I just cut my first bar of soap! Yayyyeeee

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    KimT2au

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    Phew, it has been a heck of a day (if you would like to know more go and check out my post on What's Your Gripe) and the only spec of sanity seems to have been when I cut my soap. First some history, I have only made liquid soap before now. We usually use liquid soap so that is what I needed, I was not aware it was meant to be more difficult than lye soap so I went ahead and made LS. Don't ask about my first batch of LS :shakinghead: At least the other batches have been successful since then. Anyhoo, I decided to make some lye soap and although the recipe was originally done as a HP soap I did mine as a CP soap. The batch was made Tuesday afternoon and I cut it this afternoon (Thursday afternoon). On the whole I am darned pleased with it. It did have glycerin sitting on the top of it while it was still in the mould but that reabsorbed. My cutting skills are not too brilliant but I guess that will come with practice and also be helped by purchasing specialist equipment. I stamped the bars with a paw print as my whole family is dog crazy so that seemed an appropriate thing to do. The soap is a lovely creamy / off white colour but because I placed them on coloured fabric they look all sorts of colours in the photos. The bars are now sitting in a wire basket in my sewing room waiting to harden up. I have learned a lot from making this batch of soap and really can't wait for them to hurry up and harden so we can start using them. :nodding:

    Edited to add the photos I forgot to add to the original post :D It has been that sort of day.




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    Congratulations! ... they look a lot like soap! :D

    Very nice creamy colour (and Tracey's stamp looks very cute)
     
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    Congratulations!
     
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    It's such an amazing feeling to cut your first soap, I could not wait! Im new too so every cut is still exciting hahaha. I love the creamy colour and the paw print is soo cute!!
     
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    Congratulations! It turned out nicely. Don't cure it on metal/wire without something under it. Paper towels or the like. The soap will react to it and will likely cause DOS.
     
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    Thanks for the tip, @shunt2011 , it is on kitchen towel. The actual wire basket is coated in that plastic type coating, would that still have been a problem even with the coating?
     
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    I well remember my first batches of soap. What a thrill!
     
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    Congratulations. Isn't it exciting? Love the paw print! Very nice soap. My first was made in a baking pan and cut with a bread knife, nothing close to uniform sizes. Looking back it was truly ugly but I was excited and proud. Enjoy the journey!
     
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    It's so awesome, isn't it?!
    I made the mistake of thinking that a coated wire rack would work. How wrong I was! There were nicks and cuts I couldn't see so the glycerine dripped through them and discolored my soap, my table and the rack.
    Don't do it!! Save your sanity and use busted up cardboard boxes if nothing else. Even if the bars sweat, you won't have to clean up so much.
    Welcome, happy soaper!!
     
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    stand.jpg Congrats!
     
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    I love first soap pictures :) Your soaps look so nice and you did a great job with the stamping. Save one bar. I thought I hadn't, and wished I had. I found a bar from my first batch recently and it was fun to see, even with a couple of DOS starting. Thanks for sharing, and congratulations on your first batch!
     
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    Ooohhh, @dixiedragon, what an excellent idea. Thank you so much.

    Oohh, good tip, @Iluminameluna, I will put some card board under them today. Thanks.
     
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    Thanks, Relle, a visit to Bunnings is one of my jobs for this weekend :D
     
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    Congratulations on your soap! It looks great.

    Don’t risk the wire racks.
    A tea towel lining your racks is great because it allows air to flow around the soap and is easy to wash and reuse.
     
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