Fab crafts to make and sell

DE­VEL­OP­ING A CRAFT INTO A MONEYSPINNER IS EAS­IER THAN YOU THINK. TRY THESE IDEAS FOR STARTERS...

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Mak­ing your own soap at home is easy and fun. Add colour and fra­grance to cre­ate a per­sonal home­made soap that adds lux­ury to the bath or shower. It’s a nat­u­ral al­ter­na­tive to com­mer­cial soap and a lovely gift for any oc­ca­sion.

It’s also cost­ef­fec­tive and healthy. Be­cause man­u­fac­tured soaps of­ten con­tain petroleum-based de­ter­gents, ar­ti­fi­cial dyes for colour­ing, and de­greasers, they can be harm­ful to use. Your home­made soap is pure, or­ganic and has the colour and fra­grance of your choice.

Soap is the re­sult of a chem­i­cal re­ac­tion be­tween fats or oils and lye. The dif­fer­ence be­tween the harsh, greasy ‘lye’ soap of the past and your own lux­u­ri­ous hand­made soap is in the in­gre­di­ents you choose and the ac­cu­racy of mea­sur­ing them. But by us­ing melt-and­pour blocks (pre­made blocks of un­coloured, un­scented soap), all the guess­work is taken out of the process. Other soap-mak­ing pro­cesses rely on ex­act mea­sure­ments, tim­ing and tem­per­a­ture, which can be com­pli­cated. You’ll find melt-and­pour soap bases at craft stores and soap sup­pli­ers – but make sure you use an all­nat­u­ral prod­uct and only nat­u­ral ad­di­tives. Melt-and-pour bases are high in glyc­er­ine, which makes them ex­tremely skin-lov­ing (in many com­mer­cially pro­duced soaps, most of this in­gre­di­ent has been re­moved). You’ll want to make soap that’s good for the skin and won’t re­act to any ar­ti­fi­cial in­gre­di­ents. Your cus­tomers will want this, too. Be as cre­ative as you like. An un­usual, eye­catch­ing prod­uct, beau­ti­fully pack­aged, is sure to do well.

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