Gemstone Soap is almost too beautiful to use! You're going to have everyone begging you to make them their own once they see how cool these artistic soaps are. They can be made in any color you want, so pick any gemstone you like and work off the colors you would typically find in the real one.
While there are a lot of steps in make these pretty soaps, there are very few ways that you can mess up! If you really end up hating your finish product you can always melt it down and try again. These would make an extraordinary gift for anyone you know, especially those hard to shop for people who seems to already have everything.
- 1/2 lb each Vegetable based opaque white and clear soap bases
- Food coloring in red, yellow, blue and green
- 10 Small reusable cups
- 2 soap molds
- Microwavable glass or measuring cup
- Paring knife
- Cutting board
- Fragrance Oil (optional)
Cut both of your soap bases into quarters. You will use one quarter of the clear soap and the opaque white to mix colors, and one quarter of each for the final mold. This way you will have enough of the soap to make more than one.
Cut your clear soap into smaller pieces and place them in the microwavable glass. Microwave for 20-60 seconds or until it is fully melted. If you want to make you soap scented, add your fragrance oil now so that it will blend in properly.
Divide the liquid mixture into five of the small mixing cups. Using your food coloring, mix a variety of colors that match your gemstone, ranging in darkness. If need be use a toothpick so that you will get the smallest amount of color possible. If they start setting before you are done mixing, 5 seconds in the microwave should melt them back down.
Repeat this process with the opaque and let them harden completely.
Flip over and pop out the little soap disks and slice them into shards and start mixing them up in your soap mold! Don't worry about being too uniform, keep them random and don't worry about packing them tightly because you will fill in the space after.
Take the remaining quarter of the clear soap mold you have left and melt it in your microwave safe container. Pour the clear liquid into the soap mold over all the colored pieces.
Then take the opaque quarter and repeat the process.
Now that all your pieces are in the mold you can either give it another 5 seconds in the microwave to help the colors blend together or just let it harden the way it is. It will take a few hours to harden, but if you want to speed it up you can put it in the fridge to help it cool.
After your soap has completely hardened take your scissors and cut the mold off of your soap.
Use your paring knife to cut 5-6 vertical edges along the sides. Use another 5-6 angles to bring the top to a point and you're done!
Save all your scraps because you can use them the next time you make soap!