What soapy thing have you done today?

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  1. May 14, 2019 at 6:16 AM #11,781

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    Well I cut My 3rd attempt at HP Tiger Stripe and while its not as perfect as I was hoping, Im going to enter it anyway. The colors turned out vibrant and I like the way it looks so even if the pattern is not perfect, its still a pretty soap. Now waiting for the end of the month lol
     
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  2. May 14, 2019 at 8:22 AM #11,782

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    I, too, have just cut my tiger stripe soap for the challenge. For a change, I decided to use 30% lye concentration (I usually use 28%). I found that it made no difference to the fluidity of the soap, but, boy, did it make a huge (positive) difference to the finished product! MUCH easier to get out of the mould, quicker to set up, and easier to handle generally. I did have to apply a bit of heat to my knife though to get it to cut through - it was generally a much firmer soap than I'm used to.
     
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  3. May 14, 2019 at 10:53 AM #11,783

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    I did the opposit and used a higher fluid percentage. I did have to leave it in the mold a little bit longer then normal . Can't wait to see how yours turned out at the end of the month
     
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  4. May 14, 2019 at 1:18 PM #11,784

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    I am wishing I had used a bit less of the FO now ;) Nice but strong. Will have to make a note on it for next time
     
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  5. May 14, 2019 at 2:26 PM #11,785

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    Does everyone use MP for embeds?
     
  6. May 14, 2019 at 2:29 PM #11,786

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    I can't speak for everyone but I do.... sometimes. Often, if I have a bit of soap batter left in my bowl, I'll pour it into candy molds, to use as embeds at a later date.
     
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  7. May 14, 2019 at 3:44 PM #11,787

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    99.9% of all my embeds are M&P. and I thought this said does anyone - not everyone.

    For me, it just takes too long to make them in CP when I have 1 mold and need several, I can't wait days (or at least don't want to) to make only a few at a time when I can do several within the same day because M&P can set up and be popped out so quickly compared to CP
    (hope this makes sense)
     
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  8. May 14, 2019 at 5:44 PM #11,788

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    thank you for posting this I would never have thought of doing this--fantastic......I have been putting of making more embeds cuz I only have a few embed molds also and I thought it was a royal pain to do
     
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  9. May 14, 2019 at 8:24 PM #11,789

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    It depends on what the embed is being used for, how big the mold is, and what type of detailing I want to do. This was last weekend's embed making:
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    The Dracula teeth were mp (there was no way I was getting those to work out with cp). The rest of them are cp: to the left of the teeth are apples that will go on top of cupcakes. I split my cupcakes in half and my cutter won't go through mp so those needed to be cp. To the right of the teeth is a round embed to go inside a soap, so that also needed to be cp for my cutter, behind that is some ball embeds to go on cupcakes, above that a sweater cable knit and button embeds to go on top of a soap loaf so those also needed to be cut through. So basically... if I need to cut through it, it has to be cp. I usually don't have a problem cutting through cp embeds regardless of age, so I will plan my embeds for the next six months - even if there's a chance I won't make the soap - so that way I can do a reasonable amount of cp (the embeds above was 8oz of oil which is the smallest amount I will make).

    Sometimes I do need more embeds than one round with the mold will make - like the apples, I will need to do another pour - so I noted how much that mold holds and will add that to another batch of soap to pour off. It's really not as much of a pain as it sounds, I just have to remember to do it, lol. I'm pretty small potatoes, so making these few cp embeds really isn't a big deal. If I were bigger than I would do mp and figure out how to cut better.

    I unmolded my cupcakes last night. The two tone greens were a complete fail, the colors are currently too close to each other to tell the difference. I'm hoping they will cure to the proper greens. I can't remember if one of the greens morphs during cure or not. I know I have a few yellows and oranges that will do that, so hoping one of the greens will do the same. I have a pile of dishes to do, and I need to masterbatch oils and lye. Hopefully tomorrow night I will take a second stab at the tiger stripe challenge, maybe play with some foaming butter.
     
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  10. May 14, 2019 at 8:57 PM #11,790

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    Tonight I will be setting up pails for soaping so I can get home and be done before bed time ;)
     
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  11. May 14, 2019 at 10:02 PM #11,791

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    I do
     
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    Is there such a thing as too strong? My favourite Lush soap stinks out the the entire bathroom and I love it!
     
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    I have my lye solution cooling down for a soleseife! I haven't soaped in weeks and I can't wait for the kiddo to sleep so I can start lol.

    If I kept one of those in my living room I bet it would stink up my whole house haha. Unfortunately, my dad, elder boy and sister can't walk past a Lush store without breaking into sneezing fits, and all their products are a tad too expensive for my stingy self lol
     
  14. May 15, 2019 at 3:30 PM #11,794

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    Polishing up some soap I cut yesterday. Trying to decide when to photograph.

    Finished registration for Soaping conferences. My granddaughter is going to be attending with me in July. I had not even thought of inviting her, but my husband suggested it & thought she'd really enjoy it, so I asked and she seems eager to attend. She chose her 2 workshops and it's all set! So we will do that a week before we go to Hawaii.

    ETA: I took the photos. I like the resulting soap design, but plan to make this again tomorrow to see if I can improve on it before choosing photos to post. In fact, the design is really growing on me. I will share more about this in the next couple of days or so.
     
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    To polish soap Earlene - is that when you dunk them in water? I have some knife 'drag' marks on mine that I would like to remove.

    @Dawni - yes, very expensive, precisely why I recently made a copy of my favourite Lush soap - Karma. It's not quite the same as the original, but not bad.
     
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    Received my lye shipment at 7:30 this morning and made 2 batches of soap. The first is a new recipe I'm trying with Mango Butter. The second batch was my first attempt at the Tiger Stripe. The colors look good but I think the batter might have been a smidge too thick towards the end. I just have to wait and see how they look when I cut them tomorrow. Fingers crossed!
     
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    I just shine them up with a micro-fiber cloth. Sometimes I spray a bit of alcohol on first; sometimes not.

    As for knife drag marks, I use my planer to remove any irregularities and then follow with a quick polishing if needed to encourage a nice sheen.
     
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    Makes you wonder how much FO they’re using.
     
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    I don’t know if I’m supposed to post this here because when I tried to post on the craft fair forum, my post was deleted; I haven’t been a member long enough and don’t have 50 posts to my name. So I’ll try to make this soapy. I have been working non-stop getting ready for our Tractor Supply Market Day this Saturday To the point where my daughter said I’m wearing a wedding dress to McDonalds. LOL i think my display will be cool and (here’s the soapy part) I bought a hand-held steamer to shine up my bars. I should have taken before and afters but didn’t think of it until just now. Anyway, the steamer was definitely well worth buying.
     
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    I have done nothing this week - unless ordering a new tent for summer shows counts. I will be kicking it into gear this weekend, as I will begin show prepping for my first show of the year June 1 & 2. Might have to pay a kid to help me shrink wrap and label soaps...
     
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