Saturday, November 15, 2014

Make These Fun Robot Soaps

Make this Robot Soap These Robo-Soaps are fun and easy to make using Mold Market's Robot mold. There are countless variations you can use with our GPE water dissolving paper. We have even included a FREE template in this post.

Here are a few of the soaps made by Sophie Soap Chick. Instructions to make Robo-Soaps are given below. These soaps are perfectly sized for little hands.

Here's What You Need:

  • Mold Market's Robot Mold
  • Water Dissolving Paper ( to print Robot Chest Parts)
  • Fragrance Oil and Soap Colorants
  • Clear and white Soap Base
  • Alcohol Spray
  • Soap Injector Tool

  1. To make the robot, melt 7 cubes of Clear Soap Base in the microwave. Heat in a glass measuring cup in short bursts of heat until melted. The pouring temperature should be about 140 degrees.
  2. Print and cut out Robot Chest Parts using the Water Dissolving Paper (instructions included
    when you purchase the paper from GoPlanetEarth).
  3. Select chest designs and colors to coordinate with the color of the eyes, hands, feet, and main body. So depending on what design you choose, pick a color that corresponds with it.
  4. If you want to keep the robot plain, pour a thin layer of Clear Soap Base and once almost set, gently lay the cut out of the robot chest down in that area and spray the alcohol spray on the back to make it lay properly. Once that was close to being set, continue with another layer of clear and repeat until finished filling the mold.
  5. If you want the eyes, feet, and hands to be another color:  melt a cube of White Soap Base and mix that with the color of your choice and add  fragrance. Use the Soap Injector Tool to fill in those areas.
  6.  When these areas have set up, pour a layer of clear soap base and follow the above steps to get your perfect robot.
  7. If you wanted to have a shine through of color as well you would continue with all the above steps and once you are at the last level to pour, use a color instead of clear. 
Sophie Soap Chicks Review:
No matter what way you choose, you can’t go wrong with this awesome mold!

Click here to save the PDF file for robot parts to print onto the GPE Water Dissolving Paper.

Melt and Pour Soap: Skeleton Cupcake

Skelton Cupcake Soap
What a fun soap and perfect for a pirate themed or Halloween party. It is made with Mold Market's Cupcake and Large Bath Bomb molds. Here's how:


  1. Melt 4 cubes of White Soap Base and add fragrance (Make sure to use a fragrance that is clear so it does not cause the white to be a yellow color, if that happens no need to worry! Just use a drop or so of White Colorant.
  2. Spray alcohol spray into the Large Bath Bomb Mold and pour in the white soap and finish off
    with a few more spray of alcohol. While this sets up, melt 8 cubes of Clear Soap Base in the same manner as used for the white base. Add a few drops of Black Oxide Colorant and fragrance oil; gently stir together.
  3. Spray alcohol spray into the cupcake bottom mold and pour until full. Pour the remaining soap into the Jelly Roll Tray.
  4. Once the soap in Jelly Roll is set up, carve out the eyes and stitched mouth. Attach them all together using a little bit of melted down clear soap base. Once set, you have yourself a spooky spin off of a well known Halloween movie that everyone will know and love!

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Franken Soap...Fun Party Favors


Sophie Soap Chick has been at it again. She created a number of ghoulish soaps to inspire you. Mold Market's Beveled Square mold was used for the above Franken-soap design. These soaps aren't just for Halloween, they are fun soaps to be used all year round.


I plan to make these soaps for my grandson's schoolmates when I read the book Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich by Adam Rex.

SUPPLIES



 HOW TO

Green Head:
Melt six cubes of white soap base in microwave safe measuring cup. You will want a pouring temperature of around 140 degrees. Remove from microwave; add fragrance and 2 drops of GPE Neon Green colorant.

Spray the inside of the Beveled Border mold cavity with rubbing alcohol and then pour soap.Allow to set up until firm before removing from the mold.

Face:
Melt six cubes of clear soap base in the same manner as the white. Add a few drops of black colorant to the melted soap and pour into the jelly roll tray.



After the black is set, repeat the steps with White Soap Base to use for the back of the eyes. Use the Recessed Smoother Soap Tool to out the black pupils, hair, eyelids, nose, and stitches from the layer of black soap you removed from the jelly roll tray.

When the white soap is set, carve out the back parts of the eye and made sure they fit behind the already carved eyelids. Once all the cut-outs are completed, melt a block of Clear Soap Base and  attach all the facial features!

Now you have a creepy and spooky Franken Soap!



Clear Melt and Pour Soap Base
Clear Soap Base from GoPlanetEarth


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Breakfast Worms


I promised to make these with the grandkids last month. Last night, we finally found time to create these slimy worms to celebrate Halloween. The kids are so excied to take take a baggie full of these worms in their lunch on Monday to share with friends.

For those interested, here is the delicious recipe.



INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 pkg. (6 ox) purple gelatin/jello
  • 3/4 ounce (3 envelops) unflavored gelatin
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 3/4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • green and red food coloring
  • 100 plastic straws with bendable necks



HOW TO:

  1. You will need a container that holds at least 4 cups of liquid and is as tall as it wide (so that the jello mixture will fill all the straws). 
  2. Make sure straws are flush with the bottom of the container. The bendable part of the straw should be fully extended and facing toward the bottom of the container.
  3. I used rubber bands to help hold the straws together.
  4. Combine the flavored and unflavored gelatin in a bowl. Stir in the boiling water and stir until completely dissolved. Set aside for about 20 minutes before stirring in the whipping cream.
  5. Add 20 drops of green food coloring and 10 drops of red.
  6. Place the container of straws in another container to catch any overflow.
  7. Slowly pour the jello mixture into the straws. There will be jello that seeps up the sides of the container. That is OK. As long as the straws are tightly packed, the jello will fill the straws.
  8. Chill the jello filled straws overnight. This is where it gets messy.
  9. Run warm water the sides of the container that holds the straw. Wiggle the straws around until you are able to remove them.
  10. There will be plenty of jello blob that follows this removal process. You don't want any of that mess.
  11. Gently extract the jello worm from each straw by tightly holding the top of the straw and applying pressure down the entire length of the straw with your thumb and forefinger.
  12. The straws will be slippery, so you may need to wipe them with a paper towel before you extract the worm.
  13. Place extracted worms in a bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve.



Thursday, October 09, 2014

Oh the Things You Can Do With a Drawer!



This idea started with a small dresser I purchased at a garage sale for $30. At the time, I was clueless what I would do with this piece of furniture until yesterday when I learned a good friend's father had passed away suddenly. I wanted to gift something more than the usual florist arrangements. I surveyed what I had on hand and pick up additional items at the local farmer's market to make a Bountiful Blessings basket.

I started by spray painting the drawer in contrasting fall colors. The local farm down the road donated a garbage bag full of  unbundled straw which I used to fill the drawer.

Holes were drilled in the sides of the drawer to create faux handles. I used the straw rope that was attached to the dried vines I purchased at the market.

The drawer knobs were reattached for decoration and the Bountiful Blessings lettering was applied.

 I played around with the arrangement to get a feel for item placement and balance. The Osage Oranges were a great addition and freely drop from the trees that line my property.



Osage Oranges


Green and orange ribbon was casually woven throughout the arrangement and hot glued in place.

There were faux autumn leaves leftover from a Halloween costume I made for my granddaughter. They were a perfect fit for my Bountiful Blessings basket. With a few snips of my garden clippers I added some colorful oak leaf branches.




Once the funeral is over, this arrangement will make a wonderful addition to the front porch as a memorial to a special dad.

The total cost of this DIY arrangement was $30 and it will have more meaning to my friend than any florist arrangement I could have sent.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

The Birthday Chair



I recently attended a birthday party the the daughter of a close friend. I wanted to do something extra special and decided to re-purpose a desk chair for her bedroom. Upon seeing the chair, Chloe exclaimed, "Yay, now I can get rid of the boring chair that I have!"  I took that as affirmation that she loved the chair as much as I did.

Since then, I was commissioned to do another chair identical to this one and I'm quite happy to be dipping my paint brush in colors into the midnight hour.

My Crying Chairs are made for the outdoors, but this birthday chair is for indoor use only. It can be personalized with or without a name or date and is perfect for a sun room or enclosed pool or patio area.




My grandkids were invited to the party and I placed their gift on the chair seat and attached a couple of balloons. They loved it!

The chairs I repurpose are labor intensive, but when I see the gratitude in the face of the receiver, it's worth every minute of the time invested.

As with my Crying Chairs, a personalized poem that fits the occasion is attached to each uniquely designed chair.



Monday, August 04, 2014

Tea Cup Lampshade Transformation








I snagged this pink lampshade at a garage sale this weekend for $2. After a quick trip to the Goodwill store to scour for old jewelry and lace, this was the result. Total project cost was under $10.





Lace was re-purposed from a second-hand top. I cut around the lace to use on the lampshade and will use the remaining material for a future project. A hot glue gun was used to secure the lace to the top edge of the lampshade.







Old jewelry found at yard sales is perfect for adding ornate features to DIY projects.





Safety pins were used to temporarily position the jewelry where I wanted it. Once everything was in place, I secured the pieces with a needle and thread.

The lamp base is still a work in progress as I am waiting for the arrival of my diamond drill bit kit ordered from Amazon. Holes will be drilled in the bottom of each China piece. The lamp cord and rod will be threaded through the drilled holes.

Once assembled, the China pieces will be spray painted an antique cream color. I'll post later on the drilling process and show the finished lamp.

FYI: Picked up the china pieces at Goodwill for 30 cents each. It was 1/2 off all blue tags. I can make the teacup/saucer base for around $3. Makes me giddy thinking about it.

Sunday, August 03, 2014

The Crying Chair Project





Last fall, a dear friend of mine lost her son to an accidental overdose of a prescription drug. As you can imagine, she is overwhelmed with grief daily. Long after the sympathy cards, phone calls and visits have ceased, the loneliness consumes the heart and mind.

I gifted this crying chair to my friend on her birthday. It's a quiet place where she can kneel and let her tears water the soil of her buried grief. It was a labor of love and the pictures below show the progress.

I started with a $5 chair purchased at Goodwill and stripped off the tattered caning. Assorted mosaic pieces were used to cover the caning holes. Although, time consuming, the end result was quite stunning (at least I think so).

I lightly sanded the chair before applying a base coat of spray paint. My plan was to spray paint all the different colors, but that proved to be a bad idea. There is no way to control the direction of the spray. I resorted to hand brushing and it worked well.


 
As you can see (right), the results from the spray paint idea failed miserably. It was a live and learn experience.

Elmer's All-Purpose glue was used to secure the mosaic pieces to the chair. Natural color grout was then applied according the the direction provided on the container. I purchased premixed craft grout online at Dick Blick's. A coat of Krylon Brand clear coat was sprayed over the tiles to help protect them from the elements.





Mosaic tiles pieces were purchased online from Oriental Trading. They offer many different color assortments and reasonable prices.

The crying chair and poem were attached to the finished chair and secretly left on my friend's deck porch. The time and energy put into this project was worth it.