Stained Glass Soap Circles

| 5/11/2012 11:20:50 AM

soap slice I found myself this week looking for some small homemade gifts to give to my children’s teachers as the end of the year approaches. I decided to use melt and pour soap to make some of those beautiful layered bars of soap I see for sale at Whole Foods and other places at exorbitant prices. I had not realized before I started how incredibly easy and quick it is to make really striking melt and pour soap.

I made a mini batch using a sour cream container that produced 5 large circles of soap. You can use any shape or size of mold you want. Using something flexible like plastic will make it easier to release the soap when it has hardened. You can find melt and pour soap at craft stores or online. It comes in a log and you slice off the amount you need.


  •         translucent melt and pour soap
  •         opaque melt and pour soap
  •         soap colorant (looks like food coloring but the color will be more vivid.)
  •         mold of your choice (sour cream container, Tupperware, small cardboard box etc.)
  •         double boiler if you will be melting the soap on the stove
  •         microwave-safe container if you will be melting the soap in the microwave.

    First you will melt small amounts of opaque soap and dye them different colors. You have to guess how much you will need. I melted opaque soaplooked at my container and tried to cut enough soap to color to fill it 2/3 full. I still wound up with extra for future projects! Melting the soap in the microwave is the easiest method but if you are like me and do not have one then you need to use a double boiler. Do not try to melt the soap directly on the stove top because it will burn. Melt some soap, color it, and pour it into a small container to dry. You will be cutting the soap into chunks and peeling it with a cheese slicer so a small rectangular container is good. I decided to have three colors inside my soap: white, dark green and yellow. I made small batches of yellow and green to cut.

    While the colored opaque soap is hardening you can melt the translucent soap. I colored mine very slightly with green dye. You won’t be using it until it has cooled down a lot so go ahead and melt it and then put it to the side.

    5/31/2012 2:03:43 PM

    I would like to learn how to make soap from lye wood ash can any on help?

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