Friday, May 14, 2010
Once your soap has been curing in the mold for 12 hrs, take it out. It's kind of like taking a cake out of the pan for me; I wedge a knife between the soap and mold carefully, then trace the edges of the mold and turn it over carefully. Usually the soap will fall out easily.
As you can see, I cut my bar in different sizes; the big ones are nice to give away and for the adults to use, and the smaller ones are great for the little ones. Play with the sizes and see what you like best.
I took a close up so you could see the surface of the soap. The decorative surface is done by using a chopstick and swirling it on the surface when the soap has set a little while (maybe 10 min or so).
Now it's time to leave the soap curing on a shelf for 3 weeks. As I said earlier, I turn it from side to side every once in a while if I remember. It spreads a wonderful aroma throughout the house while curing in our office/front room. That's it, simple as pie, right? Don't be afraid, go make your own, it's fun!
PS. If the sharp edges bother you, you can shave them a little bit with a knife.