Monday, June 08, 2009

Melt and Pour Part Two: Cut-out Retro Flower Soaps

This post is the part two of our tutorial on how to use circle/flower cut-out shapes to make retro flower embeds. We used the same basic Mold Market rectangle mold as in our last tutorial, but mixed up the shapes and colors.

In this tutorial, we cut a pipette in half and used it to punch-out the small circles around the pink flower center shown above. GoPlanetEarth sells all of the supplies you will need to complete this soap project.


Here's what you will need to complete this soap project:

Watch instructional tutorial:



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Melt & Pour Part One: Cut-out Retro Flower Soaps

Learn how to make melt & pour retro flower soaps by using punched circle shapes. In this two-part tutorial we used circle shapes to create some funky retro flowers that are embedded in clear soap. Supplies for this tutorial project can be purchased at http://www.goplanetearth.com/.

This is a great melt and pour project for beginners just learning to embed shapes into soap. Part two of this tutorial offers another design option and should be posted online within the next couple of days.

The cut-out color options are endless. Let this tutorial be a launching pad for your own design ideas.
Here's what you need for this project:

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Sunday, June 07, 2009

Melt & Pour Soap Making: Milk & Cookies Soap


Remember dipping your cookies in milk as a kid? I do, and my kids still do it as well. Here's a soap that is a take-off from those Kindergarten days when dipping cookies in milk seemed like a novel idea. We won't tell anyone that "big" people still do it! A great project for classrooms, moms and kids, and "big" people, too.


Here's what you'll need to make this soap:


The soap colors, soap base, and fragrance oil can be purchased from GoPlanetEarth.com. Our tutorital (shown below) will get you started. This is a very easy soap for those just starting out in soap making.


Watch our tutorial and learn how easy it is to make this soap.

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Thursday, June 04, 2009

Some Green Packaging Ideas for Soap

One of GoPlanet's tutorials was recently featured on CraftGossip.com (how to line a wooden soap mold). I couldn't help but take a peek at the many great crafting ideas offered. This site covers a wide gambit of crafts from glass art to recycled crafts. During my visit a couple of clever green packaging ideas caught my attention and best yet, they can be done on a shoestring budget.



Creative Packaging for Soap

The above soap is wrapped with a strip of newspaper and finished off with natural raffia. How cool is this? I remember back in my college days doing a "how-to" demonstration on how-to wrap a gift from re-cycled products; newpaper was the wrap of choice. I used the help-wanted section to wrap a college graduation gift. Jobs pertaining to the graduate's career path were circled in red marker. Corrie of Lomond Soaps shows another creative use for newpaper.


GoPlanet did a tutorial a while back on how-to make soap logs or soap rolls. Here is a creative take on dressing up those finished soap rolls as shared on CraftGossip.com using handmade paper and natural dyed raffia. Presto, bingo... you've got yourself a very handsome looking soap log.

This green packaging option is from GoPlanet. A recycled corrugated shipping box was cut into pieces to fit each soap. The corrugated side faces up. The soap is set atop excelsior (natural aspen wood fibers). A couple of bay leafs were placed behind the soap, then shrink wrap was applied. The final touch included threading several strands of natural raffia through punched holes.

Do you have a green packaging idea to share? I'd love to hear from you. As part of GoPlanet's green commitment, we are always looking for ways to recycle and are continually brainstorming on ways to create more green packaging options from recyled materials.


Monday, June 01, 2009

Finished Soaps Using Mold Market Molds


You may or may not know that GoPlanetEarth carries the entire line of Mold Market brand molds. I get excited whenever I run across photos of soaps made with these molds. Here is a collection of photos that our staff found while surfing the Net. Whether the molds were purchased from GoPlanetEarth or from another supplier, across the board, Mold Market molds are superior in quality and design.

Enjoy the pics! I hope they lend inspiration in manufacturing soap using Mold Market designs. You will find credits for all the wonderful soaps showcased at the end of the slide show.

OOPS! Almost forgot to mention....


Place an online order TODAY of 4 or more regular priced Mold Market molds (sale molds excluded) from the GoPlanet web site and we'll inlcude a FREE Mold Market apron. YOU MUST enter the discount code BLOG (during online checkout) to be eligible for this offer.


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