Thursday, March 4, 2010

Easter Brunch Bird Nest Tutorial - Part 1

  Have the cutest guest bathroom in town with these little bird nest soaps (yes, the entire thing is soap). These will be a hit at Easter Gathering. I used the oldie-but-goody Play Dough Soap Recipe for the eggs and a modified variation of the Soaplylove Frosting recipe for the nest. The combination was a hit (seriously, I got carried away and made a batch in every color of the rainbow).

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 Making the Eggs

4 Tbsp Corn Starch
Plate and spoon

ONE: Melt 6 ounces of white soap base in a heat safe container in the microwave (on 30 second intervals). Once melted, mix in 1 ml of Blue Mix Labcolors. Mix well until you have a baby (egg) blue.

My creation

TWO: Add 4 tbsp of corn starch to the soap and mix, mix, mix. It will be a little chunky at first but keep mixing to get rid of the clumps. Once the soap seems to be nearly clump free, (it's o.k. if there are some lumps) pour a 1/8" thin layer on to a plate.

My creation

THREE: Once the mixture has cooled a little bit and can be handled like play dough (2-3 minutes), roll into little balls, smooth out the texture with your finger and create an egg shape. Roll out 24 balls to have 3 eggs in each nest.

TIP: If the soap gets too hard to work with, just pop it back in the microwave and start the process over.

Optional: Do you want to speckle your eggs? Try the toothbrush technique. Mix your mica with a little bit of rubbing alcohol. Dip your toothbrush into the colorant and run your thumb along the bristles to splatter the color. Warning: you will have shiny, shimmery mica fingers afterwards.

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Check back tomorrow to see how to make your nest.
Yes, I'm making you wait...but it will be worth it, promise!