Beginner Level: Fish in a Bag
A plastic fish is embedded in clear melt and pour soap base. The soap base is poured into a clear plastic bag to give the illusion of a fish floating in water. Blue colored sea salts were placed in the bottom of the bag for added color. Use as favors for a kid's birthday party, seating cards at a seafood dinner party, or as Christmas gifts for teachers and friends. No matter what the occasion, this soap is sure to delight any age group.
Here's what you need:
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Ultimate Clear Soap Base- approximately 8 ounces per bag
4 x 8 Clear Plastic Bag- (with twist ties). We used orange twist ties to match the color of the fish.
Ultramarine Blue Colored Sea Salts. Add a handful of blue colored salts to bottom of fish bag for color. Use our Ultramarine blue liquid gel to color the salts. Mix a drop of color with a tablespoon of water. Sprinkle over 1 cup of salts and incorporate into salts (using disposable latex or silcone gloves). Allow colored salts to dry before adding to fish bag. Sea our How-to tutorial on coloring salts.
Fragrance Oil- for optimum clarity, we suggest leaving the soap unscented. If scenting soap base, select a scent that has a high clarity level (meaning not too yellow or with too much of an off brown color). The clarity level of a fragrance oil will ultimately affect the clarity level of this finished soap product. Soap base should be as clear as possible so that fish embed is highly visible.
Rubbing Alcohol- in a spray mister type bottle. Helps to remove air bubbles in soap base and provides better adhesion when pouring soap layers.
Melt approximately 8-10 ounces of Ultra Clear Soap base in a glass measuring cup in the microwave. A 4-cup Pyrex® measuring cup is ideal since is has a pouring spout. Melt soap in increments of 15-20 seconds. DO NOT OVERHEAT.
Allow soap base to cool to a temperature of 140-145 degrees. If adding fragrance, do so at this time. Be certain to thoroughly incorporate the fragrance into the soap base.
Pour a 1/4 inch layer of soap base into one of the Basic Circle mold cavities. Sprinkle a generous layer of Periwinkle Blue sea salt into the soap mold cavity. Pour another layer of clear melted soap base until it reaches the top edge of cavity.
Position the fish onto the top of the poured soap cavity. (See below photo). You want to have the fish resting on top of the circle with a small bottom portion of fish resting in clear soap base. The bottom portion of the fish should be secured in the soap base, however, the top half of the fish should protrude above the poured cavity. This step is done to position the fish so that it does not flip or turn upside down (like a dead fish in water) when the final soap layer is poured.
Fish is embedded on top of poured soap base. You can use any style fish as long as it fits the bag being used.
Allow soap to set up in the cavity until firm enough to remove. Carefully remove soap from molded cavity and trim away any excess soap around the top edge.
The molded circle cavity and fish embed are now ready to insert into the 4 x 8" bag. It may be a bit difficult to insert the molded fish into a bag. It helps if you fold down the top of bag placing it over the outside of the bag. This helps to shorten the bag which allows the molded circle/fish cavity to be positioned more easily inside the bag. Your goal is to position the molded cavity (shown above) into the bottom of the 4x 8 inch bag. Once positioned, tuck the protruding sides (the pointed parts at the bottom of the bag) beneath the bottom edge of bag. You don't want little points jutting out. The finished package will look much nicer if these points are tucked beneath the bag.
The embedded circle/fish mold should now be positioned upright into the bottom of the plastic bag. It may be necessary to reheat the ultra clear soap base before pouring the final layer. Heat the soap base to an adequate and safe pouring temperature. Spray a layer of rubbing alcohol into the bag (on top of the inserted circle/fish cavity). This will help the layers to adhere to each other. Once this is done, pour a continuous layer of ultra clear soap base into the bag (which now contains the circle/fish embed). If necessary, unroll the outside edges of the bag as you pour the soap base to help the bag to maintain an upright position. Spray poured soap base with rubbing alcohol as needed to remove any air bubbles. Rubbing alcohol helps to maintain a smooth pouring surface. Continue pouring the ultra clear soap base until desired level is reached. The top of fish should be adequately covered by soap base.
Allow soap to set-up until completely (firm and cool to touch). Use twist tie to close bag.
Roll down the top edge of poly bag (so you reach down into bag to position the fish). Clip the sides of bag to two glasses as pictured. Pour a layer of clear soap (about 3-4 ounces) into bag. Allow to set up until a thin skin forms on the top of soap. Position vinyl goldfish in bag by pushing it gently into the first layer of poured soap. Spritz well with rubbing alcohol and pour last soap layer (another 3-4 ounces). Allow soap to sit until firm. Close bag with twist tie.
Tip: Use a needle and thread a some fishing line through the fish. Secure each end of the fishing line to the soap clips. This will help to keep the fish in place and in an upright position. Once the soap hardens and the fish is securely in place, gently pull the fishing line to remove from fish's body. Continue pouring your last soap layer.
Note: Any small plastic toy can be used with this project. Because this soap contains a small toy, it should not be used by children under 4 years of age OR with any child who may place the embedded toy in their mouth. We recommend a product disclaimer concerning the potential choking hazard of embedded toy objects.
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