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lauredhel ([personal profile] lauredhel) wrote in [community profile] soap2010-09-28 10:32 am

Soapmaking Photo Walkthrough, Part Three: The Day After


Soapmaking Photo Walkthrough, Part One: The Setup

Soapmaking Photo Walkthrough, Part Two: The Making


So here we are the next day, folks, just itching to get the soaps out of their moulds. Enjoy them with me!

Here are the lavender & lemongrass soaps - check out all that lovely texture. A few bars came out a little soft around the edges. I think it would have been easier to unmould them if I'd left them two days. No matter: more soap for the home slushpile!


Here are the neroli (orange blossom) swirlies. The delicate colours turned out exactly as I wanted them to in this batch. I'm squeeing a little at this point!


A closeup.


Here's my little test batch of the Fresh Snow fragrance oil. These will be little hand soap size bars, almost cubic.


A slab of Vanilla Oak, turned out of the silicone log moulds. I do love working with silicone, it's so easy. None of the wrestling matches or worries abotu cracking that I sometimes have with the other moulds.


And cut. I just use a regular carving knife, dedicated for soap only. Some people use special soap cutters, but I mostly use divider moulds rather than log moulds, so I've never bothered.


Closeup of that titanium dioxide swirl. You can see the Vanilla Oak fragrance oil starting to discolour the soap to brown in the base soap.


Little individual soaps, sandalwood-mandarin-black pepper, and unfragranced. I put these in the freezer for half an hour before unmoulding; that way, they pop out easier.


Here they are, raw and untrimmed! I'll let them dry out for a few days before tackling the planing and trimming.


Box o' soap. You can see some of the dings in the lavender-lemongrass soaps. There are three or four nerolis that won't be too cosmetically gorgeous, also.


Closeup of the dino moulds and nerolis:


And the less glamorous side of things: the cleanup waiting to happen. By now, all the goop left on the buckets and pots is soap instead of lye-grease mix, so it's actually not too hard with a bit of hot water.


Stay tuned for the trimming and planing!
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[personal profile] st_aurafina 2010-09-28 10:07 am (UTC)(link)
Wow, beautiful soap! I am amazed at how smoothly you can cut it with a knife - is it still a bit soft at this stage? Or maybe it's a really sharp knife?
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[personal profile] nicki 2010-09-28 03:59 pm (UTC)(link)
I just wanted to say that I think it is really fabulous that you are posting all these. I haven't ever made soap and seeing the process is so interesting.