Are you tired of giving the same boring presents to your family and friends? Are you tired of doing the same crafts that everyone else also does? I was as well, and I recently found a great new one - soap making.
I know there is a lot of work that goes in to the soap making process, but it is worth it. Things need to be done a specific way during the soap making process to have it turn out just right. There are also a lot of safety precautions that you need to take in the soap making process.
But the effort is well worth it. Homemade soap crafts have been one of my favorite gifts to give to friends. They have turned out to be a lot of fun, and if you have the right soap mold they can be a very cute gift.
It is important to know the type of soap making process you are going to use before finding your soap mold. There is a little planning required to make sure the mold will work correctly. Since the soap may be hot, for example, you may need to find a heat resistant mold.
If you are using heat in your soap making try using Pyrex glass instead of normal glass. Ceramics or glass may not hold up well against the heat, and will also not last as long as Pyrex glass. Pyrex glass is heat resistant and sturdy.
If you are using a cold soap making process try using a wooden soap mold. Another great choice is plastic. Plastic is very flexible and won't cause damage to the mold or the soap if you need to un-mold the soap.
Plastic can also be used in heated soap making, but it needs to be microwave plastic. Silicone also works great and is flexible. Stainless steal can also hold up to heat well.
Soap molds can be found around your home or can be bought through craft stores online or locally. Once you use the mold for soap, however, that should be its only use from there on out. Do not try to clean it and use it for baking or cooking again since there are dangerous additives that go in to soap making.