Sunday, June 3, 2012

How to Groom Soap

Every soap maker has made soap that had flaws. The most common one is air pockets. This problem is easily corrected if you tend to the problem as soon as the soap is removed from the mold. When first removed from the mold, the soap is obviously firm, but, is still malleable. I will post pictures of how to fill in air pockets. This process must be done immediately upon removing soap from the mold, before the soap begins to dry. Otherwise, the soap patching will not adhere. Feel free to post any questions you might have.

Soap with air pockets

End piece from loaf of soap

Cut small amount of soap from end piece

Press into air pocket

press firmly

Smooth with knife

keep smoothing with steady pressure

Leave soap to harden, then trim irregularities

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