Friday, April 11, 2014

New Soap Mold Designs

Mold Market has introduced eight new soap mold designs for spring 2014. GoPlanetEarth will carry them all. We expect to have them in stock by the end of April. An ADD TO CART button will appear next to the mold once we have them in stock.


Moustache Soap Mold
 
From t-shirts to cupcakes, moustache products are the new rage. This moustache mold is fun and can be embellished in a variety of ways. Each mold sheet produces 4 soaps that measure 4-inches in width x 3/4 inches deep x 1.72" in length.
Tractor Soap Mold

What big or little boy doesn't have an affection for tractors? I live in a small farming community where tractor races are a form of entertainment. I can't wait to see what Sophie Soap Chick does with this mold design. The multi-layer depths are ideal for using assorted colors when using our soap injector tool. Each mold sheet produces three soaps.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Melt & Pour Soap: Make a Minion Soap



We are back with soaping ideas.

Last week I asked Sophie Soap Chick to come up with a Minion soap based on a project I did with my grandkids. She ran with the idea and all I can say is WOW!




My grandkids are on spring break this week but this will be a soaping project for us to do once they return. What's not to love about this soap?

Place this soap on the ledge of the bath tub  and I guarantee they be excited to clean up after a day of playing at the school playground or park.

I'm thinking we need to make a few girly minions in pinks and purples. How about braided hair?

There are so many variations you can do with this design. Supplies needed and how-to instructions are given below.




SUPPLIES FOR BODY

Start with the main body


  1. Melt down white soap base (see instructions here)
  2. Mix together the Orange Oxide, Yellow Oxide, and Neon Yellow to create the perfect “Minion” yellow color 
  3. Add fragrance and mix until ingredients are thoroughly blended.
  4. Spray inside the 2-inch Tube Mold with rubbing alcohol to make sure the soap will come out easily when set. 
  5. Place the black rubber cap on the base of the tube, then pour soap into tube mold. Do not pour all the way to the top.

While the body is setting up in the tube, move on to making the round heads. Use the Large Bath Bomb Mold from Mold Market and used the same yellow “Minion” color as above. Only fill the mold cavities half way to make sure the head is not too large for the 2-inch diameter tube.


While the body and heads contain to set up, begin to make colors for the goggles, eyes, hands, feet, hair, mouth, pupils, and overalls. To make these, use an 8-inch Silicone Jelly Roll Tray. Make sure to spray rubbing alcohol between each poured layer.


 
 

To create hands, feet, hair, mouth, and pupils:
  1. Use Clear Soap Base (around 2.5 oz.)
  2. Mix with Black Colorant (TINY drop, a little goes a long way)
  3. Add Fragrance
  4. Spray Alcohol spray in the tray
  5. Pour a thin layer
  6. Spray alcohol spray on the layer (Will make bubbles go away)
  7. Allow to set until dry


To create goggles:
  1. Use White Soap Base (Around 2.5 oz.)
  2.  Mix with Black Colorant, again small drop
  3. Add Fragrance
  4. Spray Alcohol spray in the tray
  5. Pour a thin layer
  6. Spray Alcohol on the layer
  7. Allow to set until dry


To create the overalls:
  1. Use White Soap Base (Around 2.5 oz.)
  2. Mix in Neon Blue (2 drops)
  3. Add Fragrance
  4. Spray alcohol spray in the tray
  5. Pour a thin layer
  6. Spray Alcohol on the layer
  7. Allow to set until dry




All of these items were carved by hand with the Recessed Smoother Soap Tool. This item is CRUCIAL for the Minion. It helped me put a twist on how I wanted my “Perfect Minion” to turn out like I wanted.

I did a couple different mouths and there are so many options to make them show different feelings. Just make sure to ALWAYS smooth out the edges with the Recessed Smoother Soap Tool to make him look real and not so much like a box.

To attach all the parts in the end, I used the same tool to scoop some melted clear soap base and then stuck the pieces on. I found it easy to work from the bottom up starting with attaching the overalls and feet first, rather than the eyes and goggles.

Overall, to complete my perfect minion it took me a few hours due to drying time and carving all kinds of different faces and options to make my perfect one.

Hope you enjoy!

Sophie

 
 

 

Saturday, April 05, 2014

I SPY BOTTLE

As the grandkids bound through the door last night, they could hardly contain their excitement. They were headed to Tennessee to spend a week with their ‘other’ grandparents, Nena and Poppa.

“Do you have are bags ready?”

“Sure do,” I said. “They are right there with your names on them.”

Whenever the grandkids take a road trip South, I prepare them bags filled with food snacks, games, and coloring sheets. Their mommy limits the amount of time they can spend on electronic devices; so the goodie bags come in handy and keep them occupied then they travel.

As I helped my daughter load up her Jeep, she picked up a 2-gallon container filled with cereal, rice, and uncooked pasta shapes.
“What the heck is this?”

“Oh, that’s an I Spy bottle; I showed the kids how to play it last night.”

“Mother, where do you come up with these ideas? Please tell me they don’t unscrew the cap.”

“No, the cap is glued on and can’t be removed.” My daughter breathed out a sigh of relief as she carefully surveyed the container.



I Spy in a Bottle uses picture cards that show various small objects hidden inside the container. The rice, dried pasta, cereal and assorted beans prevent the player from seeing them without shifting and moving the contents around to reveal the hidden items. The game starts over when all the pictured items have been revealed to the player.

Gather the items that you want to hide in the bottle. They should be small enough to fit through the opening of a plastic juice container. I added about 50 items to my I Spy bottle.





Group 5-7 items together and snap a photo. Print the photo and trim off excess edges. It's best to keep all the photos the same. I found 4 x 6" worked well.









I mixed all of the filling contents and the hidden items in a large bowl and then filled the container. It allowed the hidden objects to fully incorporate into the contents I used for the filling.

You can use any type of filling you want. It might be all rice, colored rice, all dried cereal; you decide. Or, mix a combination of ingredients as I did.





Use your imagination when collection the objects to hidden. The assortment should be colorful.


Half the fun for the kids is helping to collect the objects.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Melt and Pour Soapmaking: Minion Craft




My five year old grandson had a friend over this weekend for a play date. Both boys are obsessed with Minions, so I planned a special Minion craft using discarded toilet paper rolls.

As we folded, tucked, glued and cut, I soon realized this would make a great soap.

Ideas raced around in my head and when I mentioned it to my grandson and his friend, they shouted, "That would be cool!"

It's on the to-do list for Sophie soap chick and I'll let you know the final results.







Mold Market will release a Mini-Man soap mold in April 2014 along with seven other designs. Stay posted for updates.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Soap Making: Employee Training Session


It's been a while since I've been in the soaping room. It felt good to get my hands dirty, or is that clean, again. My assistant, Jenni, wanted to learn more about the process of melt and pour soap making. I love when workers show an interest in learning the techniques we promote on our web site.

This loaf soap was made with Mold Market's Square Loaf mold. Both white and clear soap was used in the training process of pouring in layers. Jenni choose a mango scent to complement the tropical colors of orange, red and yellow.

Here are a few key points Jenni learned about pouring a layered loaf soap:

  • Let the first layer cool until a somewhat thick skin forms on the surface of the soap. This is especially true when pouring a white/colored layer of soap over a clear layer.
  • If the soap is too hot when poured, it will penetrate the previous layer. You won't get defined color lines when that happens.
  • Time and temperature are the key factors to successfully pouring layered soap.
  • When using clear soap base, it is imperative to also use a clear fragrance oil. Some fragrance oils are tinged yellow, green or orange and will discolor your clear soap base.
  • Spritzing each layer with rubbing alcohol removes any air bubble and helps the next poured layer to adhere to the previous layer.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of fragrance per 8 ounces of soap base (if using GoPlanetEarth products).
  • Pouring temperature of soap should be 140 degrees or less.
I must say Jenni's first attempt at a semi-advanced soap making project was a success. She is excited about moving on to more advanced projects.

 
 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Pause Button

 

So much has been happening over the last few months. You have probably noted I haven't made any blog posts for several months. I thought it was time to share the reason.
Normally my efforts are focused on soap making, how-to tutorials and pictorial inspiration. As much as I love the soaping world, I needed to step away to focus on a lifelong dream; to write a children's book for my grandkids.
The manuscript is complete and the book is in the design assessment stage with the publisher. If all continues to move on track, the book will be published early April 2014 and available for purchase on Amazon.com. It is called 'Remember the Rainbow'.
My illustrator, who lives in Japan, did a fantastic job in bringing the story to life. She has agreed to work with me on my next children's book for preschoolers to be published in November 2014.
 
 
I was recently notified a story I had written about dealing and caring for someone with Alzheimer's is being included in a Chicken Soup for the Soul book scheduled for release November 2014. It is my second published story with the Chicken Soup series.
 
In fall 2013 another writing publication was released when my monthly Bunco group published a collection of favorite appetizers to raise money for our local community's Christmas Express and food bank. It was a great success but another time consuming project that once again pushed the pause button on my soaping adventures.


With a number of articles published in various trade magazines (about the business of soap making), I set my sights on writing about something entirely different. It's a blog called Devotionals for the Imperfect Person and offers hope to those trying to make sense of their imperfect life. The writings are in the process of being compiled into a book that will include devotionals written by my daddy and baby sister.
 
I assure you I haven't forsaken the world of soaping and will continue to post new projects and ideas in the near future. For now, however, I remain focused on writing and planning a July 2014 trip to Italy with my honey-man.
 
So continue to hang with GoPlanetEarth, we have plenty of new and exciting things going on in the background with our sister company MoldMarket.com.


Thursday, October 31, 2013

UPC Codes for Mold Market Molds


Mold Market has notified us that they will be displaying UPC codes on their molds starting January 2014. This is great news for anyone selling their molds in a retail store setting. Mold Market offers over 250 plus quality plastic molds for soap making and chocolates.

If you own a retail store or online company and have an interest in Mold Market's reseller program, please complete the following application.

A complete catalog of molds available from Mold Market can be viewed here.