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Thank you! It is a bit of a workout! Lol. I used black oxide. I really didn’t use enough to get a true black but I like how it turned out. More of a dark charcoal.
You can add more colorant to your dough and knead it in. It's a little messy, but it's do-able.
 

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Good to know! Thank you. Would you disperse it first in a small amount of oil, or just add it dry? I’m thinking that dispensing it would have a better outcome.
I've had good results adding them dry, even including water-soluble TD. I wouldn't recommend using very much oil, if any. The more material you add, the harder it is to keep it from squeezing out/off of the dough. Oil keeps dough from sticking together as well, which would make kneading even harder. Water makes dough more sticky, and kneading dries dough out, so if you use anything, I would suggest a very cautious amount of water.
 

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My new soap mould and cutter arrived! (This being my first 'real' soap mould that's not a milk carton or repurposed bread tin...) And I found olive oil at Tesco's for a very good price. Combined with a crappy afternoon at work I felt like today was the perfect day to try Zany's no slime castile.
Hopefully the fact that the lye in fake seawater wasn't completely clear after dissolving is ok, I think it is. I added a bit of turmeric for colour and to see how it behaves, and no scent.

Of course then I discovered that there isn't a level surface in the house, and I had to steal the spirit level from my baking box to straighten things out:
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Can't wait to see how it turns out tomorrow!
 

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These are my most recent batches and my first two times using the drop swirl technique. It's so easy and is a really cool look. The ones on the left are Star Jasmine & Vanilla Scent and the ones on the right (that I just cut today and will bevel later) are Spiced Winter Apple but I'm going to call them Apple & Pear Medley.
 

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Made some embeds and was about to soap when I remembered I had to take my doggy to the vet. It went fairly well. I had everything separated to make 5 layers, which are likely kind of smooshy. The oils hardened and I had to heat them a bit warmer than I’d like, and so my FO caused some mild ricing and acceleration. I’ve never had ricing before. If there was a tiny bit of chunkiness still when I poured, will that be ok?
Anyway, trying not to get my hopes up. The acceleration really mucked up my plans.
 

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So here is the results of the soap dough I made Saturday. Unmolded yesterday, wrapped it in plastic and kneaded it today. Great consistency. I’m very happy with the result of this Sorcery Soap recipe. My hands are a little tired because I plugged away and got all 9 bars, 36 oz of soap kneaded and wrapped within an hour. Now to think about how I will use it...

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I attempted soap dough two weeks ago. It was a terrible experience. I will try it again. It might have gone well, except one of the videos that I watched put the soap into plastic disposable glasses and was able to unmold them easily (soap and clay), it wasn't as simple as that LOL. I had to cut the plastic away from the soap dough.

I wasn't sure it was right. It was somewhat pliable, but pretty dry. I have nothing to compare it to, because I have never used soap dough before, so I wasn't sure if that was supposed to be that way. I had to dip them in distilled water to make them a little more workable.

in the end, I threw them away (most were still in the plastic cups without a saran wrap liner, which is what I probably should have put in in the first place). They ended up all primary looking colors, and not very pretty...I was going for easter colors, but I eyeballed everything wrong LOL...too much color I think.

Anyway. I will try again. I really had the feeling that they weren't right, but like I said, I didn't have anything to compare them to, so I will probably buy some soap dough to get a feel for what right is.

I love your colors @Jersey Girl Colors aside, mine didn't look like that. They were much harder and more crumbly.
 

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I attempted soap dough two weeks ago. It was a terrible experience. I will try it again. It might have gone well, except one of the videos that I watched put the soap into plastic disposable glasses and was able to unmold them easily (soap and clay), it wasn't as simple as that LOL. I had to cut the plastic away from the soap dough.

I wasn't sure it was right. It was somewhat pliable, but pretty dry. I have nothing to compare it to, because I have never used soap dough before, so I wasn't sure if that was supposed to be that way. I had to dip them in distilled water to make them a little more workable.

in the end, I threw them away (most were still in the plastic cups without a saran wrap liner, which is what I probably should have put in in the first place). They ended up all primary looking colors, and not very pretty...I was going for easter colors, but I eyeballed everything wrong LOL...too much color I think.

Anyway. I will try again. I really had the feeling that they weren't right, but like I said, I didn't have anything to compare them to, so I will probably buy some soap dough to get a feel for what right is.

I love your colors @Jersey Girl Colors aside, mine didn't look like that. They were much harder and more crumbly.
I used a silicon single cavity molds. They make 4 oz bars. Poured at very lt trace. Covered in Saran Wrap. They popped out easily at 24 hrs but were a bit too sticky, so I wrapped them in wrap again and waited another 24 and then they were ready to be kneaded. It’s easier to knead if you break the bars into smaller pieces to do it. Try the recipe I listed. I used distilled water and no additives.
 

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I used a silicon single cavity molds. They make 4 oz bars. Poured at very lt trace. Covered in Saran Wrap. They popped out easily at 24 hrs but were a bit too sticky, so I wrapped them in wrap again and waited another 24 and then they were ready to be kneaded. It’s easier to knead if you break the bars into smaller pieces to do it. Try the recipe I listed. I used distilled water and no additives.
I’ve switched from pouring soap dough into a mold to pouring it right into ziplock bags. Then I leave it in there for 3-4 days and it’s ready to go. Keeps it air tight from the start and I don’t get any lumps.
Do you mix your activated charcoal with water or oil? I’ve been mixing mine with some of the recipe oils and the black soap dough gets so dry. I’m wondering if it’s soaking up the water, and if I should mix it with water instead.
 

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I finally did test bars. So much easier with masterbatching! Plus I was getting tired of surprises from new fo’s and micas. It was a really good lesson (read ‘there’s no one set rule on micas or fo’s’) and a good reminder to stick to what works (read ‘be patient and TAKE NOTES, dammit!)
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I’ve switched from pouring soap dough into a mold to pouring it right into ziplock bags. Then I leave it in there for 3-4 days and it’s ready to go. Keeps it air tight from the start and I don’t get any lumps.
Do you mix your activated charcoal with water or oil? I’ve been mixing mine with some of the recipe oils and the black soap dough gets so dry. I’m wondering if it’s soaking up the water, and if I should mix it with water instead.
Good idea about the bags! I used black oxide for the dough, not AC so I can’t answer that but I normally use oil to mix AC for coloring regular soap.
 

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The weather is shocking today and I got up very early, so it's been quite a soapy day and I suspect I'm not done yet!

I got some handy shelves for super cheap, and quickly filled them with supplies (pictured) and bars of curing soap (not pictured)
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I made a batch of soap dough and split it 3 ways for primary-ish colours.
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I tried my hand at transparent soap (it's still going and I may be getting slightly tipsy from the alcohol fumes)
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And I couldn't wait any longer and unmoulded the Castile. I thought it was basically set but it turns out it was still kind of soft at the ends (maybe insufficient gel?)
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I pushed on and cut it with my new slicer anyway, although I needed some assistance in getting a grip on it.
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But it was all worth the effort, I have many beautiful, even, smooth bars of soap! (And two egregious end pieces 😄 )
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Better than I expected! I thought they were going to be a disaster because my FO caused acceleration. Instead of soaping the next layer cooler, I panicked and soaped warmer. 🤦🏻‍♀️
The orange layer riced a little too. That was the first time I’ve seen ricing. I left it covered on the heating pad for some extra time and it was ready to unmold and cut really fast! Because the green thickened too fast, I had to spackle some holes between the legs, but not too bad.
I used 8th & Ocean by Nurture, but I was soaping at 100. Folks all say it behaves well at much lower.
Also, my hologlitter melted. Must’ve been the ling heat. New premium mold!
Dog Bless You!

Dawn dish soap escapes my floor when I wash a mountain of soap dishes.
 

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The doorbell rang today and I hear my Husband call out: "What all did you buy??"
My only response was "Hey, it was a rough week last week"
Bahahaha... It might have been a rough week here last week too - I have a new scale coming today, a lotion crafter box came yesterday, and a soapers choice box is coming later this week (I hope... I had a damaged shipping notice this morning).

My soapy thing for the day... making smelly cups for this weekend's market so that folks wearing masks will be able to smell the soaps. Hoping I can squeeze in a batch of lip balms before we go to brew club tonight (after is not an option...). I also packed a box of odds and ends soaps to take to brew club, will trade for beer and farm fresh eggs, lol. The soaps are end cuts and overpours, and a few older soap bars... maybe that gawdawful rebatch I did...
 

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Bahahaha... It might have been a rough week here last week too - I have a new scale coming today, a lotion crafter box came yesterday, and a soapers choice box is coming later this week (I hope... I had a damaged shipping notice this morning).

My soapy thing for the day... making smelly cups for this weekend's market so that folks wearing masks will be able to smell the soaps. Hoping I can squeeze in a batch of lip balms before we go to brew club tonight (after is not an option...). I also packed a box of odds and ends soaps to take to brew club, will trade for beer and farm fresh eggs, lol. The soaps are end cuts and overpours, and a few older soap bars... maybe that gawdawful rebatch I did...
We're doing our first craft show of the year this weekend too! I'm so excited!
 
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