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TeresaT

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I had to print it so I could read it without burning my retinas on the computer screen.
 

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Looks neat, but I don't think I've got the attention span to do that.
 

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That is amazing. How talented and patient some people are!! The video link at the beginning of Aunty C's article of Michelle making the teapot is amazing.
 
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Looking forward to the results already!!!
I have a bit of a head start on the project which is why I'm so eager to try it. I still have 2 blobs of the Sorcery Soap dough that needs to be put to good use (pink & orange). My plan is to make 1lb of white base and roll pink/orange pencil-thick rods to use as embeds. Now I just have to decide what FO to use because the pink soap dough is already scented with Love Spell. Any suggestions? I thought BB's Champagne might be a nice compliment but other than that idea I'm stumped.
 

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http://auntieclaras.com/2016/08/agateware-soap/

She describes how she did it. I had an attempt at caning with soap a while back with spectacularly boring and blah effect, posted in the photo section. It was not at all memorable. Looks like I needed to wait longer and use less water. Way to go, Auntie Clara!
 

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My favorite part of her blog post is, "Clearly my millefiori technique leaves some room for improvement..." Um, maybe I should send her some photos of my soaps so she can see what 'room for improvement' means... her soaps, even the first attempts, are beautiful and elegant!

I just adore Auntie Clara and her willingness to try new techniques - and then share them! Her blog posts are so well-written, she's funny, kind, smart, and just an incredible artist. Having a major fandom moment!
 

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http://auntieclaras.com/2016/08/agateware-soap/

She describes how she did it. I had an attempt at caning with soap a while back with spectacularly boring and blah effect, posted in the photo section. It was not at all memorable. Looks like I needed to wait longer and use less water. Way to go, Auntie Clara!
Dang newbie, I wish you had posted a link to your caned soap but I will definitely search for it. I'm not so convinced that low water is necessary or desirable for soap dough. The dough I have was probably made at least 2 months ago but it's still pliable after warming it up with a little hand-kneading. It's been kept in plastic wrap inside a ziploc sandwich bag since I got it. I was able to work with it bare-handed from the get go and never felt like I was handling raw, zappy soap.

I'm pretty sure the recipe is a basic lard/CO/OO combo with full water based on some of the Sorcery Soap blog posts. I think the key is unmolding when the loaf is just firm enough to handle but mostly saponified and then wrapping it to cut off air contact. I also suspect possibly using an excess of sodium lactate to make a softer bar . . . can't put my finger on it right now but I think I've read that too much can have that effect. And the Sorcery blog posts indicate leaving soap in the mold for 24-48 hrs which seems like a long time for my 50% lard batches so I think there's something else at play here.

Auntie Clara's blog post also gave me ideas for using rolled out sheets of multi-colored soap dough for a rimmed soap. I'm not patient enough to make a rimmed soap in the traditional fashion but I might be able to use a sheet of soap dough like a fondant liner for a loaf mold. This definitely has my brain spinning with ideas!
 

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Oh no need to go looking. It was pretty dreadful but the same idea. My soap was too soft to work like polymer clay but I could imagine with the right texture, you could do something similar to caning. It's a lot of work though so for a specialty soap, it would fun.
 

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I've gotten that consistency from a batch of really soft oils. Didn't have full water either! I have so many ideas. That picture is inspiring though!
 

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And when you're finished that, you can report on this one. (I sat there with my mouth agape while I watched this!)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VID2Sp77Fbo
Great video and gorgeous soap made by none other than SMF's TVivian! I haven't seen her post lately but periodically check the Soapish youtube channel hoping for new videos.
 

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Great video and gorgeous soap made by none other than SMF's TVivian! I haven't seen her post lately but periodically check the Soapish youtube channel hoping for new videos.
I remember this challenge, TVivian always does beautiful work! Miss her...
 

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