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11  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / More geeky soap - Binary 3D Massage Bars! on: March 20, 2010 07:58:14 PM
I'm back with a new geeky soap invention... 3D Binary Massage Soap! I came up with the idea about 2 weeks ago and designed the custom mold myself. Then I used my custom mold to create fantastic handmade (vegan friendly!) geeky binary soap Smiley Those raised 1s and 0s are so much cooler (read: geekier) than your traditional raised massage bar design!





Thanks for looking Smiley

12  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Introducing... GEEKSOAP! on: March 16, 2010 11:28:23 AM
Thanks, all Smiley I've updated them a bit and made them bigger and thicker (the old ones pictured on pg 1 are 3oz each, the new ones are between 5 and 6.5oz/ea) with slightly larger logos to fit in the larger bars, and they are looking awesome Smiley Adding some new designs, too. I love them!
13  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: MP in silicone molds cloudy on bottom? on: March 11, 2010 07:16:13 PM
Oh, also wanted to note that now you mention it, I think the heat has got to do something with it... because the one and only "side" that is crystal clear is the "top" (bottom of soap once it is popped out) - the one side that doesn't touch ANY silicone while setting.

The sides and the bottom (top of soap once it is popped out) are cloudy, but that one edge/side that never touches silicone is crystal clear just like my old plastic molds. I think we're on to something, here.

I just buffed with rubbing alcohol, which does make it shinier. I'm concerned about the possible strong smell, and there are still a few specklies to be seen. Maybe I'll try a combination tomorrow - keeping the empty silicone mold cold until I'm ready to pour the melted soap (and try to keep it in the in-between temp-- not too hot but not forming a skin yet) then spritzing the inside with rubbing alcohol and seeing what it looks like.
14  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: MP in silicone molds cloudy on bottom? on: March 11, 2010 07:10:46 PM
Ooh that's interesting wwrich! For my cp soaps, if they have soda ash on them, I buff them off with an old piece of nylon/pantyhose sprayed with rubbing alcohol. Maybe the same kind of thing, or just rinsing like you suggested. I make mp gem soaps and rinse them to make them bright and shiny.

hmm, buffing with rubbing alcohol? I thought of that but hadn't tried it yet because I was worried about the smell. I'll try this, too!
15  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: MP in silicone molds cloudy on bottom? on: March 11, 2010 07:08:43 PM
These are some good ideas, wwrich - thanks!

Mare mentioned something about the silicone (vs. plastic) trapping heat and so now I'm wondering ... perhaps I could "freeze" the silicone molds empty in the freezer for a little bit before I pour the melted soap in? And of course also try to pour at that twilight zone of temperatures - melted but just before it starts to form the skin on top. So stick the molds in the freezer,  melt some soap, and then pull the molds out of the freezer to fill. Leave them out and see?

I did try to wet and rub/buff the top and they have improved, but I can still seem some "specklies". I'll try some of these ideas tomorrow and report back!  Thanks for all of the advice so far Smiley

eta: oh I meant to mention that the silicone molds I have feel really smooth inside. I had a different kind before that felt a little rougher, but the soaps I'm creating now are actually very very smooth, just cloudy Sad
16  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: MP in silicone molds cloudy on bottom? on: March 11, 2010 06:45:07 PM
It's all the same brand, same type and by batch it may have been a different container, but ordered all together from WSP. I dunno at this point!

I am going to try again tomorrow and try to pour it during the twilight zone (hahaha) temperature, continue spritzing a little rubbing alcohol on the bottom first and see how it goes. Maybe I'll find just the right combination? I sure hope so!

Thanks for your help! If there are any other suggestions, let me know! I'll report back tomorrow after a little experimentation.
17  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: MP in silicone molds cloudy on bottom? on: March 11, 2010 06:30:52 PM
Thanks troll1984!

Mare: It's totally weird, right? I did wet and then rub the top a bit and it did seem to help some, but there's still some "specklies" that won't go away. It's just not as clear as the plastic molds. I feel like pulling out my hair!
18  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: MP in silicone molds cloudy on bottom? on: March 11, 2010 05:04:33 PM
ok here are some comparison shots. The first two are ones I did previously in the plastic molds. They are nearly crystal clear - no bubbles, nothing cloudy or weird. They are about 3/4ths of an inch thick.




The next four are examples I made this evening in silicone molds. All are cloudy but seem clearer on the "bottom" where I spritz after I pour. I tried spritzing the inside of the molds with rubbing alcohol before pouring, but it didn't seem to help:






wtf? Sad The new bars are 1" thick, so a quarter inch thicker, but I don't see why that would make the bars seem "frosted" instead of crystal clear.

19  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / MP in silicone molds cloudy on bottom? on: March 11, 2010 01:41:30 PM
Hi again!

Here with a question - I've switched to some new molds -- all silicone from WSP -- and I love their size/shape/weight everything... except the soap that is poured in the bottom of the mold that touches the silicone bottom (so the "good" side when popped out) is cloudy. I spritz the soap after I've finished the mold on the top and the top ("back" side when popped out) is really clear. But that top/good side is totally cloudy and I don't know what to do about it. I've tried spritzing rubbing alcohol in the mold before pouring as well, but it doesn't seem to really help.

Any ideas? Anyone else used silicone molds for their MP soaps and been able to not have it be cloudy on the top once it's popped out? Anything I can do to remedy this... either in the prep or afterwards to make my soap nice and crystal clear again? I 've not changed soap base, but in comparison... the silicone mold looks cloudy on that one side compared to the crystal clear soap I was making in the old plastic molds. Sad

Halp!
20  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Introducing... GEEKSOAP! on: March 08, 2010 03:12:05 PM
Awesome! you should make some world of warcraft soap or one that says NOOB. I would totally buy it for my BF

WoW soap was one of the first things I made, but I wasn't happy with the red.  (It was a bar of Horde soap). I need to score some really good red skin safe colorant.
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