two words: Freezer trick. Put it in now, and take it out in about 30 minutes. You still have a little over two hours to get your pics posted in the entry thread.I unmolded my soap, but I don't think it has a prayer of being hard enough to cut in time for the entry.
Inconveniently, I work and was only able to get to my soap around 5:30 CST. So, I had to work with soft cream cheese soap, with licorice string embeds and a M&P side. So I had to use a blade to cut it, which meant I had to try to smooth the bars afterwards. They're not bad, but I'm not cutting any more until everything is closer to the same hardness. Which might be this weekend.two words: Freezer trick. Put it in now, and take it out in about 30 minutes. You still have a little over two hours to get your pics posted in the entry thread.
@bookreader451 Oh, I'm glad to talk to someone else with experience with this mica. I used 2 tsp for 500g of oil. Do you think that was enough?
As noted, I stirred it into the melted oils before adding lye. The color was a beautiful shimmery dark navy. It didn't look like I could add much more without ending up with speckles.
Unless you think I didn't use enough, I'm going to blame the FO, which I haven't tried before. Not a good choice to use an untried FO in a last-minute batch for a challenge entry.
Yes to gelling; it was 100% CO so it started gelling on its own before I even got it covered and insulated. So it sounds like the FO is the culprit. I'll try it again in another small batch without FO, where I add it to the batter, instead of the oils. Thanks!I haven’t used it for a whole soap batch, and I have always mixed with OO then mixed it in with the batter.
I did use it with a discoloring FO and it still held as a dark blue. Do you gel?
I think you used enough, the only thing I can think of is not gelling or the FO.