These gorgeous feminine flower soaps are made by Anne-Marie at Bramble Berry. They are very easy to make, they will just take a little time to get them so perfect.
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Look at all the options available for these cute cut out soaps! The secret is to always use non-bleeding colours and make sure that you have both clear and white soap on hand for contrast.
The textured background soaps were made with either a cheese grater or very thinly sliced layered soaps to create interest and depth in the background of the cut outs.
Where applicable, we have suggested Colour Substitutions if Bramble Berry stock items are not available.
THIS is Anne-Marie’s Soap Blog Instruction Tutorial – she takes you through her process Step By Step.
Cut Out Soaps - Ingredients & Tools
Spring is coming (thankfully, it always is!) So, it's time to pull out the pastel colours, white melt and pour soap and make happy designs. In this project, you'll learn how to use cookie cutters to create soap inserts, marble those inserts and use cut-outs to make two-toned soap inserts.
So, gather your supplies and let's get started!
Cut Out Soaps - Pouring & Injection
Set Up & Materials
After you've assembled your materials, it's time to make the flower cut-outs. Remember, you can use these techniques with almost any cookie cutter - not just cute daisies.
Making the Flowers
Step One: Melt the white melt and pour in the microwave on short bursts to ensure a thorough melt without boiling. Since this soap is such a small part of the final bar, there's no need to scent it. But, if you're using these soaps on their own (perhaps a cute little spring hostess gift when packaged nicely in an organza bag?), be sure to fragrance them.
Step Two: Colour the soap. In 225g of white soap, I used 4 drops of Liquid Ultramarine Blue (Liquid Blue Dispersion is also suitable) which is a non-bleeding Blue. The Yellow took 4 drops of Liquid Yellow (Yellow Liquid Pigment Dispersion) and the Pink took 10 drops of Liquid Pink (Use a few drops of Carmine Red Liquid Pigment Dispersion or Brite Pink to achieve a soft, feminine pink). Non-Bleeding Liquid Colors are nice because what you see is what you get. There's no bleeding and little fading in the sunlight. Add one drop of colour at a time until you achieve a colour you love.
Step Three: Pour into a shallow pan. I love silicone brownie baking pans because the soap pops out easily but you can use anything that is flexible (this means no glass baking pans).
Step Four: When soap is hardened (about 15 minutes), pop the soap out and immediately start to make your cut-out soaps. If the soap is fresh, it will cut easier. Old melt and pour soap tends to evaporate its excess liquid to the air, leaving a hard, "chewy" soap that won't easily slide a cutter through.
Step Five: Freshly made soap is very moist. It will glue itself to Glad wrap and create a self-sealing lock. Before laying your buds down, push out the final cut-out (little flower cuts into the center of big flowers).
Step Six: Make a small batch of white pastel soap with a contrasting colour. This time, it's okay to heat the base a little warmer than usual. You want the soap to be a little hot to ensure good adhesion to surrounding soap. Draw up the contrasting color into the dropper, double check that your daisies are sealed tightly on the saran wrap and gently fill the centers of your daisy with hot, contrasting colored melt and pour.
Step Seven: Wait until the centers are set. Gently peel off the flowers. Bonus round: exclaim, repeatedly, to anyone within earshot, "Oh my goodness! Look how cute these are! Are they not the cutest little soaps you've ever seen?!"
Cut Out Soaps - Marbling Option
What to do with all of the excess soap from the cut outs? It's a shame to let anything go to waste!
Make sure you have a wide, flat mould available to pour the soap into. I like to use silicone baking moulds because the soap pops out easily. Hold one colour in each hand and pour a little into the mould. Since the mould is so shallow, the soap will harden quickly. Pick up the third colour and start alternating colours until the pattern starts appearing.
Pour thinly enough to ensure you can easily push through the soap. These soaps end up unique and different. Each flower has a varied colour pattern and look.
Embedding the Daisies
Embedding soaps is best done with fresh soap. The more moist and glycerin laden that the soap is, the easier the embedded soap sticks in the soap without separating.
Step One: Melt clear melt and pour soap in the microwave on medium/medium low for short bursts. Stir to ensure all the pieces are evenly melted.
Step Two: Fragrance the soap. Remember, yellow or orange fragrances are fine to use but may make greens and blue colours not show up as clearly as you want.
Step Three: Pour a thin layer of soap into the bottom of your basic shape mold. Make sure that the soap is not steaming. If you cannot easily put your finger in the soap without burning your finger, it's not ready to be poured for embedding. This is what happens if you pour the clear soap too warm.
Step Four: Spray the surface of the clear soap with alcohol. Insert the daisy flower at an angle. If you place your flower down flat, air bubbles can easily be caught under the flower, marring the beautiful look of the soap. The angle allows the air bubbles to flow up the side of the flower.
Step Five: You can pour clear soap over the back of the embedded daisies and have a clear, see-through bar. Or, you can wait for the clear soap to harden (about 10 minutes) and move onto Step Six.
Step Six: After the clear soap layer is thick enough to support a second layer, spritz the clear soap with isopropyl alcohol. Then, pour a contrasting colour. Opaque soap backs are particularly nice to show contrasting spring colours.
Step Seven: Finish your second layer off with a final spritz of alcohol.