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  1. Great idea. I use to make soap when I worked at a historic site, but it was just plain old utilitarian soap – nothing like yours. I love how your stamp looks. Good luck with the new name!

  2. I love it! It looks fantastic. Thanks for the rundown on the stamp creation. Since I don’t make soap I won’t be making one for that, but you never know when a process like this is going to be the answer to your next creative quandary. I love carving soft materials for stamps and block prints and am on the verge of moving into wood block carving. I will have to try this out to see what results I can get.
    Also, still completely envious of your cutter.

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  4. I love your design. Your instructions gave me the encouragement and confidence to try my own. It is curing right now but looks great. I had ordered one from a seller on Etsy, the first one they made was wrong and the promised replacement is lost in space. The seller will not even respond to my emails and it has been too long for paypal to open a claim. Etsy support can do nothing either so please be very careful when ordering from their site. I would highly recommend this method, the worst part was carving my design, but using the soap made all the difference. Thank you for sharing this.

  5. Cindy – thanks for sharing your success! I would love to see a final photo of your soaps with the new stamp you made.

  6. Great instructions -since my hubby has PLENTY of epoxy from his duck boat-building projects I am amped to try this at virtually NO expense -WOOHOO! I’ll post pics on my blog if it works. 🙂 ~Becky

  7. Thanks for such a detailed informative article. I am definitely doing this ….I have had a soap stamp with my company name for 4 years now but wanted to get one with my logo, so I am going to do it myself.

  8. Angela

    Hello, I am a virgin soap maker (for personal and family use) and just came across your site! I think I found the credited Tortuga website you have been searching for as I just came from her site:

    http://www.tortugasoaps.com.au/customstamp.html

    Also, can I ask you how you get that cool edge to your soap? Are you hand cracking/breaking the soap? It is lovely!

  9. WOW ! Thank you for sharing your experience and expertise in the art of soap stamp making !!

    I particularly like your comments about not watching tv and the carving is a Zen thing. Having worked in clay pottery for soap dishes, I totally went there picturing and feeling myself carving away at my soap.

    Loved all your detailed instructions. ~ Colleen

  10. THanks for all the comments. I’ve seen some people making stamps out there and I’m impressed!

    For Angela – the tops of my soaps are textured after the soap starts to set up in the log mold. If you google for “soap textured tops” you’ll see lots of techniques for how people do that. (not only is it pretty, but it helps you grip the soap when it’s wet and slippery during use)

  11. Maria

    Quick question.. how do the soap stamp work on MP soaps? I make primarily this type of soap, will get into CP later on.. so just curious.. thanks!

  12. Crystal

    Lately I’ve been wishing I had a simple (1 letter – monogram type)soap stamp, and my daughter echoed those thoughts last night. I’m thrilled to find such careful instructions and excited to give this a try. Thank You!

  13. What a great post! I think I will have someone else make my stamp (my logo is a bit too complex for me to carve nicely) but this still is a crafty post and I appreciate you sharing. Also, absolutely LOVE how you topped your soap. Looks fabulous!

    • Thank you Tasha! I’m not sure if that was the blog I saw before but it’s a good one so I’ll update my post with that one as a resource as well.

  14. Ellie

    Hi there,
    I’m just starting to do some of these soaps for fun. I love how the top of your blue soap in the first picture looks like waves. How do you make it look like that? Thanks!

    • Hi Ellie – if you do a google search for soap and textured tops your should be able to find some instructions. You basically let the soap harden a bit in the mold and then artfully stir the top to get the texture you want. Each soap artist has their own technique and some develop a signature look to their textures.

  15. Rita – it shouldn’t matter if the soap is cured or not, as long as it’s firm enough to hold the resin. I’ve used both melt&pour and cured CP when I did this.

  16. Nancy

    Thanks so much for the tutorial. Great post!

    How long do you wait to stamp your soap? Do you do it right after you unmold, or is it done after some cure time? I use a slab mold that makes nine bars. Should I stamp as part of my unmolding process?

  17. @Nancy – you should stamp while the soap is still soft. If you let it cure, you will get cracks around the stamped area. I typically bevel and stamp the day I unmold & cut, or maybe wait one more day after cutting.

  18. Nancy – you can search the internet for “textured soap tops” and find instructions. Basically you let the soap set up in the mold a little bit and then “stir” the surface gently – just like getting swirly icing on a cake.

  19. Nancy Ragusa

    But dont you get soda ash when you do this? I almost always get soda ash when making soap if I dont cover the top. I love your stamp and will definitely be trying it…you are very encouraging!

  20. Nancy – I still cover my soaps after texturing the tops to avoid ash. I also spray them with 91% alcohol before covering which also prevents ash because it forms an alcohol barrier and prevents oxygen from reaching the soap surface.

  21. Monica

    I suffer terribly from ash. How do you cover a textured top without destroying your beautiful designs?

  22. Monica – you spritz the soap log with 91% alcohol, then cover with saran wrap and don’t peek! You need some airspace at the top of your mold, so the plastic wrap doesn’t actually touch the soap. The alcohol forms a vapor barrier to prevent the formation of ash. You may still get ash depending on your soap formula and the fragrance and color you are using, so your mileage may vary.

  23. I love this, and have a silhouette cameo (yes, crafters, they are amazing and worth every penny). Just wondering…one other post asked about use on melt and pour soap. I tend to work in that, and doubt if the stamp would work. Any thoughts? Suggestions?

    Thanks!

  24. Stacy – I don’t work in melt&pour so I’m no expert on it. But from what I’ve seen in soap forums – stamping doesn’t work so great in M&P. Even if the stamp is hard enough – the M&P soap won’t make a clean impression.

  25. karen

    hi i am a bit late at looking at this but it is great…i am in Australia and am still looking into what i can use as a resin as it is very expensive here i was wondering how deep do you think you did the letters …i am just doing it freehand as i dont know where i could get the vinyl cut…..and how long do you wait to stamp them …do you wait till they have cured???? Thanks any help would be appreciated

  26. Karen – I think 1/8 inch deep is good for carving the mold. Make it look like how you want the final stamped soaps to look. And you want to stamp soap while it is fresh. Some people cut/stamp when they unmold. I prefer to wait 1-2 days because I get less crumbs that way. If you wait for the soap to cure, the stamp will make cracks which are ugly so don’t wait that long.

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