My felted soap are quite different from the kind you find available on many websites (see below). I start with the highest quality soap, not soap that is somehow ugly or nearly expired as referenced below. I assume that my customers want beautifully soft skin when they use my product and they deserve soap that has been handcrafted with organic vegetable oils and scented with authentic essential oils. So, if you don't make your own soap, buy the best you can. If you would like, I will custom make and sell round bars in batches of 10 bars, if you are interested. Contact me here (email@example.com) for costs and timing for your project.
You can buy sheep or alpaca roving online (Amazon or better yet support small business at Alpaca Direct) if you don't have ready access to sheep or apaca wool. I think even craft stores like Michaels stock it. Don't try knitting yarn unless you have a few decades to spare! I get my alpaca directly from a friend and wash it and dye it and card it (photos right show solar dye with coreopsis and madder-dyed alpaca being carded on a drum carder) myself with cool botanical colors. Doing this is also fun and easy; you can use onion skins, coreopsis,eucalyptus and many other plants you have ready access to.
Lay out your supplies
-soap (make sure the soap doesn't have sharp corners...you can use a knife or cheese cutter to just bevel them out a bit)
- about 10g roving per 4oz soap
- cold water in tub (we're in a drought, no need to waste water)
- hot water in tub
- protective gloves, if desired
- felting needle, if desired
- egg carton or other suitable drying surface
Wearing your gloves, if you choose, dip soap in water, start wrapping in thin, tight layers around soap. Continue to moisten as needed.
Once it is wrapped, start rolling the soap gently between your hands in the same direction you wrapped it. Do not use pressure, just allow the fibers to merge. Tap around the sides to make sure they are felting also.
If you are using a felting needle, you can use that to secure anything that looks or feels looser to use additional colors to make specific patterns. WARNING: it is very important that you poke straight up an down methodically and check your needle periodically so you are sure it has not broken off in your soap. If it has, you must either throw it away or, cut off the felting, find the needle and then start new. I would not sell or gift any soap that had been reworked this way, but you could use it yourself.
Keep rolling over and over and start adding a bit more pressure until it feels nice and tight.
Place onto the egg carton and place in a sunny/warm place.
Other directions from online sites
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