In this issue: Make soap that looks like an Impressionist painting. 40% off our new silicone sphere mold and never line a mold again.
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Truly Artistic

This soap reminds us of the colorful, joyful paintings of the French Impressionists. In this issue of the Bramble Berry newsletter you will learn how to make this gorgeous soap - no artistic talent needed. The technique that Anne-Marie uses for this soap is easy. You'll get striking results every time.
Ingredients: Tools:
Color and Fragrance:


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COLOR PREP: Prior to starting the soap making process, pre-mix your colorant in oil.

1/2 teaspoon (tsp) Green Chrome Oxide in 1/2 tablespoon (Tbl) Sunflower Oil, 1/2 tsp Titanium Dioxide in 1/2 Tbl Sunflower Oil, and 1 tsp Fizzy Lemonade in 1 Tbl Sunflower Oil. Blend each color with the mini-mixer, but make sure to saturate the powder in the oil before you turn on the mixer or you’ll get a messy cloud of pigment. Take the tip of your mini-mixer and push the powder under the surface level of the oil. Mix the colorant thoroughly for even color results.

SAFETY FIRST: If you have never made cold process soap before, I strongly suggest getting a couple of basic recipes under your belt before diving in. Check out Soap Queen TV on Cold Process if you want to get started with cold process. It’s a 4 part series that will take you through the basics (and be sure to watch the episode on Lye Safety). You need gloves, goggles, and long sleeves. Safety is the most important part of any soap recipe. If you’re a book worm, Bramble Berry also has some helpful reading on the cold process technique.

ONE: In a well ventilated area, slowly and carefully add the lye to the water. Stir until the water is clear and set aside to cool.

TWO: Melt and combine Coconut and Palm oils. Add the Canola, Castor and Sunflower oils. When both the lye water and oils are below 120 degrees (and ideally within 10 degrees of each other), carefully add the lye water to the oils. Insert stick blender into mixture and “burp” it to release any excess air trapped under the blade. Stick blend the soap until a light trace is reached.

THREE: Split the batch three ways between three containers (you can just eyeball it - totally fine!). Add 1 tsp of the dispersed Green Chrome Oxide and .9 oz of Sage and Lemongrass fragrance oil to one batch, 2 tsp of the dispersed Titanium Dioxide and .9 oz of Sage and Lemongrass to the second batch, and 5 tsp of dispersed Fizzy Lemonade colorant and .9 oz of Sage and Lemongrass to the third. Mix all three batches well using a whisk so not to accelerate trace.

TIP: If you stir from lightest color to darkest color, you can use the same whisk. Less dishes to clean!

FOUR: Pour the soap into the condiment bottles; each color will fit into one bottle. Once the bottles are filled and capped, be sure to shake them intermittently by placing a gloved finger over the tip to ensure that the soap doesn’t separate.

FIVE: Choose a starting color (it doesn’t matter too much which one) and squirt soap inside the silicone loaf mold. Keep the tip of the squirt bottle low and close to the mold, and make 3-4 passes back and forth then switch to another color. Continue this way, alternating colors, until the mold is full. Be sure to turn the mold every so often so that one side isn’t heavier than the other.

SIX: Tamp the mold on the table to eliminate any air bubbles.

SEVEN: Add interest to the top of the soap by using a wood skewer to drag and swirl through just the very top layer.

EIGHT: Spray entire surface with 91% alcohol to help prevent soda ash.

NINE: Cover and insulate for 24 hours. Unmold within 3-4 days.

TEN: Allow soap to cure and dry for 4-6 weeks before using.

40% Off!

Our 4 cavity silicone sphere mold is the newest addition to the Bramble Berry line. Giant Bouncy Ball, Holiday Snow Globe, and Layered Sphere are just a few of the creative designs you can make with this mold that makes 3.5 oz soap balls.

Use coupon code SPHERE40 and get 40% off the 4 Sphere Silicone Mold.
Coupon expires July 31st, 2012. Cannot be combined with other discounts.

What's New?

Stop wasting your time, using up paper (or plastic) and elimate your mold lining frustration by using our silicone mold liner! It's reusable and couldn't be easier to use. Just place it in our 5 lb log mold and pour your soap. Once your soap has set-up, pull it out of the mold and peel off the liner saving you time and money!

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