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    How old is too old?

    Chiming in on the consensus. I have some bars I made 24-25 years ago and they are lovely. 100% wild boar fat! ex-BF/soaping partner at the time was a hunter.
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    A wish for consistency of UNITS! Is it only me?

    @Vicki C OMG I'm excited for your spreadsheet! Thanks so much! I just opened it and realized I need to dig in on this when i'm NOT halfway through a cocktail...but this is right up my alley. You are so generous to share it!
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    A wish for consistency of UNITS! Is it only me?

    You know, you all are making me realize I should switch out how I'm working out my recipes and colors. I want to be able to play with color amounts and adjust as I go! I think the answer is I should split out my oils BEFORE adding lye OR color, then add colorants as desired to the oils. And...
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    A wish for consistency of UNITS! Is it only me?

    I think it's getting complicated for me because I'm premixing colorants, in some cases with oils and others with water, and adding them into my batches that way. So I need to figure out how much pre-batched colorant to use, and subtract out the oils or water I'm hence adding back in...usually to...
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    A wish for consistency of UNITS! Is it only me?

    I love the soapmaking community so much, and so appreciate everyone's generosity with their knowledge. So I hope no one is offended by this question--it's pretty likely you'll all just educate me (again) as to why this is actually a good way to do it! But right now as I work out calculations...
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    Sausage fat? :-o

    When I got into making soap recently I just loved the idea of using what otherwise went to waste, and made a number of batches from my own and my friend's leftover bacon fat. 100% "recycled" lard made lovely soap--but despite many cycles and versions of washing and purifying the fat, I was not...
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    SMF February 2021 Challenge - Circling Taiwan Swirl

    Thanks so much for sharing all this information! I'm really interested in natural colorants and your soap is just inspiring. I am going to have to try rhubarb for sure! I too am very curious to find out if it turns brown.
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    SMF February 2021 Challenge - Circling Taiwan Swirl

    @Vicki C, those colors are amazing! Would you please tell me about that red in your naturally colored swirl? Was that the anatto? Rhubarb? Does it stay that color over time? Both your recently posted soaps are truly lovely.
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    Principles for developing a recipe (and technique) for swirling?

    Are there good rules to follow in developing a recipe, and managing your batter, to be used for swirls? I'm hoping to enter this month's challenge and want a good approach. I'd like to know rules, rather than actual recipes, so I can tailor to oils on hand, and my own preferences about oils to...
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    With the right stamp, you can stamp cured soap

    @glendam, just want to say your stamp is beautiful!
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    With the right stamp, you can stamp cured soap

    Have you tried OnShape? It's is a free online CAD software that's pretty powerful. I'm sure it has a draft feature, although I haven't used it yet. If you get stuck I can try figuring it out and share what I learn--I actually used to design plastic parts for a living, which all require draft to...
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    Crayons for color - experiment results

    Update: I've been using the purple, which had faded/morphed to a pale peachy color. Well, it turns out that's only on the outside! The more I use it the more it returns to a beautiful shade of purple. So...something about lye + crayons becomes sensitive to air? I'll have to go ahead and slice...
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    Looking for scraper technique tips

    I recently made a soap using scrapers to contour layers for the first time. The design called for some pointy "V's". I found it was easy enough to make V channels, but making Vs that stood up were another story. When the batter was thinner, the points just slumped down. However, as the batter...
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    Crayons for color - experiment results

    I don't sell, and with these cautions from you folks. I won't even give these away. I do feel comfortable trying it on myself, since crayons are sold to children and safety-approved for ingestion, and, I would imagine, for coloring all over one's body...but then again, not necessarily for...
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    Crayons for color - experiment results

    I made some sample soaps trying out Crayola crayons for color. Here are the results: at pour, 2 days, 3 days, 24 days, 39 days, and ~7.5 months. Top row left to right used green and blue-green crayons; middle row was a dark red and blue; last row is red and purple. You can see the actual crayon...
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    What soapy thing have you done today?

    I think that is just delightful! Something about it feels playful and made me smile.
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    What soapy thing have you done today?

    I am over the moon--I just cut the prototype of my over-ambitious Valentine's day design (figured I was likely to sacrifice an entire loaf if I didn't start small) and I PULLED IT OFF! Of course now I wish I had gone for the real whole thing, because I'll have my hands full all weekend doing...
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    What soapy thing have you done today?

    Those are AMAZING. What an artist you are!
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    What soapy thing have you done today?

    Happy to be doing soap-related things on day one of 2021! I'm determined not to fail to make a holiday soap NEXT year. So this morning with a winter theme in mind, I did a few firsts: designed snowflake cutouts and made them on the 3d printer, and used soap dough with my clay extruder with...
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    What soapy thing have you done today?

    It's been a 2-day soap-fest here. Yesterday I designed and then 3D printed a soap mold; my first real project with this printer and super exciting. While the print ran, I made transparent melt and pour soap base for the first time! More excitement! And today I got to melt some of my melt and...
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