Swirl hanger tool self making tip

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Putzii

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Hi lovely soapers,

I have a small suggestion for the people that find the swirl hanger tool too expensive to buy. Especially in the UK!🙃 We can only buy from Amazon and Etsy from the US so the delivery costs are sometimes over 35 pounds 😬 for a hanger tool🤣

I just made my own just now within 10 minutes.
If you own an old exercise resistance band (the round hollow type) and you don’t mind cutting the ends off you can use this together with a hanger to make the tool.

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Straighten the metal clothes hanger💪🏼. Cut the ends loose and pull the resistance band over it.
I pulled it up all the way through because it feels nicer but you don’t have to of course.

Bend it into the shape and size you prefer for the mould you use and that’s that. You can wire the ends together on top again so it’s in one shape.

I ordered one from Amazon £23 pounds but then I thought about the old resistance band I still had and cancelled it straight away.

I hope it can help someone.

Have a lovely weekend🪬🌸🪬
 

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Can you buy gear ties in the UK? They are easier to bend than hangers. I've done the cut & bend hanger thing & may aging hands just don't have that kind of strength anymore!

Amazon UK has them: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gear-Tie/s?k=Gear+Tie
Hi there Earlene,

Yes absolutely. I have bought a pair on Amazon UK. Do you work with them? I bought a 24” so that would also fit a wider mould.

I hope you’re well.
Don’t say old- there is no old, just experienced Xx🪬
 

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Yes, I do. As a hanger substitute, the really skinnier ones are better than the thicker ones, particularly for finer detail swirls. The first set I bought had a pretty thick longer gear tie in the set, and I didn't like it as well as the thinner shorter ones, so I went looking for another set to use with long loaf molds.
 

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Aha, so that’s the trick. But how do you mean shorter is better. Doesn’t it depend on the mould width or length. How thick gives a good result you think? I purchased this one. Thought a reasonable thickness. Saw a lady on yt use something like this. I suppose it all depends on the mould and the pattern you want to achieve.

The cool thing is it’s such a simple tool and people make beautiful things with it. I bet the creator of this tool is clapping his hands reading of the soaping community loving his tool too🤣
 

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Aha, so that’s the trick. But how do you mean shorter is better. Doesn’t it depend on the mould width or length. How thick gives a good result you think? I purchased this one. Thought a reasonable thickness. Saw a lady on yt use something like this. I suppose it all depends on the mould and the pattern you want to achieve.

The cool thing is it’s such a simple tool and people make beautiful things with it. I bet the creator of this tool is clapping his hands reading of the soaping community loving his tool too🤣
No I did not mean that shorter was better, but that skinnier (less thickness) is better. The shorter ones I have are not as thick, but the longer ones were thicker, so I looked for ones that were long enough but thinner (less thickness). The reason was so that I could get more delicate swirls, which I did not feel the thicker ones were accomplishing.
 

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Thanks Earlene,

It all makes sense. Am a bit slow sometimes to pick things up lol🙃
Can acknowledge this now after being here 49+ years lol🤣🤣
 

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Thanks Earlene,

It all makes sense. Am a bit slow sometimes to pick things up lol🙃
Can acknowledge this now after being here 49+ years lol🤣🤣

Yes, and it comes and goes. I've noticed this in myself, anyway. For me it can be as simple as being distracted, or sleep pattern changes (deprivation, for example). Other times, a medication change can play a part. There are all kinds of reasons. ;)
 

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Lolz that’s it! Never mind, as long as we’re still good enough to make a soap thats fine by me🤩

With the thinny swirl tool first time made this soap came out of it. I haven’t used the blue one yet but also may not use it now as ordered the gear tie, making it very complicated as usual🙃
 

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