|Blackberry Vanilla Cobbler Soap|
|Warming my oils and my space|
I started by measuring out the water and lye for my batch. I did not mix them however. I wanted the lye water to be as hot as possible to help finish melting the oils. I started by melting my coconut oil in the microwave. It took 6 minutes before I got enough oil melted for a batch. I had put the olive oil on top of the heater and enough of it was melted for the batch but not any extra.
I got all of my oils measured out. I got the lye mixed. Warning - do NOT mix lye in a small closed space. It created some really nasty fumes. I thought that my space was ventilated enough. IT"S NOT. Wow, I thought that I was going to choke, before I got the window opened a little bit. I got it to the point where I could no longer see vapor coming from the container before I poured the lye water into my oils.
|All of my colors|
|In the pot swirl|
I molded my samples first like I usually do, before pouring the white and uncolored into the purple. I went with 12,3,6, and 9 as well as pouring into the middle. I offset the uncolored from the white, so that I would get a better swirl. This swirl is called an "in the pot swirl." I made a couple of passes through the soap with the skewer. I poured the soap into my lined mold. Once I had all of the soap into the mold, I used a skewer, my swirling tool of choice, to swirl the top into a pretty design.
|Top Swirl ready for piping|
|My space works even if it is cold ;)|
I have now made 2 batches of soap in my new space. I have to say that while it is cold, it is actually a very workable set-up. I brought all of the soap into the house. Since I wanted the soap to gel completely, I put it on a hot rice bag and insulated it well. I think that it didn't split because the soap was cold from the shed.
|All piped and molded|
|I love the swirls even from the side|
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