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  1. Orla

    Adding silk at .11 per cent of the weight of the batch of soap

    Hi Earlene, and sorry for late response. Yes, I did it in the ratio above. Funny thing, I also use aloe juice as my water for my lye solution, so now my lye solution is aloe juice/tussah silk/NaOH. And it isn't even gel-like. I mean it's definitely not a water consistency, but it pours smoothly...
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    Tussah silk + master/batched lye

    Hi Linne, yes, I will indeed!!! Actually, what I was trying to do was masterbatch with aloe vera and silk! It's a pain in the neck to melt silk if you've masterbatched your lye solution. I was worried about the aloe burning if the temp got too high (that happens to me) but also worried that I'd...
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    Adding silk at .11 per cent of the weight of the batch of soap

    Sorry, the Gecko and thank you - that was a typo - I meant 1gm of silk for a 2-pound batch of soap. I'm going with .4 % of the masterbatch lye weigh - the .4% weight is silk. I'll see.
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    Tussah silk + master/batched lye

    thank you Linne - I'm going to steam ahead on my own sums, but I'd be very curious to know if I'm in line with general practice!!!
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    Adding silk at .11 per cent of the weight of the batch of soap

    Thanks shunt. I've come to the conclusion that I need to add 1gm of silk per 250g of lye solution. This is working back from advice I was given to add 1gm of lye for a 2-pound batch of SOAP. I haven't seen a cotton ball in a long time and I don't know if that's scrunched up and compact or...
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    Tussah silk + master/batched lye

    So, by my calculations, I should add .4% of the weight of the masterbatch lye in silk. For let's say 250 gms of masterbatch lye should add 1gm of silk. I THINK!!!
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    Tussah silk + master/batched lye

    oh dear, dear!!! the pinches, the peas, the cotton balls and now the inches!!! :p Thanks Linne. I was wondering about the "pea-sized" guidelines I've seen. I wonder do they scrunch it up into a pea?!!! Anyway, I am convinced that somebody out there must have wondered about this. The most precise...
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    Tussah silk + master/batched lye

    Hi all, several participants in this thread add silk to their masterbatch lye. Some, I have seen, eyeball it. Has anyone come up with a calculation of silk weight per masterbatch lye weight?! I just put up a separate post on this, but perhaps the people most likely to know are the people in this...
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    Adding silk at .11 per cent of the weight of the batch of soap

    Hi all, I am actually hoping to add silk to my masterbatch lye. Most people seem to eyeball the amount of silk they add. From what I can work out, the standard amount in weight is .11 per cent of the weight of the total batch of soap. If that is accurate, I can calculate in reverse what weight...
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    Dual lye, citric acid and sugar

    Hi! well, ahem. The KOH didn't reach a very high temperature (early 30s C) when I added it to the water. Perhaps I added the silk into the mix too soon. It (the KOH) melted very quickly but I despaired of it melting the silk so I added the KOH lye solution to the sugar solution hoping to bring...
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    The (overly) Cartesian Soaper: Palmitic vs Stearic Question

    oulala! I had just rectified a masterbatch bearing in mind this palmitic acid business (lots of sums!!!), and now with this new soya wax information, I discover that I'll have to add in a pretty major amount of cacao butter to get the stearic up and meet Deeanna's criteria. More sums! and I'll...
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    The (overly) Cartesian Soaper: Palmitic vs Stearic Question

    wow Earlene, prompted by your remark, I got on to Latitude nature for the info. How right you were!!! FAR LESS STEARIC than what the calculator was giving me...!!! Thank you for pointing that out... I'd seen the discussion on that subject but zapped it apparently. THANK YOU So is for SOGWAX40...
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    Dual lye, citric acid and sugar

    I am going to answer my own question in case anyone does the same search: "How should I add citric acid to my soap? Dissolve citric acid powder in about 2 times its weight of water. Stick blend the citric acid mixture into the oils." source: Citric acid, Citrus juice | Soapy Stuff
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    The (overly) Cartesian Soaper: Palmitic vs Stearic Question

    Dawni, I don't know how you are reading through it as you have to request the detailed breakdown!!! I've sent a message requesting the specs! Yes, the site is wild, no?!!! Thanks Soapsisters!!!
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    Dual lye, citric acid and sugar

    Just before I do something mad, I think I should just check. I've searched and can't find this info. I have always used NaOH and I add sugar and citric (and make the relevant adjustments, or to be more truthful soapmakingfriend does them for me). I want to experiment with a dual lye (95% NaOH...
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