Sunday, July 08, 2007

Try your hand at soap painting

Mold Market Dragonfly Mold Another new design from Mold Market. Very detailed and deep enough for mulitple color pours (for those of you who are patient and skilled in the process). If you don't feel up to the task, why not try your hand at soap painting.

The dragonfly pictured was painted with our
liquid gel colors using a good quality artist brush (rounded tip). The foliage was painted in Jade green, and the dragonfly is a mixture of neon purple, blessing blue, radiant gold, and copper for the dragonfly tentacles.

When painting soap be sure to lightly dust the face of the soap with cornstarch. Blow off any excess cornstarch. Soap is oily and the colors get stubborn about wanting to stick; the cornstrach helps the paint to adhere better. Make sure to shake the color pots before each use AND allow paint to dry completely before applying a second coat.

Sad, but true, the colors do come off in the first wash. But they still make lovely gifts and it's a fun way to excercise your creative side. Painted soaps should air dry for at least 2-3 days before wrapping. If there's concern about soaps sweating while they dry, place them in a covered container with some uncooked rice. The rice will absorb excess humidity.

Below are examples of other painted soaps. All molds are from the Mold Market Collection.

Mold Market Boo Bar Mold Frog on Lily Pad Mold

Tiki Mold

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