USING MICA TO STAMP COLD PROCESS SOAP
PREP WORK: Make sure your stamp is nice and clean. Use a toothbrush to scrub out any soap bits! Sprinkle out some mica on piece of paper. You want a nice flat surface with a thin layer of mica, so that the mica does not get into the crevices of the stamp.
GET STARTED: Place your stamp directly onto the mica, and press. Think of it like using a rubber stamp with ink on paper. You want to place the face of the stamp directly down on the mica, and get a nice coating on the face. Take care that you aren’t getting mica in the crevices of the stamp!
Check the distribution of the mica on the face of the stamp, and tap any excess off.
STEADY NOW: Place the stamp on the face of your bar of soap, being careful not to move the stamp once it comes in contact with the soap. If you move it around too much, you’ll have a lot of mica to clean up!
Once you have your stamp placed, use a rubber mallet to get a nice clean impression.
MAKE IT PRETTY: There is always a little bit of excess mica that flutters out from the stamp onto the rest of the bar of soap. You can clean it up really easy!
Spray the face of the bar of soap with rubbing alcohol or distilled water, and use a microfiber cloth to gently wipe off the bar. You want to barely touch the cloth to the soap. Or you can use a cotton swab! Another option is to spray the cloth and wipe the face of the soap, instead of spraying the bar itself.
SHIMMERY BEAUTY: Once you’ve gotten it all cleaned up, your soap is ready to cure. Voila! Shimmery and beautiful stamped soaps!