What soapy thing have you done today?

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  1. May 23, 2019 #11,901

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    Alfa I love the colors in your soap - especially like the blue one with "clouds" in it. What scent did you use? How did you color it? I love blue soap.
     
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    That’s fantastic!!!
     
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    Well, now I'm inspired. I have, basically, a "gabillion" little envelopes of mica. Anything an oz or more is going into a jar or bottle, and I'm moving my colorants from a shelf into a drawer over the holiday weekend. And, while I'm at it, I move my EOs/FOs in to a drawer as well. It's gonna get crazy up in here.
     
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    4 batches last night, 1 witchy FO :(
     
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    did it turn out ok anyways? can I ask what the FO was?
     
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    Tried out my new mallet for stamping my soaps. OMG, it works so much better than what I was using before. I found a teardrop mallet at Harbor Fleet that is perfect for me. The weight & balance are just what I was looking for, although I would have preferred a shorter handle, but it works exactly as I wanted when I stamped soaps this morning. Now I can take that make-shift rubber-banded rubber cover off my little (also perfectly balance & weighted for me, but not for stamping) ball peen hammer and put it back in my tool box.
    Also ordered a planer like IrishLass uses. I've been wanting one for about 2 or 3 years & finally just broke down & bought it. Hubby helped me look for something similar yesterday, but no one, not even him, understood what I was talking about. None of the big box stores seem to carry any really specialized wood working tools, so I have never been able to find one and yesterday decided it's not worth the search when I already know where to get one thanks to IrishLass. So I ordered it from Lee Valley. When it arrives, I'll probably be beveling up a storm!
     
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    Ive used molds from Milky Way. They have a lot of small bar molds...really cute shapes. Other than that I am a rustic look...nothing even...sigh.
     
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    I am not seven, but below is one of my molds I have used for guest size soaps. I originally bought it to make soap for my SIL when she was talking about turning their Colorado house into an Air B'n'B.

    About the size of hotel soaps; tray with cutting lines built-in; soaps weigh less than 2 ounces each; plastic Milky Way mold:
    https://www.wholesalesuppliesplus.com/products/goat-milk-guest-milky-way-soap-mold-tray.aspx

    I have lots of individual molds that work well for guest size soaps, and fill them with left over batter, so get lots of small soaps that way.

    Here's a silicone loaf mold for guest size soaps that you can cut uniformly with a soap cutter:
    https://www.wholesalesuppliesplus.com/products/guest-loaf-silicone-mold.aspx

    And there are multi-bar slab molds with dividers for guest size soaps from other vendors, but they tend to be on the more expensive side.
     
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    Wait, you stamp soaps with a Mallet? Could you post a pic? or do you mean you hit the soap stamp with the mallet?
     
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    The latter. :)

    I don't have any photos of me doing this as it takes 2 hands, but here's a video of someone else doing it:



    I don't like the mallet they use. It's too big and unwieldy for me. I really do like the teardrop mallet better, although I wish it had a shorter handle. But the balance and the weight works great for me.

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    Ahhh, I do like the tea drop mallet
     
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    I have infused shea butter with the, now rare, Amber Resin, and hope to be able to gather up my energy to make some soap. Send happy soap vibes - been outta the soap loop for too long. Rusty as all get out but still loving my craft.
     
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    Hey TAS, we haven’t met. Welcome back to the obsession. Make some soap. Let’s have fun.
     
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    Hi DWin, happy to be back. Sadly it’s been a 5 year hiatus.

    Because you said we have not met I’ll just briefly share — when I was a child my mother used to make soap outdoors using grandmother’s big bass pot. This was generally done after butchering a hog and she’d render the lard. She'd never let me near her soap pot but I guess the soap bug bit me way back then. My first soap batch was in 2002 and I was hooked. Moved to the Foothills of Boulder and after settling in I started to make soap. I had a website, TAS Touch, now defunct. We moved out of the Foothills - to the farm lands in Boulder county in 2014. Between moving to a new place, selling our mountain house, and moving my truly wonderful 95 year old mother-in-law in, as well as selling her house - well I’ve simply have not had time for my craft. I now have a sweet little space in our basement and, although rusty and slower, still love making soap. I am truly amazed and humbled by the absolutely, insanely gorgeous soap that is being created by the current soap makers.
     
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    I haz pretty, swirly HP soap!
    IMG_20190524_172301.jpg
     
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    Wow, that is pretty and swirly, and HP?! I'm not ready to change processes yet but I hope you'll give us a full report on how you did this!
     
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    More cut soap last night.
    I haz lots oh cutz zoap too
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    Wow! good stash. better wash up!
     
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    Plan on making soap today. Started cleaning dishes from last soapmaking endeavor.

    But first I am doing some work in SoapBuilder (soapmaking friend) - need to update a recipe so I can make soap; evaluating how some functions are working or not, as the case may be. It takes away from time making soap, though, and I am not sure I am in the mood for that right now.

    After the first thing this morning was filling out a survey for the Nurse's Health Study and having to recall traumatic events in my life, I am just not in the best of moods. But the Nurse's Health Study is important for women's health, so I am dedicated to it and have been for decades.

    edit: spelling corrections
     
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    Very nice!!
     
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