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601  Re: Soap Packaging... in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by MareMare on: May 03, 2007 11:05:43 AM
For my cp soaps I recently switched from cigar bands (too much work and didn't like how they they get too loose and fall off as the soap shrinks) to the soap boxes. But, for my "spa" bars, which are a larger size than my regular bars, I wrap in a piece of fancy mulberry paper, just like I was making a cigar band, and then, going the other way I wrap a wide piece of ribbon around it and tie it in a knot on the front (angle cut the ends of the ribbon). I put my sticky label on the back (this particular one I make out of a full sheet label and cut with a straight cutter, same as I do for the soap boxes).




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602  Gem Soaps and other novelties, With Tutorials in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by MareMare on: April 29, 2007 07:24:17 PM
Here are some of my novelty mp soaps...I primarily make cp but I enjoy playing with mp sometimes, it's so fun!

Some gem soaps with gold mica streaks





Goldfish in a baggie...I know, everyone makes these, but they are awesome!



Rubber Duckie! Unfortunately I got these tubs on clearance from WSP and couldn't ever get any more. Also unfortunately the faucets had a tendancy to break off.


Thanks! Both the gems and the fish are pretty easy to do, but kind of time consuming.

Gems:
Soap chunks, clear and colored
Pour your various colors into smallish molds, or chop up bars of soap you have already made. You will also need some melted soap in each color

mica
larger gladware type container or large mold...I used one that was about 6 x 4 inches and at least 4 inches deep

Basically you want to create chunks of at least 3 colors, ranging from pale to dark. I used clear, light purple and a darker purple. I've seen it demo'd with white, light blue and dark blue. Whatever you want. You might want to make these chunks in a big process one day and actually make the gems another day. Make chunks of all different sizes, smallest being probably 1 inch square.

After you have your chunks cut out, you need to score them deeply on all sides with a fork. This take a lot of time, but it is what holds them together well. My bf was making these with me and he skipped this step or did a half a$$ job and his totally fell apart.

After you have these prepared and your melted soap in each color on hand, it's the fun part! Pour a small amount of melted soap in bottom color in your mold (mine was clear) and then randomly press clear chunks into it. Press down hard on chunks to really get them stuck in the melted soap. After creating this irregular layer, paint lightly or heavily with mica. Carefully pour on light purple melted soap (careful or the mica will wash off), and then press light purple chunks, repeat with mica, dark purple melted soap and dark purple chunks. You want to still see chunks, but they also need to run together to become one unit.

*Important: in between each layer, push down very hard on the chunks! You want them to smush into each other to look realistic as well as hold together...another step the bf skimped on!

After soap hardens and you've removed it from mold cut it into interesting chunks, cutting away the smooth edges from wherever it touched the mold. I tried to cut them so that the mica vein shows off.

It would be really neat to study real gems and make some that look authentic!


Goldfish in a bag

Here's a link to my tute with pics!
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=267962.0
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