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Dry Brush Mica Technique for Handcrafted Artisan Soap

June 21, 2015
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The Muse, a handcrafted soap made with a dry brush mica technique use on an impression mat!

Introducing the The Muse, a handcrafted soap made with a dry brush mica technique used on an impression mat! The scent is created with mints, patchouli and clove essential oils. The bar is enhanced with shea butter and avocado oil. Look for it July 18 at or at the Harrisonburg, VA Farmers Market.

dry brushed mica on impression mat 1It is no secret that I love impression mats for my handcrafted soap. They can be used on the bottom of a mold and peeled off when the soap is firm.  Pesky soda ash which sometime forms on the top of the soap is not a concern for the design on the bottom will become the top of the soap. You can find impression mats where fondant cake icing mats are sold.

I’m working with a 3D printer shop to make custom mats for my soap and a lot of testing is still needed.  So in the meantime, I’ve been working on using color on an impression mat and trying to find the fastest and best way. So far, I like to use a flat stiff art paint brush, dip it dry into mica and use it lightly.

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This is a photo of the mat removed by peeling it back about two days after pouring.

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Handcrafted soap using the dry brushed mica technique on a fondant impression mat

The last picture is of the soap batch ready to go back to a dedicated room for curing. A total of 30 bars of soap are made in what is called an HDPE divider mold. The edges will be beveled after 3 weeks.

May you always be surrounded with warm bubbles!

Lori Curry ~ Magellan’s Gift~ Adventure & Discovery in Fine Soap!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. June 26, 2015 4:53 PM

    Your unique artistic ability with your soap is amazing!


  2. June 29, 2015 8:11 PM

    Love this impression mat design, and the mica looks stunning! We recently did something similar with lace. It is so much fun =)


  3. September 11, 2015 5:14 PM

    I Dry-Brush Mica a lot of my holiday soaps, and I just love the ones you do. They are so
    beautiful! 🙂


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