Translucent and Opaque soap - how is it done?

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  1. May 11, 2019 #21

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    082E28F8-D6A1-458E-ABB4-E24AB060B0AC.jpeg Ok gang. Start the nail biting. Your guess is as good as mine.
     
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    One of the biggest problems is cutting the soap if you layer the m&p. You cannot cut m&p with a wire cutter, so large amounts of m&p mixed in cp will not cut with wire.
     
  3. May 12, 2019 #23

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    Oh my goodness that looks amazing! I cannot wait until it's unmolded!

    I was wondering about that too. I do have a baked blade but it never gets any use.
     
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    No M&P in this soap...all from scratch. But I am second-guessing my decision to put it in the freezer.
     
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    isn't it technically MP? I was thinking it was too--but what do I know?? how long till you can cut? I cant stand this waiting around stuff
     
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    Isn’t M&P the stuff you buy that’s already soap? This started off like all CP as oils and lye in my soap pot.
     
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    What's it doing?
     
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    Yours would also me m&p, just be careful if you use a wire cutter. I make a couple of transparent soaps from scratch and they will break my cutter wires. Most Melt and Pour bases available today are a soap base to start with, the only true synthetic m&p I know of is the crystal clear m&p's.
     
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    Broke 3 cutter wires, but It was because they were frozen. I’m hoping they will clear up a bit more. This was cold process!
     

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    Very nice!! Sorry about your poor wires.
     
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    I use fishing wire in my cutter, so it’s no big deal.

    I did read somewhere that you can melt and remold it a couple of times before it gets too cloudy, but this is pretty cloudy from the get-go unless it clears up as it continues to cure. At this point I’d call it opaque but certainly not translucent.
     
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    I love it Daryl--good job. post pics as it cures esp if it clears more. cant wait to see the bubbles from it too!!
     
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    I’ve made it a few times (or attempted to make it a few times), more as an experiment to satisfy my curiosity than anything else. I’m not sure I’d do it as a regular thing; nice lather, but not as nice as my regular CP, they sweated badly and dissolved very quickly. Also hard to cut nicely.

    Thin slice, and slightly thicker slice. CA601A64-3A85-477B-8B6A-12ADD9AE0BBD.jpeg 33673DF2-A106-4530-8002-28F30C3AB857.jpeg
     
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    The slices I posted were 1” thick. I believe the cloudiness is coming from using mica which I dispersed in glycerine as the colorant, I didn’t have any liquid color. Thought about using food coloring but feared it might be skin staining. I added a bit of sodium lactate as well, but I don’t think it was enough to affect the clarity. Also, not sure the freezing was necessary and may have affected the outcome, but it looked like just-mixed Jell-O when I poured it, so I turned chicken. I’ll definitely try it again sometime soon.
     
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    I love it, I think it's gorgeous! While you can't see through it completely it really has a great color and transparent effect.
     
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    Thanks. You are very kind. I am very pleased with the hue. The fragrance is spearmint and rosemary, and I believe it’s reflective of those.

    Note for those who may want to try this: One of the challenges with this type of soap is counteracting the yellow cast of many oils. That’s why I chose grape seed. Blues tend to turn green, but this one ended fairly true to the color I added. I’ll be interested to see how it bubbles.
     
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    very nice--the thin one is almost like glass. thanks for your input on the lather, sweating etc
     
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    Soap is transparent up to 1/8” but as stated earlier, I think it’s the mica that made it cloudy.
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    The lather is incredible for day 2...more creamy than bubbly. Rinses clean and not drying at ALL! (Note: I’m not as fat as my hand looks...the camera adds 10 lbs!) I understand why people like these types of soap...it’s not so much about the transparency as it is the quality of lather.

    I love the idea of mixing regular cp and translucent soap.
     

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    Wow, this looks great. The soaps look like frosted glass, I love that.
    And that lather! So glad it turned out well, now we will have to try it at some point :)
     
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    Thanks very much, and yes, it reminds me of an old fashioned Coke bottle or depression glass. I wish we had “smell-a-vision.”
     
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