Friday, December 11, 2009

Soapy Candy Canes

Are you having a house full of guests this Christmas? Sneak these Candy Cane Soaps into the guest bathroom for the full Christmas ambiance. Just tell the little ones not to eat them, they look and smell like the real thing. Here's how you whip 'em up...

Microwave Safe Container
Finishing Glitter

ONE: Melt 4 ounces of white melt and pour soap base in the microwave (in 30 second bursts). Add 1 ml of Peppermint Essential Oil and .5 ounces of liquid glycerin. Mix well. Pour the soap into the brownie pan and spritz with rubbing alcohol to eliminate bubbles. Let cool for about 10 minutes.

TWO: Melt 4 ounces of clear melt and pour base in the microwave (in 30 second bursts). Add 1 ml of Peppermint Essential Oil and .5 ounces of liquid glycerin. Mix well.

To get our Santa Clause red color, add equal parts non-bleeding red and jelly red colorants. Once the red soap has cooled to 125 degrees, spritz the white layer of soap with rubbing alcohol (to make sure our layers stick together) and pour your second layer of soap. Let the layered soap cool for about 10 minutes.

My creation
THREE: Once the soap has cooled, remove it from the mold and place it on a cutting board. With a craft knife and ruler, cut the soap into thin strips (about ¼ inches or smaller).

My creation

FOUR: Place two of your freshly cut soap strands on top of each other (so they look like a checkered board) and squish them together with your fingers.

FIVE: Then gently twist the soap and curl the top so it looks like a candy cane. Timing is EVERYTHING here. You need to work quickly. You'll have about 5 minutes to do all of your twisting before the soap gets too hard to be pliable and just breaks in your hands. Work quickly, little santa's helpers, quickly.

SIX: Are you ready for the dazzling finish? Melt 4 ounces of clear soap base and mix in some iridescent glitter. Then dip your candy canes in the sparkly soap and hang then on the “candy cane drying contraption”.

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Candy Cane Drying Contraption: We came up with a silly contraption to dry our candy canes and you will probably have the supplies in your home to make one too. We used 2 medium sized jars (or mugs), a ruler, a chopstick (or skewer) and salt to weight the jars so they don't tip over.
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I’d also like to give a shout out to an old tutorial (an oldie but goodie)! Aren’t these the cutest little Christmas Lollie Pops ever? Check out the Jelly Roll tutorial HERE!