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Utilizing a Potato to Make Gemstone Cleaning soap | Mayku FormBox

I like potatoes. They’re one in all my favourite meals on your entire planet. I like making them into volcanos with scorching steamy “molten lava” gravy at Thanksgiving, reducing them into slabs and cubes to bake, fry, or shove right into a breakfast burrito, or grating them down and turning them into tasty latkas. Nevertheless, I by no means anticipated to finish up utilizing a potato to make gemstone cleaning soap on my Mayku FormBox vacuum former!

This was such a enjoyable challenge to do and, actually, one of many coolest issues I’ve made to this point with my Mayku! This could be a very nice challenge for teenagers to do of their school rooms or at dwelling with their households to introduce them to the world of vacuum forming!

Within the video beneath, I’ll take you thru the method of how I created my gemstone soaps utilizing a potato for a mould! Test it out on our Youtube channel and be sure you subscribe and comply with alongside as I proceed my experiments with completely different gadgets and supplies!

Utilizing a Potato to Make Gemstone Soaps with the Mayku Formbox | Video

Turning a Potato right into a Gemstone Cleaning soap Mould | Directions

Cutting potatoes into the shape of gemstones

Step 1: Get Your Potatoes Peeled

The very first thing you want is a few potatoes!

For this challenge, I needed to make mine into bigger cleaning soap molds so I used 2 Russett potatoes for my kinds which allowed me to make quite a few angled cuts and nonetheless find yourself with a handsoap-sized potato to make use of to make my mould.

Cutting a potato into the shape of a gemstone

Step 2: Give Your Potato a Huge, Flat Base and Angled Cuts

For this challenge, you’ll want to just be sure you create a flat base in your potato in order that while you pour your cleaning soap into the mould, you could have a pleasant even floor in your completed product.

I sliced a sliver off of 1 aspect of my potato to create a place to begin so it could lay flat on my reducing board.

Cutting a potato into the shape of a gemstone

As soon as I had a flat aspect to work with as my base, I used my knife to slice small angled cuts into the highest and sides to create a form that resembled a gemstone, but in addition a tapered form that might permit me to pop the ultimate cleaning soap out of the mould simply.

Cutting a potato into the shape of a gemstone

For finest outcomes when utilizing a vacuum former, you desire a form that tapers from smaller to wider, with the broader finish being the aspect you lay flat onto the mattress of the machine. This ensures that it is possible for you to to get your completed product out of your mould with out having to chop it away and thus providing you with the choice to reuse the identical mould repeatedly as a substitute of getting to create a brand new one every time.

Using the Mayku FormBox Vacuum Former to create a mold from a potato

Step 3: Create Your Gemstone Mould on the Vacuum Former

After you could have minimize your potato down into the gemstone shapes you need, it’s time to head to the Mayku FormBox vacuum former and switch it right into a mould!

For this challenge, I used the Mayku 0.5 mm Solid Sheets and adopted the instructions for temperature settings.

Using the Mayku FormBox Vacuum Former to create a mold from a potato

It is very important wait till the mould is cooled off earlier than you are taking it off of the vacuum former to keep away from warping.

A mold made from a potato

After the mould is cooled and you’ve got taken your potatoes out, be sure you wash and dry the mould to take away the starch from the potato earlier than you start making your cleaning soap to pour into the mould.

Be at liberty to show these potatoes into tasty snacks too so that they don’t go to waste! The forged sheets are food-safe!

Glycerin soap base and colorant

Step 4: Prep your Area, Soften Your Cleaning soap Base and Add Colours and Fragrances

I had by no means made glycerin soaps earlier than so I opted to go the simpler route and buy a base which you could soften down rapidly within the microwave or double boiler. Be sure to get colours particularly made for cleaning soap making so that you don’t find yourself dying your pores and skin with meals coloring or different coloring choices! (Until you WANT to seem like a smurf or have a have to “Hulk Smash” issues!)

There are numerous choices for various scents in your soaps to select from or you may as well select to go scent-free for these which are delicate to smells and fragrances!

Preparing to make glycerin soaps
Mixing soap colorant into glycerin soap base

Observe the instructions in your particular cleaning soap base and colour manufacturers in your cleaning soap.

*I extremely advocate solely melting sufficient cleaning soap base for one layer at a time, because it hardens so much sooner than it’s possible you’ll anticipate! I discovered very quick that it was a mistake to soften all of my cleaning soap bases directly as a substitute of one by one for every colour and needed to hold remelting it within the microwave because it hardened up once more whereas I poured the primary colour!

Step 5: Pour Your Cleaning soap into Your Gemstone Molds and Wait!

Pouring glycerin soap into a mold

Ensure that earlier than you pour your cleaning soap into your molds, you could have set them up in a deep sufficient dish to stage them in order that they lay flat whilst you add your layers. With out a casserole dish, bowl, or container of some form to maintain them stage, your cleaning soap will spill out and won’t layer correctly.

After getting layered your cleaning soap within the colours you need, depart them to harden for the really helpful period of time, primarily based on the directions.

Popping soap out of a mold

Step 6: Take away You Cleaning soap From the Molds

As soon as your cleaning soap has hardened and set correctly, merely pop them out from the mould and luxuriate in or wrap them up and provides them as presents to family and friends. Or higher but…open your self a web-based retailer and begin making some further revenue with your individual customized soap-making enterprise!

Gemstone shaped soaps created from a potato used to make a mold

What Are You Making?

Jen Owen, excited about getting to make soap by using a potato to create her form and mold

I had a lot enjoyable with this challenge! I might love to listen to from others who’re utilizing the Mayku FormBox to create attention-grabbing crafts, utilizing them to start out your individual small enterprise, or utilizing this expertise in your school rooms!

Should you make a gemstone cleaning soap of your individual, please tag us on Instagram (@shop3duniverse), Twitter (@3dprintingisfun) or Fb ( so we will see your gemstone cleaning soap creations too!

If you’re considering sharing your vacuum forming initiatives with us on our upcoming season 3 of our net and podcast collection “3D Universe Untethered” – please electronic mail us at to share your story!



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