Whew, it has been busy in the Wonder Turtle soaping kitchen! So far, I've got three craft shows coming up in October and one in November, and they all have a holiday/Christmas theme (golly, is it that time already?). So, I've been making a bunch of new holiday soaps for the shows - and maybe I'll even get around to listing them in my Etsy shop one of these days, preferably before Christmas is over.
It would be so much easier to use a soap mold for this, but I had a hard time finding a gingerbread man mold that I liked. Either the molds made soaps that were bigger or smaller than what I wanted, or they were similar to what lots of other folks were using. (There was one mold in particular that I saw over and over again, and, as a result, I also saw that soap over and over again.) I wanted the soap to be roughly the size of a gingerbread man cookie, so I thought, why not use a cookie cutter?
I used a gorgeous sparkly Cappuccino mica to color my melted clear soap, and poured the soap into my trusty 8x8 silicone baking pan.
Looks like a lot of wasted soap, right? The great thing about melt-and-pour soap is that it's never wasted. I can just cut up the leftovers and melt it down again.
Maybe I can get creative and find a more efficient way to make these. I thought that perhaps I could pour a thin layer of clear soap on the bottom of my pan and set the cookie cutters in the clear soap so that it seals the edges of the cutter. Then maybe I could just pour my gingerbread soap into the cutters and be done with it instead of popping each one out by hand, cleaning them up, and then having a bunch of soap to remelt. I'd just need six cookie cutters.
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