Another Embedding Tutorial from jaspersgarden


Hi everyone! Kathy here again feeling like I need to redeem myself (see Blowing Bubbles!)! I decided to try embedding FOAMIES in clear M&P. Hope you enjoy it!

Ingredients/Equipment needed:
20 oz Clear Melt & Pour Soap
2 tsp Pixie Dust Fragrance Oil (from MMS)
1 Sheet Foam Stickers-Fairy Twinkle (#106-908M, from Michael’s craft store)
3 – 9 oz clear, short SOLO cups (PETE)
3 – .15 cc Scoops
1/2 Teaspoon
Fractionated Coconut Oil
Blue Liquid Dye (mine is water-based)
2 Neon Pigments – Blue & Green (Oil soluble & non-bleeding)
1 Mica – Violet Pearl
Packing paper to protect your counter – Neon’s will stain!
3 Qt Stainless Steel Pot (filled 1/2 way with distilled water)
1 Qt Stainless Steel Pot (to melt soap in)
Double Boiler Maker
Popsicle stick (to stir soap with)
Cutting board
Paring knife
Pot holder for counter
Scale
Milky Way Mold – Basic Rectangle
Extra mold nearby in case you have leftover soap
Toothpick or Bamboo skewer (to help place/move FOAMIES)
XACTO knife (to trim soap if you over-poured like I did!)
Alcohol in a spray bottle
LOTS of ventilation!!

Instructions:
Cut up clear M&P soap base and place into the 1 Qt Stainless Steel pot. Place the 1 Qt pot into the 3 Qt pot of water – use a double boiler maker so the water doesn’t get into your soap. Turn the stove on to Medium heat. I prefer to melt M&P with the double boiler method rather than using a microwave. Use the method you’re most comfortable with. As the soap begins to melt, stir it with the Popsicle stick once in awhile until completely melted.

While your soap is melting, place packing paper down on your counter. Set out 3 – 9 oz SOLO cups and 3 – .15 cc scoops. Add 1/2 teaspoon of Fractionated Coconut Oil to each cup. Add one .15 cc scoop of Neon Green Pigment colorant to one of your SOLO cups. Add two .15 cc scoops of Neon Blue Pigment colorant to another cup. And two .15 cc scoops of Violet Pearl Mica colorant to your last cup. Using the .15 cc scoop, stir each one until there are no more lumps that you can see. Leave the .15 cc scoop in each cup.

While waiting for the soap to melt, figure out the layout for each cavity. Also, stir those colorants again to make sure there are no lumps.

Once the soap is completely melted, add 1 drop of Blue liquid dye (oil or water based dye – doesn’t matter) and stir your soap. I saw this on another blog and thought I would try it! The clear M&P soap base has a yellowish tint to it, but if you add that one drop of blue dye, it makes it look clearer. See pics of before and after. I was impressed!!

Now add 2 teaspoons (9.8 mil) of Pixie Dust Fragrance Oil to soap and stir. Place your FOAMIES in each cavity (face down) and spray the FOAMIES/each cavity with alcohol. Carefully pour about 1/8″ of clear soap into each cavity, just enough to cover the FOAMIES. Spray with alcohol to burst any bubbles. Use your toothpick or bamboo skewer to gently reposition your FOAMIES – they moved when I poured my soap, arrrhg! Wait 10 minutes. Keep soap base in pot of hot water to keep it melted/warm. Pour clear soap into the SOLO cup with the Violet Pearl Mica, stir quickly but thoroughly. Spray one cavity with alcohol. Pour the colored soap into the Fairy/Swirl FOAMIES cavity to top of cavity. Spritz with alcohol again to burst any bubbles. Repeat this for each colorant/cavity – one at a time, otherwise the soap will solidify in your SOLO cup. Don’t forget to spray alcohol before pouring your second layer or they will fall apart. I had colored soap leftover in my SOLO cups so I poured it into an extra mold sitting to the side. Spray with alcohol before pouring another layer of soap! Remember ~ alcohol is your friend! Let them sit for 24 hours – do not move it! Now you’re ready to unmold!

Supplies needed:
5 – 4 x 6 Shrink wrap bags
Heat resistant cutting board
Heat Gun
Impulse Cutter/Sealer (or)
Shrink wrap System w/Heat Gun (or)
Scissors and tape

After un-molding and trimming your bars (if necessary), place each one in a 4 x 6 shrink bag. I broke out my Monster Machine (which is very heavy) to get a nicer finish with the bags. I don’t use it very much because I usually only do CP/HP and use Dan’s Bands – so simple! I forgot how much fun M&P could be – instant gratification! Turn the heat gun on Low. Shrink the sides first, then the top and back last. Do this quickly or you run the risk of melting your soap.

Enjoy!

Notes: I had no idea what FOAMIES were! Scrap booking maybe? When I opened the package, I noticed that they had sticky stuff (glue) on the back of each FOAMIES…that was a pain to try to get them into the cavities, face down, without them sticking to my fingers or toothpick/bamboo skewer. So I had this brilliant idea of how to get the glue off of them – yea – wait for it ;o) !! I took a piece of scotch tape and laid it over the back and pulled the tape off quickly. Not a good idea!! On the first one I tried, the butterfly wing tore off a bit. So for the next one I placed the tape on and gently removed it – it kind of worked! There was still some glue on the back, but all I needed was a small area without glue to touch with the bamboo skewer without the FOAMIES coming out with the skewer – LOL! Anyone know how to remove glue without destroying the FOAMIES? Maybe Goo Gone and a Q-tip?

Make sure your counter is level, or your bars will be crooked.

This one was fun and not as much work as my Blowing Bubbles – which look more like Brachs Jelly Nougats candy ;o) so says my family! MMS sent me a 1 oz sample of Starfruit Fragrance Oil ~ so now my brain is going crazy trying to figure out how to make M&P stars :o) !! Thanks Andee!

Kathy

Equipment/Ingredients needed.

Equipment/Ingredients needed.

Layout for each cavity.

Layout for each cavity.

3 colorants with FCO in SOLO cups - Top view.

3 colorants with FCO in SOLO cups - Top view.

3 colorants with FCO in SOLO cups - Side view.

3 colorants with FCO in SOLO cups - Side view.

My double boiler maker with clear M&P chunks melting.

My double boiler maker with clear M&P chunks melting.

BEFORE Blue Dye ~ melted clear M&P soap shows a yellowish tint.

BEFORE Blue Dye ~ melted clear M&P soap shows a yellowish tint.

AFTER Blue Dye ~ melted clear M&P soap ~ what do you think?  Better?

AFTER Blue Dye ~ melted clear M&P soap ~ what do you think? Better?

1st layer of clear M&P soap with my FOAMIES - Top View.

1st layer of clear M&P soap with my FOAMIES - Top View.

1st layer of clear M&P soap with my FOAMIES - Side View.

1st layer of clear M&P soap with my FOAMIES - Side View.

Neon Blue Pigment and soap in SOLO cup ~ ready to pour!

Neon Blue Pigment and soap in SOLO cup ~ ready to pour!

All colored soaps poured ~ lots of run-off ;-)

All colored soaps poured ~ lots of run-off 😉

Unmolded bars ~ Top view.

Unmolded bars ~ Top view.

My Monster Machine with bars in 4 x 6 bags

My Monster Machine with bars in 4 x 6 bags

Violet Pearl Mica and soap in SOLO cup ~ ready to pour!

Violet Pearl Mica and soap in SOLO cup ~ ready to pour!

Neon Green Pigment and soap in SOLO cup ~ ready to pour!

Neon Green Pigment and soap in SOLO cup ~ ready to pour!

Neon Green close up - side view to show layers.

Neon Green close up - side view to show layers.

That top right bar doesn't look to good...needs to be more purplish...It also looks like I poured more than 1/8" of clear soap, which took away the beauty of the Mica.

That top right bar doesn't look to good...needs to be more purplish...It also looks like I poured more than 1/8" of clear soap, which took away the beauty of the Mica.

Shrink-wrapped bars ~ ready for gift giving!

Shrink-wrapped bars ~ ready for gift giving!

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About Andee

I'm a twenty something soap snob. I've grown up with hand made soaps and I love them! I really like making lotions, soaps and perfumes. I adore mixing scents to come up with something new. My favorite scent is either Wicked or Cotton Candy. I tend to hoard fragrances, I even have an Earl Grey Tea from the MMS catalog. I won't tell you how old it is, but it sure is good!

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