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October 2020 Challenge - Tall and Skinny Shimmy

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I mixed up my pouring order and I only had 3 colors to keep track of. :rolleyes: So I have ended up with two pours of the same color one on top of the other which makes it not look like much of a shimmy. I think I'll have time for another try, otherwise I'll have to go with it.
 

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That's beautiful soap @Peachy Clean Soap ! One more post and you can enter ;) remember that entry soaps should not be posted here, but in a separate thread that opens october 21st
Awwww Thank you so much so very sweet of you. I wont enter the Shimmy Challenge' but it was so fun trying. Im looking forward to seeing the entries, Its exciting. Ive been a HP Soaper & have little experience w/ colors and designs. Now that Ive switched to CP soaping I'm having fun learning' this Shimmy Design being my first to try.
 
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@Louise Taylor if the batter is emulsified enough to divide into portions, there's no need to mix a lot anymore ;) just make sure it's really emulsified when you divide your batter. I dream in soap has a really great video about this. I'll attach it if/when I find it.

Thank you :)
 

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Since this challenge has already produced some really pretty non-shimmies, I thought it might be fun to have an un-shimmy entry thread to share pretty 'fails'. Or we could just keep them on this thread. Can I get some opinions on that? I understand if people don't feel comfortable sharing the soaps that didn't turn out how they wanted in an 'entry thread'. I just love seeing 'failed' pours of this technique because they're often just as pretty (or prettier) as the successful ones.
I like the idea! Even though I've already salted out all my thus far fails into laundry soap, I'm sure I'll have more to come. LOL!
 

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I tried again today with more colors. I think the consistency of the batter was much better this go. I have discovered that if I distract myself by working on a making a small batch of melt and pour embeds while I wait for the lye solution and oils to cool down, I am more likely to successfully leave them alone and reach a workable temp. I lost track of my shimmy pouring order, though, so we will see what happens...🤪
 
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Well, I thought I would take a stab at this last night, but after I had everything mixed up I realized I hadn't lined my mold, so the soap setup too much to pour. Although now I have a bit of freedom in choosing fragrance and color, so I'll make a small batch for myself (as hubby has used up almost all of the last personal soap batch that I made).

ETA: I knew I had a question to ask... I have a small 600g (oils) T&S mold but it bows a bit. Will the design be affected if I pour and then shore up the sides? Or should I rig up a box to put this in before I pour? Or am I overthinking... I've been known to do that.
I have a regular sized mold, and I cut up cardboard the length and width of my mold, but increased the height and voila...a tall and skinnier mold. I use costco small garbage liner (print on outside) to cover over the cardboard and in the mold. Yes, the wrinkle lines on final product are irritating, but I smooth those out after cutting the bars.
 

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Mine didn't hold its shape' as i've noticed when cutting my 2nd try @ the Shimmy Design this morning.
For as far as I know, that's pretty much how it works, yes. Although having a skinny enough mold is also essential for a good shimmy (the batter has to push into each other to create the s-shape)
 

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Can't wait to see how it worked out @tommysgirl !

Love the result of that last try @KimW !
I think it looks like a psychedelic ghost swirl ;) as for the technique, how wide is your mold? It looks a bit wide for a ts mold, but maybe the batter just didn't come all the way to the top. It's easier to get a good shimmy with a very skinny mold.

Thanks for the tip @sunnysuds ! That's a great idea!
 

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Uggghhh. I need more containers. Im still waing for my lye to cool, so its not yet an emergency. Im not used to making a batch bigger than my other molds.

I melted my hard fats. Added my soft oils....too much for my regular soaping bowl. So i switched to my big glass pampered chef mixing bowl. I know about the glass, its just gonna be this once. Its still too much. I havent added the lye solution yet, but i presume its gonna fill to the tippy top.

I foresee a big huge mess lol
 

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I have not even made my first try yet. Tonight I will be packing some soaping supplies to bring with me so I can make it on my roadtrip. Hopefully I'll be able to get two or three of attempts in before the deadline. I leave in the morning & will be driving for 2 days, but I'll have time in the evenings. Everything else is already packed in the car & there's plenty of room for more.
 

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