December soap challenge was really challenging for me. And the challenge wasn’t in making the soap but mostly waiting to unmold. For the love of me I CANNOT wait longer than 12 hours, I always take the soap out of the mold and cut it after 8-10 hours. I’m pretty sure there is damage in the part of my brain responsible for waiting….and I’m afraid it’s not repairable 🙁
Last month I had 5 attempts so this month I promised myself I will only do one batch….and so did I. I know the lines are not crisp and clean but I also know I won’t be able to wait 24-48 hours before I rip the impression mat off the soap, unless someone puts me into a 48 hours induced coma. And I’m pretty sure no doctor will do that 😉
So I’m gonna submit my soap the way it is just for the fun of it 🙂
A little bit about making it. I ordered my impression mat from a company that produces them for jewelry making. They sell them as flexible texture and the sizes are different from the baking impression mats. A tile measures 2X4 inches. I had to get 3, cut one in a half and the 2 1/2 fit perfectly in my tall & skinny mold.
I put part of the soap in mini piping bags to fill the impression mat without making a big mess.
I used red soap to fill in the spirals
Then I filled in the fine lines with black soap. This was a very meticulous job and I was worried the rest of my soap will thicken to much even if I was using a slow moving recipe. Luckily, it didn’t 🙂
I laid a wet washcloth on top then peel it off to clean the excess soap because even with the piping bag I still managed to make a beautiful mess 😀
I placed the tiles on the bottom of the mold and poured the rest of the soap which was still pourable and I was even able to make some swirls :))
Eight hours later the soap was out of the mold and I was able to wait two and a half more hours before I peeled off the mat, haha. I’m just wondering how it would have looked if I waited at least 12 more hours… Well, because of my “brain damage” I guess I’ll never find out 🙂
And this is the “prematurely born” final product: