You guys, I am so excited….today, I received the most amazingly awesome package from a very talented soaper in Germany! Her soaps are just so stunning, and I can’t wait to share them with you! Once I get a chance to take some pictures, I will post them :D
Now, back to business! The little bears I teased you with earlier are, in fact, soap!
I hope you’re not too disappointed Kirppu! Maybe I need to bake a real batch of cookies to make up for it?!
I used a cookie cutter to cut the little polar bears out of HP soap; I find that cookie cutters work extremely well for cutting shapes out of hot process soap. I made the polar bears by pouring unscented HP soap into a slab mold, about 1/4-inch thick. Then I cut out the bear shapes with the cookie cutter once the HP had cooled down enough, about 1 hour. I used candy sprinkles for the eyes and nose. Below is a picture of how I made the bears, I used the opposite end of a paintbrush to indent a spot for the eyes and nose to make it easier to push in the sprinkles:
When I’m working with embeds, I like to line them up in the mold to see how they are going to fit into the mold and how many I will be able to get in; this step is especially important when working with a fast-setting soap such as HP:
I made a separate batch of hot process soap to embed the polar bears into. I left the bottom layer uncoloured and used ultramarine blue to color the top layer, the soap is fragranced with an icy/woodsy/sugary fragrance combination. Now that I look at them, I think they would make really cute little baby shower favors too!
And....because I had so much fun doing the last giveaway, I thought it would be fun to do another one! Can you help me come up with a name for this soap? If I pick the name you suggested, I'll send you some soap! All I've come up with so far is Arctic Ice but I'm not crazy about it....I'd love your suggestions!
Updated to add a picture of the soapy prize, I've even included a cookie cutter so that you can make your own little bears =)