohol to get rid of the bubbles.  Put your wired fish into the bag and spray for bubbles again if you need to.





5. Pull the sides of the bag up carefully and twist the top a couple of times, then close with twisty tie. Wire will still be sticking out the top. Move the wire around so that the fish is positioned how you like it and make sure wire end is not pressed up against side of bag, it can pop a hole in it and soap will leak out ever so slowly. Try not to mess with it too much, as soon as you have a position you like leave it alone. It's possible to pull the wire out accidentally and it just makes the kids sad when their fish is belly up (then again, that might be a really funny selling point). I just try to get it where the fish is floating somewhere in the middle-ish of the bag and try to make him as straight as possible rather than on his side or something.



6. Take your clothes pin or chip clip and attach bag to some kind of handle or something that will let the fish dangle. This is to keep the bag shaped edges of the soap. If you set it on the counter it will have one flat edge and not look like it is really a bag full of water.



7. After the soap is set up, gently pull the wire out of the soap and the fish. This is best to do before it is completely cool. If you pull it out when the fish is set well but the soap is still a bit soft, the wire won't leave a track. If you wait too long (like I did with one of these) there will be a bit of a mark where the wire was in the soap.

8. Voila! Gift to the little people in your life, or sell for like $6 each at craft fairs, they fly out of there!



Oh yeah, if Im ever swapping with you and you need fish, remind me to throw some in, I have a couple hundred lol.

** You really shouldnt microwave melt and pour soap.  It is a much better idea to use a double boiler. It breaks down the soap if you overheat it. However, I am a very bad girl and this is easier for me. I usually do novelty soaps anyways when I am working with melt and pour, not really going for the wholesome goodness with my mp (that is why I make cold process). Just please keep an eye on it if you choose to microwave, and dont blame me if you melt the bag! If you use the double boiler, you might want to use a spouted ladle or other small spouted pouring container to make it easy to get in the bag and not make a mess on the sides.


ETA:

Sources to buy your supplies from:

goldfish:
www.wholesalesuppliesplus.com
www.orientaltrading.com

mp soap base:
www.brambleberry.com
www.wholesalesuppliesplus.com
or see this link to find a soap supplier near you to save on shipping  http://www.suppliersbystate.com/
or when in doubt, check out this supplier thread!  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=202977.0

HTH!
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« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2008 12:32:04 AM »

Great idea! It looks so cute!
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« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2008 12:35:08 AM »

So cute!
Thanks for the tut!

Now I just need to find some little ones that like to take baths  Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2008 12:36:02 AM »

So cute!
Thanks for the tut!

Now I just need to find some little ones that like to take baths  Cheesy

Never underestimate the power of a toy in soap to make the kids want to take a bath! Or wash their hands! They gotta use the soap up to get to the toy.   Grin
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« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2008 12:41:14 AM »

that's a hoot!  I want the fish.  I don't need the fish, I have no possible use for the fish...oh, wait, FISH BEAD CURTAIN!  my answer to everything.

Great soap!
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« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2008 01:30:06 AM »

where do you buy your fish from?
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« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2008 01:32:39 AM »

I  bought a couple hundred off of ebay a couple years ago, sorry I don't remember the seller, but there are usually good deals from various sellers. Also you might want to try Oriental Trading Company and various soap supplies, I think www.wholesalesuppliesplus.com usually has them.
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« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2008 02:05:13 AM »

Whoa!!! great tute and great idea, thank you!!
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« Reply #8 on: September 09, 2008 04:09:17 AM »

Love these, great idea for birthday party gifts!

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« Reply #9 on: September 09, 2008 04:14:51 AM »

ooh i love these did you make them  for another round of the sweat shop swap?
my kids would love them!
hope you join the next sweat shop swap!
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