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Joined this forum! Also cut and stamped my pumpkin soap. Waiting on a WSP delivery due tomorrow. I'll be finishing off the pumpkin soap with a vanilla chai icing drizzle, and trying out a new fragrance for another soap.
 

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Joined this forum! Also cut and stamped my pumpkin soap. Waiting on a WSP delivery due tomorrow. I'll be finishing off the pumpkin soap with a vanilla chai icing drizzle, and trying out a new fragrance for another soap.
Welcome, and that sounds fabulous! Posts in this thread get buried pretty quickly. Please introduce yourself in the Introduction Forum when you get a moment, so we have an idea of who you are and what your soaping experience has been so far.
 

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It’s not my own thread. I found that one! Hahaha Although I do lose my own things all day long.
This is an actual soap that i saw that blew my mind. I wanted to post a pic and the tutorial because i thought y’all would dig it too.
Your's is the first post; that usually indicates the person who started the thread is the first post in the thread. So I'm confused. Soap Inspiration Pictures (non soap)

Is there another one?
Looking for any hacks or tips on how to handle soap that goes above the loaf mold. This was my first time doing so. I'm used to putting a piece of cardboard on top of the mold and then towels for gelling. Today, I put a couple of teaspoons on the edge of the mold, then cardboard, then towels.

@TashaBird: I have no words. Nada. What you do is beyond all get out.🤩
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I have not gone over the mold height, when I pour, so I can't help you there. But I can help you avoid it if you want. You've probably already figured this one out on your own, but if I end up with extra batter, I put it into an individual mold.

I keep a couple single soap individual molds on hand just for the occasional overflow.

As for insulating soap that is close to the rim or has raised piping, an inverted cardboard box is a suitable cover to protect the top of the soap.
 

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I have not gone over the mold height, when I pour, so I can't help you there. But I can help you avoid it if you want. You've probably already figured this one out on your own, but if I end up with extra batter, I put it into an individual mold.

As for insulating soap that is close to the rim or has raised piping, an inverted cardboard box is a suitable cover to protect the top of the soap.
Thanks, @earlene! I almost always pour to just under the top and I have individual yogurt cups for my overflow. For this particular soap, though, I intentionally went over the top. In the future, I'll try in inverted box, that is unless cough cough hint hint @Mobjack Bay sends me hers....
 
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Your's is the first post; that usually indicates the person who started the thread is the first post in the thread. So I'm confused. Soap Inspiration Pictures (non soap)

Is there another one?


I have not gone over the mold height, when I pour, so I can't help you there. But I can help you avoid it if you want. You've probably already figured this one out on your own, but if I end up with extra batter, I put it into an individual mold.

I keep a couple single soap individual molds on hand just for the occasional overflow.

As for insulating soap that is close to the rim or has raised piping, an inverted cardboard box is a suitable cover to protect the top of the soap.
I found it. It was the Browsing Soap Pics, actual soap. I didn’t start that one.

That good feeling after you have a good run making a batch of soap, is SO good!
But that bad feeling when you don’t think it is going to work out, is SO bad!
I just told DH that I was splurging on a more expensive EO on this batch because it was supposed to be really special. That was a rookie mistake I guess. If you want your batter to stay runny FOREVER try clary sage! Good grief!!! Doing a pull through I’m on a tight schedule usually. It was almost impossible to make myself slow down. I was cleaning up, shaking the bottles, singing Tom Petty the waiting is the hardest part.... That stuff just did NOT want to thicken! Hoping it’s not just a big blur. 😿
 

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It's legit soap! My first attempt failed, I think it might have been false trace due to beeswax, but I also strained my lye solution and I can't vouch for how much lye material I removed (bad GemstonePony, I know). Oh, and with my fail batch, I realized my mini-loaf bows in the sides a little, so for my second batch I taped popsicle sticks to the sides.
Anyways, this batch is still pretty soft, so I'm CPOPing now, both so I can unmold sooner and because I think the glow in the dark bits will show better that way. I forgot to add the knots for most of the pour, but I'm hoping it will look like wood once it's planed, cut, and maybe beveled.
 

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Made me some more of my favorite HONEY AND HEMP soap! This time I had a little fun with it. I divided it into 3 parts, left one plain, added kaolin clay and zinc oxide to the second and added some gold and yellow mica to the third. Pored the plain on bottom, the poured the other two on top and took a hanger to it! It was fun if not a little aggressive! I was going for something like a ghost swirl... I think I achieved my goal! Plus I tried soaping at room temperature again because I was afraid the honey would get away from me! I really like soaping at room temperature! I’m not as anxious for some reason!
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I really used a lot of exclamation points in this post! Sorry!
 

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Made me some more of my favorite HONEY AND HEMP soap! This time I had a little fun with it. I divided it into 3 parts, left one plain, added kaolin clay and zinc oxide to the second and added some gold and yellow mica to the third. Pored the plain on bottom, the poured the other two on top and took a hanger to it! It was fun if not a little aggressive! I was going for something like a ghost swirl... I think I achieved my goal! Plus I tried soaping at room temperature again because I was afraid the honey would get away from me! I really like soaping at room temperature! I’m not as anxious for some reason!View attachment 51206
I really used a lot of exclamation points in this post! Sorry!
Beautiful! At what point did you add the honey?
 

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I made Zanys no slime castile last night. Wasnt sure where to put this msg since i started a thread yesterday about my weird lye. And i didnt want to blemish @Zany_in_CO thread with a weird experience lol. I guess my soapy thing today is the cut. But feel free to move if theres a better spot.

Its not quite 24 hours, but i decided to cut anyway even though the instructions said to cut on the second day.

It was hard as a rock. I thought i was going to break the wire...i had to turn the soap while on the wire to get the rest of the way through, which made ugly wire marks.

What do you think was the difference? I didnt cpop, but i did put it in the oven with the light on. I am sure it probably wasnt the recipe since nobody else had a similar issue after rereading all 30 pages of the thread lol. I soaped a little warmer than i usually do because i wanted to try to get trace faster and not burn out my SB lol. I poured at a solid medium trace. I dont know them temp exactly...i stopped using a thermometer a while ago. But both containers were warm, not hot, to the touch. Im gonna guesstimate about 110 degrees.

I got a ton of bubbles, which i am mad at myself for. I hate bubbles...I dont know where they came from. I didnt see evidence of one bubble during the entire process.

And now that i am looking at the pic, there is a rind around the outer border of the soap, which i suspect is just where it is harder than the inside, since it was the end that i had trouble getting the wire through. I think that will even out as it cures.

No fragrance or colors added.
 

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Made three batches of soap tonight. I have to say after following the suggesting of using microfiber cloths to clean up in the confessions of a soap maker it's made my life so much easier. I just wiped out each container with the cloths and started the next batch. Nothing too fancy, a lavender and cedar purple and green layered soap, a winter sky fragranced white and blue layer/swirl with white confetti mixed in, and an in the pot swirl of red and white with jack frost fragrance. I'm hoping the red turns out even with the discoloration of the fragrance. I only put the fragrance in the red part so the white would stay white.
 

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Made three batches of soap tonight. I have to say after following the suggesting of using microfiber cloths to clean up in the confessions of a soap maker it's made my life so much easier. I just wiped out each container with the cloths and started the next batch. Nothing too fancy, a lavender and cedar purple and green layered soap, a winter sky fragranced white and blue layer/swirl with white confetti mixed in, and an in the pot swirl of red and white with jack frost fragrance. I'm hoping the red turns out even with the discoloration of the fragrance. I only put the fragrance in the red part so the white would stay white.
I love the microfiber cloths for cleanup!!

edit...dont put them in the dryer. Makes fuzzballs all over the cloths

My other soapy thing tonight...not a fail, but not what i wanted.

was supposed to be my fancy schmancy 3 layered soap: pale yellow on top and bottom, with a swirled layer in the middle. When things started going wrong, this is what i ended up with lol.

The yellow is too yellow on top of it all. But im happy with the nice crisp layer lol.

Fragrance is Champagne from nurture. Not sure what i think of it yet. Smells kind of like 7up.
 

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I understand the disappointment when it doesn't look the way you want, but that looks like nice swirled soap to me - not a flop at all!
That is no flop... I think it looks great!
I understand your disappointment, I'm always sad when soap doesn't look the way I had envisioned as well.
But, it looks swirly to me! And I'm sure the soap itself is lovely! Nobody else can see inside your head, all they'll be able to see is this lovely, swirly soap. I know it's not what you wanted, but it's still a nice soap.
Oh, but I like it!!😁 Did you scent it?
I did but I still have a lot to learn when it comes to scents. I used lemongrass, sweet orange and lavandin EOs. Not sure if that's a good combination - but it smells good to me.

WHADAYA MEAN, 'FLOP'?!
Thank you all. You are so kind. I am beginning to love my soap.:)

ok here is "Fight of the Penguins" I cant wait to cut it

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Wow!! This is a piece of art. Its beautiful.
 

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My soapy thing came at 230 this morning when my son found me sleeping sitting on the side of the bed with my feet on the floor. When he asked what I was doing I said I was working with soap dough. He said "Mom, youre asleep, lay down " but I told him I couldnt because the soap dough was in my lap. He had to pretend to take it from me before I would lay back down
 

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It was hard as a rock. I thought i was going to break the wire...i had to turn the soap while on the wire to get the rest of the way through, which made ugly wire marks. What do you think was the difference?
Hiya Cat! The only thing I can think of is an error in the amount of NaOH, 1.7:1. Even a slight variation, i.e., 1.5:1, would make the soap harder. I would go back over the recipe to make sure you didn't miss something. :)
 

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The yellow is too yellow on top of it all. But im happy with the nice crisp layer lol.
That is a beautiful soap! Do you think the yellow will mellow out as it cures? Still, it’s all bright and cheery as is! And those are som straight crisp layers! Love it!
 
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