In this issue: Make your own sea inspired melt and pour soap with dyed muslin bags. Find out about our April Showers Scavenger Hunt and how to get your own April Showers Sample Kit. 
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handmade soap inspired by sea glass

Inspired By the Sea Soap

This fun and easy melt and pour project is reminiscent of sea glass with its transparent blues and greens. Using the same LabColor soap dyes we also dyed little matching muslin bags for packaging the soap in. Create a perfect spring combination with this fun project.
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The Packaging Recipe:

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How to set-up the pouring tray
The Soap:
ONE:
Cut the Clear Melt and Pour Base into 1-inch cubes. Melt in a heat-safe container on 30 second bursts in the microwave, stirring between bursts, until the soap base is fully melted.
TWO: Split the soap base into three batches: two weighing 2.3 ounces, and one weighing 1.5 ounces.
THREE: Add the Kentish Rain fragrance oil to the split batches: 1.5 mL in each of the 2.3 ounce batches, and 1 mL in the 1.5 ounce batch. Stir in well.
FOUR: To one of the 2.3 ounce batches, add 9 drops of diluted Emerald LabColor. To the second of the 2.3 ounce batches, add 12 drops of diluted Sapphire LabColor. To the 1.5 ounce batch, add 3 drops of diluted Emerald LabColor and 5 drops of diluted Sapphire LabColor. Mix the soap well.
FIVE:
Pour each colored soap batch into the Shell Wax Tart Mold. The Emerald and Sapphire soaps will each fill three cavities, while the blend of Emerald and Sapphire will fill two of the cavities.
SIX:
Spray the soap with Rubbing Alcohol to eliminate any bubbles and allow the soaps to fully harden.
Mixing Oils and Waxes
The Packaging:
ONE:
Fill two heat-safe containers with 8 ounces (by volume) of water, and one container with about 8 ounces (by volume) of vinegar.
TWO: Set the muslin bags in the container of vinegar to soak.
THREE: Add 40mL of diluted Emerald LabColor to one 8 ounce portion of water, and 40 mL of diluted Sapphire LabColor to the other 8 oz portion of water. Stir well. These are your dye baths.
FOUR: Microwave the dye baths for about a minute or until the liquid is warm, but not scalding hot.
FIVE: Remove the muslin bags from the vinegar soak and squeeze to remove excess vinegar.
SIX: Dye the bags by dipping them into either the Emerald dye bath, the Sapphire dye bath, or a combination of both. Three fun techniques that I used are Tie Dye, Two-Color Transition and Ombre.

Finished Dyed Muslin Bags
Adding the pigment
Tie-Dye: Use a rubber band twisted around the bag to create a pattern. Dye the bag in a single color for a gradiant look, or in two colors for a multi-faceted look.
Two-Color Transition:
Dip half the bag into one color. Use a clothespin to keep the entire bag from falling in the dye bath. After a few minutes, remove the bag from the first color, flip and dye the other half of the bag in the second color, allowing the bag to sit in the bath just low enough for the water level to touch the line where the first dip dye ends.
Ombre: Dye 1/3 of a bag in one color, using a clothespin to keep the rest of the bag out of the bath. After a few minutes, change the bag's position so that a bit more of the bag is submerged. Allow to sit again for a few more minutes, then submerge the entire bag.
SEVEN: To avoid 'sweating' or 'dew drops' forming on the soap place a few finished soaps in a ziplock baggie before placing them in the muslin bags.
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