Friday, September 11, 2015

Radiating Stripes Soap How-To Using Lego Bricks

Glycerin soap is an amazing medium for creating layers.  I always wanted to make a jaw-breaker soap but struggled with the process.  Then, a few years ago, Anne-Marie Faiola (the Soap Queen), was working on a layers theme post for the Bramble Berry blog and invited me to contribute a soap design.
At the time, my son was enjoying Legos (using my Legos that my mother lovingly kept), and I realized how amazing these plastic building bricks would be to build a soap mold!  Leak proof, heat resistant, and totally modular! Although this project requires a lot of time, it's not difficult.  Simply create a tiny square then embed it, building layer upon layer, rebuilding your mold as you go.  Although cutting into it is a tad nerve-racking, the thrill of seeing the layers is worth the effort!!  Here's the visual graphic, and the steps are beneath.  Come to my Facebook page to discuss or show off your version!

1. Set up first cavity, making walls enclosing 4 raised dots (or a "2x2"). Make walls 3 bricks high. You will only fill to 2 bricks high to make a cube.

2. Fill to top of 2nd brick with white soap. Allow to harden, then break walls to release white cube.

3. Trim bottom of soap to remove dot indentations.

4. Build next box enclosing 3x3 dots. Walls should be 4 bricks high. Fill with 2nd color to 1/2 brick high. Let harden. This will be the floor your white cube will sit on.

5. Put in white cube. Spray with alcohol and top off with 2nd color, to 3 bricks high.

6. Here's what it looks like with the white cube covered in red soap.

7. Break walls, pulling bricks off of soap.

8. Trim off these lego indentations.

9. Trimming...

10. Repeat and repeat, every time making your box 1 row wider and taller.

11. Here is my almost finished cube. It is 5 layers thick.

12. My last layer is white.

Main photo:  Here's the finished soap, all cut up into neat angles to show the layers.

Tip: Make sure to use non-bleeding colorants!! You don't want those gorgeous layers to go fuzzy on you.  Also, use a really sharp heavy knife to cut it up - a thin knife may bend and throw off your cut. 

Idea: wouldn't this be a fun way to make some Tetris inspired soaps?  No layers required!!  

Have fun everyone!

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Buy in Bulk! Get the whole library of Let's Get Soapy for a special price!

Lori and Cassie at The Nova Studio are always thinkin'. Since we all noticed that the interest in melt and pour soap is on the rise and people are discovering how awesome soap crafting is, they decided to put the entire Let's Get Soapy eZine Collection into one bundle, and save you a bundle!  

Each issue has 3 full step-by-step tutorials (many with great holiday and gift ideas), supply articles, technique ideas, design inspiration, and often some extra goodies like printables, you will get a lot of great information in these eZines.  Designed to be read on your monitor, you'll be able to dive in the moment these digital magazines hit your inbox.  

Check it out!  I think you'll love it!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Dissolving Embed Paper - So Much Room for Soapy Creativity!

When I started making glycerin soaps, I wanted to get lots of detail into my designs.  I used exacto knives and toothpicks to cut pieces of soap into fancy shapes like birds, silhouettes, tiny tiles... you name it.  I loved doing it but even then there were so many looks I couldn't achieve.

I used chocolate transfer paper, which was fun but colors will bleed since it's made of food coloring.

I saw soap designs with photographs in them and was pretty excited until I found out they were using sheets of acetate or plastic which didn't sound very skin friendly (hello, sharp edges and corners!). My quest continued.

Bicycle Soap - winner of Best Melt & Pour at HSMG Conference 2010
Then I heard about dissolving paper.  I was intrigued but read about people using hairspray to set the ink so it wouldn't bleed, and even then it was very problematic.  But it sounded like the best material, so I tried it.

Well, let's just say that once I figured out the nuances of embed paper, I was hooked!  I created an entire soap collection around this material because I loved it so much.  It's perfect for making logo soaps, wedding favors (photos of the happy couple!), and combined with other soap techniques it's a show stopper.
Are you interested yet?  If so, here are my Cliff's Notes about this amazing stuff:
  1. This is my favorite brand. I've had NO problems with it.  My soaps that are years old still look new.
  2. Use a laser printer!!  Ink jet printer ink will dissolve into a fuzzy blob!  Not pretty!
  3. Only use graphics with the designer's permission.  Personal photos are great, but celebrity pics will get you in trouble. The world of digital clip art is vast and affordable. Just check the artist's rules about using them if you plan to sell your gorgeous creations.  
If you'd like to learn more - from printing tips to a step-by-step project - check out Issue 9 of Let's Get Soapy which also includes free printables.  I'm sure you're going to have so much fun!!  

Comment below if you have any questions or additional input!  

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Illustrated Tutorial - Mondrian Soap Pop

Hello!  Today I want to show you how to make a soap pop like I did here, inspired by the artist Mondrian.  This is an advanced but very gratifying project! :)

If you need a pop mold, I use these (click image to view more info):

I hope you like it, and maybe even give it a try!  Feel free to comment with questions. I'm very happy to help!

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Hello again! Care to get reacquainted?

Hi!  It's been a long time since I've used this blog, and to be honest I forgot what a great place it is to share and write!  And since it's been so long I thought it would be great to catch everyone up.

So first, here's what I look like these days!  No big deal really, but it's good to have an accurate picture in your mind when reading posts, right?

I work full time in marketing and don't sell Soapylove soaps right now, but the Soapylove Facebook page is going strong.  It's frustrating, though.  Even though there are over 7500 fans there, my posts reach only a few hundred (unless I decide to BUY exposure which I can't do all the time).  That's Facebook for ya.

My kids are getting so big (10 and 7!) and my husband is doing great with his acupuncture practice. It's summer break and the weather here in San Diego has been pretty amazing!

Okie doke, well consider yourself caught up! :)

I really want to share this hilarious video with you.  It's called "girl vs. pin" where the host tries making the fish-in-bag soap project.  You have to watch it!

Gotta go now but I'll be here more often!  I look forward to getting a bit more wordy than the usual one-sentence Facebook posts. Please comment and validate my efforts!  :)  Ta ta for now!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Natural Lip Balm recipe and video

Hello Kin Community viewers and Soapyfans!  This is the last video in the 8 video series I made with Kin Community.

It's been amazing seeing all of the projects come to life with their amazing style!  So since you are probably here to get the full instructions on how to make your own lip balm, let's cut to the chase!  Here you go!  

Natural lip balm
Supplies (all can be purchased at, or in health food stores)
½ t. honey
1 T. sweet almond oil
1 T. coconut oil
1 ½ t. beeswax pellets
Lip balm pots

Microwave all but honey until melted.  Stir in honey until incorporated.  You can reheat the mixture if it thickens before you can pour it.  Pour into lip balm pots.
Allow to harden.  Use!

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Bath Tea recipe and video

Hi Kin Community viewers and Soapyfans!  Thanks for coming to my blog!  Here is the latest tutorial video from Kin Community, where I show how to make simple and pretty Bath Tea Bags.  Below the video is the full tutorial and links to the resources.  I hope you enjoy it!

Bath Tea

All supplies can be found at
Epsom salt
essential oil
Assorted dried, untreated flowers such as chamomile, lavender, calendula, or rose petals.
big bowl for mixing

In a large bowl mix 1/4 cup Epsom salt and 1/2 cup oatmeal.  Add 10 to 15 drops of essential oil.  Mix well.
Now add 1 cup of combined dried flowers.  Mix well.

Fill tea bags ½ way (flowers will expand when wet) and seal open edge with an iron.
Make a tag, bundle, and tie.

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