Beautiful (& Easy) Victorian Cameo Soaps
1. Prepare your work space. You'll need at least one glass measuring cup or microwaveable container, a large clean workspace lined with paper towel or newspaper, a dry paint brush, and a small paring knife or carving tool.
2. Start by melting an ounce of white melt and pour soap in the microwave, starting at 10 seconds and stirring frequently. When fully melted, use a soap syringe, transfer pipette, or even a Dixie cup to pour the white soap into the recessed bottom of the mold. This will be the head of the cameo. Be careful not to pour too much soap into the mold otherwise this will overflow onto her backdrop. Spritz the white soap with denatured alcohol if you notice any bubbles. When the layer has fully hardened, take the knife or carving tool and clean up the edges of the cameo if you need to so the lady's profile is fully visible.
3. Place the iron oxide in a Dixie cup or small container and add about a teaspoon of water to fully dissolve the powder. Melt another ounce of white melt and pour and add the black iron oxide, stirring until the desired colour is reached. Spritz the layer of white cameo soap with denatured alcohol to help the layers adhere, then pour the black soap into the mold being careful not to over pour into the border. Let the layer fully harden and if you need to, use the knife or carving tool to trim up any over pour.
4. Melt 2 ounces of clear melt and pour soap in the microwave, then dissolve the heavy metal gold mica in a small container with water the same way as the iron oxide. Add that to the clear melt and pour and blend in. Spritz the cameo mold with denatured alcohol then pour your gold soap in; you'll want to pour a layer that fully covers the border around the edge.
5. When that layer has hardened, melt the rest of your white melt and pour and add your fragrance oil (about a teaspoon) and stir. Pour the final layer of melt and pour soap until it reaches the top of the mold and spritz with denatured alcohol to get rid of any bubbles.
6. Wait 24 hours to allow your soaps to harden, then take them out of the mold. If they stick, place the mold in the freezer for 5-10 minutes before trying again. Grab your container of heavy metal gold mica. Using your dry paint brush, gently pick up some of the mica off the cap (a little goes a long way!). Gently dab the paint brush around the gilded edge of the mold to create that extra pop! of gold. You can also highlight the lady's hair and shoulders with the gold mica, this gives an effect that is stunning and inspiring!
Feel free to take creative liberty! Try using different coloured micas and iron oxides for the backdrop, or use Sparkle Gold or Vintage Grey Mica instead of the Heavy Metal Gold. I had a ton of fun making these soaps and the end results are breathtaking!!