So I decided to try out the Warm Oven Process of Soaping instead of the CP.. I used just a basic normal recipe, but seem to have had unexpected results!.. Once the Oils & Lye came to a thin trace, I added a small amount of fragrance, colorant & herbs.. the fragrance was rather strong and only added a small amount (the kids thought I was baking something great!).. stirred it up again and it turned to a very soft ice cream texture, somewhat foldable.. so I quick dumped it in a mold - I know.. Plastic.. in the oven??.. well.. i did.. whoops!.. Just thought I would give it a try. Really it did ok though!.. But after pouring the soap into the mold, it really set up quick and tapping it to get out air bubbles wasn't happening, so I tried to smooth with a spatula, which seemed to break open the top layer and expose a gooey under layer with lots of oils!.. yuck. I gave it a few seconds of trying to make it pretty until realizing that wasn't working & put it in the warm 170 degree oven for the 2-3 hours as suggested... very soon there after I got the soda ash.. it did turn a somewhat transparent gel like color - I left it in for 12 hours.. checked on it but there was a bit of an oily section on the top and decided to let it sit for the night after warming the oven back up to temp.. by morning the oils did go away.. but the bars were still rather gooey on the underside.. but my impatience said.. "lets try and get it out of the mold".. I used a mold spray on it, which is used for plastic resin casting molds.. and the parts that were dry pulled right away from the mold.. the gooey parts wanted to hang on so I pulled it out by hand.. which is why the surface got so crazy looking.. should have waited a few days.. but who knows what would have happened.. after stacking it has seemed to dry up a good bit, but here and there i get some oil on the surface of the bars.. thinking something didn't go correctly with the recipe, tracing it.. not sure..
At any rate.. here are a few pictures.... has anyone else had a similar experience?
On another note.. I had been searching around for a soap stamp.. and I'm sure some of you know of a crafter stamp source - I must have emailed on a bad day or something asking kindly for services to be rendered.. didnt know fellow crafters could be so unpleasant!... well that did not go well, so I searched and searched.. and I must say I am extremely thrilled with the place that made this stamp. I have absolutely no affiliation with them or it wouldn't have taken me so long to find them!.. But I sent in my black & white file, paid.. and the next day the stamp was sent, and received the next day.. wow!.. and soooo reasonably priced.. my stamp was $37 mounted, the stamp is 1/4" magnesium with a wood block attachment - the edges of the letters are slightly beveled so it makes a nice letter & pops right out! So if you're looking for a stamp I would check them out!.. Owosso Graphic