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How To Make Dinosaur Fossils in Amber Soap


Just like the Dinosaur Egg Bath Bombs, this recipe I created as a special gift for my dinosaur-obsessed nephew. It looks like a dinosaur has been encased in amber, which will tickle any budding paleontologist. And as the kids use the soap, they slowly uncover the dinosaur "fossil," and the end result is they have a new little toy to add to their collection.

This soap is super easy to make using melt and pour soap base. I used a honey melt and pour soap base, because it already has the perfect amber color. But, if you don't have honey soap base, use a clear base instead and add 1 teaspoon honey to naturally color your base. As an added benefit, honey is soothing and softening to the skin.

I didn't scent this soap as some kid's skin can be sensitive to fragrance, and the honey adds a subtly sweet scent as-is. But feel free to add soap fragrance oil if desired -- about 1/4 teaspoon.

Dinosaur Fossils in Amber Soap

This recipe makes 2 (approximately 6 oz) soap bars

Here's what you'll need:

12 oz. honey melt and pour soap base
2 small plastic dinosaur toys
Single cavity soap mold large enough to fit 1 toy each (or a 16 oz. size plastic tupperware container)
Spritz bottle of rubbing alcohol

Step 1: Cut your soap base into 1" chunks. Melt in a small pot over low heat. Or microwave your soap base in a microwave-safe bowl, in short bursts of 15 seconds, until your soap is melted.

If you're adding honey to a clear soap base, wait until the soap is melted then stir it in until it's completely incorporated. 

Don't stress about cutting the soap up into perfect chunks -- a quick chop will do ya. Isn't this honey base the perfect amber color?
Step 2: While you're waiting for the soap to melt, arrange your dinosaur toys in the soap mold. The shape of the mold doesn't matter, you'll be cutting away some of the soap anyway. 

I placed both of my toys in a square tupperware container. You could also put them in a single cavity soap mold that's big enough to hold your toy.

Spritz the dinosaur toys liberally with rubbing alcohol. This prevents air bubbles from developing on and around your dinosaur. No need to wait for the alcohol to dry -- go ahead and move on to the next step.

It doesn't matter the shape of your soap mold, because you'll be cutting the bar to a custom size and shape. As long as your toy dinosaur fits, you're good to go.
Step 3: Pour the soap base over your dinosaur toys. Give your dinosaur a bit of a jiggle to make sure the soap seeps underneath it to completely encase the toy. Spritz the surface of the soap immediately with rubbing alcohol to burst any air bubbles.

If your dinosaur floats in the soap, like mine did, no worries. Just pour about half of the soap into the mold and spritz with alcohol. Let this layer cool and firm up a bit, then pour the rest of the soap into the mold. 

The first layer doesn't need to be completely cooled, it just needs to be firm enough to support the second layer.  The first layer of soap will hold the dinosaur so you can completely cover it with the second layer.

Spritz the surface of the second layer with rubbing alcohol immediately after pouring.

Step 4: Let the soap completely cool several hours, or overnight.

Step 5: Remove the soap from the mold. With a non-serrated knife, start cutting the soap bar into a rough, uneven shape around the plastic dinosaur. You want the bar to look like a piece of amber, so don't worry about trying to make it symmetrical. In fact, it looks best if it has an odd, uneven shape.

This looks cool, right? Just cut whatever shape you wish and bevel those edges to soften the look.
Step 6: Bevel all the edges with a vegetable peeler or with your non-serrated knife (carefully, don't cut yourself! Always work the knife away from you.)

Beveling the edges really takes the bar from "soap" to "amber" and gives it a super cool look.

Step 7: Spritz the bar liberally with rubbing alcohol to remove any fingerprints. Don't rub at the bar once it's been spritzed. Just spray and let set until dry.

Once it's completely dry, wrap tightly in plastic wrap to keep dew from forming on your bar. Your cool soap is now ready to give to your little paleontologist!

These bars are ready to be wrapped and given to my nephew. I sure hope he likes them!

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