Sep. 22nd, 2010

lauredhel: soap with a goddess figure on it (soaplily)
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I'm back!

Having walked through my soaping setup the other day, now it's time to tackle the nitty gritty: the soapmaking itself, from lye to moulds. This is the most spoon-sapping part for me, because everything else I can do in little pieces, over the course of a day or more. This has to be done right through (apart from a rest while the lyewater is cooling).

So after having picked a week or fortnight period where I can soap in the middle and rest for a few days either side, I roll up my sleeves, glove up, and off we go.

The first step is weighing out my water.

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I usually do around a half-half water-ice mix. On this soaping day, I did one about half-half, and one with a big more ice than water, just to see how that would go. I actually wasn't thrilled with it: the resulting lyewater did start off a bit cooler, but it was significantly more effort stirring to dissolve the lye. I think I'll stick with half-half, or even a bit waterier than that.


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