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Discussion in 'Lye-Based Soap Forum' started by FlybyStardancer, Feb 12, 2014.
Sigh, today I washed 6732 buckets from soaping this weekend.
Finally got some soap made today. I have not made soap since the first of Nov. Today I made a batch of my Peppermint Bliss and 2 batches of my Hardwood Plumeria. Needed to get them back in stock
Unboxed this bad boy. Bow chicka wow wow.
Also made new kitchen sink soap, theme of "green stuff": kamchatka volcanic clay, green oxide, french green clay, spirulina, pow. goat milk, Aromahaven ming fern & lavender FO, cedarwood EO.
WS order arrived
After waiting 3 weeks, my first WS ordered finally arrived, so I got that unpacked. A candy mold (looks like mini peanut butter cups) that I bought on Amazon also arrived. I'm hoping to use that to make bath truffles. The other WS order has now shipped and is due next Monday.
I also ordered a soap planer from etsy yesterday. They're made to order, so I have no idea when that will be arriving. Since I have to go in for an endoscopy and minor surgery on my lower esophagus Friday, and our son coming up for the weekend, I'm holding off on soap making till next week.
I also spent some time today working on soap calc and coming up with a couple of new recipes to try. Also bought some 100% avocado oil at Costco for $9.99 for 33.8oz. I can use it for cooking or soaping and didn't have to pay any shipping which is always a good thing.
I made 2 cylinder molds and have enough pipe left over for several more also bought liners to put in the molds. I tried out my pink and yellow soap and found out it isn't as good as my purple and yellow soap but it'll do for now.
Here's my molds I made. Will be excited to try them out in a couple of days.
:::SIGH::: Not a stinkin' soapy thing done today OR yesterday! I seriously hate how my job interferes with my soaping time!
Oh oh oh I'm so excited!!!! I'm giddy with excitement...I made my first successful swirl tonight then I messed it up a little on the top. This is the before pic.
Here's the after so far
I will unmold tomorrow or Friday. Will let yall know how it goes.
My new Soapy Studio is functional. As my hubby and I were working he found that none of the home wiring done by the previous owner was grounded so he re-did it all. I just moved in and realized I'm going to need more shelving soon. Curing racks from soapequipment.com still on my wish list. All of my unwrapped soap still upstairs. It's 16x26 - cozy enough to move around easily.
I just cut my soap today, scented with blueberry muffin FO from new direction aromatics it smell delicious but very overpowering it's very strong. I put 50 grams for 1000 grams of oil. Did I put too much?
I'm home today and CPOP-ing (if that's a word) a Castille that refuses to get solid enough to unmold without breaking. Yeah, I didn't discount the water enough. My bad.
It's now baking at 170 and I am NOT turning off the oven for some hours yet, until everything goes back into gel phase and hopefully drives off some water for me.
Cannot see the shimmer of the micas in the photo, but I painted this yesterday - inspired by an abstract floral painting on my wall - and challenged by one of our partners/friend.
My first cylinder pour. I hope it turns out right. But if not I won't be surprised....my colors are crap lol....
All in all my first swirl loaf will be ready to cut tomorrow.
I know I'm late with it, but here's my Valentine's Day soap, I used that 'perfect red' combo of that Red Lake #30 and Merlot mica from BB. The pink is Amaranth Pink from Nurture. Sweet Pea Rhubarb for the fragrance.
I just re-organized everything and took inventory. Getting ready to resupply all my ingredients -- prepping for another round of soap making. I always dread the inventory part, but get really excited to go on a soap making rampage!
I am trying out a palm free recipe with rose clay and scented in High Maintenance. I hope it comes out ok.
I cut my first swirl loaf. It's supposed to be red and black. I named it relaxing black Cherry.
It looks better in person than in the pic.
I'm hoping to cut my first circle loaf tomorrow. Wish me luck on it.
Tried out making a peacock swirl. Those are a bit harder than they look. I had to freehand it with a chopstick since I don't have any smancy tools. I was pretty happy with it until I smooshed it with my pinky. Sigh. It smells nice though. WSP Tonka Bean Noir.
Next time, I'll make the circular swirls smaller and avoid smooshing incidents.
Ooh I love those colours! It looks fab and I can't see where you smooshed it
I have been writing up my notes from my 3 attempted butterfly swirls
Also took some sample bars of my cured soaps to a lady I know that has a craft shop. She's gonna give samples to people that come to her craft classes to get some feedback for me
Thanks Sonya! The smooshing occurred on a bar I didn't photograph, but it did move around all the swirls and drip bits of batter all of the place. Stupid fingers, how am I supposed to keep track of ten of them all the time?
Good luck on the craft shop!
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