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  1. galaxyMLP

    January Entry Thread

    The entry thread for the January Hidden Heart Swirl is now open!! Remember, your hear may not be painted on top of the soap. It must have been embedded and revealed by your cut (it's ok if your soap shows a heart on both sides!). You needed to use at least 3 colors. Allowed molds were...
  2. galaxyMLP

    January SMF Challenge -Hidden Heart Swirl

    Thanks for the concern. I'm sorry for the delay everyone! I'm getting the entry thread up now. Thank you so much for your patience.
  3. galaxyMLP

    January SMF Challenge -Hidden Heart Swirl

    Yes, the cut you mentioned is perfectly fine! Yes, this is more than acceptable as some other wonderful members pointed out! :) Thank you everyone for all of your hard work on this. Love the toilet paper roll idea. Can’t wait to see the entries. Sorry about the piles of muddled “peach”...
  4. galaxyMLP

    Got this email today from AH/RE

    Brambleberry says the specific component is “citral”. They are choosing to reformulate. I need to place an order with RE soon and I hope the fragrances I typically purchase are not affected. I may have to wait to purchase.
  5. galaxyMLP

    January SMF Challenge -Hidden Heart Swirl

    If you are planning to do multiple hearts in the same soap, you are welcome to do multiple swipes. I had envisioned doing lots of little hearts and pulling the chopstick through all of them as an idea for this challenge! You should have one swipe per concentric circle though. Otherwise you...
  6. galaxyMLP

    January SMF Challenge -Hidden Heart Swirl

    Thanks for the kind words! Normally I can edit the main thread but it seems that functionality is gone? I really want to update the main rules location with the clarifications to reduce confusion. I think I need to contact the mods on this one.
  7. galaxyMLP

    January SMF Challenge -Hidden Heart Swirl

    SRA, I see where I need to clarify some things in the directions. The idea is that the sides will not have the design. If you decide to cut multiple thin soaps out of the mold that is a-ok. What I didn’t want to see was someone who created a circle on top of a finished soap and dragged a...
  8. galaxyMLP

    January SMF Challenge -Hidden Heart Swirl

    Everyone please note: I will be allowing column molds as well for this challenge. It has come to my attention that this technique may be able to be applied to those molds and I’d like to encourage that creativity.
  9. galaxyMLP

    January SMF Challenge -Hidden Heart Swirl

    No, it will only be on one side of every bar. Not both sides. It will be on the internal cut face. This would make it feasible for melt and pour if you can use a soap that stays fluid (I’ve read there are some suspension bases that do). The top and bottom of your mold will not have the heart...
  10. galaxyMLP

    January SMF Challenge -Hidden Heart Swirl

    Sorry you are not feeling well but glad you have signed up. I’m not sure I understand your question. You will be able to see the heart on one side of each bar of soap. Every soap will have a matching “other half” soap bar. Does that clarify it?
  11. galaxyMLP

    January SMF Challenge -Hidden Heart Swirl

    Yes. That’s right! Just like the lotus and mantra swirl.
  12. galaxyMLP

    January SMF Challenge -Hidden Heart Swirl

    Absolutely not! Soaping time is relaxing time! And sometimes it’s nice to be alone to focus.
  13. galaxyMLP

    January SMF Challenge -Hidden Heart Swirl

    Toxicon, you got it. Your diagram looks correct. Saltedfig, that is correct as well. I’m so impressed by all the diagrams! Wow!
  14. galaxyMLP

    January SMF Challenge -Hidden Heart Swirl

    Newbie, it should be! As long as the soap is cut horizontally at the end and the spirit of the challenge is upheld (which I know you are all about!) Can’t wait to see the results. Yes, you would just pour a slab 2x thicker than usual, cut the soaps as normal -or use the regular...
  15. galaxyMLP

    January SMF Challenge -Hidden Heart Swirl

    Primrose, absolutely!! The soap is not cut like a normal bar. It is cut to make a thick, rectangular bar and then that is cut horizontally across the center to reveal the hidden design. Like a mantra swirl if you have seen those. Let me get pictures or a video to put up! Edit: I cut it...
  16. galaxyMLP

    Oven processing partial gelled soap

    Done it as well. It worked!
  17. galaxyMLP

    January SMF Challenge -Hidden Heart Swirl

    This method is being developed by all of you. I know it is possible based on what I have done. But it is not perfected by any means! Together we can develop this technique into a beautiful Swirl! Please feel free to experiment and share your findings (if you want). Finished soap (see the...
  18. galaxyMLP

    January SMF Challenge -Hidden Heart Swirl

    Hello all! Thank you so much for your patience with me! I really appreciate it! I hope you enjoy this month’s challenge. Welcome to the January 2018 SMF Soap Challenge! PLEASE BE SURE TO READ THIS FIRST (and ALL Rules)- General Rules: 1. The only members eligible to vote are those with...
  19. galaxyMLP

    January Challenge Update

    No, sorry. I’m putting it up now though.
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