I like homemade gifts for Christmas presents. After all, one can buy what one wants, but the time, effort, and love put into something homemade makes the gift special.
Today I am rebatching Ivory Soap and reshaping them usng angel and mermaid silicon molds.
I ordered the silicon molds online. I use Ivory Soap but have used Dove and other brands. While some people add scent, oatmeal, flowers, herbs etc. into their soap, I like to keep mine simple to prevent allergies.
Grate the Ivory soap. I like to do this the night before, and I sprinkle some water over the soap and cover it overnight. In the morning, I use a double boiler to melt down the soap. I add around a quarter cup of water to 2 bars of soap. The fact is I just eyeball it. You don’t want it too wet because the soap will not hold. What you should get is goey sticky stuff. I put the goey soap into a mold and squish down so the soap fills the crevices. Wait until the soap is dry, and wait some more. You can wiggle the silicon mold to free the rebatched soap — then, voila! — beautiful angel and mermaid soap. I trim off the edges and back with a knife. Save the soap trimmings or redo work that is irregular. You can also throw in those small pieces of unused soap. Melt down the soap and start over.
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