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Let's see....hit the grocery, so the party's a go. Made 2 batches of soap: 1 "Whey too Cool", made from the whey left over from Sweet Geek's cheese-making, and 1 shampoo bar, made with Chamomile tea.

The Whey too Cool soap is my 2nd attempt at swirling - and I think I got it! The first batch (which is UGLY soap!), I tried to swirl in the mold; what I did was add the lye mix to the oils, blended to light trace (too much!), pulled out about a cup, added the colorant to it, and mixed (again, too much!), added scent to both, then poured the very thick cream-colored soap in the mold, topping it with all of the colored, and tried to swirl. That...doesn't work. You end up with layered soap, with scant swirling on top.

What I *should* have done with that one was mix to blended (NOT trace!!!), pull out some and color, then pour a layer of cream, a layer of color, and alternate to the top, then swirled the whole thing.

What I did this time was blend the oils, add the lye mix and blend until it got opaque - NOT trace. Pulled out about a cup, did the color/scent thang, then I poured the colored soap in "spots" in the bowl. (I did the 4 cardinal points and the center) - I did reserve some of the colored soap for the top. I used the OFF stick blender to stir the soap maybe 3 rotations, then we carefully poured the mix into the mold. I dribbled the leftover colored soap on top, then used a popsicle stick to swirl the top.

It looks FABULOUS - but we'll see how it looks when I cut it tomorrow. Unless something happens, my green dye came out red. :scratches head: It's green on my fingers, and green in the bowl, but the soap is RED swirled. :shrug:

I found out that a 24" long, 3" wide PVC pipe with flat bottom will hold a 4 pound batch of soap. Not more than, but 4 pounds exactly. :grin:

I need to get back to cleaning, but I think I'll take a nap instead. :lol:
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Date:June 12th, 2010 04:53 am (UTC)
I used to do a LOT of marbled soaps. What I do, is to mix the whole batch to near trace (or VERY light trace), add scent to the whole batch, stirring without the blender running to mix, then I take my colorant, which is oxide mixed with water to the consistency of tempera paint and kept in a little squirt bottle - squirt a couple teaspoons, depending, into one spot in the soap kettle. Put the stick blender straight down on top of that spot, whiz it just enough to mix in that pigment, then gently stir with the blender NOT running through the whole batch, to make a swirl in the whole pot. Then you pour it into the mold, and you get swirls. The motion of the pour gives you a good swirl if you haven't over-mixed. The tough thing is leaving it barely mixed and trusting the pour, and it does take a little "hand" but it's not hard to get!
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Date:June 13th, 2010 12:21 am (UTC)
That's similar to what I tried...I'll try your way next time. :grin: I need to buy new colorant, though - this batch is UGLY. The green...isn't. Except in the bar. Which makes it look moldy. :sigh: The tops are pretty....and brown. From the same colored batch! :weird:
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