I’ve decided making soap is the perfect hobby. Here’s why:
1. It’s useful! We use handmade soap every single day! (This is why I wanted to learn in the first place)
2. It’s so much nicer than the stuff you buy in the stores. I’m sorry, but it’s true. We ran out about a month ago (I had planned to make some, but procrastinated a bit – go figure), and we ended up buying a few of the bars we used to buy from the store. We won’t be doing that again, even my husband hated it.
3. It creates patience. Cold process, my soap of choice, takes 4 – 6 weeks to cure. Okay, that’s not so awesome, but I deal with it.
4. It’s pretty! So, so pretty. You can layer it, swirl it, decorate the top with swirls, or….stamp it. Today I’m going to show you how to stamp your freshly sliced soap with mica.
What you will need:
Loaf of Cold Process Soap, ready for slicing – I used this pumpkin recipe from SoapQueen.com
Clear or Rubber Stamps
Sparkle Gold Mica (or any mica you want)
1. Take about half a teaspoon of mica and spread it out to about the size of a quarter on your work surface. I used a cutting mat, and it worked very well.
2. Using a sharp knife, slice off a piece of soap (1/2 inch – 3/4 inch is usually about right). Do not slice the entire loaf yet,.
3. Dip your stamp in the mica, and make sure you really coat it. Tap off the excess. With the newly cut side of the soap toward you, firmly press the stamp into the soap. It should still be a little soft, and you want to push the design into it. Don’t be afraid to use a little pressure. Not too much though, you don’t want to ‘smoosh’ out the design. There’s a happy medium; with just a few tries you’ll have it down.
4. Just keep slicing and stamping until you’ve reached the end of your loaf!
Here’s a great little YouTube video from LatherBeSoaping that shows the stamping process at the end.