It’s my big sister’s birthday. Well, she is not really my big sister. She is, at least, 8 inches shorter than me which actually makes her my smallest sister. I should say, “It is my OLDEST sister’s birthday.”
Talking about getting old, like we were in my last post, Sandra really is getting old. She is much older than me. 🙂
Sandra recently told me she doesn’t need any more things so I decided to make her some personalised soap for her birthday. We all need soap.
So here is your present, Sis – 12 bars of soap. Happy birthday! I hope you like them.
I got the idea after making curls and embedding them in soap. I figured, if I could make curls, I should be able to make letters. And I thought personalised soap would make a lovely present for someone who doesn’t need anything. The idea was born. Luckily for me, ‘Sandra” is made up of letters that can all be formed in one piece. Some other letters would be more problematic.
I learned so much making the letters. I was really getting the hang of it by the end. The trick is to use a recipe where the soap is still pliable the next day but not sticky. Making nice even slices of soap at least six centimetres deep and long enough to mould each letter was the hardest part. Maus made me a cutter that made five mil slices but it was nearly impossible to make the slices even. The blade we used kept buckling, consequently, the soap came out all different shapes. Late in the experiment, I found I could roll the soap like pastry which really helped with the evenness.
Once I had formed the letters, I tied them up with string so they wouldn’t unravel before they had set. The next day we placed them in the mould and poured the pink batter around them.
With all those lessons learnt, I reckon, next time, I will be quite good at it.
This was my first try and I am pretty happy with it. OK, I got glycerine rivers in the white (bloody titanium dioxide), the letters are a bit wobbly and of uneven thickness and some wanted to fall over as I poured the pink batter. Thankfully, Sandra loves me and, I am sure, will forgive these imperfections.
These bars are not perfect but they were made with love for a wonderful sister. xxx
PS: This is my first photo with my new camera. Oh dear, I have a lot to learn but I am up for it. 🙂