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Okay, I have two different topics. I made my first hot process soap last night. It turned out okay, but this morning I realized that I did it with a lye concentration instead of with 38% water as percent of oil. I probably should have used a 38% recipe? It cooked pretty fast, and did not make the full hour it was supposed to be in the crock pot. Also, one website said to stir and one said not to. I stirred. I'm not sure if I did it right or not. I also had some spices I was going to add and forgot them. I did remember the EO's and the Jojoba, so I sprinkled some of the spice mixture on top of the loaf. I unmolded and cut it this morning, it's a much different texture than CP, it's just like my first batch that I had to rebatch.

Any suggestions would be much appreciated. I don't know that I'll be in a hurry to do HP again but it would be nice to have some ideas.

Now, my second issue. Cutting. I have one of those cutters with the wooden handle, not a spackle knife like I've seen on some videos. I bought a miter box because I was having trouble cutting my soap straight. I always measured and marked but ended up with the bottom end being fatter. So I thought the miter box would solve my problems. Not so much, my bars are still uneven no matter how hard I try to get them cut straight. I think my cutter flexes, I tried watching it as I cut and it seems like the cutter even with limited area still goes crooked when I cut, plus the blade flexes and I end up with fat spots right in the middle of a bar. Any suggestions?

Thanks everyone!
Beth
 

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You can put spacers in the vertical part of the mitre box where the blade goes so the blade is tight in the vertical part and can't flex.
I hope I have explained this well enough so you can understand.
 

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^^^ What penelopejane said.
Then I use the 4" wide scraper with a thick non flexing scraper part. They are available at Lowe's, The Home Depot etc here in the States.
If you don't have a mitre box you can use a home made box and saw your own cutting channel.

Feel free to pm if you have lot's of ??'s
 

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His single bar is even more reasonably priced. I have his metal one and love it. His products are top notch.
 

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Thank you for your responses. I went to Home Depot today and they did not have any of the stiff scraper things, only flexible and stiff ones that weren't wide enough. I'll keep looking. I do like the idea of putting a spacer in my miter box, it's a new wooden one and was really a good price. That wire one looks great, a little spendy for me :) I'll have to mention the spacer to DH, he will be thrilled to have another project :)
 

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I would check your local restaurant supply store or even Bed, Bath & Beyond for the stiffer, wider cutters like Susie linked. I got a wavy cutter at the local Restaurant Depot. The second pic Susie linked looks like a dough scraper to me.
 

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I already have a wavy cutter, I have the same problem with it being flexible. I have one of those dough scraper things too, but mine is bent, perhaps it was because I also used it to scrap wallpaper off years ago :???: I'll look again, maybe Walmart has stiff scraper. We don't have any of those other stores here in our town. I did find one on Amazon so that may be what I order. Thank you!
 

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Oops, didn't realize you already had a wavy cutter. I kinda hate mine because I always cut wonky bars with it. My dough scraper has a much stiffer blade (couldn't bend it if I tried) but so far I haven't used it for cutting soap.

Do you happen to have a wire cheese cutter? I used one of those for years and cut much straighter with it than a blade style cutter.
 

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I bought my wavy potato cutter from a restaurant supply. I could not bend it if I had to. Ditto my bench scraper. Too stiff for me to bend. But I bought the one that you can cut veggies with specifically.
 

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Thanks everyone, we do have a hardware store, so I can look there. I would really like to see it and touch it before I buy it.
 

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