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Old 02-17-2017, 05:23 AM   #81
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Great soaps so far! You've set the bar! I better get moving; just got my mold this week and didn't realize the close date had snuck up so fast.

I've made just one batch and it threw up on itself. I've never had a soap separate like that before and I'm not exactly sure why. Well the soap wasn't enterable anyway (too random) but it was kind of pretty. It ended up saponifying ok so I'll plane it eventually to see if I can salvage something underneath. Name:  ImageUploadedBySoap Making1487308834.181369.jpg
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Old 02-17-2017, 03:00 PM   #82
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Howie, how about one of those soft romantic type filters? Or you can post a huge note: PLEASE DO NOT VIEW WITHOUT SQUINTING.

Haha - so, so funny!! And I like where you're going with that... hmmm...

My other option was to try to borrow a sleeping kitten to pose with the soap in the hopes people would say, "ohhhhh, look how cute that sleeping kitten is!" and not notice there was soap in the photo, too.

Thanks for the laugh!

ETA: CaraBou, your soap colors strike me in a (good) Mardi Gras kind of way and the swirls are so graceful. A shame it gave you trouble!



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Old 02-17-2017, 04:25 PM   #83
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Without thinking, without even considering possible acceleration, I added an accelerating FO to my second batch. Needless to say, it didn't work for ebru.

I'll do a top lay on that soap which is in my shoebox slab. Since I already have fragrance, I'll just do to the top layer fragrance free and hopefully have some success.
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Love your french curls, mx6!

Carabou, that is so sad!! However, I can still see the pattern underneath the oil layer so I'm thinking you may still save it. Love the colors and the swirl.

Howie, kittens and cats are a shoe-in! However, I'm sure your soap can hold its own.
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I finally have one that I am satisfied with and will enter. Mine is not as beautiful as newbie's or mx6inpenn's entries, or even CaraBou's reject above, but after 3 attempts, I am happy with it. If I try again, maybe I might come up with something even nicer, but I think this will be it, at least for now.

I still have to upload my photos to my computer and then to photobucket.
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These are my rejects. The first one on Feb. 10, I left the room and got distracted and when I returned my slow-moving batter had gone from emulsion to medium trace. So it's more like ebru-style and not really ebru because it just was not fluid enough. I used 3 different small molds and different color schemes, but all done from the same original batter.


I discovered that with thick batter, a nit comb does nothing more than drag the soap around. I never did try it again, because I concluded the teeth are just too close together.

This one would make good Chicago Bears soap.



The one I did on the 17th was so non-representative of ebru, I'm not even including it here, partly because it's ugly and partly because it won't fit in the 4 photos limit.

I kind of wish I had kept this design instead of the one I entered. I really liked the design, but I still had more batter to pour, and this one was really only to practice and make sure my batter was going to hold together. Maybe I'll do this again in the future for fun because it appeals to me more due to the more abstract look.



Again, this was practice working with the batter, but before pouring the rest for the final design.



As it happens, this might be underneath, although I doubt it. I poured more batter to cover it up and made the design I entered. In the process of pouring for the new design, I'm pretty sure this one was altered.
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Earlene, I think you may be able to enter your last design above if you want instead of your top layer. The entry rules are for soap in the mold with the tool, not for cut bars. Just because this is an inside layer doesn't mean it can't be entered, as I read the rules, although we will see if LP agrees.
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I am still not well enough to trust myself to make any soap, especially for the amount of time this technique should take if all goes well. So I will have to content myself with ogling all the creations everyone else does, and putting Ebru back on the to try list. Good luck everyone. And thank you LionPrincess, wish I could have played along.
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Earlene, I think you may be able to enter your last design above if you want instead of your top layer. The entry rules are for soap in the mold with the tool, not for cut bars. Just because this is an inside layer doesn't mean it can't be entered, as I read the rules, although we will see if LP agrees.
I agree. You may enter it if you so choose.
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I am still not well enough to trust myself to make any soap, especially for the amount of time this technique should take if all goes well. So I will have to content myself with ogling all the creations everyone else does, and putting Ebru back on the to try list. Good luck everyone. And thank you LionPrincess, wish I could have played along.
I hope you feel better! Thx for the effort. I totally understand!!!


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