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  1. ShirleyHailstock

    Let's play Good News / Bad News

    Thank you for the comments. I read them before I started the soap project. I didn't SB too long because the moment I added the lye-water, it started to trace. This was the recipe. I got it from Anne Marie and I added the lye-water to the oils at 110 degrees.
  2. ShirleyHailstock

    Let's play Good News / Bad News

    I didn't do a zap test, but I will. I thought that was for HP soap. I do CP. It didn't burn my skin when I used it.
  3. ShirleyHailstock

    Let's play Good News / Bad News

    The tried the failed soap I made back in March. It lathers better than any of the other soaps I've made. I don't know what happened to make it accelerate so fast. It has white speckles in it. I'm not sure if that is unused lye. Anyway, I plan to rebatch it.
  4. ShirleyHailstock

    SMF has had a software update. Questions here please.

    Put spaces in between the link address. It makes it look like text. i.e. soap @ online com Then tell the person to remove the spaces. They probably know that anyway. I wouldn't put a period at the end of com because if they include that, the link will fail.
  5. ShirleyHailstock

    What soapy thing have you done today?

    Under the heading of There are no Stupid Questions: How do you do more than one batch of soap in a single session? Do you finish one, clean the equipment and do a second, then repeat for a third, etc.? Newbie here, never considered doing more than one per day/night.
  6. ShirleyHailstock

    A little introduction from a Newbie Visually Impaired Soapmaker

    Ditto. Soapmaking is fun and I believe you can do what you want to do not what others think you can.
  7. ShirleyHailstock

    What soapy thing have you done today?

    I ordered some mica's from Mad Mica. I got the sample pack, so I can see how they work. I love the pink colorant I got from Nuture Soaps.
  8. ShirleyHailstock

    A little introduction from a Newbie Visually Impaired Soapmaker

    Welcome. I'm a newbie too. And go for it. I hate when people tell me I can't do something and I have no obstacles to learning and doing. It's just someone else's opinion. I remain cautious and follow all the rules, but I don't let it stop me.
  9. ShirleyHailstock

    Finding supplies

    I discovered Olive Oil in the Dollar Store. I thought the container would be smaller because stuff is made specifically for the Dollar Store. It was 17 oz, the same as I get in the grocery store for much more. I used it in my last two batches of soap and I have no complaints. Glad you're...
  10. ShirleyHailstock

    Finding supplies

    If you have a Walmart, lard is with the oils. It's a solid. Mine is in a round container on the bottom. You might have to get down and look in the back. In the grocery store, it's close to the milk. These come in rectangular one-pound packages.
  11. ShirleyHailstock

    What soapy thing have you done today?

    New supplies arrived yesterday. I can go back to experimenting.
  12. ShirleyHailstock

    What soapy thing have you done today?

    Thank you soooo much. I did CPOP and it quickly traced. I put it in the oven. Wouldn't the heat make it thin out? It didn't. The percentages were 25% each of coconut, Palm & canola. 15% Olive Oil, 6.9% Sweet Almond Oil, 3% Castor Oil, & .1%Vitamin E. I mixed the oils and lye-water at 125 degree F.
  13. ShirleyHailstock

    Book ideas for light reading?

    My web site is www.shirleyhailstock.net
  14. ShirleyHailstock

    Using PVC as a soap mold

    For mine, I bought the 24 inch tube and cut it in half. So the mold is 12 inches. I would calculate the soap to be 11 inches, so it won't overfill.
  15. ShirleyHailstock

    Let's play Good News / Bad News

    I had a major acceleration too. I thought I'd written this, but I didn't see it. Maybe I wasn't signed in. Anyway, the recipe was one I got from Anne-Marie. It involved palm oil which I'd never used before. The solution started to trace the moment, I blended the oils and lye-water. I hadn't even...
  16. ShirleyHailstock

    What soapy thing have you done today?

    I'm not sure what happened yesterday. I used one of Anne-Marie's recipes. It had Palm oil in it and that's the first time I'd ever used that. It traced in seconds, the first pump of the SB and it was already solidfying. I quickly poured the FO in it and it riced. I got almost no color in before...
  17. ShirleyHailstock

    What soapy thing have you done today?

    I found something that worked for cleaning the plastic. I bought a degreaser in the automotive section of Walmart. It's called ZEP and comes in a spray bottle. I sprayed it on everything and left it overnight. (I was too tired to clean up after soaping.) The next day, I washed with DAWN Ultra...
  18. ShirleyHailstock

    What soapy thing have you done today?

    I like it. Thank you. Wonderful idea. For heating and melting the oils in microwave (I do CP), I like something I can see through. But I can work with stainless steel and have fewer items of plastic to clean.
  19. ShirleyHailstock

    What soapy thing have you done today?

    Time's up. I cut the Hanger Swirl Soap. While the colors are not what I expected, they are gorgeous. .
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