Step 7: Pouring Into the Molds

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You only have about 15 minutes from the moment the soap traces to when it starts to really harden and become difficult to work with. If you're just pouring the soap into molds thats plenty of time, but I wanted to use two different colors and try to make the soap look like actual bacon, so it took some more time. I asked my friend Mike for help.

We first filled each bacon mold about half way with the white soap. Then we went back and filled in the rest with the red. I used a spoon to try and mix the two colors together a bit in an attempt to make it look like strips of bacon meat and fat. This only sort of worked. I'd love suggestions of how to get more accurate marbling of the bacon if anyone has any ideas.

With the bacon molds filled and still plenty of soap left over in the plastic bowl, we poured off some of the white soap mixture and turned it yellow with dye. Mike and I then poured that mixture into the yolk section of the plastic egg molds and then filled in with white on top of that. This actually created a pretty nice fried egg!

When we still had even more soap left over from that I poured it into an ice cube tray to make some travel bars.

I see this is an older thread, so im not sure if your still doing this or not...

BUT To marble your soap use a toothpick. I think a longer, plastic implement might be better, like a plastic fork with 2 tines removed. Lay down a thin layer of red, then a thin layer of white and have a friend drag the fork though the soap longways. Dont lift the fork out till you get to the end, then left straight out and start again at the beginning. doing this 2-3 times should give you a good effect.
stamperoo8 years ago
this project is hilarious.
to create more realistically-marbled soap, it might work if you think of painting the white streaks onto both sides of the strip of soap, as opposed to having bacon that's actually marbled in cross-section. kind of like the technique used to paint the mold when making multicoloured chocolates.

maybe you could streak the mold with a little bit of white soap drizzled from a spoon. make "fat stripes", but leave gaps. let it harden a bit. then pour red soap to fill the whole mold with "meat"- the red will show red through the gaps you left when you applied the white streaks. let it harden a bit. lastly, take a bit more white and streak the top side of the bacon with "fat".

not sure how fast the soap hardens, so this may not be practical- maybe making plain red strips, then unmolding them and painting white on them by hand is the way to go. either way, i think the key lies in making the fat streaks superficially.
noahw (author)  stamperoo8 years ago
I think laying down two separate layers of fat and meat like your suggesting is a good idea. All my soap hardened at the same time, but staggering the batches a bit so you could lay down first the fat and then the meat would probably result in some great marbling. Superficial painting of the bacon might get a bit complicated since the soap actually wears down pretty quickly and you would lose the marbled effect after the first few uses. I think some combination of the piping system suggestion that crapflinger suggested coupled with a two part marbling process would be what I will try in my next batch of bacon soap. Should there ever be another batch of bacon soap... Thanks!
mfnord1 noahw4 years ago
or ask for another set of hands. couldnt you
pour two or three frosting bags at the same time
christyk305 years ago
that is just nasty
Scrmnviking8 years ago
I think the slab idea is fantastic, but if you want to use the same mold, repurpose an old icing bag to pipe in the colors more accurately. Might want to just put the bits into the red mix as well, to make it more realistic.
coldguy8 years ago
I think the easiest way to get realistic marbling would be to layer the colors in a slab (say, in a bread loaf pan), and then cut it into strips when it hardens, just like real bacon. You could even lay down the different colors in blotches rather than complete layers, for a more realistic irregular marbling effect. Of course, this would make it harder to get anything but square blocks. Maybe you could cut it into wavy pieces with something with a scalloped edge, or with a jigsaw.
Brilliant idea. For the shape, I'd try building a quick slop mold. Fill a tray with wet sand, cover with plastic wrap, then push the sand into a bacon-slab-shaped hole. The mixture looks thick enough that it shouldn't pool and create unnatural striping.
noahw (author)  coldguy8 years ago
There is a whole world of soap carving out there, so shaping the soap from the marbled block chunk shouldn't be too much of a hassle. I wasn't completely satisfied with the quality of the molds anyway. I have access to a laser cutter...I wonder how it would cut through soap? Thanks for the suggestion!