Round Rock Mini Maker Faire

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The Round Rock Mini Maker Faire is a community event for Do-It-Yourself (DIY) makers of all ages, experience, and interests. You will see robotics, 3D printing, engineering, creative household projects, and more from makers in the Round Rock and Austin communities. Enjoy local food and refreshments in an energetic environment that will inspire artists, entrepreneurs, children, engineers, and students alike.

The Maker Movement is made of supportive, creative, and engaging people that are reshaping our idea of what we can accomplish together. The Maker Faire is an excellent way for makers of all types to meet and collaborate. Most of all, the Round Rock Maker Faire is going to be a ton of fun for all of us.


I’ll be there with my Make Your Own Soap booth, where you can create a custom bar of soap on demand right at the booth AND I’m bringing my nail polish supplies, so you can make your own nail polish, too!

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Soap making Class in Austin, TX

Look at the beautiful soap my student made in my soap making class today! She scented her soap with Bergamot Essential Oil and English Tea Rose, and topped it off with rosebuds! In our Soapmaking 101 Class we make a batch of cold-process soap from start to finish and cover how to scent, color, mold your soaps as well as where to purchase soapmaking supplies.

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Janet’s daughter made a pretty purple soap scented with blackberry sage. She added some oatmeal for gentle exfoliation!

Little Artist Big Artist – Session Two: Learning How to Make Bath Bombs

During our first session we discussed our ideas for our final project. We are going to be making bath bomb cupcakes. In order to make them, Mary is going to have to learn how to make bath bombs for the cake part & bubble bath frosting.

This is the equipment we used to practice making bath bombs:
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Mary, making the bath bombs:
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The bath bombs! Didn’t she do an awesome job?
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Check back next week for Session Three: Soap Frosting
Session One: Soap Jello

Little Artist Big Artist – Session Three: Soap Frosting

We decided to make bath bomb cupcakes with a bath bomb on the bottom and soap frosting on the top. The soap frosting can be used as a bubble bath or a creamy body wash!

We’re practicing our piping skills today:

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Don’t forget to come back next week when we put it all together!

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Session One: Soap Jello

Little Artist Big Artist – Session One: Soap Jello

Every Tuesday afternoon, I meet with my little Artist Mary for two hours after school at Blackshear Elementary. I pack up a little corner of my studio and bring all the supplies or equipment that we need for the day.

Session one: Soap Jello – Learn how to use fragrance and color in bath & body products + learn how to follow a bath & body formula (recipe).

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Check back for Session Two: Learn to make bath bombs

How to make a custom vacuumed formed soap mold

At the Houston Maker Faire, I had the pleasure of meeting Jared from Fine Clonier who owns a dental vacuum former! He would carve or cast the object he wanted to make a mold out of, in this case JarJar Binks in carbonite and then vacuum form a mold over the object.

He used a porus material to carve his form from so it could release from the plastic, heated up the plastic with the vacuum-former and the vacuum sucked the plastic over the form. When he knocked out the form, he was left with a mold!

Here’s a link to his vacuum forming video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYvISnb5rws&feature=youtube_gdata_player

I happened to have a booth across from his, so he sent someone over to see if the mold could be used for soap. The answer was YES! We poured soap into the mold he had just made and viola! Here is the result:

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Then Jared came over and made one in green!
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…and after he learned that you can cast soap in these molds, he started making molds and his wife poured soap into them! Check out his flickr stream to see what they came up with!

You can find a dental Vacuum-former on ebay for around $400. I think you need an air-compressor to use it as well.

If your city has a TechShop, I think most of them have Vacuum-formers. They are fairly easy to use (you set a sheet of plastic down, the heater heats the plastic and you press a button to start the vacuum, and press another button to release your form.) I’m a member of the TechShop Austin-Round Rock location and we have one! They give tours every day and are open from 9am – Midnight if you want to check them out. They also have lasers, a Maker Bot 3D printer (the Replicator 2), a vinyl cutter & many other fun toys.

Are you making your own soap molds? Do you have tips to add? Happy Making y’all!

Houston Mini Maker Faire 2013

Make Your Own Soap Booth Collage Look at all the great soaps we made together at the Houston Mini Maker Faire!
Each person chose what color and scent their soap would have, and embedded a toy in the middle!

P.J., Eva & I had so much fun helping you design these colorful and fun soaps! Thank you for coming out and creating with us!  -Lisa

Whippped Body Butters, Massage Bar & Sugar Scrubs Class

Couzue drove from Houston, TX to learn how to make body butters & sugar scrubs with me. She had made a couple of things before on her own buying things from the grocery store, but wanted to get some hands-on instruction and to learn more about bath & body ingredients & where to source them. Every class I teach comes with a Resource List where I share my favorite suppliers. We made oval-shaped Massage Bars in Honey Almond, Whipped Shea Butter in Coconut scent and Emulsified Sugar Scrubs in Creme Brule, all completely from scratch. Couzue wanted to keep things as natural as possible, so we didn’t didn’t use any dyes to color the products we made. We added Yellow Brazillian Clay to our sugar scrub which gave it a nice golden hue & packed it into amber jars with black lids.

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Birthday Party Fun

Plan a memorable birthday party with us! For Kait’s 12th birthday, she invited 13 of her closest friends and they made bath salts, lip balm & nail polishes all in custom scents and their favorite colors at their home in Round Rock, TX! P1020855

Email me to book a memorable party for your child! lisa@fetosoap.com or call me at 512.850.5472

Learn to Make Soap in Austin, TX

I have been teaching a lot this year! Just last week I taught a couple from Temple, TX how to color, scent & make designs in soap. We practiced swirling soap, making a “pencil line” in soap & made soap cakes with our leftover soap.

Soap Cakes

If there’s a soapmaking technique you want to try, but would like some instruction / hand holding, don’t hesitate to contact me for help. I’ve been making handmade soap for 10 years now & can help you troubleshoot the issues you might be facing as a new soapmaker.

Soapmaking lessons are taught at my studio located at 360/2222 in Austin, TX.

lisa@fetosoap.com ●  512.850.5472

Houston Hosts its first Mini Maker Faire! Jan 19, 2013

…and yes! I will be there with my Make Your Own Soap Booth!

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The First Inaugural Houston Mini Maker Faire is being held Saturday, January 19,at the Stafford Centre on 10505 Cash Road. Scheduled from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., admission is $15 for adults ($20 at the door), or $10 ($12 at the door) for children 18 and under. Admission is free for kids two and under.

Who are the Makers? Folks who make stuff! They include inventors, artists, craftspeople, fabricators, artisans and anyone who enjoys hands-on creativity. Makers are tech enthusiasts, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, scientists, students, writers and poets. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The event in Houston promises an eclectic mash-up of techno-scientific artistry, gadget-crafting and hands-on demos and activities.

“We’re expecting more than 75 individuals or groups of Makers this year. They’ll be presenting all sorts of inventions, creations, artwork, and techno-gadgetry,” says Jacob Shiach, organizer of Maker Faire Houston. He encourages visitors to check out the Childrens Museums exhibit, 2000 sq ft of fun for children of all ages.

“This event is a wonderful day out for anyone,” says Shiach. “Even if you’re not a Maker, the sights and sounds, the color, and hands-on activities are fun for kids, parents, and even grandpa and grandma. It truly is a familyfriendly event with something for everyone.” He emphasizes that those who attend are as much a part of the Maker movement as the Makers themselves, “A family that comes to this event takes away the gift of knowledge. It’s a way for them to become inspired,” he says.

Shiach also encourages community leaders, local businesses, and educators to attend. “This is the best chance you will have all year to meet some of the most creative and imaginative people in our community,” he says. “The Faire is as much about meeting Makers as it is about the cool stuff they make. It’s a place to meet crafters, inventors, engineers and artists. And to realize they are folks just like you and me.” Shiach points out that the Makers are a grass-roots movement.

“Makers tend to be completely focused on their craft, so they don’t often self-promote or get the recognition they deserve,” says Shiach. “Yet they really are movers and shakers in our community.
They make things happen when it’s so easy just to watch TV or sit at your computer instead.”
Visitors can purchase tickets online at the Faire’s website or pay at the door. Additional information is available on the Maker Faire Houston website.

The 2013 Houston Mini Maker Faire will be a tipping point in Houston and Texas. Shiach knows that Maker Faires make a difference in people’s lives. “Our visitors leave feeling inspired – that they’re just as capable of creating, expressing and exploring the world around them,” he says. “We’re bringing back to life that spirit of American creativity, ingenuity and inventiveness. The spirit that makes our country great.”

My Maker Faire story is here: How Maker Faire Changed My Life

Bubble Bath Marshmallows R&D

I’ve doing some R&D in the Feto Soap kitchen! I love marshmallows and bubble baths, so when I was experimenting with different formulas of solid bubble bars it just made sense to shape them into marshmallow shapes.

Here are some vanilla I made a few months ago:

They started out white but discolored to brown because of the vanillin content. They were a bit squishy for selling, but still made a nice handmade birthday gift! (and great uhm, research baths!) I forgot to take a picture of them packaged up, but I put them in a clear gusseted treat bag with a ribbon and label.

Here’s a new formula I made in tangerine last week. They hardened up nicely and I gifted them to my friend Kera for her birthday.

Did I show you the bubble cake balls I made? I had some leftover “frosting” from the bath bomb swap earlier this year and no bath bombs to frost, so I rolled all the leftover frosting into balls and topped them with glitter! In some of them I even inserted sticks, but since it was ALL frosting they didn’t stay in that well. I’ll have to play with that concept some more when I have time.

I’m working to find a formula I like, and once it’s perfected I’ll make an announcement! I’m thinking about making them in loaves with a swirl in the center like rye bread. We’ll see! Stay tuned!

Making Bath Bombs with Maddie

For the past few weeks I’ve been working with my new assistant, Maddie. She’s been helping me out with various tasks, like shrink wrapping ALL of the lip balm I make, inventory, labeling, packaging & now making product! Here’s a picture of the first bath bomb she made yesterday:
It was lavender vanilla scented. We were experimenting with color when I was teaching her to make bath bombs. This one has Blue and Pink Clay and came out a little too dark for my taste. I did some “product testing” with one of these last night – the formula felt wonderful in the bath (Epsom salt & sweet almond oil) but I wasn’t a fan of the dark color of the bomb.

The ones in the background were colored with Wilton’s gel Violet and were closer to the purple color I wanted for these.

I’ve also changed up my sandalwood vanilla bath bomb from brown and white stripes to light brown with a sprinkle of ground vanilla bean on top: 

I’ll be adding seasonal bath bombs to the shop for the fall with scents of pumpkin and peppermint.

What bath bomb scents do you want to see in the shop? Please comment and let me know!

I can’t wait for my new packaging to arrive so I can show you what I have been cooking up in my brain! Until then, Lisa

Maker Faire Bay Area

Are you ready for the world’s largest show and tell on earth? It’s this weekend y’all!

The deets: 
Maker Faire Bay Area May 19 & 20, 2012, San Mateo Event Center, San Mateo, CA Saturday 10AM – 8PM | Sunday 10AM – 6PM So…what are you waiting for? Buy your TICKETS NOW! Plus Meet the Makers and review the Program Guide to plan your weekend.

Here’s a peek at the soaps we made together at the Austin Mini Maker Faire this past weekend:

I wonder how YOUR soap will turn out! I will have everything you need to create a custom bar of soap right at the booth… toys galore to choose from, scents and colors to blend! See you there!

Austin Mini Maker Faire is THIS WEEKEND!

I am SO EXCITED that the Maker Faire is back in Austin this year, this time in Mini form. It will be held at the Pine Street Station (home of the Hope Farmers Market). I will be there with my Make Your Own Soap Booth along with 65 other makers. R2-D2 will be there! How exciting is that?

Here’s a repost of a blog I wrote recently  about how Maker Faire changed my life.

 

Maker Faire is an event that is near & dear to my heart. I have been a Maker since it came to Austin in 2007. I think my writer friend Carly mentioned it would be something I could be interested in doing. Not knowing much about the event other than it was run in part with Make: and Craft: magazine, I submitted my proposal for an idea that I had never tried to do before: bring all the things you need to make a bar of soap to an event and let people create right at the booth! I was accepted, so I packed up my Honda Civic full of soap molds, fragrances, colorants, toys, honey & glitter, drove from Houston to Austin and invited people to make soap with me, and they did! I haven’t stopped teaching people how to make soap since! Thank you Maker Faire for giving me this opportunity to spread the joy of creating with a wider audience. I have since quit my “day job” of fixing computers and now make and teach soapmaking to people of all ages full-time. Maker Faire Austin also showed me that Austin has a vibrant and creative community, and inspired me to move to Austin from Houston, which I did in 2009. This is the short story, of course. For the long version come visit me at the Austin Mini Maker Faire on Saturday and I’ll tell it to you myself.

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Austin Mini Maker Faire is brought to you by Kami Wilt and Austin Tinkering School. Kami attended the Austin Maker Faire in 2008 and had a life-altering experience there, where she realized that makers and making were central to her existence. Shortly thereafter, she founded Austin Tinkering School, inspired and encouraged by the flagship Tinkering School in San Francisco, which is a place where kids (and adults!) use real tools and real materials to build the things that they think of. After waiting and waiting (and waiting!) for Maker Faire to come back to Austin, she woke up one day last fall realizing that someone had to step up to the plate to bring Maker Faire back to Austin. And it might as well be herself, Austin Tinkering School, and the wily band of tinkerers that call Austin their homeland. Because there’s just far too many makers in Austin not to have a maker faire…!

Many attendees and Makers have similar stories about how Maker Faire has affected their lives. What’s yours? If you haven’t had a life-altering event because of Maker Faire, it’s not too late! Join us on Saturday! I hope you come and leave inspired to make things!

Chickenless Chickpea Salad

Until today, I haven’t made anything with Chickpeas/Garbanzo Beans that I’ve actually liked – Hummus is mostly what I’ve made with chickpeas. I like hummus with LOTS of lemon juice.

Last Wednesday I went to a potluck and someone brought Wheatsville’s Chickenless Chickpea Salad. It was SO GOOD! If I remember correctly, the ingredients were Chickpeas, Celery, Bell Pepper, Lemon, Salt, Pepper, Veggie Mayo.

I have canned Chickpeas in the pantry so I drained & rinsed 1 can, coarsely blended about 1/2 of the chickpeas, finely chopped about 2 tablespoons each of bell pepper and celery, added the juice of half of a lemon, 1 tablespoon mayo and added salt & pepper to taste. I combined all the ingredients and promptly ate it!

It would have been great on a sandwich, too! The next time I make it I will snap a picture and add it to this post. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

The Bath Bombs are here!

You asked, and I happily obliged! Here is my latest batch of bath bombs. You can order them online or get them directly from me at the Cedar Park Farms to Market this Saturday. They will make a great addition to any Easter basket! They are Giant Bath Bombs, weighing in at 7.5 ounces per bomb!  Scents currently available are Oatmeal, Milk & Honey, White Tea & Ginger, Yuzu Japanese Citrus, Bamboo Sugar Cane, Pink Grapefruit, Sandalwood Vanilla, Lemongrass and Ocean Rain. Drop one of these into your bath and watch it fizz, like a giant alka-seltzer! Bath Bombs make bathtime fun AND soften your skin!

  • Oatmeal, Milk & Honey has oatmeal added to the bomb, of course!
  • White Tea & Ginger with oatmeal & white china clay
  • Yuzu Japanese Citrus with Pink Clay
  • Bamboo Sugar Cane with green and yellow clay
  • Pink Grapefruit with pink clay and fun hot pink sprinkles!
  • Sandalwood Vanilla with ground vanilla beans
  • Ocean Rain with sea clay and tints your bath water blue!

Bramble Berry Bath Bomb Swap Part One

I’ve been kicking the idea of adding bath bombs to the feto soap line. Here’s one I made at the very beginning of the year: [singlepic id=26 w=320 h=240 float=] I am pretty sure I used too much witch hazel in my mix, so they started looking like bath muffins instead of cupcakes. They started “growing” (reaction between the sodium bicarbonate and citric acid) when I wasn’t looking. I punched them down three times & on the third time they stayed down to this level of poofiness. [singlepic id=31 w=320 h=240 float=] I made a few giant bath bombs last week that I was happy with in Oatmeal, Milk & Honey and White Zinfandel and saw that Bramble Berry was hosting a swap, which was perfect because I wanted to work on my bath bomb cupcakes & experiment with using clays to color them. I made the bases of my cupcakes with pink & white kaolin clay and scented them with cherry almond. It was a humid day and the bases didn’t want to cooperate, so I ended up adding more witch hazel and sweet almond oil to get my mixture to stay together. Then I made some bath frosting & topped the cupcakes with it, jojoba beads & a sprinkle of iridescent glitter. [singlepic id=27 w=320 h=240 float=][singlepic id=28 w=320 h=240 float=] I had some leftover frosting, so I made cake balls with them. [singlepic id=29 w=320 h=240 float=] and then cake pops with them. [singlepic id=32 w=320 h=240 float=]

I needed to make 12 bath bombs for the swap, and I ended up with 13, so I did some “product testing” the other day with the extra cupcake. The bottom of the cupcake fizzed away and tinted my bath water a little pink, and I ran the top of the cupcake under running water to make bubbles. It didn’t completely dissolve on its own so I used it to shave my legs! It was great!

I mailed them off on Monday, so hopefully they will get there safe and sound! [singlepic id=30 w=320 h=240 float=] 30 people have signed up so far. I can’t wait to try everyone’s bath bombs out! They are fun to use and make my skin feel so soft! I prefer a bath bomb swap to a soap swap because you can use one bath bomb per bath vs. a bar of soap, which takes so much longer to go through. I still have soap from a Soap Conference swap a few years back!

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