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Fire from Soap! Tealight of the Apocalypse
I was just refining a bunch of clay I dug up in my yard! This is great! Thank you so much!
That is so cool! I just started the stock removal method of knife making, but I want to move into forging. This was great information! Thank you!
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That is fantastic! I know you prefer hand tools over power tools, and I suspect you prefer human-powered movement over electric-powered movement, but after watching that video (which is also really cool), I think you could make an amazing flower that opens and closes with the flip of a switch. It would be very, very steam punk!
The Spirit Lantern (Green Fire 2.0)
That is a real purty axe! I'm making something similar with similar materials. Hopefully, it will turn out as nicely!
T'aint lye. At least, not in the current sense. It's primarily carbonates, bicarbonates and a little sodium hydroxide and potassium hydroxide. You can definitely make soap from it. It's not as efficient as what we now call lye, which is almost pure potassium or (more commonly) sodium hydroxide. The link you provided is referenced in the Wikipedia article on Wood Ash. That link also states that the potassium hydroxide content of wood ash is often questionable. The ability to make soap from something does not make it potassium or sodium hydroxide. If you look at the comments, most commenters seem to think the "lye" referred to here is a hydroxide, because for the last hundred and some years, the term "lye" has meant either potassium or sodium hydroxide. I was praising this set up, but trying to clear-up some confusion among the commenters about the product created.
I like this setup for leaching salts from wood ash. The soaker hose is a great variation. However, this is not producing any kind of lye. It is producing potassium carbonate, whereas the lye used in soap making is either potassium or sodium hydroxide. You would need to boil this with calcium hydroxide to turn this into lye. Leaching salts from wood ash is an important step toward making lye, but not the only one:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potassium_hydroxide#...
Learn To Do Aluminum Sand Casting
This will definitely get you Hydrogen and Chlorine, not Hydrogen and Oxygen. That said, I really like the set up. I think you would want to use a sulfate for this. Sulfuric acid is often used, but I bet you could use Magnesium Sulfate (epsom salt) as a less hazardous and easily obtainable sulfate.
The Spirit Samovar
There is just nothing nicer than finding two bottles that fit perfectly together. Except maybe finding a can and bottle that fit perfectly together. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for the "obsessing" about it!
I was having issues getting a clean break. I used the pouring method with almost boiling water and cold tap water. Worked like a charm. Clean breaks with just a few mess ups. I was able to get 4 bottles cut in about 30 minutes.
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