Monday, May 2, 2011

Swirl Soap Tutorial

I made this tutorial because I love to swirl soap. This is a great way to make swirls in melt & pour soap.

Start by making a soap curl.
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Then you make your base on let kool.
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Then you pour your base into a round mold, I used a pringles can. Spray your soap curl with rubbing alcohol, so it can stick to the base, and just insert it in. Let it completely kool, then you can tear away the can, and you will have a perfect round loaf of soap.
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Blood Orange Soap
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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Yeah I got featured.

I got featured on www.craftster.org and for all of you who don't know what that is, it's the best crafting forum on the planet. You guys should check it out. You can find inspiration for everyday crafts, and even take up a new hobby. See other people creations, and start creating your own works of art.

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Friday, April 15, 2011

New Soap Mold

I have this great soap student who made her husband make her a mold after taking my cp soapmaking class. I was seriously impressed with this soap mold, I know this was hard to make, and it was very well made. I told her I was going to post it online to show everyone how wonderful it. Great job Lani, your great student.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

How to make liquid soap (the easy way).

How To Turn A Bar of Soap Into Liquid Hand Soap

Ingredients:
1 c soap flakes
10 c water
1 Tbs glycerin

Equipment:
Cheese grater
A large pot
Measuring cup and spoons
A spatula for stirring
A soap container with a hand pump
A container to hold excess soap
Funnel

First, grate the soap. Get out your cheese grater and get grating. I found this to be surprisingly easy, but time consuming. When you’re done, the soap flakes look like grated Parmesan.
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One bar of soap yielded a little over 1.5 cups of flakes. The recipe only uses one cup of soap flakes, so I put the remaining soap in a jar for later use.
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In a large pot, combine 1 cup soap flakes, 10 cups water. Turn on medium-low heat and stir until the soap dissolves. This happens fast, about a minute or two.
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Let the soap cool completely, then and 1 Tbs glycerin. This will make your liquid soap extra moisturizing. When finished pour into the containers using the funnel. That’s all there is to it!
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This recipe makes a lot of soap, I put the excess in a large bottle and I'm storing it for later use.
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You can also use this soap as body wash. To make it smell nice, add a drop or two of color and essential oil to the mix.

The kind of soap you use could make a difference in the end result. A higher quality soap will probably yield better liquid hand soap.

I think for my next project I will make liquid soap out of cold process soap. Stay tuned for the tutorial.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

I'm in Esquire, Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

I got a text one morning from the editor at Esquire magazine in Malaysia, saying he wanted to talk to me about something that might interest me. You know I was so curious that I couldn't wait to call him to find out what he wanted. He told me he got my number from a friend in Kuala Lumpur (Antonia thanks so much for the referral) and he wanted a custom bar of soap to be made for article they were writing. So I went to there offices, and we discussed what they wanted, and I had only 4 days to do it. It was a lot of fun working with the Esquire staff on this project, and I hope there will be more to come. Read more about me, and see the soap I made for them in the Esquire Malaysia.

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Going Green (Soap & Candle)

I got a piece of bamboo, and some sand from a friend and she asked if I could make a candle, and soap out of this stuff. So I said I'm sure I could, and I couldn't wait to try. All of these materials came from her beach resort, and she has plenty of it. She wanted to utilize all of natural sources on her property, and she did just that.

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Solid Bubble Bath Bars Tutorial with Recipe

I've always wanted to make solid bubble bath bars, so finding this tutorial was like heaven on earth. Thanks Lovin' Soap.

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The recipe:

100 g arrowroot powder
100 g baking soda
50 g SLSa
100 g liquid surfactant*

* I prefer to use Super Mild Surfactant Blend™ from Ingredients to Die For
INCI: Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate (and) Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate

Depending on what liquid surfactant you use…you might have to modify the recipe a bit. You’ll just have to give it a go. Using the Super Mild Surf Blend, I get a mix that is like bath bombs. If I wanted more of a dough then I almost have to double the liquid surf. I’ve also used DLS Mild from The Herbarie and at the usage rate above the mixture was more dough like. You’ll just have to play with it.

Here’s a video!


Confession: I so didn’t let mine sit long enough before unmolding because I wanted to finish the video so they crumbled a bit. Let yours set up and you shouldn’t have crumbles! :)