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Make Action Figures from Soap

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There is no question that once a bar of soap shrinks to a certain size, it becomes nearly impossible to use. Most people throw it out, a few people have methods of getting the most use from that soap, but there is always another option! Turn your soap into action figures for a child's bathtime.

While these might not be the most glamourous toys out there, but kid's imaginations fill in the gaps, and they are toys that are safe for the bath.

I will be making a couple demonstration figures, He-man and an ninja turtle.
 
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Step 1: What You Will Need

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OK, Here is what you will need to make you soap action figure:
  1. Soap - Can be either new or used scraps. I haven't tried every soap, but generally white soaps work the best, colored soaps should work too, but if you are coloring your soap, the existing colors can cause problems.
  2. Moulds - I just used your everyday Play-doh mould. You just want to make sure your mould is a hard mould since the soap will not be liquid.
  3. Crayons - To color your soap, non-toxic and non staining.
  4. A double boiler - A  pan with water in it, with a sauce pot in it makes a perfect double boiler.
  5. A cheese grater - You will not be grating cheese.
  6. Rubber Band - or other binder for closing your mould.
  7. Large stirring spoon or rubber spatula -  for mixing.
  8. A freezer and stovetop.

Step 2: Shred some Soap

If you are using old soap, make sure it has had a chance to dry out a bit. A little moisture never hurt, but too much and you will have a gloppy mess.

Once you have your soap procured and dry enough, start grating your soap in your pot. You will have shredded soap. Once your soap is shredded, add a teaspoon or so of water if it was already dry, the exact amount will depend on how much soap you used.

Now Turn on the heat and start melting some soap!


Step 3: Now we're cooking!

With the heat on high, stir your soap, it is going to take a lot of heating! If your soap is not getting a little mushy after a few minutes, add a little more water.

Once the soap has a consistency of lard, you can throw in color. Take the paper off of a coloring crayon of your choice and toss it in the pot. The wax will quickly melt. Stir it in. and you will have your colored soap mush.

The more you stir, the more uniform the color will look. If you don't stir as much, your soap will have a marbled texture like the ninja turtle pictured on the front page. When the color is how you like, you can move on the next step.

Step 4: It's Moulding time!

Spread your soap into the mould. Make sure to pack it tight to ensure that there won't be too many air bubbles.Also, if you are worried about releasing your soap from the mould, you can put a light coat of cooking oil on your mould before you put in your soap.

Quickly close the mould and hold it tight. Remove all excess soap from the edges. Now clamp the mould tight with your rubber band.

As soon as the mould is tight, throw it in the freezer for 30 minutes.


Step 5: Your Soap is Done!

Now just pull your soap out of the mould and you are done! If you want to add a splash of secondary color, lightly heat a crayon tip on the stove and rub it on your figure like I did for the ninja turtle.

Now go take a bath and enjoy your creation! ^_^
cgreer61 year ago
Warning: don't use sculpey for this it will most likely take the ink off of the figure. It took some of the ink off my Bart figures pants and shoes. Good thing I know that or else I could of ruined others XD I'll probably just use playdoh.
Celine11072 years ago
Will it work to use a candy container as a mold? They are little square cubes made of hard plastic... but there's no top is that ok???
vigothecarpathian (author)  Celine11072 years ago
Yep, it should work, but you will just need to press it in, probably using a flat object to press it in would be best.
cbryan33 years ago
I had to go back in the steps to figure out or remind myself where the soap mold came from. I don't currently have any children, but I'd like some.
cbryan33 years ago
Are you Viggo Mortensen? (sp?)
any ideas on where to get cool molds for this project?
vigothecarpathian (author)  brittanytupa3 years ago
I just went to garage sales for old molds, but I know action figure molds are getting more rare these days. I know there are star wars action figure molds floating around the internet...they are called "Star Wars Figure Maker" and a google shopping search should pull up results. I haven't personally tried those molds though.

Otherwise you can make your own mold. :)
Thank You I think I will try and make my own from the tutorial posted in the comment above!
I've used oyumaru to do the mould myself :) I've done a tutorial about how to use oyumaru: http://fabuland.wordpress.com/2010/08/14/oyumaru-la-resin-delle-meraviglie/
thank you!
MicioGatta3 years ago
Great, I'm going to try it with my oyumaru mould!
I've done it, first try not perfect, but nice.
Original, soap, oyumaru mould:
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vigothecarpathian (author)  MicioGatta3 years ago
Nice! I like it!

Much better than my first one. My first one was mushy, and my second had a TON of bubbles since I did not pack in enough soap. This one looks really GREAT for a first try!

and the extra stuff around the edges can of couse can be pulleded off. I used a toothpick to clean up the edges on mine.
Thank you. :) I have to get some decent boiler to do it, because for this I've used an empty tomato can :D
coolabulistic
poofrabbit3 years ago
LOVE IT!!! I wanted to marry He-man when I was a kid, I'd kill to have that mold. :) Well done, voted for you, good luck!
Awesome! Now I need to go get some bar soap just to make some action figures :)
This, is the winner ! Very cool.
ciliatu3 years ago
Very cool! Can make it with kids at home too! Useful and fun!