Soap Rock Tutorial

Soap Rock Tutorial


Published On: 12-11-2014 06:26pm

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Category: Handmade Soap Information and Tutorials


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By Guest on 05/17/2016 @ 02:32am

You ROCK!

By Guest on 10/24/2015 @ 03:07pm

Thanks for sharing this excellent inspiring tutorial. Your soaps are beautiful.

By Guest on 03/24/2015 @ 03:41am

Hello! -- I just found your site and read over your wonderful tutorial. Thanks so much for sharing! I was considering making my own soaps and this has been truly inspiring. PS -- I read through all the comments, particularly the one years back regarding your mom, and while late, I just wanted to send a special heartfelt thought your way.

By Guest on 02/09/2015 @ 03:57am

Thank you SO MUCH for posting this. Your work is gorgeous. I've wanted to try this technique, but have been unable to really find one posted, until I found this! I'm very excited to try!

By Soapsmith on 04/02/2014 @ 12:06pm

Hi Whitney, thanks for your generous remarks! My amethyst gemstone soaps are hand carved individually and others are cast in molds. The amethyst with the tall crystals is a mold, the other amethyst piece that is a cluster of crystals is all hand carved. I make some of my own molds with silicone from actual mineral specimens so they are realistic looking. I have also purchased molds over the years, some I have had for decades. The ones that are individually hand carved are not offered for sale. They are just too time consuming to be profitable. I have done them for demonstrations and presentations for soap making conventions - just to show what can be done.

By Guest on 04/02/2014 @ 05:59am

This is so great! You are so talented and seem like you have the biggest heart - it's really wonderful to browse your site :) I'm just wondering on your Amethyst Mineral type soaps, how do you get the bottom layer to look so realistic (rough,jagged and 'rock' like)? Is this with a cutting tool or is some type of hold? Thanks again! Whitney

By Guest on 02/13/2014 @ 08:32am

I swear I had watched you do a tutorial on how to make these lovely gemstones. I don't mean this written tutorial but one you appeared in person talking us through a demonstration. I was so glad, unfortunately I was in a hurry and forgot to save it. Now I have spent many hours searching to find it again. can you point me in the right direction? Yours are by far the most beautiful and your video was excellent---smiles jboracle350@msn.com

By Guest on 11/12/2013 @ 05:09am

What an awesome tutorial - thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and great info!!

By Soapsmith on 08/17/2013 @ 12:13am

I get my mica on line from many different suppliers. Many times I mix them together to get the shade I want. The companies I use the most for mica are: Supplies by Star, Nuture Soap Supplies, TKB trading and the conservatorie. I also get some from brambleberry, wholesale supplies plus, the chemistry store. Just make sure you purchase from a supplier for skin products, not paint or ceramic companies. Sometimes, I adjust the colors by adding the mica then a drop or two of liquid colorant to get the right shades. The best metallics for me come from Supplies by Star - copper penney, golden sunshine, bronze goddess, sterling silver for example. I would guess that I have about 50 different micas and colorants.

By Guest on 08/11/2013 @ 04:43pm

i tryed it nice

By Guest on 08/03/2013 @ 11:10pm

I want to make these badly, but for some reason I'm having difficulty deciding on which micas to purchase. In your picture above, rotating around the black and starting at the 6 o'clock position with the mint blue, then the deep blue, then the red, and then the bronze. I like all those colors, but am having a hard time finding them on your website. Where would you suggest I look for these, and do you know the name of them?

By Guest on 07/27/2013 @ 10:38pm

Anyone can get the recipe, but only the right ones will be able to perform it correctly. You are gifted !

By Soapsmith on 03/04/2013 @ 01:30pm

Yes, you can click on the "home" tab near the the top of the page on the left or you can click on some of the photos or several links on the page. All of them will take you to my Artfire.com studio where they are for sale. www.soapsmith.artfire.com Thanks

By Guest on 03/04/2013 @ 12:10pm

Just came across your blog Do you sell these?

By Soapsmith on 02/28/2013 @ 03:16am

Thanks for your generous remarks. I don't use shrink wrap, I prefer AEP stretch wrap because I have control of the stretch. For the highly detailed soap, the shrink wrap doesn't work well because it shrinks unevenly. You can see how I wrap in my other blog post tutorial = How to wrap handmade soap. If shrink wrap works well for you that is what counts, what ever gives the best results. For me, it is the AEP wrap.

By Guest on 02/28/2013 @ 02:46am

Your work is amazing. I tried to make them and I was pleased with my outcome. I had a great time. Thanks for your tutorial. I wanted to ask you what you thought about shrink wrapping the gemstones. I use shrink wrap for all my melt and pour soaps. Thanks again.

By Guest on 02/26/2013 @ 11:17am

This is just what I have been looking for after extensive combing the web. You are very generous to give these step by step complete with photos. You make beautiful soaps. Maybe you might consider making a video and selling the video. I would by it for sure.--smiles Jboracle

By Soapsmith on 02/19/2013 @ 11:45pm

Thanks for your kind remarks. You made me smile! I don't have any classes scheduled at this time. My insurance carrier requires that I only teach in an approved lab environment with proper safety equipment so I am limited to offering classes for groups large enough to justify the rental costs for an approved classroom. Right now, there isn't enough interest for a full class. Just this past week, I had to move my semi invalid Mom into my home as she needs round the clock care now. Things are quite hectic as I work full time, plus my soap business and now I am providing all the care until we can get in some part time help to handle some of her care. Many days I am functioning on less than 4 hours of sleep a night-overwhelming! I will keep your contact info should I have a class available anytime soon. I often do presentations on the soap rocks at soap making conferences but until things get set with my Mom, those are on hold as well. Sorry, I can't be of help at the present time. Bonnie

By Guest on 02/19/2013 @ 11:32pm

I would love love love to take a class from you. Have always wanted to make this kind of soap. Please let me know when and where you teach. Suzannerosenbaum@rocketmail.com

By Guest on 10/19/2012 @ 12:32am

Thank you so much - so generous of you to give a tutorial and cover the details that make the difference between blah and amazing. Great tutorial.

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