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Heart-Shaped Soap

Stamped soaps, inspired by candy conversation hearts, are great gifts for friends.

Heart-Shaped Soap

Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 2006

Introduction

We used a 2-inch cookie cutter (1 inch high) and 2 1/2 pounds of glycerin soap-sold at crafts stores-to make 16 hearts.

Put in cellophane bags tied with tags; adorn with glitter.

materials

  • Nonstick 9-inch square pan

  • Heart-shape cookie cutter

  • Glass measuring cup

  • Glycerin soap

  • Bench scraper

  • Soap colorant or food coloring

  • Spray bottle filled with rubbing alcohol

  • Cutting board

  • Needlenose pliers

  • 1/8-inch metal letter stamps

  • Masking tape

steps

  1. Depending on your equipment, yields may vary. To determine how much glycerin you'll need, fill pan with water to 1/4 inch below height of cookie cutter; pour water into measuring cup. Record amount; discard water.

  2. Cut soap into small pieces with bench scraper; fill measuring cup. Microwave on medium heat until melted; stir. Add soap and heat until you've reached the water amount. Add colorant; stir. Pour liquid into pan. Spray with alcohol to eliminate bubbles.

  3. Let harden at room temperature, 2 hours. Freeze 10 minutes.

  4. Turn upside down onto cutting board. Create soaps with cookie cutter; pull cutter out with pliers if it sticks. Tape stamps together to form words, and imprint on soap, applying light, even pressure.

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