As part of my prize for winning the Soap Challenge Club in October, I won a soap stamp made by Alex Kelly. I’d been wanting to order one for a long time, but there always seemed to be other soaping supplies to buy before I ordered a stamp …. So it is wonderful to finally have my very own!
But since the stamp arrived, I haven’t made many batches of soap. On the first occassion that I set out to test it, I realized that just-cut soap is too soft and sticks to the stamp leaving a messy, pitted area where I wanted my logo to be. Luckily I’d tested on one of the end pieces, so no usable bars were wasted!
With that in mind, I waited a few days after cutting an all-clay drop swirled soap to try the stamp again. And I’m happy to report that it worked beautifully!
This soap wasn’t actually intended to be drop swirled, but blending in the kaolin and the yellow, pink and red Argiletz French clays took some time, and the soap thickened up a little too much to attempt the swirl I was planning ….. So the drop swirl was “Plan B”, but I really like it anyway! And the fact that the soap batter was pretty thick when I poured means that most of the coloured soap is in the upper part of the bar, so there’s plenty of space in the white soap to show off the stamp!
My experience of stamping soap is pretty limited, so I’m still working on figuring out how long to wait after after slicing to get the perfect hardness of the bars. If it’s too soft, the soap sticks to the stamp and leaves “craters” in the bar, and if it’s too hard (as happened with my next batch – a remake of my coffee kitchen soap) it’s hard to get the stamp into the soap and you get some crumbling around the impression. I’ll just have to make a few more batches to get this right …… As if I needed a reason to make soap!
BTW: Alex Kelly was really helpful and gave great advice about sizing, etc. And my stamp was shipped to France within a few days of me sending him my logo. So if you are thinking about buying one, you should definitely take a look at Custom Soap Stamps.