Melt and Pour Quattro Circular Soapy Tutorial
  • Difficulty Advanced
  • Time 2 - 2 1/2 hours
  • Yields 12 + bars

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Melt and Pour Quattro Circular Soapy Tutorial


Where does your inspiration come from? Sometimes from us, we hope!

I was looking at our new column mould, and had this colour palette in mind for inspiration, mulling it over, and simultaneously Anne-Marie posted her tutorial with very similar colours! I loved the inclusion of yellow, and that's where my inspiration came from for this soap!

Summer Fling Bramble Berry Fragrance Summer Fling Bramble Berry Fragrance


Here is the paint colour palette we were using to choose our colours, and here's SQ's project!

Soap Queen recently did a tutorial using the column mould, (pictured above) which prompted us to to see if we could make another variation as we thought it was such a clever use of the vertical column mould - so our Quattro Soap is "after" Anne-Marie's project (link to SQ tutorial below the picture).


Click this link to see Soap Queen's Circular Soapy Geometry Tutorial here.


We used the delish Summer Fling Fragrance in our batch, yum!
You will need four pours for this soap loaf, one for each colour, a total of 1600g of Melt & Pour Soap Base.
Pour each colour at between 50 to 60°C. Don't let the liner overlap!

You'll find the Heavy Duty Column Mould Here . Due to the style of the soap, you'll have a little soap left over, and some left overs to re-melt, so we used our 9 Ball Large Flexible Mould for our re-melts.

Here is the the order of colours (each pour/layer requires 4ml (3/4 teaspoon) Summer Fling fragrance) so for the four pours I used:

First Pour - Pastel Blue - approximately 40 drops Brite blue for MP

Second Pour - Pastel Purple - approximately 15 drops Royal Purple Liquid Dispersion

Third Pour - approximately 40 drops Brite Lime Green for MP and 3 drops Deep Blue Liquid Dispersion

Fourth Pour - approximately 30 drops Brite Canary Yellow for MP and 8 drops Yellow Liquid Dispersion


You'll need:

 

Equipment

Stirring spoons or spatulas
Microwave safe jugs - each needs to hold 750ml
Electronic Scales to ensure you have even pours - if you have them
Props (I just used off cuts of soap and a notepad) to hold the mould on a steady angle for pouring and setting


Method:

  • Set out the ingredients, equipment and moulds, ready to go

  • Dice the soap into four x 400g piles of small ice cube sized chunks, and place one lot into the microwave jug

Bramble Berry Fragrances

  • Now lightly cover the first jug of Melt & Pour Soap cubes, and put in the microwave to melt on medium or medium low. This may take a few minutes, so do keep an eye on it so it doesn't overheat

  • Remove from microwave when liquid and add the Brite Blue colour, and 4g Summer Fling fragrance, and stir to ensure the colour and fragrance are well combined

  • Prop the column mould on its side on an angle so that as you pour the soap just laps the top rim (I kept the join in the liner out of the way)

  • Carefully pour the first pour into the mould and spritz with alcohol (don't inhale the fumes)

  • Allow an hour or so to completely set

  • If you have a little soap left over, pour into the spare mould, or re-melt later with left overs from another colour pour

Bramble Berry Fragrances

  • Now melt the second 400g batch of soap base, as described previously

  • Turn the mould (make sure the soap is SET!) 180 degrees, ie. a full half turn

  • Colour the soap with Royal Purple Dispersion colour, and add 4g Summer Fling fragrance, and stir to ensure the colour and fragrance are well combined

  • Now carefully pour the soap into the mould - remember to keep it steady and don't move the mould after pouring

  • Hold your breath again, and spritz inside the mould to remove surface bubbles (okay breath out again now!)

  • If you have a little soap left over, pour into the spare mould, or re-melt later with left overs from another colour pour

Bramble Berry Fragrances

  • Now melt the third 400g batch of soap base, as described previously

  • Turn the mould (make sure the soap is SET!) 90 degrees, ie a quarter turn

  • Colour the soap with with a blend of Brite Lime Green and Deep Blue Dispersion colour, and add 4g Summer Fling fragrance, and stir to ensure the colour and fragrance are well combined

  • Hold your breath, and spritz inside the mould well, ensuring both pours are covered (okay breath out now!)

  • Now carefully pour the soap into the mould - remember to keep it steady and don't move the mould after pouring

  • If you have a little soap left over, pour into the spare mould, or re-melt later with left overs from another colour pour

Bramble Berry Fragrances

  • Now melt the final 400g batch of soap base, as described previously

  • Stand the soap up vertically (make sure the soap is SET!)

  • Colour the soap with with a blend of Brite Canary Yellow and Yellow Dispersion colour, and add 4g Summer Fling fragrance, and stir to ensure the colour and fragrance are well combined

  • Hold your breath again, and spritz inside the mould well, ensuring all surfaces are well covered (okay breath out again now!)

  • Now carefully pour the soap into the mould, right to the top

  • Leave the mould on the bench for several hours, or even better overnight so it is completely set, this last pour takes the longest

Bramble Berry Fragrances

  • Stand the mould up, and remove the cap from the bottom

Bramble Berry Fragrances

  • Use a strong cardboard cylinder (or I sometimes use a wooden disc and short piece of broom handle) to push the soap through

Bramble Berry Fragrances

  • The soap will push out by pushing from the end that was the 'top'

Bramble Berry Fragrances

  • You'll have a lovely assortment of slices, these are cut with our Crinkle Cutter, one of my favourite tools!

Melt and Pour Quattro Circular Soapy Tutorial

  • As you cut your log you will see a differing geometric pattern occurring as you move down the log!