Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Sizzling Designs...Melt & Pour Designer Soaps

Ooh-la-la! Now these are soaps that scream "Hey, look at me!!" These have been on my instructional "to-do" list for quite some time. I was like a kid in the candy store when I was finally able to make a few and was delighted with my first-time results.

The soaps are made with melt and pour soap base and our new GPE Printable Soap Paper. We currently sell the GPE Soap Paper for color laser printers only, but ink-jet GPE Soap Paper is arriving next week.

This soap project is easy, easy, easy, and my tutorial video (shown below) walks you through the process. Simply find your artwork and print it onto the GPE Soap Paper. The Laser GPE Paper runs $1.49 a sheet, but you can fit a good number of designs on each printable sheet. For this project I printed 8 different designs on one 8 1/2 x 11 sheet and made 8 soaps. There is a price break when purchasing 10 sheets. The printable ink-jet GPE paper is slightly higher than the laser.

The artwork stays on the soap after repeated use when using a color laser printer. If using an ink-jet printer, you will need to follow the instructions provided with the ink-jet GPE Soap Paper to ensure the artwork stays intact.

All of the supplies for this project can be purchased at GoPlanetEarth.com. Here's what you'll need:
  • GPE Printable Soap Paper
  • Melt & Pour Soap Base
  • Soap Colors (I used our liquid gel colors)
  • Soap Fragrance (I used Floral Bamboo Musk, Island Retreat... (very yummy!!), and French Tarragon Oswego (great uni-sex scent)
  • Mold Market Soap Molds (basic shapes work best)
Other items you will need (that we don't sell) are a microwave, paper towels, microwaveable dishes, rubbing alcohol and a color printer. Look for templates to fit many of the basic Mold Market mold designs for use with the GPE Soap Paper. We should have those online within the next couple of weeks.



kagigiwa said...

Do we advise the customer not to try and wash with the pretty side of the soap, also does it disolve or are these more for dressing the bathroom.

Denise said...

The artwork will stay on soap for several washes/showers. The customer can use with no issues. Just know that the artwork will eventually come off. It doesn't dissolve, but rather rolls off the soap with repeated use.

Rook No. 17 said...

Wow! You're so talented. You always have the best, most creative projects. I'd love to feature one of your projects on my blog. I'm going to have to try the sushi one for sure!