Soap Making Instructional: How to Use Swirlz Soap Base
Lookie what you can do with our melt and our Swirlz soap base. In the past, the swirling process was reserved for CP soapers. Not anymore! Once you master the technique, you can make beautiful swirled soap that is ready to use within hours.
The color combinations are countless. This instructional shows the basics of how to work with the base and get the feel for the right pouring temperature to master the swirling technique. In a future tutorial, we show how to use this base to make a swirled loaf soap.
Here's what you need:
Clear and white Swirlz soap base. How much you need depends on how many soaps you will be making. We made three 4-ounce rectangle bars and used melted 8 ounces of white and 8 ounces of clear. We wanted to be sure we didn't run short when we started to pour.
Fragrance oil. This is optional. Use 1 teaspoons per 8 ounces of soap base.
Wooden chop stick or small wooden dowel for swirling soap. A wooden skewer will work, but not as well. The diameter is really too small to make the swirling pattern.
Rubbing alcohol in a mister bottle. This will remove any air bubbles that occur when pouring and swirling the soap.
An extra pair of hands. We found that having two people pouring produced better swirling effects. Each person pours a color and then you swirl. You can make it work, but it will be challenging until you get the hang of it.
Cube soap bas. Place cubes in a glass measuring cups and melt in the microwave using short bursts of heat. Scent and color the soap with your desired swirling colors. In this example, we used both clear and white base colored with ultramarine blue.
Pouring temperature is key when using this base. 120 degrees is good, but if you don't have a thermometer, then make sure the outside of the glass measuring cup is comfortable to hold in your hands. In the above picture, note the skin that has started to form on the blue soap base (pictured left). When a skin forms, you know that the soap has started to cool down and is ready to pour. Use a spoon to break through the soap skin and push to the side.
We found pouring the clear colored soap first immediately followed by the colored white soap produced the best results. I can't say this is true for every pouring scenario, but for this particular color combo, that's seemed to work best.
We tried a couple of different swirling techniques. The first is shown above. The colors were poured to about midpoint in the mold and swirled. The second technique poured the two color combination to the top of the mold before swirling. Both worked, but I feel pouring to the midpoint ensures that the swirling will be incorporated throughout the entire bar.
Once soap is poured and swirled, spritz with rubbing alcohol to remove any surface airbubbles.
The swirling patterns are so fun because each soap produces something uniquely different. Allow soaps to set until firm. Gently pull away the sides of the mold to release soaps.
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