Discussion in 'Lye-Based Soap Forum' started by FlybyStardancer, Feb 12, 2014.
This looks awesome! Can you post a pic of the cut?
I have ginger beer and lime in the pot as we speak.
Here is yesterday's batch artfully (dis)coloured by White Tea and Berries FO. Thanks to @KiwiMoose for the heads up/tip! I like it!
Gosh those designs are so pretty, and the discolouration works with them
I made 4 batches of soap after a 2-month hiatus during which I have been busy helping my two daughters relocate from Raleigh to Charlotte NC. I needed to make soap to relax! So I made a rosemary mint that smells like an Aveda shampoo I had. I used French Green clay and a pinch of celadon mica for color and faint charcoal pencil lines. Does anyone else enjoy just standing in front of your cure racks and breathing in the glorious fragrances?
I felt pretty productive this weekend, but didn't get to half of my planned list for the weekend. Its tough having a soap business and a full time job, as I'm sure a lot of you know. Most of my soap work gets pushed to the weekends!
This weekend I managed to:
1. Photograph some new bars to post online (didn't get them posted yet though)
2. Planed, beveled and stamped 20 bars of rosemary mint.
3. Made star embeds for holiday cupcake soaps and painted them with mica once they were set to add some sparkle.
4. Added frosting and star embeds to 36 of the cupcake soap bases I made earlier in the week.
5. Shredded the equivalent of 5 or 6 bars to get ready for rebatching.
6. Transferred about 13 sample packs of micas and colorants out of their plastic bags and into small containers.
7. Did LOTS of soap dishes.
8. Bought some EO's today that I'd run out of so I can finish the second batch of holiday cupcakes I plan to make (gearing up for the holidays already!)
As a bonus, my house now smells like holiday-cinnamon-spicey goodness
I just did the 8 batches that I had set up.
Tried out 2 new scents from Bitter-Creek. One took off on me but since my lye was RT and I went Super slow on the SB I got it in while still fluid. Trying not to look at it in case it riced in the mold.
Hope to cut tomorrow night or Wednesday
What is RT ?
I totally agree with @TheDragonGirl !
I came home for lunch and to measure out my oils for two test recipes. Made them when I got home from work for the day since I was on my own for the evening. Indigo and Madder powders were mixed with boiling water this morning and added to the lye tonight. I had to filter it through cloth as it went into the oils. That was kind of messy, but otherwise it all seems to have gone well. The madder batter was a wonderful raspberry color going into the mold. The indigo was kind of a grey green blue, which I think I have seen once or twice before , but it has always turned blue by the time it was done. It was at the mid tone color wise, which is what I wanted. I topped both mini loaves with a layer of white soap made with kaolin clay. I also used the whitest oils I had in the house for this recipe, except for the Avocado oil that I love so much now that I couldn’t leave it out. I’m keeping my figures crossed that I get the colors I planned.
Feather swirl fail. Shhhh - only us soap makers will know. Anybody else will hopefully like the funny green blotches in the soap. AND - the ginger/lime FO was supposed to discolour to brown, which I had planned into the design. Hopefully it will darken with cure.
Made with Bundaberg Ginger Beer ( I know, I know, its Australian)
Wow! Beautiful design!!
Doesn’t that qualify as a feather swirl? Looks good to me.
KiwiMoose, I see a rabbit in the one on the left.
So I wanted to make oatmeal soap for my son today, but Hubby hasn't got out of his chair to go mow the lawn. I guess I'll have to wait until tomorrow. Or maybe he will go to bed early tonight. In the meantime, I'm beveling soap off and on. Also trying to solve an issue with opening one of my recipes. I haven't been able to open it for 3 days, so I think I'm going to have to re-create it all over again.
Oh to cut or not to cut...... I usually cut early and that gives me more ash - not that I really care.
But the age old soapers delimma.... to cut or not to cut.
I'll wait till Wednesday.
But this is what I have been thinking about all day here at work,
I forgot what was on my to do list for the weekend... but here's what I did:
Masterbatched 2lbs lye
Masterbatched 24lbs oils
Figured out how to create my masterbatch as an oil blend in SM3, so decided I MUST fix all of my recipes. As long as I was at it I also switched all the recipes over to grams and resized for the taller bars I want to start doing (*dumb reason* so my labels fit better on them. There's about 1/8" that folds over the bottom of the bar and it annoys my OCD.)
Made the remaining 18 bars of the 40 bar custom order.
Made 6 ugly sweater embeds.
Made a batch of mechanics soap from soap shreds.
Not too bad for a Saturday! (Sunday we took daughter to camp and did some sightseeing on the far side of MN over night.) Monday got home late-ish so I only had time to cut the soap I made on Saturday.
Today's list is looking like:
Making more ugly sweater embeds (only having two molds sucks)
Making a batch of ugly sweater soaps
Making a batch of sugar scrubs, just need to decide fragrance
Looking for the lost soap that I need for an order. Seriously. How does one lose an entire box of soap?
I've figured out the masterbatch lye, but haven't even tried to figure out/create a masterbatch oil blend. I may have to PM you about this!! Of course, it's not that big of a deal to me at the moment, so I will put this on my ever growing "to do" list.
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