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@TashaBird your planet soap looks great!

Are you putting your mermaid cavity mold in the freezer, and then letting it defrost a few minutes before unmolding? That always helps with nice sharp details on my cavity molds.
I do. I think the batter is not getting into her chin and nose enough.
 

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I figured you were, smart soaper that you are! :) Have you tried pouring in just enough to cover the details, then using a paintbrush to "paint" the soap batter into the crevices? Then slowly pour the rest of the batter over that.

Several of my detailed molds require this extra step in order to get the soap down into those smaller details. Can't take credit for the idea since several YT soapers do that in their videos. ;)
 

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I figured you were, smart soaper that you are! :) Have you tried pouring in just enough to cover the details, then using a paintbrush to "paint" the soap batter into the crevices? Then slowly pour the rest of the batter over that.

Several of my detailed molds require this extra step in order to get the soap down into those smaller details. Can't take credit for the idea since several YT soapers do that in their videos. ;)
That’s brilliant! :winner: I will do exactly that! Thank you. 💖

I’ve been tweaking my pull through recipe in the calculator. My new tallow is much softer, and now that I’ve worked with it some, and gotten to know it a little better, I’ve decided to switch it up. My loaf recipe and my pull through recipe used to be different. After adjusting my pull through recipe I realized they’re the same now! And, just like that I’m ready to master batch.... maybe.
 

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I just bought a ton of FO on the last day of the WSP 25% off sale.

I few of them discolor to yellow after cure but don't have vanillian im not sure how im going to accommodate that.
 

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I really need to stop... I’ve got plenty of soap! But I was running low on my AC rice milk face soap and wanted to try out my new loaf mold I made! So I played around with my squeeze bottles and tried some turmeric along with my well loved clays! It also has green tea powder because I love how it turns while curing. I also used some lavender and frankincense EO & I find I really enjoy the smell... I was unsure at first. It’s a busy soap, but can’t wait to try it. I laugh at myself ever time I use the old one because I’m mesmerized by the swirls while I’m soaping up.
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My first drop swirl turned out ok. It was super fun to make! Sort of relaxing! That’ll definitely be a technique in regular rotation. I like the “can’t do it wrong”ness of it. Also, I used some left over batter to make samples because spring is coming and maybe I’ll do a market.
 

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My first drop swirl turned out ok. It was super fun to make! Sort of relaxing! That’ll definitely be a technique in regular rotation. I like the “can’t do it wrong”ness of it. Also, I used some left over batter to make samples because spring is coming and maybe I’ll do a market.
Very pretty! I think this is about my favorite design...like you said, it can hardly go wrong! Here are 3 favorite ones I've made. 20210122_123236.jpg
 

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I just bought a ton of FO on the last day of the WSP 25% off sale.

I few of them discolor to yellow after cure but don't have vanillian im not sure how im going to accommodate that.
You should check with @Todd Ziegler - he mentioned having success with vanilla color stabilizer (or the homemade replacement, ZCS) when using discoloring FOs that don't contain vanillin. It's in the homemade vanilla color stabilizer thread.

I think it depends on whether the discoloration is because the FO itself is dark (in which case, VCS or ZCS won't help) or has a chemical component that causes discoloration (in which case the VCS or ZCS does work sometimes). Hopefully he can give more details about that.
 

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Should old brains continue soaping? I spent a long time planning a design and how to carry it out. Wanted to do a rainbow thing to go with Nurture's Smell the Rainbow FO. Loaf divider for 3 parts, white outsides, 6-color rainbow up the center, then hanger swirl the rainbow into the white sections. All went well, or so I thought, until I was putting the last finishing touches on the top when I remembered I forgot to do the swirl! Hoping it doesn't look too bad when I cut it tomorrow. Do you more experienced soapers ever forget something so basic?
Sometimes, there's just too many things for my old brain to keep track of! :smallshrug:

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Should old brains continue soaping? I spent a long time planning a design and how to carry it out. Wanted to do a rainbow thing to go with Nurture's Smell the Rainbow FO. Loaf divider for 3 parts, white outsides, 6-color rainbow up the center, then hanger swirl the rainbow into the white sections. All went well, or so I thought, until I was putting the last finishing touches on the top when I remembered I forgot to do the swirl! Hoping it doesn't look too bad when I cut it tomorrow. Do you more experienced soapers ever forget something so basic?
Sometimes, there's just too many things for my old brain to keep track of! :smallshrug:
Pretty soap! I often forget to swirl the inside till after I have swirled the top. Makes me so annoyed! A few times I have successfully put the hanger tool gingerly down one side and managed to get in a little inside swirl anyway. Mostly I just leave it and call it good.
 

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My shrink wrap system came a day early so Im all set up and wrapping soap. The only thing I didn't like it the roll holder is set up to be on the right side of a table pulling plastic to the left, but that's backwards to me. I can flip it around but then the organizer had the folded plastic opening on the top and I cant switch the bar. other than that, im thrilled.
 

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Pretty soap! I often forget to swirl the inside till after I have swirled the top. Makes me so annoyed! A few times I have successfully put the hanger tool gingerly down one side and managed to get in a little inside swirl anyway. Mostly I just leave it and call it good.
Thank you, @AliOop ! It really helps to know others can make the same forgetful oops that I do! (Is that the origin of AliOop?) Seems like the oopses increase every year!

I wish I'd thought to try and slide the hanger under the top, but maybe I'd have just messed up that part if I did.
 

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You should check with @Todd Ziegler - he mentioned having success with vanilla color stabilizer (or the homemade replacement, ZCS) when using discoloring FOs that don't contain vanillin. It's in the homemade vanilla color stabilizer thread.

I think it depends on whether the discoloration is because the FO itself is dark (in which case, VCS or ZCS won't help) or has a chemical component that causes discoloration (in which case the VCS or ZCS does work sometimes). Hopefully he can give more details about that.
Oh thats good information, thank you! @Todd Ziegler 's homemade VCS with only the metiasulfate (SP) was SUPER helpful with another discoloring f/o. I had no idea it might work for f/o without vanillian. Thanks a million! fingers crossed!

Thank you, I love having as many links to this as I can, even though I have it bookmarked!

You got that email too!?!?! I just spent a large sum of money at WSP. I only need two things but it was a SALE... 😜😝
I mean, if its a sale, its almost like you'd be wasting money by NOT buying tons of fragrance oils, right?

LOL, but someone else had gotten the email and posted the information, so I was over there like a bat out of.....someplace hot! All joking aside, I think 25% off is a pretty substantial discount. But I did buy far more than I need....because....sale!
 

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When will I learn?!! Step away from the soap until it’s hard enough not to smoosh!!! I figured if I could get the silicone liner out of the wood and release the sides it would harden up faster. But I’m doing so I munched my pretty swirl on top. Grrr.
I can't count how many times my impatience has squooshed the corners trying to unmold too soon!
 

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Should old brains continue soaping? I spent a long time planning a design and how to carry it out. Wanted to do a rainbow thing to go with Nurture's Smell the Rainbow FO. Loaf divider for 3 parts, white outsides, 6-color rainbow up the center, then hanger swirl the rainbow into the white sections. All went well, or so I thought, until I was putting the last finishing touches on the top when I remembered I forgot to do the swirl! Hoping it doesn't look too bad when I cut it tomorrow. Do you more experienced soapers ever forget something so basic?
Sometimes, there's just too many things for my old brain to keep track of! :smallshrug:

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But, hey, you've got a great looking top there!! Show us the cut anyway.
 

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The lesson of the day is, no matter what Anne Marie tells you, Bath bombs dont work in silicon molds.
The question of the day is, now that my bath bombs have been reconstituted and are now purple, moon cake molded, and scented with Unicorn Sparkles fo, what do I call the scent now? Purple Unicorn?
 
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