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What wizardry is going on with that outside texture?!!!
That wizardry is a silicone mat! Patented by me dontcha know. I line the tube with it for several reasons - being easier soap extraction, easier clean up, pretty edges. And possible more reasons that I can’t think of right now. Mostly just habit. It’s what I do when I use a PVC tube.

Woot! Much happier with this batch:
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That wizardry is a silicone mat! Patented by me dontcha know. I line the tube with it for several reasons - being easier soap extraction, easier clean up, pretty edges. And possible more reasons that I can’t think of right now. Mostly just habit. It’s what I do when I use a PVC tube.
Brilliant idea! Does that mean I can buy one from you?!
Those pull throughs are lovely!
 

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VERY cool! Are there other ways you use it besides to line your column mold? It may not be large enough for my mold. Now that I converted it hahaha 15"x24", my mold is 3" diameter, 12" long. But my plates are a perfect fit, I'd only be able to use it with non-pull throughs.
Very cool though!!!
 

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VERY cool! Are there other ways you use it besides to line your column mold? It may not be large enough for my mold. Now that I converted it hahaha 15"x24", my mold is 3" diameter, 12" long. But my plates are a perfect fit, I'd only be able to use it with non-pull throughs.
Very cool though!!!
Yes it fits that size. I had to cut it down. I use the offcuts for this type of thing60EF89F1-3FB1-435E-BAC6-8FA6BBFA2A46.jpeg:
 

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Looking good @KiwiMoose :)

@TashaBird I have the same impression mat and got it on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08G1F8YK9/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
There are lots of pretty mats, just be sure to check the size as some are pretty small. Search for silicone lace fondant mats on Amazon and you should find many. This one is big enough for your column mold, but sounds like it might not work for your pull through. Besides lining a column mold, you can lay the mat in the bottom of a slab or loaf mold and pour over it. It is also possible to use a contrasting color to fill the pattern before putting it in the bottom of the mold, which gives a very pretty effect also.

The first time I saw this was on Auntie Clara's blog You searched for impression mat - Auntie Clara's Handcrafted Cosmetics She made her own impression mat and created a gorgeous soap using it. The Soap Challenge Club featured impression mats 4 or 5 years ago. I'm sure you can find some YouTube videos and Instagram posts from that challenge and what others have done since.
 

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I haven’t actually made a pull through soap in over a month. Ever since I’ve had major supply issues with my tallow. I’ve made a few loaf mold soaps, but I’m concerned about how the difference in tallow consistency will affect my pull throughs. But here we go!
Last night I prepped for four batches. I try not to drink and soap (SUI?! 😆), but prepping ingredients is fine.
The first two batches will be unscented. I’ve had folks asking for the ”pretty soaps” but without fragrance. Fingers crossed!
You probably already know this trick. But, lots of small things can make the convoluted prepping process for pull throughs easier.
Use a chopstick to put your baggie in the bottle. Then I tape the edges of the baggie. But don’t forget to use a skewer, or toothpick to poke a small hole in the top edge to let the air in the bottle out!!! Otherwise when you pour soap in it will just spill everywhere, don’t ask me how I know.

This is my first pull throughs with my new tallow and it is very different. I don’t like this tallow nearly as much. It’s soft and yellow, even when it’s cold. I’ve since learned that this is trim fat vs leaf fat. But it’s good fat! And I’m stuck with 5 gallons of it. So, I’m going to have to adjust either my recipe or my technique. I’ve prepped 4 batches of same recipe, so for these four I’ll explore different technique.
my first batch today barely layered and looked muddy all the way to the top. So, we’ll see how it goes.
Second batch I mixed at same temps but stirred more and longer, and waited for a minute or two before I started pouring. And it was better.
So maybe there’s hope after all.
I also added a bit more SL, and I’ll let it set longer. Especially now that I’ve got my brand new bad ass cutter! Yay!
Oh, and both these are unscented, which has been a request. But it felt weird.
 

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This new video from Tree Marie is very close to how I prepare my bottles. Thought you all may like it.
 
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