A good way to spend your free time is by taking up a hobby. If you are thinking of a hobby to try out, then soap making is one activity that will surely gain your interest. This hobby will suit anyone of all ages as it is very easy to do but the real challenge with this hobby is coming up with new and creative designs with your soap.
First you will have to learn how to make the most basic type of soap. You will need to continue practicing until you get your technique right so that you will have no problems in making the type of soap that you want. Once you have done this, you can start making soap with creative designs.
Making soap will only require a few ingredients. The two most important ingredients are oil and lye. In addition to these, you will need coloring dyes, fragrant oils and other ingredients such as lotions or herbal extracts to give your soap added properties. Also, using different types and combinations of oils will alter the basic properties of your soap.
Once you have already practiced and perfected your technique of soap making, you can now use different kinds of molds in order to give your soap a nice shape. But relying just on molds is boring and you may want to further improve on your soap. You may use knives to sculpt your soap while it is still soft so that you may add some personal touches to your soap design.
Other techniques that you can try to improve your soap designs are doing some color designs such as tie dye effects. Stirring your soap mixture while pouring in your dye will give it a beautiful design. Allow this to dry so that the color design may become permanent.
The same way how you made creative designs with clay when you were younger, you can also apply those same designs when making your soap. It will be a bit harder since soap is not as malleable as clay. You will have to be creative on how you will put into action the designs in your head.
With this hobby, your final products will not go to waste even if you made a mistake with your soaps. Rejected soaps can still be used for cleaning yourself when taking a shower. As for your more beautiful designs, you can put them in your bathroom to make it more appealing, give them out as gifts or even sell them if your designs are really great.
This hobby is a great way to work with your hands while also stimulating your mind to think of creative ways to design your soap. If you enjoyed making things with your hands when you were younger, you will definitely enjoy doing this hobby as well.