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21  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Liquid Plastic Resin in Silicone Soap Molds? on: March 08, 2010 09:10:59 AM
some silicone molds will create what I will call 'pits' in your casted resin..you can smooth out the resin by using a sealer over the casted resin piece..sometimes you need more than one coat..but regular sealer or even clear nail polish will work..

if you dont have either sealer or clear nail polish you can pour more resin over the finished piece too..

OOooh great suggestions - thanks for the advice! Smiley
22  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Introducing... GEEKSOAP! on: March 07, 2010 04:38:23 PM
Its okay if your links to your blog and etsy are in your signature but Craftster doesn't allow the link to appear on your photos or in the body of your post.  You could have just your name as a watermark on your photos as long as there isn't a link beside it Smiley

Ya I got it all figured out. The link to my blog used to be part of the watermark but I edited it out. My blog naturally has a link to Etsy on it but I wasn't at all thinking of that. Sorry.
23  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Introducing... GEEKSOAP! on: March 07, 2010 03:58:28 PM
granted your dot com is an online portfolio also included in the portfolio is a 'shop' tab..

I didn't know that having a link somewhere on my blog to my etsy meant I could never link to my blog here on craftster, my bad. I truly just wanted to excitedly share my latest creations and that was it. I have edited the pictures.
24  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Liquid Plastic Resin in Silicone Soap Molds? on: March 07, 2010 12:56:32 PM

I was hoping some of you smart people here would have experience with making your own molds using liquid plastic (polyester) resin in a silicone mold. I'm trying to use the resin to create a solid rectangular base with which to later embellish when I design a custom mold. I have a rectangular silicone mold to use to create this base template of the soap with.

I have tested by pouring clear liquid plastic polyester resin into a silicone mold. After it hardened, I was easily able to pop the plastic resin rectangle out of the silicone... the problem is that for some reason, the plastic rectangle isn't smooth. Is there something about using liquid plastic polyester resin in a silicone mold that does this or did I do something wrong? Is there another way to make nice smooth plastic resin casts? It wasn't that there were air bubbles along the sides or anything - while the silicone mold I poured into seems to have smooth sides, the resulting plastic resin that came out seemed textured all over instead of smooth.

Can you achieve a smooth resin piece from a silicone mold or am I dreaming?

Anyone with advice or experience that can guide me would be most appreciated! Smiley
25  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Introducing... GEEKSOAP! on: March 07, 2010 12:26:40 PM
One thing though.. You may want to get the dot com off the photos..

Thanks for all of the kinds comments! Quick question - why take the .com off the photos? Just curious - is it a rule that I've missed? (I haven't been on craftster in awhile!) Thank you for any advice Smiley edit: is it a form of self promotion to a shop or something? The dot com link on the photos is just to my online portfolio, (also listed in my sig) not a shop or anything Smiley Dunno if that's what you mean or not. Let me know if I'm breaking a rule, I don't want to get in trouble! Smiley

The embeds aren't soap but I am working on some custom soap molds for my more popular designs - just working out the kinks this week. I'm doing a craft fair April 3 so I'm gearing up to get things in place in time Smiley

You all have made my day, btw. Thank you! <3
26  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Introducing... GEEKSOAP! on: March 07, 2010 01:10:55 AM
Thank you, thank you, thank you everyone!

I'm ready to burst with the newest ones I have planned that are almost ready to be shared!!

I've heard of dissolveable paper for soapmaking but haven't tried it yet.

Lots of love, I really appreciate the comments <3
27  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Introducing... GEEKSOAP! on: March 06, 2010 10:33:22 PM


I've been experimenting with soapmaking for a bit and have created a geeky line of soap that I've dubbed GEEKSOAP Smiley I am obsessed with soap and can't stop thinking of new geeky soaps I want to create. I learned a lot of techniques by reading the great resource that is Craftster Smiley Here are some of my favorites that I've made so far:

As we speak I've got some new stuff in the works and am just loving everything about creating soap Smiley Thanks for looking!

28  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Soap Cigar Band Tutorial on: February 24, 2010 03:50:42 PM
Thank you for this tutorial.  I am not sure it will work for my soaps, but I shall give it a try.  Do you have any sideways band tutorials??  I have floofy tops, sometimes with sparkles and stuff.  Any tips?



I just used this tutorial to make sideways bands... basically you just follow the same instructions and adjust the columns to be around 1" or so wide. A sideways strip to wrap around my bar with a little overlap was about 7 1/2" long, and I wanted my band to be around 1" wide.

I cut a strip of paper and wrapped it around sideways on my soap. I used a pencil to mark where the top/sides/etc. is just like the tutorial says to. I then just followed the tutorial and did the same thing in Word - I looked at my marked up scrap strip to determine how far down to go, where to put my logo, etc. I of course turned my strip 90 degrees to measure.

The only difference with making my bands sideways as opposed to top-bottom like the tutorial is that I placed my logo at a 90 degree angle on the strip. To do that, I opened up my logo that I created in Photoshop and rotated it 90 degrees. Then I pasted it into my column/strip and moved it around until it fit between the measurements that I marked on my scrap strip.

So basically just follow this tutorial as it says, (you'll be doing your strip sideways, though) and set it up the same in Word... the only difference is you need to turn your logo 90 degrees so it goes across the band in the right place. If you right click on your logo image when you paste it into Word and choose "Word Wrap -> Tight" you can then move it around easier. When you print, slice the strips apart and wrap yours sideways instead of top-bottom Smiley

If you use a stamp for your logo instead of a digital image, it would be just like the tutorial. After you cut your strips apart to go sideways, you can just stamp your logo in the right place.



Thank you for the tutorial! Smiley
29  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Red, red red on: February 23, 2010 02:46:16 PM
Thank you, MareMare! I can't seem to find any details on whether it is body safe or not, so I am going to lean on the side of caution and assume it is not. I've placed an order already with WSP so I'm excited to receive some safe red soap colorant to use now Smiley

Thanks again!
30  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Red, red red on: February 22, 2010 05:22:21 AM
Hi there!

I'm somewhat new to soapmaking (MP) and I wish I had read here before hitting my local Michaels (thanks for compiling such great tutorials!) I read about colorants and things like food coloring is not okay, etc. This is probably an obvious question, but what about the colorant for candles? Of course the soap colorant from the local big box is more pink than real red.

Thanks to the sites compiled in the MP FAQ I will be ordering some red from Bramble Berry or WSP, but I was still curious.

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