Fleur de Lis Melt & Pour Soaps
1. Prepare your work area. You’ll need at least one glass measuring cup or microwaveable container and smaller containers for the different colours of Melt and Pour, and a large clean workspace lined with newspaper or paper towel.
2. Decide how many colours you would like to use and melt about an ounce of melt and pour for each cavity’s fleur de lis. Colour the soap base with mica, such as heavy metal gold, or iron oxides.
3. Take your soap injector (we recommend cutting the tip of it so the opening is about 2 mm wide) and suck up some of the coloured soap. Squirt the soap very gently into the recessed fleur de lis, being careful not to push down on the plunger too hard. Keep a glass of hot water handy in case the soap starts to solidify in the injector and to rinse it out in between colours. If you have any bubbles forming on the tops, spritz the mold with denatured alcohol. If you’d like to get the “outlined” look of the soaps on the left and right of the picture above, only squeeze the soap into the deepest parts of the fleur de lis, tracing a layer of soap around the edge. If there is any over pour, simply take the soap detailing tool and clean up those areas.
4. 1. Repeat until you have coloured all the fleur de lis, then let the layer harden fully or approx. 10 mins.
5. If you desire a background behind the fleur de lis, such as the soap on the bottom of the picture, melt an ounce of melt and pour per cavity and colour it with the desired colourant (we used black iron oxide). Spritz the bottom layer with denatured alcohol then pour the soap over top until it reaches the bevelled edge. Hint: Be sure that the temperature of your soap is no higher than 160 F before pouring (you can comfortably hold your hand against the bottom of the measuring cup), otherwise the colours might bleed into each other.
6. Melt the 16 ounces of white melt and pour soap, then add your fragrance. Wait for the soap to cool slightly, and then pour it into the tray. Spritz the top with denatured alcohol if you see any bubbles forming.
7. Wait 24 hours then gently de-mold your soaps. If you find they are sticking, place the mold in the freezer for 5 minutes before trying again.