Airplane in the Clouds Soap a simple project of embedding toys in soap. A fun soap to get kids to wash up more so they can get a prize.
Clear Melt and Pour soap base [An odorless and clear soap that can be purchased in large blocks to be melted down, colored and fragranced, and placed into molds. Melt and Pour is gaining in popularity because of its ease of use. There are no significant safety measures (other than basic common sense – don’t put your hand in the hot soap, don’t cut your finger off with the knife etc…) needed for soapcasting. Children can do it. It’s a great outlet for creative types. And can be purchased from any soap/candle making supply store – just google the tern ‘melt and pour soap base’]
Soap Mold – you can use old Tupperware or plastic blister packaging, Microwave safe container, Saran Wrap [clear plastic cling wrap], Spritzer bottle filled w/ rubbing alcohol, Fragrance oil, plastic toy Airplane
Pearly white mica [another specialised ingredient – mica is a natural product that is mined but then coated with pigments to achieve a dual sided color which has a shimmer and sheen it is the same stuff you see in your lipstick, eye shadow and blush. Micas work best in clear products, like clear melt and pour, because the shimmer needs light in order to reflect and refract nicely. – read more about colourants here]
1. Cut melt and pour soap into 1” cubes and put into microwave safe container (about 5oz should be enough for one bar). Cover with saran wrap and microwave for 30 second intervals until soap is melted. Stir in the fragrance oil.
2. Divide hot melted soap into two containers and add the white mica to one, giving you a white soap and a clear soap.
3. Pour a thin layer of white soap into your mold Note: The thinner the white soap is and the closer it is to the edges of your bar the more you will be able to see your airplane when the soap is finished. You can prop a spoon or butter knife under one end of the mold to keep the soap off to one side.
4. Once your first layer has hardened spray it with alcohol and remove anything that may be making the mold uneven.
5. Make sure that your clear melt and pour soap is not too hot (it is not steaming and you can comfortably press and hold your hand against the bottom of the container) and then pour a thicker even layer over top the white. Spritz with alcohol again.
6. Continue layering the white and clear soaps until you are 1/3 to ½ of the way up the mold (depending on how large your toy is and how much room you need to put it into the mold). Then spray your toy with alcohol on all sides and place it onto/into the soap. Continue alternating your white and clear soaps until the mold is filled to the top (remember to spritz in between layers and make sure your soap isn’t too hot!)
7. Let your bar sit and harden for a few hours before removing (the longer you wait the easier it will be to remove from the mold)
Voila! You have a nice bar of soap with an airplane navigating the clouds inside!
About the maker: Anne-Marie Faiola is the owner and founder of Bramble Berry Inc, Otion – The Soap Bar and TeachSoap, an instructional site dedicated to furthering the art and science of soapmaking. Anne-Marie’s recipes and projects have been published in numerous magazines and she has been a featured guest on DIY’s CraftLab, Maximimum Living on FOX and appeared on Home Shopping Network.