Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Making Sushi Soap - The Rice Secret

To see the full tutorial on how make the Flexy Fast 'texture sheet' for the seaweed, click here.


Directions: This the process is very similar to our Jelly Roll soap project. The first step is to make all of your parts; make a thin seaweed sheet (utilizing Flexy Fast and following the instructions here), use different colors of soap cut up into sticks, and grated white soap for the rice. To see the full tutorial on how make the Flexy Fast 'texture sheet' for the seaweed, click here.

To make the 'seaweed' the perfect texture we actually rolled out a sheet of our Flexy Fast molding putty onto a sheet of real nori. After the putty had completely hardened, we ran it under warm water and rubbed off the nori. It left behind a few scraps of seaweed - but that just added authenticity to our sushi soap! Trim down this textured sheet so that it fits perfectly in the bottom of your flexible tray mold. The actual 'nori' soap is three different colors of melt and pour base, each one a slightly varied green to add texture and character to the soap 'nori' wrap. Notice the drizzle pattern in the third photo above? Try and drizzle in alternating patterns for the different colors of green. We used Green Chrome Oxide, Patina Sheen Mica and a small, teensy amount of Heavy Metal Gold colors to get our perfect 'nori' color. And, of course, the fragrance oil we chose for the project is Wasabi but another good one would be Lettuce.

It's important to have all of your components ready as soon as the 'seaweed' soap sheet is set-up. The fresher the soap, the easier it is to roll.

Make the 'rice' by grating white melt and pour soap and mixing it with a little glycerin. How much is 'a little'? For 16 ounces of grated soap, drizzle 2 teaspoons of liquid glycerin over the soap and mix well. The glycerin is the 'glue' that helps to hold the sticky rice together. Make your 'vegetables' by pouring realistic food colored soap into sheets and cutting in circular, triangular and square strips for authenticity.

Once all the materials are ready, lay down the seaweed sheet *textured presentation-side down) and sprinkle a little grated soap along the longer edge on the inside. Next, lay strips of the various colored soaps on top of the 'rice' and then sprinkle a little more grated soap on top. You can sprinkle some melted soap on your 'vegetables' to help keep the vegetables in place. Gently but firmly, roll up the soap pressing down the shredded soap. If you wait too long after making the 'nori', the soap will not be as flexible and forgiving for rolling. Cut into pieces and you're done! Buy some sushi take out boxes and wow your customers, friends and family with your authentic looking sushi soap. We've been using our sushi soap for over a month now and the entire thing has stayed intact perfectly!