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Annie over at The Felt Fairy is having a Monthly Make challenge, here is my January make :-)
This weekend I had a very rare 2 hours to myself and I just knew I really wanted to try out this soap making kit that I bought in the middle of last year. I have been wanting to try it out for ages but it has just been moved around the house as I never seemed to find the time to try it out.
This kit had everything I needed to try out soap making. It had two moulds, lavender scent, colouring and some M&P (melt and pour) base (the big clear block you can see in the photo).
To start you have to take your M&P soap base ....
and grate it up or cut it into small chunks. I quite enjoyed grating it so went with that method, just look at those cute curls :-)
I then popped this into a bowl that was sitting in a big pan of hot water to melt it down. This didn't work too well for me as as soon as some melted it seemed to reset again when I stirred it. I decided to change tactic and pop it in the microwave for 10 seconds and then a further 10 seconds until it melted. That seemed to do the trick so I then mixed in the colour and scent, it sets really quickly so I had to re-melt it slightly before pouring it into the mould.
Thinking about it I think a little water got into the mixture on my first attempts to melt the M&P so I am not sure if that is what was making it set quickly - can any soap experts out there shed any light on that for me?
So here are the finished soaps, they smell lovely and I am pretty happy with the results :-)
the only shame is that I had all this left over M&P as my moulds were full but it made a lovely snowball looking soap lol :-) I may be able to melt it down again and use my moulds for that.
I really enjoyed trying out soap making and am now going to buy some more M&P and experiment a bit :-) I do love kits like this that ease you into a new craft which can seem quite scary to start with.
If you want to try this yourself you can buy M&P off e-bay at a good price, then you need to add a scent (the M&P has a slight scent of ammonia so you really do need a scent) and a colouring. Give it a go, it is great fun and very satisfying :-)