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In the workshop this morning I've been a real happy chappie. There's many aspects to making soap. Some I love, and some I... well, let's just say I don't love as much - like weighing out the oils!

This morning though has been my uber-fave part of the job. I love my blade. It's like... I dunno... it's like being a cowboy and having a fast draw. It's a great tool, and I've got six years of using it under my belt. Best 7 bucks I ever spent at Lowes, I can tell you.

I'm prepping for a tutorial on my blog and I thought I'd share these pics of me and my blade in use. I'm making curls here:

 

However you make your soap, if you have a fave part of soap making, come and grab the kudos you deserve and share it here in print, in pics... or both. I never tire of hearing about or seeing other soapers at work. Soapers are awesome. Kudos to us all!

-Susan
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Love the curls! They're like little colorful soap scrolls.  CUTE!  *gazing off into the distance longingly"  "Someday...I WILL join the ranks of the Indie Soaper Extraordinaire Brigade"

Careful what you wish for, Ginger. Making soap is addictive. I can't make a simple shopping trip without looking down the baking aisles or seeking out a kitchen gadget store!

 

-Susan

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Hi Susan!

 

The best moment of all is when I see the pull behind the wand, the initial trace. What a beautiful site.   Joy, joy, joy!

 

Much like a pot of gold.  Gold for the heart and soul in the soap pot!

 

Love it,


Mary

Trace is fantastic, Mary. It's like... that's the moment you know it's worked. Have you ever had a false trace? I've read about it often, but never experienced it myself.

 

-Susan

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Oooh! What are you going to to with the curls?

I'm gonna poke them vertically into the top of the soap, dM. That's the idea, anyway... but I often change things up on myself half way through!

 

-Susan

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Well, you all have yourselves to thank for getting me addicted to soap-making!  All those gorgeous, luscious bars of soap I keep seeing!  And Susan, you're killing me with the curls!  Can I motor on down to your workshop for a day to apprentice??

I made my first few batches of melt & pour and now I've got ingredients on the way to make my first attempt at CP!  I needed to make chocolate scented soap for a benefit, and I made great little peppermint cubes!  I've noticed that soap uses A LOT of fragrance or essential oil, though! 

Has anyone ever found a good banana fragrance for soap?  I have a hankering to do fruit scented cubes for the kids for the holidays.  I've created a banana fragrance which isn't bad, but it's still a bit "bubble-gummy".  It's not 100% natural, of course, but I love a good banana scent when done right! 

Katie,  here's a link for you.  I highly recommend this company and Deborah (the owner) is an Indie member.

 

http://www.naturesgardencandles.com/candlemaking-soap-supplies/cate...

 

I've used the True Banana and let me tell you...it is true but better.  I haven't tried the others but if you're looking for banana they have a few to choose from. 

 

HTH

Ginger in Chattanooga

Thanks, Ginger!  I did just order a tiny bit of True Banana from them and can't wait to use it!

How far up into Vermont are you, Katie? We go as far as Manchester often. And yes... I love the thought of a day in the workshop with you. Any time you fancy the drive!

 

You're gonna love CP. Like Mary says, it's a great thing to see the pull on the trace, and you'll never forget your first one. You add the lye, terrified iof a spill or a splash, then you start with the stick blender and... pray. The color changes slowly, and then it goes kinda milky and then you notice a thin coating on the sides of your pan. Like... wow! That is so exciting!

 

That link Ginger has posted for the fragrance company looks good. I've never bought from them, but their website looks good. Knowing that they're an Indie member kinda tops it for me. I intend trying them for my Spring scents.

 

-Susan

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I'm so excited I can barely stand it!  And all the while I'm thinking: "Dang it!  Everybody warned me this was addicting!"  : )

I'm in mid-Vermont (Norwich) right off of I-91, so I motor on down to Mass. all the time!  (I'm pretty sure I can drive I-91 down to NY and back in my sleep, I know it that well!).  I don't work on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so if you ever want an apprentice on one of those days, let me know!!  It would be great fun!

The only thing I wish I could find is a supplier of soap-making stuff that I can actually drive to!  The shipping on large amounts of oils or big blocks of M&P is frightening!

Okay, Katie... let's make it a date! If you're gonna be having a go at CP, would you like to do your first run here with me? How soon? Give me some idea... I'll have to make certain but I might be able to do this coming Tuesday the 15th. Just let me know. I might even be able to find a wooden box mold or two for you to give a good home to, depending on your size of batch. ;)

 

There are two places in Massachusetts that you can collect your oils from. One is Catania Spagna, and the other is JEdwards (I think). I've bought from Catagna and their stuff has always been good. Dunno if it's on your way, or if you'll need to drive out of your way. You can email them and they'll send you a pricing file. I don't know of any bulk M&P suppliers along your way to Massachusetts though.

 

-Susan

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