I Tried Making & Sculpting Soap Clay – 100% Soap Koi Fish Pond | Royalty Soaps

I Tried Making & Sculpting Soap Clay – 100% Soap Koi Fish Pond | Royalty Soaps

– Old mushroom head is back at it again. Hello everyone, my name is Katie Carson, I’m the Duchess of Suds
here at Royalty Soaps, and today I’ll be doing
something I’ve never done before. Not on film, anyway. Today, I’m going to be
attempting soap dough. Now, I’ve tried to make soap dough using recipes that I’ve bought
and using free recipes online and none of them have worked. I’ve always ended up with either something that’s really slimy and squishy and gross or something that’s hard
and brittle and crumbly, it just never turns out right for me. I don’t know what it
is, those soap gremlins are just like, No, Katie,
we’ll not make soap dough. But today, I hope I am triumphant. I feel the odds are
slightly more in my favor, because the recipe that I’m using today is from Pink Dahlia Soaps. She has a free recipe video, so I’m not gonna be leaving
you guys the recipe, if you want the recipe,
you can go watch her video, I will link that now in the upper right hand
corner of the screen and also in the description box below for for ease of access. The woman is so talented, it’s one of those things
where you feel like an incredibly inferior artist, because you just look at
their work and you’re like, It’s a masterpiece! And then you look at your
own stuff and you’re like, I am a child coloring with Crayola paint. Jokes aside, she’s a marvelous soapmaker, she does tons of innovative
things with her soap dough, you should definitely
check out her channel. Now, for those of you
who are still in the dark about what soap dough actually is, it’s apply-able moldable cold process soap and you keep it away from
being exposed to the air, so you have lots of
workable time and then, after it is exposed to the air, it hardens like a regular bar of soap. Think polymer clay, but soap. I have used it before in these two videos, but I just purchased it from Sorcery Soap, you can check out the
Sorcery Soap website, if you would like to
purchase some as well. However the soap dough you can
purchase from her uses lard, so it’s not vegan and
I wanted to try my hand at a vegan-friendly option. Okay, let’s see how this
goes in without further ado, let’s make some soap dough, hopefully. Before I add my lye water
solution into my oils, I’m gonna be adding some kaolin clay, this has been mixed with water, and I’ll blend that in
with my stick blender, (upbeat music) and add the lye water solution. (upbeat music) My mixture is now at light
trace, so I’m gonna pour it into my colored containers. Now, you all know normally I add the color to all of my pre-portion containers, but this is how the gal
at Pink Dahlia does it, so this is how I’m gonna try to do it. I’ve put about a fourth of a teaspoon of the micas and oxides into
each one of these little cups. I’m gonna start back here
with my titanium dioxide. This is just going to make
some white soap dough. Now I’m moving on to Green Vibrance, this is a Nurture Soap color. I love this green, it’s really splendid. Now I’m gonna go to Blue Vibrance. This is also from Nurture Soap. Now this one is called Saffron, I believe, it is a Workshop Heritage orange. Whoa, that is really
really really pigmented. Now this one right here is Trial by Fire, this is a new Nurture Soap red. And hey, listen, I used this red in the Farmers Market collection, specifically the Farmers
Market soap for the cubes and I’ve had a problem with
cubes bleeding in the past. This Trial by Fire should
have a pretty good job, no bleeding and it’s very red. Of course, I’ve got to
do my favorite pink, this is Cosmic Carolyn from TKB Trading. (upbeat music) (puffs) Okay, everybody’s
been mixed up and my goodness! That took some time! (chuckles) I’m already having to be patient. So these little cups actually
have lids that go on them, so I’m just gonna pop those on. I bought these cups one time
thinking I was gonna make slime and then I didn’t. Then I’m just gonna slide
these off to the side. Where is my Saran Wrap? I know it’s out here! Well, I don’t know exactly where
the Saran Wrap is right now but once I find it, I’m
just gonna cover these with the plastic wrap, you know, just like put it over there like that and we’re gonna let these sit for 24 hours and then we’re going to
start squishing them. So, it’s been 48 hours
and I’m getting ready to unmold these soaps. A couple of them, admittedly,
I have squished already, and let me tell you something
weird that I’m finding. I think the different colors
are acting, well, differently in each one of these soap containers, because I squished the blue up and it created a very moldable soap clay, like extremely good, it’s really sticky, it’s really easy to moosh,
but it’s not so sticky that it’s coming off all over my gloves. So, this one, on the
other hand, is like flaky, that’s the only way I
can really describe it. It’s not smooth, little bits
are coming off in chunks and I’m not sure if this is
the amount of coloring I used or the type of coloring I used or the fact that I had
more purple in a container than I did that blue, like
this is a very shallow dish with not much in it. I don’t know but the texture
of this one is not very good. I’m gonna get this red
out because it looks like it’ll be fun to squish. Okay, so let’s squish this one up. Obviously, oh! Okay, so this one’s really squishy! Okay, those of y’all who
make soap dough or soap clay have to let me know what’s going on, because these are all from the same batch and I don’t understand how there’s so many different
textures to the clay from the same batch! I will say, this one squishy enough that it probably needs to be dusted with some cornstarch or arrowroot powder, ’cause it’s sticking
pretty good to my gloves. I know that it’s going
to stick a little bit, because that’s the nature of soap, it’s not an actual clay. Like this one doesn’t even need
to be squished up that much, it’s ready to go. I definitely should have
used more red though, because this is pink. Since my gloves are all
sticky from the red, let’s try to do the paint next. Okay, yeah, this one this
one’s pretty easy to squish. Okay, now I’m starting to see a trend. It seems like all of the ones
in the bigger containers, these that I covered with plastic wrap, are a lot harder to
squish and I don’t know if it’s because those jelled or something and maybe I didn’t know it, because I tried to keep all of
these containers really cool, and the little ones
didn’t, but it does seem like the littler jars have
done a way better job. However, I know soap makers
that make these in loaves, like they’ll make a whole loaf of soap dough and then cut it. How are they doing that without it jelling and getting all sticky and weird? I don’t know, but this pink stuff is a great texture, very moldable. All right, let’s open up one of these. Oh my gosh, it’s so hard. Where my skizins? I’m just gonna cut this off, ’cause I certainly
won’t be using it again. Okay, so this was a little
easier to do than the purple, but it’s still pretty tough. Definitely got that flaky thing going on, it’s almost like these dried out. I wonder, I know I made
those seals airtight, but I wonder if having containers that have actual lids to
it, is really helpful. See, and here’s the other thing: I poured all the little containers first, whenever the soap batter
was at the thinnest, so I wonder if it matters
like how long it’s sat up before you mix the color
in, because the purple one, which is the one that sent the longest before I mixed color in,
that one’s the hardest to do, so I wonder if you really have
to mix in all of your color while it’s thin, like super thin batter, and then don’t touch it,
because this yellow one out of all the big
containers, it’s the one that I mix the color in first. Now, maybe that has absolutely
nothing to do with it, but I’m just trying to
figure out what’s going on. Yeah, you see how this
is taking off like that? That texture is hard to come back from. Thus goes my first documentation of trying to make soap clay or soap dough. I’m gonna call it soap clay,
because when I think of clay, I think of something you
mold then you let it sit out and it gets hard as a rock
and that’s what this does: you mold it, you let it sit
and it gets really hard. Soap dough to me for some
reason sounds like something that’ll stay squishy forever. Essentially what I’ve learned
is that I don’t know a lot (chuckles) when it comes to soap play. And this should make you
guys feel really good, especially if you’re a beginner soapmaker. There’s a learning curve to all the different forms of soapmaking. I’m not a good hot process soapmaker, I don’t make hot process soap, I’m also clearly not someone
who can just pick up soap clay and in the first second or even third try get all of my colors to cooperate. It’s a different type of soapmaking, your end goal is different. So, I’m not gonna beat myself up over it, I’m not an expert at it,
so why should I assume that I would be perfect
like the first second or even third time? I guarantee you, the people
that do this professionally and extremely well, it
didn’t take them three times to get as good as they are. So, I squished it up as much as I could, I’m wrapping it tightly in Saran Wrap, so that there’s no air bubbles in there and hopefully this keeps for a while. Now, I don’t want to leave this video without actually sculpting
something from the soap dough. Admittedly, I’m not very good at it, but I thought, because these
are so pretty to look at, let’s try to do like a
goldfish or a koi fish pond, you know put some clear melt-and-pour, maybe some little lily pads
and little fish inside, I don’t know, what we’ll
see how this turns out, but I’m going to try to sculpture that out of the clay that I’ve
made and we’ll see how I do. (bright uplifting music) Well, I can’t say I’m
disappointed with the outcome of my very first attempt at soap clay. A lot of the colors
turned out really well, and I feel with a little more tweaking I might be able to get
it perfect next time. Now, sculpting all of this
did take a really long time, I didn’t even show you guys the koi fish, because I was talking to Kenny and I was here for like 45 minutes trying to get that thing to look right. But I’m pretty pleased
with the finished bar and I think that the little
fish inside looks really cute. Lily loves it, so I’ll probably
put this in her bathroom. Don’t forget to check
out Pink Dahlia Soaps, once again, I’ll be
leaving all of her things down in the description box below. Super big thanks for the free recipe, it turned out mighty nice. If you guys enjoyed this video, be sure to give it a big thumbs-up. Subscribe to this channel,
leave us a comment down below, would you like to see me sculpt some more things out of soap clay? Leave your suggestions down below. And until next time, I hope you have an absolutely royal day. And bye for now (meows)! (bright uplifting music)

100 thoughts on “I Tried Making & Sculpting Soap Clay – 100% Soap Koi Fish Pond | Royalty Soaps

  1. idea about the texture differences: maybe the paper cups didn't seal well with the plastic wrap, so it dried out more?

  2. you probably lost moisture with the paper cups and the plastic container prevents evaporation. I really like to see how real you are and experiment!!

  3. Katie. Great job on the soap. Love that you did this. Your observations are exactly what I would be wondering. Thank you for doing this. I’ve been interested in this soap dough to try. ♥️♥️♥️

  4. I’m looking forward to using a different soap dough. The ones I got from sorcery were inconsistent. I had a couple that were so hard I could even use them. Others were great though. I still have most of my order from sorcery on my shelf because they just aren’t usable. Smh…Ima check this new soap dough girl out… hopefully I have better luck. I love how freely you give information out. You don’t get wrapped up in the soap world nonsense. ❤️👍

  5. So instead of a koi pond, you can maybe do a regular pond ! This can b a blue bottoms with some rocks and leaves scattered throughout the bar of soap !

  6. How wonderful would it be to do a soap and the proceeds can go to Polly for a "Polly pond" or one for breast cancer awareness (I will leave it to your imagination) A soap off from the Duchess, the queen and the Duke and Earl. What a fun time and then have a vote? You can even spread it out over a few different videos.

  7. It looked like the bigger containers only had the clear wrap on top of the container. It might have worked better to push the clear wrap on to the surface of the soap to remove all air touching the surface.

  8. Every Colour, especially when they are from different Distributors/Producers, react different – that’s the key!

  9. I had exactly the same problem, same batch, different consistencies due to the pigments. And my pink had the best consistency as well. I had them in a silicon grid mold, so it's not the paper cups.

  10. Did the paper container dry it out a bit? Times when I've made dough I had a problem with the flakiness when it gelled, but I think the issue was that it was too hard, so it may be that you lost moisture in the paper container

  11. I wonder if you could mould a geode crystal? Like a pocket of colours looking like crystals..? The koi pond came out amazing! I wish it didn't take forever because I would love to have a bar but I'm sure she'll love it xD

  12. I'd be tempted to try making some without colour then knead in the colour afterwards and see if that makes a better texture.

  13. I wonder if the plastic tubs held the moisture a lot better because it’s plastic and had lids and the paper cups lost moisture making them more brittle

  14. I watch all your videos. they are amazing! do you think you could do a video on best practices for cleaning up your used bowls and blender etc. I read that if it goes down the sink you can clog the sink. but IDK if that's true.

  15. WOW!! I AM VERY IMPRESSED! If this is the first time that you are making this kind of soap and it looks this great definitely keep it up!❤😍love it!

  16. I’m thinking that the smaller plastic containers with their own lids keep some moisture in while the other cups and plastic wrap allow for some moisture dehydration.

  17. Perhaps the paper cup absorbed some of the water in the soap and made it get harder quicker! Plastic would retain the water.

  18. Cardboard container compared to a plastic container you're going to have completed different outcome….my personal opinion

  19. Hi Katie great creation I love your willingness to try new things and teach us at the same time. I enjoyed this video very much. Hugs 🤗

  20. You used two different containers one being paper cup and the others were in a clear plastic with lids. You stated the ones in “paper” were more difficult. Could that be the reason?

  21. Hey Katie. I just wanted to tell you that I really enjoy you sharing videos of you trying new things and learning as you go. It's the main reason I love your channel so much. You are not afraid of making mistakes and learning from them and sharing the process and it makes you so relatable. I really appreciate you ❤


    girl what are you talking bout? You nailed it! You did amazing. Thanks for sharing.

  23. Saran Wrap or glad wrap as we call In Australia is not airtight so if you use wrap it will continue to dry out…..good quality zip lock bags are a much better choice for keeping it moist..

  24. It absolutely was them gelling, thats what happens to the dough when it gels, if I ever figure out how to prevent that I'll let you know XD

  25. I really liked the multi-dimensional aspects of the different embeds and bits inside the clear soap! It was really really neat 😊

  26. I dont do soap dough, but I can It be the type of mold used the small were in plastic and air tight while the others paper cups not air tight. Guessing here, you'll have to do another test

  27. (Not a soap maker but I have worked with every type of clay I can find) The dryness/flakyness is from it drying out so my guess is that it is because saran wrap actually lets a good amount of air through so it will dry more (which is why we don't use saran wrap on actual clay that is air sensitive). The tiny ones had a better fitting lid that didn't let nearly as much air in so it stayed moist
    And also the plastic didn't absorb noticeable amounts of oils unlike the paper cups

  28. Katie, great job! I love how you decorated the koi! When I tried soap dough, I cured my soap in zipper bags. You can squeeze all the air out. After the cure, just transfer to the sealed plastic cups you have! It works great. 👍😊

  29. Katie! A true scientist would say make a control group of no colorant in both the small and big sizes! I wonder if you can color it afterwards? Hmm

  30. I….am a child coloring with crayola paint!

    makes me think of how i look like im wearing keg and arm wights and being puppeteered by a very bad puppeteer during dance

  31. I guess the saran wrap isn't air tied enough. Do you have silicon covers? Those are great. I prefer the small size that covers a drinking glass.

  32. Soap dough is like anything else, yes you have to get in there and just play with it but it helps tremendously if you do some research 1st (not saying your didn't). The 1st time I made soap dough I didn't really learn much about it, but after putting more effort into learning about it and purchasing Bee's books my soap dough turned out so much better! I knew how to store it, what to look for when it was ready to use, all about what to do when it's sticky (not what you want). I love that you tried something that your not an "expert" at, we cant all be masters of everything, even if we want to be.–> ✋🏼 Would love to see you try again at soap dough!

  33. My hands lock up if I use therapy clay for 5 or less minutes. So this will be he closest I will come to working with soap dough. Beautiful soap.

  34. The reason why the paper cup/saran wrap dough is a lot firmer is because some saran wrap can be porous and also don't tend to create air-tight seals.

  35. I think that Sorcery Soaps is the Bees Knees of Soap Dough. She is so talented! I love your optimism Katie and the end result of the bar was adorable!

  36. This is just nifty galifty. You did some amazing art! 😍. I can't touch fresh soap without gloves or it makes the excema on my hands flair up. How did this do for your hands afterwards? Even handling melt and pour without gloves can make mine flair up.

  37. I think it may have had something to do with the amount of air in the big containers? There's a larger space between the clay and the lid in the paper cups and that may have made them dry out more, the smaller jars had pretty much no air in there with them so they probably stayed more moist n squishy ¯_(ツ)_/¯

  38. The entire little thing of Katie talking to herself/us about how it was ok that she didn't do a perfect job and with her acknowledging her strengths and weaknesses in a healthy or positive way made my night. I just finished a really hard lab report that I had been crying about the night before and now here she is, being so okay with failure and so ok with acknowledging the fact that she could and would grow as a soap maker and it feels like shes talking to me. It feels like she's telling me that I can mess up and still be fine. It just made me really happy.

    9:25 to 10:17

  39. O…M…G… It's like you designed this soap just for me! I LOVE Koi fish. We used to have a koi pond in our backyard, I miss that house! I don't think I could make such a pretty soap if you gave me a week! Just lovely!

  40. My first thought, as a non soap maker about why one type is reacting different, is that those bigger ones looks like it was made with paper? So maybe paper vs plastic? I can't tell what container you're using

  41. OMG! Thank you so much 🙈 I really appreciate all your kind words! I have noticed that the color does indeed affect the texture of the soap; reds/oranges cause a more soft, pliable result. Side note: If it's crumbly when you start to knead it it should be fine. Continue mashing it as much as you can, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and give it a few more hours to over night – it will soften up or at least it does for me 😄 I absolutely LOVE the soap you made!! Gorgeous!

  42. Super duper cute, Katie!! You have inspired me! (And entertained me, too!) You are a delight!

  43. Plastic wrap is quite permeable to oxygen. I bet that the thicker plastic lids were far less permeable and therefore reacted less

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