Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Gingerbread Men

Finished Bars

My soap for the little men
Filling the mold
I found a silicone gingerbread man pan on clearance this summer and my first thought was that it would make an awesome Christmas time soap.  So I started by making a small batch of soap a few weeks ago.  I poured the batter into the mold and tried to get it to gel on its own.  It didn't work because the size of the figures was so small, so I put the entire pan in the oven for 30 minutes at 170*.  This did the trick.  After putting the mold in the freezer for about an hour before un-molding.  The freezing helped make them firm enough to pop out of the mold without breaking.
Pouring the soap

I love all of the little gingerbread men
As you can see from the picture here the gingerbread men started out fairly pale.  After a couple of days the little figures darkened up quite a bit as you can see.  I did trim the back surface to make it look better.  These were set aside while I made the recipe for the base soap.

After a couple weeks of curing
My soap mix before coloring
I decided to use the red clay that I had on hand for the red swirl and I used some titanium dioxide to whiten the rest of the batch.  After measuring and mixing the oils and mixing the lye water, I let the lye water cool.  I had used about 2/3 of the water amount in ice which speed up the cool down.   I also didn't heat the oils  a whole lot.  As you can see it blended up nicely.  After getting trace, I split the batch in two parts.  I added about 2 teaspoons of  titanium dioxide to one half and about 1 teaspoon of the red clay to the other half.   I used an in the pot swirl for this batch.

samples in the mold

After I got the mold filled to my satisfaction I started working on my sample mold.  I added my cut pieces of the gingerbread man soap to the remaining soap.  I very gently pushed the pieces into the batter being careful not to mix any more than absolutely necessary.  I didn't want to mix my swirl until it was not a swirl any more.
In the mold

After I gave the soap some time to thicken up I pressed the gingerbread men down into the soap mixture.   I placed everything in two rows so that I would not have any trouble cutting the slices into two bars each.  I also had to leave a little space in between each embed so that I could slice the log.

My gelling set-up
After getting everything molded the soap didn't look like it was going to gel on it's own.  I have a rice pack that can be heated in the microwave.  I heated it for 2 minutes before laying it out on top of my towel and placing all of my molds on top of it.  Then I placed a rubbermaid container over the top of the whole thing.  Then I wrapped the whole thing in a large bath towel.  I did reheat the rice pack once because it didn't look like gel was complete.

I left the soap overnight before unwrapping.  After I unwrapped the soap I let it sit for another couple of hours before un-molding it.  After I un-molded the soap I let it sit and the sides dry for about an hour.  

I started by cutting the loaf length wise.  This left me with two logs.  I scrapped the middle of the two logs where I had cut it to clean up the edges.  I also sliced a thin layer off of the outside sides.  After getting everything neatened up I started slicing the logs with a paring knife.       

My house smells like a bakery right now.  I also now have a rack full of soap curing.  It is a very satisfying feeling. 

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  1. You just made the perfect DIY Xmas present Lois!I bet they are not only cute but smell wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing them at the Fluster Buster Party.
    Have a great week,
    Lizy, Party co host

  2. Great post! What a cute idea. I am a new fan and am going to spend some time browsing! I would love for you to come share at my From the Farm Blog Hop. We're trying to reach 300 linkups this week and we're almost there!
    Fresh Eggs Daily

  3. These are so cute! Great idea for Christmas gifts and I'm sure they smell amazing!
    Thanks for sharing at the Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop! Have a wonderful day!


  4. Those are so lovely! I'm a fan of all things gingerbread and I would totally be knocking on your door for some right now if I lived by you. Hey, DO I live by you?

  5. These are adorable . . . you are so clever :)
    Your blog is delightful, if I could see where to follow, I would.
    Have a lovely day,
    Connie :)

  6. These are very cute and would make lovely gifts!
    Stopping by from the "Creative Home and Garden" blog hop.
    Now following you on G+ and Bloglovin.
    Have a great week ahead :)
    Bismah @

  7. I love hearing about your soap! I'm so glad I found your blog! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  8. Hi Lois,
    These look so cute, and I bet they smell wonderful! Thanks for sharing on The HomeAcre Hop! Hope to see you again today!

  9. Happy Autumn! Thanks for sharing on The Creative Home & Garden Hop! Hope you'll stop by again today :)


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