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I have cooked a decadent portion of pastitsio (the Greek twist on lasagna) yesterday, but I badly cut my finger at the last onion – so I'm feeling terribly uncomfortable with water right now (cleaning the dishes 😭). Under the plaster, the swollen, bloody skin looks quite like a miniature version of @Tara_H's slaugterhouse photos.
Other than not being able to wash my hands properly, I did something overdue soapy: I “masterbatched” (diluted) my ROE. I was really annoyed by that sediment that made me uncertain about distribution of active agents throughout the whole bottle, and I don't want to shake it too often to avoid air contact, AND dosage is painful.
So I diluted the rosemary extract 1+8 in HO sunflower oil, and filled it into a small brown glass bottle with drop counter lid. Then I went to the precision scale and measured if I did my math right. Each drop weighs 29.4±3.4 mg and holds just shy of 300 µg of carnosic acid, just the amount recommended for 10 g oils. The ROE “concentrate” went into the freezer (just out of general paranoia), and my working solution is now much easier to handle.

Stuff! I used the lollipop challenge to experiment with my pvc column molds and my colors dispersed with glycerin. Love the molds... the glycerin not so much. BB100DE0-A9C9-44D0-BFF8-89F9ED316819.jpeg
Whoa! That on the bottom right looks like the reflections in the circular waves on a bucket of water 😍 If one only could manage to create such effects deliberately and reliably…
What did you use to create these small dark dots? I especially like those in the olive zones.
 

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I’m laid out from my second COVID shot - seriously, Top 5 on the Feeling Awful scale - so I stayed home from my Job that Pays Me. I’m physically wrecked but mentally ok.....so I took the opportunity to obsess over fattty acid profiles, and I now have, if it turns out, what will be my go-to recipe! Now I just gotta wait for my stuff to come so I can take it for a test drive.....
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I just happened to have an empty pringles container so thought I'd try the lollipop swirl, first time try. Settled on purple, lime green and yellow mica for coloring. First mistake, buying shea butter that was bright yellow so that threw off all my colours. I added sucrose to the water before I added the lye. That turned bright orange, go figure! I didn't bother adding the yellow mica, the yellow is my uncolored soap batter. I was happy enough with my pour, covered the mold but I think it then overheated as there was an oil slick on top. Uncovered it and oil supposedly disappeared. I popped it in freezer so I could unmold it. All the oil must have been down the sides, very messy. I was happy with it, even though the colours aren't distinct enough. I'd like to have another go, kids, go and buy some pringles please!

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Whoa! That on the bottom right looks like the reflections in the circular waves on a bucket of water 😍 If one only could manage to create such effects deliberately and reliably…
What did you use to create these small dark dots? I especially like those in the olive zones.
The bottom right was easy to do, but will probably never be able to replicate. I was attempting the lollipop swirl and my batter accelerated A LOT so I just plopped it all back in the pot gave it a stir and poured/spooned into my mold and banged it on the floor a lot!
The other too were experiments gone wrong... I tried pre-dispersing my colors (mica, clay and other spices..etc ) in glycerin. It didn't work out too well and the bars ashed badly. I think if maybe, I would have stick blended a little maybe the would have mixed better? Who knows?!?!? But I was also attempting more challenge soaps so I didn't want to SB too much. The olive tones...one of my favorite natural colorants- Matcha Green Tea Powder.. It usually turns an ugly brown with speckles during cure that I absolutely love! I tried that batch/colrs again on my last attempt in the challenge. Its my favorite so far!
 

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I love my Nurture 9-bar cutter. It was less expensive and smaller to store than the longer cutter. It is made in the US, ships fast, is sturdy as a tank, and cuts like buttah.

They do offer an extension deck for longer loaves, but I didn't want to pay for that. So, I just use a book, a block of wood, or my hands to hold up or prop up the part of any longer loaf that hangs off the cutter.

They go out of stock pretty quickly, so if you want one, I recommend signing up to be notified when they are in stock (do that for each color you'd be willing to buy). Then when you get the email, get that baby in your cart and press Purchase - because they go fast!
I'm glad you love your NS cutter. It's on my wish list!
 

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I just happened to have an empty pringles container so thought I'd try the lollipop swirl, first time try. Settled on purple, lime green and yellow mica for coloring. First mistake, buying shea butter that was bright yellow so that threw off all my colours. I added sucrose to the water before I added the lye. That turned bright orange, go figure! I didn't bother adding the yellow mica, the yellow is my uncolored soap batter. I was happy enough with my pour, covered the mold but I think it then overheated as there was an oil slick on top. Uncovered it and oil supposedly disappeared. I popped it in freezer so I could unmold it. All the oil must have been down the sides, very messy. I was happy with it, even though the colours aren't distinct enough. I'd like to have another go, kids, go and buy some pringles please!

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I think your colors are perfect and complement each other very well. I think not adding the yellow mica was the right decision because the pastel shade looks better with the more pastel green and purple.
 

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Interesting. I could never get everything to combine properly when I made them cold. When I poured in the melted ingredients, they just solidify before I can stir them in. I found it was much easier to use SCI powder and heat it up with the other surfactants before mixing in the melted stuff.
What kind of mixer are you using, and what kind of beaters? Are you using dough hooks?
I used my Kitchenaid mixer. Whip attachment. I pour the melted ingredients in a thin stream and don’t let it hit the sides of the bowl. I really don’t enjoy making shampoo bars.
 

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No soap making today! Almost finished processing the fat though... By the time 6pm hit, the beer had arrived so I'm not doing anything more this evening that involves gallons of boiling oil, or mixing lye.

I did do some planing and tidying, and I cut my experimental pour. I have a notion about how That Soap from the browsing thread was done, and I wanted to see if I could figure it out. I couldn't find any evidence that it's been replicated yet and of course I love a challenge! Plus if I'm right it involves a specific gadget which of course I happen to have 🤣

I didn't get the result, but what I did get leads me to believe I'm on the right track, although I think the original was made using a bigger gadget than the one I have 😲

(And a much steadier hand)
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No soap making today! Almost finished processing the fat though... By the time 6pm hit, the beer had arrived so I'm not doing anything more this evening that involves gallons of boiling oil, or mixing lye.

I did do some planing and tidying, and I cut my experimental pour. I have a notion about how That Soap from the browsing thread was done, and I wanted to see if I could figure it out. I couldn't find any evidence that it's been replicated yet and of course I love a challenge! Plus if I'm right it involves a specific gadget which of course I happen to have 🤣

I didn't get the result, but what I did get leads me to believe I'm on the right track, although I think the original was made using a bigger gadget than the one I have 😲

(And a much steadier hand)
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The original looks like a 2-color dancing funnel pour.
 

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No soap making today! Almost finished processing the fat though... By the time 6pm hit, the beer had arrived so I'm not doing anything more this evening that involves gallons of boiling oil, or mixing lye.

I did do some planing and tidying, and I cut my experimental pour. I have a notion about how That Soap from the browsing thread was done, and I wanted to see if I could figure it out. I couldn't find any evidence that it's been replicated yet and of course I love a challenge! Plus if I'm right it involves a specific gadget which of course I happen to have 🤣

I didn't get the result, but what I did get leads me to believe I'm on the right track, although I think the original was made using a bigger gadget than the one I have 😲

(And a much steadier hand)
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It (the soap you linked to) looks very similar to a dancing funnel pour. See Love Affair in this link: Dancing Funnel Link-Ups

In fact, it is a dancing funnel pour. See this link also: 77 Soap Swirl Technique: Dancing Funnel Swirls ideas | swirl soap, soap, home made soap

ETA: I did not see GemstonePony's post (busy trying to find Anna Soap before posting this.)
 

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It (the soap you linked to) looks very similar to a dancing funnel pour. See Love Affair in this link: Dancing Funnel Link-Ups

In fact, it is a dancing funnel pour. See this link also: 77 Soap Swirl Technique: Dancing Funnel Swirls ideas | swirl soap, soap, home made soap

ETA: I did not see GemstonePony's post (busy trying to find Anna Soap before posting this.)
Some of those do look pretty similar! The part that still seems to be missing is the shape of the blobs, and the pattern on the sides. Which is where the gadget aspect comes in.
But yes strictly speaking I guess what I did would also be the same technique :)

Edit: here is the page it's from 안나솝
 

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Some of those do look pretty similar! The part that still seems to be missing is the shape of the blobs, and the pattern on the sides. Which is where the gadget aspect comes in.
But yes strictly speaking I guess what I did would also be the same technique :)

Edit: here is the page it's from 안나솝
Thanks, I couldn't find the original. I still believe it's a dancing funnel pour. The design can look very different depending on how fluid the batter is and how one pours it. In this case, I'd say very thin batter and very precise pouring technique, with a very steady hand.

The pattern on the sides can change with the technique of the pour as well as the thickness of the batter. She may have poured specifically in a sort of oblong-shaped dot as opposed to circular dot. That would be my guess.

The other alternative, I'd say would be a pull-through with a net, but I don't think that kind of uniformity is as easily obtained with a net pull-through. (I've done one with a net & it doesn't even come close.) It might be possible with a rigid-net-shaped tool, but I doubt it would come out looking quite like that.
 

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Some of those do look pretty similar! The part that still seems to be missing is the shape of the blobs, and the pattern on the sides. Which is where the gadget aspect comes in.
But yes strictly speaking I guess what I did would also be the same technique :)

Edit: here is the page it's from 안나솝
That was quite a controversial soap at the time, with some convinced that it was photoshopped, or a layer of soap wrapped around another bar. I don’t think I’ve seen another one quite like it in all my travels.
 

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I’m laid out from my second COVID sho
Thank you! I’m feeling MUCH better today!
So glad you're feeling better. I'm a bit nervous about getting my second dose. I got the Moderna and I had an immense headache for 2 days (I don't normally get headaches), and my arm was practically immovable (immobile?) for the day after. I think I will just take the day following my second dose to be on the safe side - and if it happens that I'm fine, then I will make soap or something!

My soapy things: I made a batch of OMH Blueberry which has piped roses and leaves and blueberry embeds on it. This is the second time I've made this soap and it went much better this time. I'm getting better at piping leaves, and realizing that I need to pipe twice as many as I actually think I need because I will inevitably lose some during unmolding, cutting, and stamping the bars.

I made lye for the last two soaps that will hopefully have me fully stocked to get through the summer and those will get made this weekend. I'm also planning out my lollipop soap for the challenge and will get that made this weekend.

Also on my weekend list is to take pictures of the soaps on my cure rack 'cuz I feel like I do a lot of telling and not enough showing on this thread. :)
 

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That was quite a controversial soap at the time, with some convinced that it was photoshopped, or a layer of soap wrapped around another bar. I don’t think I’ve seen another one quite like it in all my travels.
Yes, I read through that whole thread, all the speculations were very interesting! For what it's worth, my theory is that it is indeed 'all in the pour' as I believe she stated, but that she used a device like this to pour all of the blobs at the same time so that they didn't have the opportunity to become circular:
I have a hobby version which only holds a very small amount so I couldn't test very well, but the results didn't put me off this theory.
I still can't explain the pattern on the sides but I'm curious as to whether that can be achieved by offsetting the device diagonally for alternating pours 🤔
 

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I didn't get the result, but what I did get leads me to believe I'm on the right track, although I think the original was made using a bigger gadget than the one I have 😲

(And a much steadier hand)
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....for a hot second there I seriously thought you'd purchased an octopus and were going to somehow try to render its fat... 🤣 🤣
What can I say. It's been a long day!
 

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