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There are limitless techniques that can take handmade soap beyond the simple bar. In this section we will explore adding existing soap pieces to a new batch. This involves adding pieces of multi coloured soap to a batch of white soap. Many different patterns can be revealed when the soap is finished and cut.

You should have a good understanding of basic soap making before trying these techniques. For more information and step by step soap instructions, click here.

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There are limitless techniques that can take handmade soap beyond the simple bar. In this section we will explore adding existing soap pieces to a new batch. This involves adding pieces of multi coloured soap to a batch of white soap. Many different patterns can be revealed when the soap is finished and cut.

You should have a good understanding of basic soap making before trying these techniques. For more information and step by step soap instructions, click here.
 

Confetti Soap

soap making procedure, making confetti soapHere are some of the tools we will be using. In addition to the oils and lye to make your soap, either from scratch or with one of our kits, you will need a mould (square or loaf shaped), a small amount of oil or shortening, freezer paper or waxed paper to line the mould, a cutting board, large knife, potato peeler, plastic wrap, and some extra multi-coloured soap pieces or a bag or two of our Soap Scraps. You may also need soap making tools such as a thermometer, spatulas, measuring spoon, measuring cups, old towel or small blanket for insulating, scale etc...

 

 

Coloured Natural Soap BarsCutting Natural Soap PiecesIn our first technique, we will keep it simple and add small chopped up coloured soap pieces to a white soap batch. Start by carefully chopping up pieces. A plastic or wood cutting board will suffice.

 

Into Pot

Add the coloured pieces to your soap batch once it has traced and essential oils have been added. We used 10ml of a delightful essential oil blend called Hawaiian Escape for this batch. 

Advanced Soap Techniques at Home

Soap IngredientsPour Soap into Soap MoldAfter stirring the pieces into the traced soap once or twice to incorporate, pour this mixture into your mould(s). In this case we used a deep dish mould. Notice we protect our work surface with old newspapers. A bit of making tape on the corners holds everything in place.
Smooth TopSmooth the top before applying plastic wrap and insulating the mould with towels or blankets. Keep the insulated moulds in a warm location. On top of a refrigerator can be a good warm location away from pets and children.
natural confetti soap barsAfter the soap neutralizes, it can be removed from the mould and cut into bars. These confetti bars will show the embedded pieces. Use a large knife with a smooth thin blade. A Sushi knife works well due to it's narrow profile. Allow these bars 3 weeks to cure (dry) before using. This will allow the excess moisture to evaporate and make them a long lasting bar.
Cool Square Bars!

Finished square bars cut and ready for drying. These bars were made with the same technique but poured into a square tray mould lined with waxed paper to prevent sticking.

 

 

Confetti Curls Soap

Blue RibbonsGreen RibbonsAnother technique for adding colour to bar involves adding curls and ribbons. A potato peeler can be used to cut strips of soap from fresh coloured blocks.

 

Cutting CurlsRolling RibbonsThese coloured strips can then be combined and rolled into tight or loose curls.Multi-Colours
Rolling Loose RibbonsThat's a Plate Full!Curls ready for mold.
Arrange in MouldArrange curls in mould lined with wax paper and pour in traced soap. Cover with plastic wrap and insulate with towels.Pour in Soap
Finished Bars!Finished bars ready to cure!
 

Basic Soap Formula 1.4kg
 

Ingredients

Temperatures & Times

598 g
296 g
30 g
58 g
150 g
368 ml

Coconut Oil
Vegetable Shortening
Beeswax
Avocado Oil
Lye (6% discount)
Distilled Water

Oil Temperature
Lye/Water Temperature
Cure Time
Trace Time
Mould Time

55C (130F)
55C (130F)
3 Weeks
15 Minutes
24 Hours
 
More Soap Techniques: Part 2
 

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