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Topic: Probably a stupid question about melting regular soap  (Read 1897 times)
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« on: March 31, 2007 02:34:14 AM »

My question: Is it possible to melt down regular soap so that you can mould it into a different shape?
I read this article but I found it quite confusing. Would this work for grated soap? Could you just add water to soap flakes over a double boiler and then pour into a mould? Would that not work?

« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2007 06:09:03 AM »

Grated regular soap will eventually melt, but you won't get a perfectly smooth substance.  It will look a bit grainy.  Still molds OK.  Start with just enough water to lightly moisten your soap flakes and add more, if needed, as it melts.  Aim for a spoon-able consistency (like pudding) rather than a true liquid-- if it's pourable, it has too much water and probably will not set up properly.

Use distilled water if you have very hard tap water.

« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2007 06:24:31 AM »

Thank you so much! Smiley

« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2007 06:44:18 AM »

Make sure you use real soap. Commercial detergent bars, like Dial and such, don't work.
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2007 07:48:57 AM »

I tried this at first and it was a real PITA.  It takes forever to grate, and the outcome is pretty ugly. Mine looked like cat vomit  Cheesy and it was too soft.

You're much better off with a base. 
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« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2007 08:37:07 AM »

Getting a nice look with this technique takes some experimentation, but I've seen some lovely peices.

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