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Just a THANK You and a picture Answered

I just want to say a BIG thank you to all who answered my two questions about wire (for a soap cutter), and about making a silicone mold (for my soap)

I wanted to show you a picture of some of the soap I make. This is NOT "fishing" for compliments, or to sell anything. I just wanted to give you an idea of what I do

really no need to even comment

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MaryT8M

6 years ago

I tried a new technique I saw on youtube called a column pour (I think) I used cosmetic safe pigments that are water soluble for the actual color. The base soap is a recipe I have used for a long time. It's made with lard, coconut oil, soybean oil (or crisco solid veggie shortening), and a little castor oil, mixed with lye/water. It makes a nice white hard soap that takes to adding color really well.

I had planned on doing an instructable on the color swirling but DH was no where to be found just as I was about to do it, and I couldn't pour and snap pictures at the same time.

I divided the soap into 3 pitchers (2 with pigment added) then put a column (Crystal Light container weighted with pennies) in the middle (more or less) of my cardboard box "mold" (with a plastic bag to cover the cardboard). Then I took turns pouring some of each color over the column, until all were used, then repeat until all the soap was gone. remove the column and using a knife swirl the soap to further marbleize. cover with plastic. while it goes through saponification.......ta-da

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GoodhartMaryT8M

Reply 6 years ago

if your camera has a timer feature, so you can set up the camera and then get in front of it......and a cheap tripod....you might be able to get some decent pictures.....of course, if your camera is not so equiped....all this is is just blather :-)

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MaryT8MGoodhart

Reply 6 years ago

Blather?......you're too funny!
My camera MAY have a timer.....or NOT....it's just easier blaming my lack of pictures on my DH....or taking full credit for them when he is around to snap them! LOL

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bajablueMaryT8M

Reply 6 years ago

Next time he disappears like that, chain him to the plumbing! 8-/

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blkhawkMaryT8M

Reply 6 years ago

That is why you should always marry a soldier: they make their own beds, are always neat and (I know you will love this part) they always follow orders! :-)

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MaryT8Mblkhawk

Reply 6 years ago

LOL you are SO right! I always said I would have made a GREAT military wife....I loved to move around. (DH tried to inlist but high Blood Pressure kept him out......Now I'm glad he would have made too big of a target....this is back in the Viet Nam days)

DH does make the bed, and is a very good cook as well!

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MaryT8M

6 years ago

I have a couple new ibles in mind. I went to find items for 2 Halloween decorations I wanted to do them on, and couldn't find what I needed anywhere around this little town. I had to place an order for one thing and am still "shopping" for the other :-(

Soap will be coming before too long

thanks for the encouragement

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blkhawkMaryT8M

Reply 6 years ago

I meant to ask you how well this home made soap works with hard water? We have hard water where I live and, I don't know how sudsy your soap gets where you live.

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MaryT8Mblkhawk

Reply 6 years ago

We have horribly hard water, but also have a water softener.....when we remember to put in the salt. Even without the salt it works really well because I use Coconut oil as PART of the recipe. My neighbors don't have a softener on their well, and my soap is all they use. When we lived in Colo the hard water (we lived on the side of a granit 7,000 ft "hill") was one of the reasons I started making soap.

Coconut oil makes lots of suds. I like using beef tallow or lard because it makes a nice hard bar, and makes creamy lather. Then castor oil holds moisture.

With a little care soap is easy to make, and you don't have to use a lot of exotic/fancy oils. I pretty much buy everything at the grocery store.

I'd be happy to share my recipe, and will do an Ible in the near future I promise. I've done one instructable on my Coffee soap

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Toga_Dan

6 years ago

Looks like candy !

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MaryT8MToga_Dan

Reply 6 years ago

It's pretty and smells good, but since it's the REAL soap....it sure wouldn't TASTE good UGH

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blkhawk

6 years ago

Nice! What did you use to achieve those color patterns?

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bajablueblkhawk

Reply 6 years ago

I suspect there's an Ible-in-progress.

Looks YUMMY, MaryT!

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blkhawkbajablue

Reply 6 years ago

I agree that this should be another Ible!