Wednesday, March 17, 2010
When Things Get Complicated, Keep It Simple (Easter Tutorial!)
silicone heart mold. It's great to have tons of colors handy for times like this. When I want to experiment I just pop a few in a cup, zap them, and I'm ready to go.
I decided that for molds like this, it would be best to keep it simple. This is not usually my approach as you know! Here is what I made:
First, I made the marbled soaps. These are super easy and fun! Take two separate cups of soap (as cool as you can), colored with non-bleeding colorants, and pour them simultaneously into the mold. Do a blob here, a blob there, to make different areas of color. It might be a little messy and the back might look kind of worrisome, but the front will be great!
Next I did a batch of natural ingredients. One is white soap with lavender colored ground loofah stirred in, and the other is cream soap with Calendula petals. I like how the texture makes them interesting without hiding the details of the mold.
Next, I decided to choose one detail that was the cutest from two of the molds. One was the yellow beak on the duck (chick? My son and I had a little debate about this). Just drop a bright color to highlight that feature and then fill the rest with a pastel version of that color. Easy and sweet!
Make some soaps in solid colors. Then take a dry brush, dip in mica (any color, and it doesn't need to be non-bleeding), dab on a napkin to get off the extra, and brush on! I used copper sparkle on the basket and a mix of other shades for the eggs. The Opalescent colors make very pretty egg colors. You can even use glitter! If you get the Bramble Berry mica sampler, you'll have a great selection.
There you have it! A handful of easy methods to use super detailed molds. Have a great day!
(Don't forget to check out the great line of Soapylove supplies available at Bramble Berry!)