|Hearts, Roses & Shells|
|My two colors 2nd time around|
I started with working up my recipe on SoapCalc.com. This is my usual program for working up recipes and I have been really happy with the results.
I started by measuring out my water and lye and mixing them together. I set this aside while I measures my oils. This was my first batch made in my new space and let me just say that the cold makes a huge difference in how your mind works. I finally got all of the oils measured out and blended up. The oils were so cold that it looked like I was making a smoothy not soap. I added the lye water to my congealed oils. Now it really looked like a smoothy. I almost didn't have to use the stick blender at all to achieve trace.
|Molds all filled and you can see the|
effects of putting them in the oven
on the one in the front corner
Once I got it all together, I started to spoon the soap into the molds. I started by filling the heart molds. Next I moved to the Roses, the shells and the large heart mold. After put all of the molds I had used all of the soap, I had to carry all of the molds into the house. The cold will drastically slow down saponification. I tried to put all of the molds in the oven at 170*. I quickly discovered that candy molds DON'T like the heat. My oven didn't even finish pre-heating before the connecting part of the molds started to shrivel. Fortunately, the soap was still cold enough that none of the cavities warped. I immediately pulled out the candy molds.
I forgot to take my camera out so I could take pictures. I have to make another batch though so I will use the pictures from that one.
|My clean up set up since I don't have |
running water in my new space
The second batch went much more smoothly. For one thing I put my fragrance oils into the oils before adding the lye. For another I took my batch to a thicker trace and used a piping bag with just the very tip cut off to fill my molds. In order to achieve any swirl with this method I layered the colors in my bag while filling. As I filled my molds I got a light to medium swirl. I actually think that I may use this for filling small molds more often.
As always you have to remember the cleanup aspect of soap. I do let my soapy dishes sit for a day or two just so that all of the remnants of soap finish saponification. This makes them much easier to clean and means that I don't need the quantity of detergent that I would need to clean them right away. However I do wash all of my lye water dishes right away. Since my new space has no running water I have come up with this solution. I bring hot water from the house and this way I can wash my dishes without freezing my fingers off or having to worry about any germs, It is actually a very nice solution and I like to think that I am also using a little bit less water as well.
Coming Monday - Printable and packaging for soapy valentines
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