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Poured my second try at the SMF challenge. Totally different than the first one, which was quiet, calm, and almost zen-like. This time I did almost every stupid thing one can do while soaping, except I was wearing PPE, THANKFULLY or else I'd be burned and blind.

Let's skip the details and summarize by saying there were lye-coated utensils and dishes in various spots around the kitchen, along with a husband trying to be helpful and not realizing that he shouldn't touch stuff. And in the frenzy of it all, I think I missed the wall when pouring a few of the colors, so it's probably going to be a drop swirl, not a shimmy. Oh well. Tomorrow is another day, Scarlett.

ETA: @lenarenee thanks for the giggles. Some of us are immature like that. Ok, I'M immature like that. Basically, if a sixth grader would laugh, I'm going to be giggling, too. 😁
 

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Poured my second try at the SMF challenge. Totally different than the first one, which was quiet, calm, and almost zen-like. This time I did almost every stupid thing one can do while soaping, except I was wearing PPE, THANKFULLY or else I'd be burned and blind.

Let's skip the details and summarize by saying there were lye-coated utensils and dishes in various spots around the kitchen, along with a husband trying to be helpful and not realizing that he shouldn't touch stuff. And in the frenzy of it all, I think I missed the wall when pouring a few of the colors, so it's probably going to be a drop swirl, not a shimmy. Oh well. Tomorrow is another day, Scarlett.

ETA: @lenarenee thanks for the giggles. Some of us are immature like that. Ok, I'M immature like that. Basically, if a sixth grader would laugh, I'm going to be giggling, too. 😁
I didn't even mean it to be funny and had to go back and double check what the heck I posted! You and misschief had ME giggling!
But the poor op - he's in African and I hope there's not a culturally misunderstanding!
 

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I didn't even mean it to be funny and had to go back and double check what the heck I posted! You and misschief had ME giggling!
But the poor op - he's in African and I hope there's not a culturally misunderstanding!
Very good point. We promise to behave better now. Right @Misschief?
 

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I have been doing a lot of reading as im a newbie and still confuse about lye concentration and water % :(
The following article really helped me understand lye concentration (water to lye ratio) when I first started making soap. The expression "water discount" is confusing because it's inexact, but her visuals and chart were very helpful.


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The Most Common Lye Solution Strengths in Soapmaking

Hope it helps!
 

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The following article really helped me understand lye concentration (water to lye ratio) when I first started making soap. The expression "water discount" is confusing because it's inexact, but her visuals and chart were very helpful.


Scroll down to:
The Most Common Lye Solution Strengths in Soapmaking

Hope it helps!
@SoapSisters Thank you so much, I will definitely read this article :)
 

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Poured my second try at the SMF challenge. Totally different than the first one, which was quiet, calm, and almost zen-like. This time I did almost every stupid thing one can do while soaping, except I was wearing PPE, THANKFULLY or else I'd be burned and blind.

Let's skip the details and summarize by saying there were lye-coated utensils and dishes in various spots around the kitchen, along with a husband trying to be helpful and not realizing that he shouldn't touch stuff. And in the frenzy of it all, I think I missed the wall when pouring a few of the colors, so it's probably going to be a drop swirl, not a shimmy. Oh well. Tomorrow is another day, Scarlett.

ETA: @lenarenee thanks for the giggles. Some of us are immature like that. Ok, I'M immature like that. Basically, if a sixth grader would laugh, I'm going to be giggling, too. 😁
Lol...speaking of husbands in the soaping area...let me tell you about my first attempt. I decided to use squeeze bottles to have more control over the wall pour, although I’ve since learned that that didn’t get me the best results. I took a ton of time prepping everything, weighing out in little cups, 7 different colors, then Transferring them to the bottles....all was going well until my husband comes in and decides to start Videotaping me. Not only does he start videotaping, but he decides to start commentating while putting on a silly British accent mimicking a professional golf commentator. He was saying the most ridiculous things and I was laughing so hard that tears were streaming down my face and my nose was running and I totally lost focus. Then, just as I was finished, the cardboard divider that I put in the center of my TS mold gave way and all the batter rushed underneath. To top it off, I was in my pjs with my hair thrown on top of my head in a whale spout. I tried to post the video so you could all get a good laugh (my horrendous appearance and all...that’s how much I love you all) but I cant seem to post it. Anyway...it was pretty funny. Maybe I’ll try again to get it on here at some point to give you all a good laugh. 😂😂😂
PS...I’m really happy that you are not burned and remain sighted. Got to love the PPE. 😁
 

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Lol...speaking of husbands in the soaping area...let me tell you about my first attempt. I decided to use squeeze bottles to have more control over the wall pour, although I’ve since learned that that didn’t get me the best results. I took a ton of time prepping everything, weighing out in little cups, 7 different colors, then Transferring them to the bottles....all was going well until my husband comes in and decides to start Videotaping me. Not only does he start videotaping, but he decides to start commentating while putting on a silly British accent mimicking a professional golf commentator. He was saying the most ridiculous things and I was laughing so hard that tears were streaming down my face and my nose was running and I totally lost focus. Then, just as I was finished, the cardboard divider that I put in the center of my TS mold gave way and all the batter rushed underneath. To top it off, I was in my pjs with my hair thrown on top of my head in a whale spout. I tried to post the video so you could all get a good laugh (my horrendous appearance and all...that’s how much I love you all) but I cant seem to post it. Anyway...it was pretty funny. Maybe I’ll try again to get it on here at some point to give you all a good laugh. 😂😂😂
PS...I’m really happy that you are not burned and remain sighted. Got to love the PPE. 😁
Oh I would of loved to see that Video' sounds like it was funny.
 

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I made soap this morning with lye water (added salt and sugar and sodium citrate) that had been sitting about 20 hours in my 58F basement. It was crusty and thick opaque goop but I used it! The soap set up quickly so there went my planned swirl. But my main issue is.... I NEED MORE MOLDS! My single 1-lb tester just isn't cutting it when I have SO MANY test soaps to make! 😂😂
 

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Lol...speaking of husbands in the soaping area...let me tell you about my first attempt. I decided to use squeeze bottles to have more control over the wall pour, although I’ve since learned that that didn’t get me the best results. I took a ton of time prepping everything, weighing out in little cups, 7 different colors, then Transferring them to the bottles....all was going well until my husband comes in and decides to start Videotaping me. Not only does he start videotaping, but he decides to start commentating while putting on a silly British accent mimicking a professional golf commentator. He was saying the most ridiculous things and I was laughing so hard that tears were streaming down my face and my nose was running and I totally lost focus. Then, just as I was finished, the cardboard divider that I put in the center of my TS mold gave way and all the batter rushed underneath. To top it off, I was in my pjs with my hair thrown on top of my head in a whale spout. I tried to post the video so you could all get a good laugh (my horrendous appearance and all...that’s how much I love you all) but I cant seem to post it. Anyway...it was pretty funny. Maybe I’ll try again to get it on here at some point to give you all a good laugh. 😂😂😂
PS...I’m really happy that you are not burned and remain sighted. Got to love the PPE. 😁
I really need to see that video! I wish we could post clips on here. That’s so funny! My hubs comes down occasionally and takes a photo for me. It’s bound to make me mess up! But, I have to shoo him away pretty quick.

I’ve got two more batches prepped for some magickal poops and I can’t decide between Fairy, Unicorn, of Elf. I’ve got one batch of each so far.
 

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Lol...speaking of husbands in the soaping area...let me tell you about my first attempt. I decided to use squeeze bottles to have more control over the wall pour, although I’ve since learned that that didn’t get me the best results. I took a ton of time prepping everything, weighing out in little cups, 7 different colors, then Transferring them to the bottles....all was going well until my husband comes in and decides to start Videotaping me. Not only does he start videotaping, but he decides to start commentating while putting on a silly British accent mimicking a professional golf commentator. He was saying the most ridiculous things and I was laughing so hard that tears were streaming down my face and my nose was running and I totally lost focus. Then, just as I was finished, the cardboard divider that I put in the center of my TS mold gave way and all the batter rushed underneath. To top it off, I was in my pjs with my hair thrown on top of my head in a whale spout. I tried to post the video so you could all get a good laugh (my horrendous appearance and all...that’s how much I love you all) but I cant seem to post it. Anyway...it was pretty funny. Maybe I’ll try again to get it on here at some point to give you all a good laugh. 😂😂😂
PS...I’m really happy that you are not burned and remain sighted. Got to love the PPE. 😁
Please, I need this video in my life! 😅😂
 

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Unmolded Try #2... aaaand it was shreddy-confetti time. I accidentally used 394g of lye solution instead of 349g. The extra water caused the soap to overheat, crack, and develop a thick coat of ash. The extra lye made it quite crumbly.

Plus, so much soap batter got between the mold liner and the wood that I had to use a thin knife to separate the liner from the mold. In the process, I cut a small nick in my precious thick almost new Nurture liner.
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