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    SMF April 2021 Challenge - Lollipop Swirl

    @ResolvableOwl I truly enjoy reading you. You’re an interesting bird.
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    What soapy thing have you done today?

    🤣 I just... can’t. 😂 @Tara_H You crack me up...
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    What soapy thing have you done today?

    I used my Kitchenaid mixer. Whip attachment. I pour the melted ingredients in a thin stream and don’t let it hit the sides of the bowl. I really don’t enjoy making shampoo bars.
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    SMF April 2021 Challenge - Lollipop Swirl

    Made my final attempt. Excited to cut it tomorrow!
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    SMF April 2021 Challenge - Lollipop Swirl

    Beautifully accidental! 🥰
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    First Soap done yay!

    You’re 78? Funny, you don’t sound a day over 22. 😉
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    SMF April 2021 Challenge - Lollipop Swirl

    Darn. You always make such unique soaps. I’d love to see you take a crack at the design when you have time. You’re very talented at this soap thing.
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    SMF April 2021 Challenge - Lollipop Swirl

    Right? I think silicone measuring cups would work great but they are expensive. I’ve had my eye on that FO for a while. Honestly, I think these are stunning. From what I can see, you have a good technical pour. Could the batter be too thick? When I pour, I keep my eye on the rim and after each...
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    SMF April 2021 Challenge - Lollipop Swirl

    Cut attempt #2 today and it's just about perfect. Want to make a third attempt to play around with different colors, but I've got the pour down. I've watched the I Dream In Soap video, but I use a different brand of lye and the containers are pretty rigid. I bought some paper cups so hopefully...
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    Titanium Dioxide alternatives

    I'll have to check this out. I'm more than open to finding an alternative to TD.
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    Titanium Dioxide alternatives

    How much TD do you use, roughly? I use TD that is pretty-dispersed in safflower oil that I keep in a small squeeze bottle. I throw a few stainless steel bolts inside as well. Just give it a shake and it reincorporates the TD and oil. Usually I need a conservative squeeze and that’s enough. Hope...
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    SMF April 2021 Challenge - Lollipop Swirl

    A few thoughts on the pour: you have to pour just so. Like, duh, right? 🤣 Too close to the previous pour and the design doesn’t move. Too far apart and it pinwheels. There’s a sweet spot that I haven’t found...yet. I made attempt #2 earlier and filled the mold all the way to the top, hoping that...
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    SMF April 2021 Challenge - Lollipop Swirl

    That is so smart!!! I cut cardboard circles out but there wasn’t a great deal and some of the batter leaked out. Not a big deal but using soap dough is a great idea!! Also used one layer of plastic wrap, then cardboard, then another layer of plastic wrap.
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    SMF April 2021 Challenge - Lollipop Swirl

    Cut attempt #1. Inconsistent pouring due to inadequate (for the design, at least) pouring vessels. Going to get some disposable cups and try those. I think they will give me better control.
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    What soapy thing have you done today?

    Took first crack at lollipop swirl. Went better than expected. Need to make a few tweaks to my pouring technique but overall it was fun. Also made some syndet bars. I’ve made two batches using what I call the “hot” process but it’s a PITA so I’m going to go back to using my mixer, or what I...
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