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SweetTopanga

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Is there a generally accepted amount of time to wait between colors when doing MP soap? I'm having a hard time timing it correctly. They either blend together or seperate. I made this really cool candy corn soap but then it came apart. Le sigh. Oh, also, can I just melt some soap and use it as glue to put it back together? Thanks!

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You may have forgotten to spray some alcohol between so that it sticks together and wait a while until the soap is pretty touchable and not too hard.
 

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pepperi27 said:
You may have forgotten to spray some alcohol between so that it sticks together and wait a while until the soap is pretty touchable and not too hard.
Yes, alcohol works best. Make sure the first layer has a "skin" on top, spray than pour the second layer on top over a spoon.

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Thanks guys. I was spraying with alcohol, but I don't really think I was using enough. I was afraid the soap would come out smelling like alcohol, but I tried it with some watermelon scented soap that I did green on the bottom and pink on top. I used quite a bit of alcohol this time. Stayed together and didn't smell anthing like alcohol. You guys rock!

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I would let the 1st layer harden completely. If it just has a skin it will probably pop when the second hot layer hits it, which is a cook effect, you can then swirl it lightly w/ a popsicle stick, etc. Mist the heck out of it w/ the alcohol & pour the second layer while the alcohol is still wet. Don't worry, the alcohol will evaporate.
 

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Grrrr. Tabitha, I tried the swirling but I'm too slow. Lol. The whole bottom was solid by the time I poured the top and tried to mix. So I just ended up poking holes with a toothpick all the way to the bottom hoping maybe I could get a polka dotted effect, but I just got 2 seperate layers. How long did it take all you guys to learn all this stuff? I know I have to give it more time than a month, but I'm just curious. Also, how often do you all make soap? Is it everyday? I'm working on about four days a week a so....
 

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I *try* to make M&P just about 8 times a year. Before the beginning of each season & then for each big Holiday. I am the type to make a TON & when it runs out, it runs out untill my next big soap making day.
 

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OK, so that last message I left was super misleading, I make soap about 8 times a year for my shop shelves. I pick abbout 8 scents a season and make novelty soaps for each gifty Holiday.

ALSO: I make soap ( and B&Bitems) 1 day a week for my wholesale and custom orders. That was the part I left out :lol: .
 

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Ah. That makes slightly more sense. Lol. I suppose eventually once I learn what the heck I'm doing, I won't be spending half of my waking life making soap. But it's fun. At this point I wouldn't mind adding a couple of more days a week. But ask me how I feel in a year! Lol. I'm asking the hubby for stuff to make CP soap for my birthday. I hope he comes through!
 
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