Woodland Fairy | Crafts, Oddities & Design

June 9th, 2012

“Bubble Bubble Toil & Trouble”

I’ve been holding off on posting my review of soap making until I had ample time to use my soaps over a period of time. Well, it’s been a few months and my decision is a solid YES! it’s worth it.

So why make soap? You can easily buy it.

As someone with allergies, it concerns me that the list of chemicals seems to get longer, and weirder everyday. I also am picky with scents, mainly my avoidance to fruity smells.

With this is mind, you may select the ingredients, mold, and scent. I don’t think I will go back to buying store soaps.

Initially I looked into making glycerin soaps from scratch. Apparently this process is chemical heavy and not suitable for confined spaces. I selected the “melt and pour” approach which is available at any crafts store.

The initial start-up cost will vary. I purchased my first kit at Michaels on clearance. The kit included one mold, gel soap, creamy soap, coloring and crushed walnuts. I was not pleased with the kit; I found the instructions hard to understand, and the molds hard to use. I also found that the gel soap did not foam and lather as I had expected it too.

The second kit I purchased was at Hobby Lobby, and was a self-selected piece together affair. I purchased a plain bar mold,  glycerin soap from Something Fabulous (excellent brand!), and honey almond scent. The soaps I use now, are from the second kit, and I love them.

The process is extremely simple: melt the soap in the microwave in 30 second intervals until it’s completely melted. Mist the mold with rubbing alcohol (in a spray bottle), add the scent/color to the soap before pouring in.

You can achieve layers of different colored wax by spraying rubbing alcohol on the first later. The alcohol will prevent the second layer upon pour, from mixing with the first layer.

Soaps make great gifts as well, and you can make your own wrappers and labels using decorative scrapbooking papers.

 

May 6th, 2011

Wine Tree Soap Dispenser

I have 10 empty wine bottles which are fantastic for decoration, but they persist on collecting dust. In my Internet searches I’ve been looking for ways to recycle the bottles without having to cut, smash, or melt them. Although these would be fun projects, they are certainly not safe, nor advisable in an apartment. I stumbled upon several examples of using the bottles as soap dispensers using a pour spout, and decided to play around with the idea.

Some of the creations I reviewed used paper labels, which based on my abilities to drench the sink and counters when doing dishes, would ruin the overall design. The other concern was touching the bottle while handling raw foods and washing my hands. With these thoughts in mind,  I ruled out paper as a decorative option and elected for glass paint.

To accomplish this project I soaked the bottle for an evening in the sink until the labels peeled off. Dried the outside for about a day and applied glass paint in brown, sage and glitter silver. I hand drew a tree, and retouched it up as it dried for a solid brown color  as it dries splotchy if the layers of paint are uneven. Applied the leaves and a few silver swirls and allowed 24 hours for the paint to harden.  Pour in your soap, and top it off with a pour spout.