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Using Milky Way Soap Stamps on Handmade Soaps
Author: Wholesale Supplies Plus
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Want to dress up that plain bar of soap just a bit? Try Milky Way’s innovative soap stamps. They’re an easy way to personalize both cold-process as well as melt-and-pour soap; simply tap the soap stamp into your bar to create an eye-catching embossed design. Each durable soap stamp has a wooden handle for easy use.

What are Milky Way Soap Stamps?
Milky Way Soap Stamps are blocks of poplar wood with a urethane stamp on one end with a beautiful image. They are used in soapmaking to create an impression on soap for aesthetic appeal. Most Milky Way Soap Stamps come on a wooden block that measures 2.5" x 1.5" x 1.5" and the total urethane stamp typically is 3/8" tall. See specific product descriptions for the impression measurements.

How do I use a Milky Way Soap Stamp?
Begin with a flat surface, which allows for even, consistent images. To create an impression in soap, center the image end of the stamp on the soap, then lightly tap the wooden end of the stamp with a hammer 2 or 3 times. A regular hammer works well, but wooden or rubber mallets are gentler on the wood. Practice on scrap soap to get comfortable with the process.

How deep should I stamp?
You don’t need to stamp too deep; about 1/8 inch is plenty. The deeper the impression, the more soap is displaced, which can warp the outer edges of the bar. Smaller bars can be stamped to a lesser depth to avoid warping or breakage.

When should I stamp my soap?
Depending upon the formulation of your soap, the soap may be ready for stamping as soon as it’s unmolded. Softer and/or superfatted soaps may require a few days of aging. The soap should not stick to the stamp; if it does, the soap needs to harden a bit.

How do I stamp melt and pour soaps?
Milky Way Soap Stamps work on cold process soap as well as melt and pour soap. Melt and pour soaps tend to be firmer and more brittle than cold-process soaps. The stamp may consequently require an extra tap or two to register a satisfactory image. If you wish to soften the melt and pour soap base, add 1-2 ounces of water to each pound of base. The stamped images in this softer soap display a smoother, more polished finish. After stamping, age the bars a few days to allow for evaporation of excess water.

How can I make the impression most visible?
Stamped designs show up best on colored bars. White soap reflects light, resulting in less contrast between shadow and light in the image. One way to create contrast in a white bar is to dip the stamp in dye.

How do I use Milky Way soap stamps with dye?
A simple, beautiful way to add even more visual contrast to the stamped image is through the use of dyes. Purchase un-inked stamp pads at any office supply store, then ink the pads using ordinary liquid food coloring or your favorite FDC dye, Press the soap stamp into the pad enough to obtain a light, uniform coating of the dye. Now tap the image into the soap. If you’re using powdered dyes, try experimenting with different dye saturations for varying degrees of contrast.

What is the best way to clean Milky Way Soap Stamps?
After use, clean the stamps using a brush and water. Dry thoroughly before storing.

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