MP Base Geode Recipe
1- 3" x 5" x 1" slab of violet base
1-3 slabs of coconut opaque base
3 - 5 slabs of coconut clear base
Ultramarines and oxides and earthy toned micas (pick "rock" tones for a
natural looking geode or just pick your six year olds 5 favorite colors)
Oil for dispersing pigments
Hold the slab of violet base in your hand and with a sharp knife, cut criss cross cuts 1/8 of an inch deep into the 1" width of the slab. When you have covered the surface with cuts, slice down through the slab slicing off the tiny irregular shaped pieces. Crumble with your hand and chop up into smaller pieces if necessary. Keep repeating this process until you have about 1 cup of tiny crystal-like pieces of soap.
Melt some clear base (don't make it so hot that you can't touch it) and with your hands firmly pack the crystals into a ball using some of the clear melted base as "glue" to help hold it together. You may not need any if the soap is sticky enough. When you have packed a firm ball, start dipping it into the clear base and use you hands to mold and firm the clear soap around the ball. The soap will cool quickly and most of it will stick to your hands as you work. Just peel the soap off your hands and place it back into the pan of melted soap. Remelt if the base cools too much. Keep dipping and molding. Do this until you have a good solid layer holding the crystals together. Melt some opaque base and dip the ball into the opaque white base until you have a thin layer of white.
Then color some melted clear base. Start dipping your ball into the colored base until you have a good solid color. Then do another color and then maybe some more white and then more color and then more white until your geode starts to approach a good 4-5 inches across. Keep the white layers thin but make the colored layers about 1/8 -3/8 inch thick. Then color some of your base with an earthy grayish color to start forming the outer layer. Dip your geode until you have a good layer of "rock" color. Mix together some "earthy" micas (gold, blue violet, topaz, bronze). Dip your geode in some melted base and start throwing on some micas and you use your fingers to smooth the mica into the soft base. Keep working the mica into the outer layer. When you're satisfied with the last layer of your geode, put it down and do some major cleaning up! Get some rest and 48 hours later, you will be ready to take a sharp non-serrated knife to your geode. Use one motion to slice through. It might help to warm the knife slightly over a fire but if you make it too hot, it tends to melt the various colors all over each other so resist the urge to go this route. You will be amazed at your geode!
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