Class Handout: CP Soap Design in Loaf Molds


by Ruth Esteves

This Class Handout is a digital download. Once purchased, you will find the link to access your document on your MY ACCOUNT page.

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Do you make your own cold process soap and love the way it smells & feels, but are less than thrilled by the way it looks?  Even before it’s smelled or used, the appearance of a bar of soap can set the tone for the whole experience and heavily influence whether someone would buy it. If you’re looking to jazz up the look of your cold process soap, this resource offers inspiration and step-by-step explanations of design techniques that can get your creative juices flowing.

Techniques Covered:
~Adding Texture to the tops of bars
~Layering Techniques (horizontal, vertical & diagonal)
~Embedding (soap shapes into a loaf mold)
~Swirling (in the pot, in the mold, and funnel swirl)
~Bonus “Mantra Swirl” technique based on vertical layers

This Class Handout focuses on designing cold process soap with log- or loaf-shaped soap molds. Because the largest surface of the soap bar is only revealed after cutting a batch into bars, it can be a challenge to predict how the final bars will look. With this handout, you’ll learn about layering, swirling and embedding techniques that will easily turn your soaps into things of beauty!

This handout includes 10 pages (including cover page) with step-by-step directions, suggestions and tips, including 20 full-color photos.

Summary of what’s in this Digital Class Handout:

  • Cover Page: Picture of one soap bar showing “in the mold” swirling and textured top.
  • Pages 2-4: Descriptions of layering techniques, including horizontal layers, diagonal layers, vertical layers and a bonus swirl technique based on vertical layers.
  • Page 5: Lists ways to add texture and interest to the tops of your soap bars using colorants, organic materials and different common kitchen tools.
  • Pages 6-7: Explains three different methods for swirling, including “in the pot”, “in the mold” and “funnel” swirling.
  • Pages 8-9: Describes how to embed soap shapes into a soap loaf.
  • Page 10: A list of my favorite online suppliers and inspirational soap sites that will kick-start your creativity!

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Ruth headshot square versionRuth Esteves, Co-owner of The Nova Studio, started making handmade soap in 2006 as another in a long line of hobbies. Since then, she has gone from whipping up quick melt-and-pour soap gifts for her friends to designing and selling her own cold process soaps online through Sirona Springs. Trained as a laboratory research scientist, Ruth finds that soapmaking is the perfect blending of chemistry and art. Ruth is also a member of the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetics Guild (HSCG) and holds the HSCG Advanced Soapmaker certification. Learn beginning & advanced soap making topics from Ruth.


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