Monday, 14 May 2012

Watermelon slices–a tutorial

It is the end of Summer for us and the is a definite chill in the air. I thought that i could bring back Summer with a little watermelon but I think I was wrong. It’s still cold.

You will need:
  • Moulds – I used a PVC drain pipe cut in half and a square silicone one
  • Clear Glycerine soap base – M and P.
  • Opaque M and P
  • Spraying alcohol
  • Colour – green and a pale pink
  • Fragrance oil – I used melon 
  • Poppy seeds
  • Jugs, stirrers and or spoons
  • Melt your opaque base in a jug in the microwave in short bursts, making sure it is not too hot. You will only need a small amount – enough to make a thin layer of soap in the mould.
  • Add your green colour, stir and pour. Spritz with alcohol to remove bubbles
  • Allow this to cool
  • While the green layer is cooling, melt your opaque base in a jug in the microwave, leave this white and let it cool. Pour this over your green layer that should now be room temperature and hard. Spritz with alcohol to remove bubbles
  • Once the green and white have set remove them from the mould and place into the half PVC mould.
  • This is where is gets fun! As you can see the ends are open and I have to pour the pink soap into it. You will see below I managed to “stop” the ends with two black lids.

  • Melt your clear base in a jug in the microwave in short bursts, making sure it is all melted but not too hot
  • Add your colour, fragrance and poppy seeds to the soap and let it cool so it gets a skin
  • Pull the skin aside, stir the poppy seeds to make sure they are suspended and pour carefully into the prepared white and green half round.
  • Spritz the soap with rubbing alcohol to remove bubbles

  • Now you wait - approximately 1-2 hours as this is a large chunk of soap
  • Once the soap is hard  remove it carefully from the mould 
  • Cut into halves or quarters and wrap in plastic wrap as they will attract moisture.

Riverlea soap
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  1. Great tutorial. I do believe we will have to put up with the cold weather for a while longer, and lucky you KZN has moderate winters compared to Cape Town?

  2. Lovely soap. I have also tried a melon soap but a classic version, but yours is really gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Yesterday was National Watermelon Day! So I put together a round up on Craft Gossip and included your post. Thanks for a fun craft!


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