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401  Smitten Vanilla, Green Apple, and Grapefruit Tea Rose (don't look Sevsonlgirl!) in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by MareMare on: May 28, 2009 03:32:08 AM
Here are the non-disaster soaps from the other day's soaping (mis)adventures.

Smitten Vanilla (named for my girl smittenheart, natch) made with goat's milk, vanilla blossom fo, and vanilla bean flecks. The inside color is from the goat's milk, and the outer color is from the vanilla (oops, that's hard to see but it's super dark brown on the outside). I'll post new pics when the inside finishes discoloring!

Green Apple, I love this fragrance! Colored with neon green pigment.

Pink Grapefruit and Tea Rose~Overcolored with neon yellow, and since I don't have a good pink I combined neon red and neon violet to attempt a pink/red. It's a wee bit too bright  Wink This combo is awesome, if you've never tried floral with a citrus, go for it!

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402  Two Swirling Tutes, many photos in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by MareMare on: May 28, 2009 03:09:02 AM
I said I would post a couple tutes on swirling...I am so not the best swirler, and my fun swirl ended up not happening, but here is the cheesecake method and swirling in the pot. If some awesome swirler wants to post some tutes I would totally love it!

Cheesecake Method--Slab Mold

Get your colorants ready beforehand, you never know how fast you may have to work! I prepared some neon green pigment by mixing it with a couple tablespoons of my base oils (removed after measuring the oils out). Check if your colorant is water or oil soluble and then get it ready. I prepare a little more than I think I will need, so I can adjust the color after mixing into the raw soap base.

When your soap comes to a light trace and you've added your fragrance,

remove whatever amount you are going to swirl (about 1/3 of the total for this one). I like to put it in a spouted 2 cup measure so I can pour it back in easily. Color it with the prepared colorant and mix. Reserve a little pre-mixed color so it isn't too dark. Adjust as necessary.

If you are coloring your base color, do it now with the larger portion in the pot, (I didn't for this particular one) and then pour it into your lined slab mold.

With the spouted container, pour horizontal lines a couple inches apart across the mold. Hold the container around 6 inches above the mold to help it slip towards the bottom. If you are still at a light to medium trace it should mostly go to the bottom. This is good. Use about half of your colored soap doing this, and then take a spoon and working just above the soap in the mold, lightly spoon the soap over the lines you already did. This helps your swirl go throughout the thickness of the soap, rather than just sitting on the top or all sinking to the bottom. You may have to wait a few minutes for it to get a little thicker if it is still so thin it is sinking, but by this point it should be good to go.

With a plastic knife (or the handle of a plastic spoon) draw lines through the soap, first going top to bottom, then next going bottom to top, about 1 1/2 inches apart. Be sure to scrape all the way to the bottom.


And after cutting~ with this method you get some pieces that may look like leaves or hearts!

In The Pot Method--Log Mold

This is pretty much the easiest method ever. You don't get the beautiful swirls you do with slab molds, but if you are using log molds this is quick and easy and gives some fun color.

Prepare your colorant ahead of time (see above)

Bring your soap to a light trace and add your fragrance.** Remove the amount that you want to color, in multiple containers if you are doing multiple colors. Color the parts you removed, as well as what is in the pot if you want to color the base soap.

Pouring in a thin stream 6-10 inches or more above the pot, pour the colored soap back in. Zig-zag back and forth and around and around.

You can give the pot 1 stir with your spoon, or none at all, the rest of the swirling will take place when you pour it into the mold

Pour it into the mold, and watch the swirl take place before your eyes!

Forgot to take a pic of the mold, but here is the finished product!

** For fragrance oils that discolor badly (dragon's blood or very strong vanillas) you can do a type of reverse swirl using this method. Before you fragrance, remove a small amount (1/4 to 1/3 of the entire batch). Then add your fragrance oil to the pot (which will now act as colorant also, use the normal amount you would use for the whole batch). Swirl back in the part you removed, it will be a "white" (cream, pale yellow, whatever your unscented soap would be) swirl within the darker soap that ends up discoloring.
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403  I shall dub thee~Muppet Poop! (a pictoral story) in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by MareMare on: May 28, 2009 02:46:29 AM

This is some naughty soap! Actually it was the fragrance oil that was naughty, it seized and I got some soap on a stick.

Very unhappy that the supplier didn't give a warning about it. And yes, I know all the tricks to using difficult fo's, but I would prefer a heads up so that I don't waste good base oils. I stuck it on the stove and cooked it until it had gelled down and melted back together from the dry chunkiness that it was.

I had planned to do a beautiful complicated swirl. Hahaha! Instead I had hideously textured soap. I decided to color it anyways. Rose clay for the base, and chromium green oxide and neon purple pigment for the "swirls"

No pic of the purple on its own, too busy trying to work with the stupid stuff I guess! I attempted to "swirl" in the mold. Hard to do when the stuff is thicker than oatmeal! This is when I picked the name out.

After I smushed it down

I went ahead and cut it into bars, this definitely might get rebatched though!

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404  Lets See Pics of Tattoos You Designed! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by MareMare on: May 23, 2009 04:36:53 PM
Please keep this thread for...

Tattoos on yourself
Tattoos you've personally designed and have been inked on someone else
Tattoos you have physically tattooed on yourself or someone else

Please post ideas and discussions of tattoos you're considering in the future on this thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=30765.0
Thanks all!  

Hi all, I have started a new thread since the old one was getting rather long and kind of out of control (ie people hadn't been following the rules and I hadn't been properly moderating them)

This thread is for posting pics of tattoos you have designed yourself or actually tatooed yourself.  If you don't state that you have tattooed or designed it yourself I will start limbo-ing and pm'ing people to make sure (please respond to my pm's promptly or your posts will possibly be deleted). If it is clear you did not design it, I will move it to the new off-topic tattoo thread here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=306138.0 if you are a Friend of Craftster. Thanks, MareMare

The old thread is here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=291979.0

Roethke's awesome scissor tattoo, found on page 3!

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405  I Spy Bags for Travelling in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by MareMare on: May 22, 2009 01:08:17 AM
My family went on vacation...23 hours in the car in fact! I decided to make some I Spy bags to help keep my nephews occupied and to help save the sanity of my mom, brother, and sil. My 3 year old nephew went to the Fabric store with me and picked out the tractor fabric, the black for him and the cream colored for his 5 year old brother. But, he did let me know that the one he picked out for himself was better! Sadly, no action shots yet, as I barely got these finished the night before they left. (Procrastination--that's how I roll)

I made an I spy bag for a swap last year, but it took me this long to make them for my little guys! Here is the link to the first one I saw on here, I made some modifications (reinforced all the seams since I know how violent these little boy are, velcro pocket on the back for the pictures of the items, topstitching around the vinyl window for extra reinforcement) but it is the same general idea: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=261769.0

I also made these large zippered pouches to hold the I Spy bags along with a collection of coloring and sticker books, crayons, and other little goodies to help keep them occupied. The baby is 1 and didn't get an I Spy bag, but he got a little bag to hold his stuffed animals, rattly things, and his tiny tupperware (not sure why all my nephews like tiny tupperware, but I guess they just like things to put other things in!)

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406  Re: swirls has me going swirly.. in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by MareMare on: May 14, 2009 12:50:19 PM
Go colors! Go Smitten! You can do it! I need to calm down!

ok. ahem. I really love me some pigments, utramarines, etc. The thing with those is that you have to mix with with either water or oil, depending on if they are water or oil soluble...I've wasted a lot when I wasn't sure which kind I had and it wouldn't mix!  I have some neon pigments which are seriously awesome!

Remember, for any swirling make sure you are not using an fo that accelerates trace and that you are using a decent amount of water (ie a deep water discount makes swirling a PITA). I've had soap on a stick while attempting complicated swirls!

I just about always do swirl in the pot because it's easy and does a decent swirl, and my everyday molds are log molds. Get your colorants ready ahead of time. For most pigments, 1/4 tsp to 1/2 tsp per pound of oils is sufficient. I usually mix up a little more than I need in case I want a darker color.

So, for a 1 color swirl where you are not coloring the base soap and then adding a swirl of color do this: Go by the poundage of oils, for a 4 lb oil batch that you want to do just a little swirl, I would leave about 3/4 uncolored and color 1/4. So you are coloring roughly 1 lb,

1. mix up 1/2 tsp (that's the high end of coloring) with a 1-2 tablespoons of oil or distilled water, depending on what you have.
2. After you reach trace (not light trace, but where you are actually going to mold) remove about 1/4 of your soap to another container. I like plastic 2 cup spouted measuring cups. Pour in most of the mixed color, about 3/4 of what you mixed up. Stir well in the container. If it's the color you want, you are good to go, if it's too light add a little more color, too light add some uncolored raw soap. When it is well mixed, time to add it back to the pot.
3. Pour a thin stream around and around and criss-crossing into the pot. After you get it all in, stir once or not at all (seriously, you don't need to stir since half the swirling has been down already, and the rest will take place as you pour in the mold.)
4. Pour into your mold and it will swirl some more.

Easy peasy! Although I'm sure I made it much wordier than it needed to be, the main part is figuring out how much colorant you need for the amount of raw soap you are coloring. For 2 colors, color the soap in the pot before you add the swirl of another color. For a really pretty 3 color plus white swirl, remove 3 portions of soap (fairly small amounts, depending on batch size), leave the main portion in the pot uncolored, and color each of the 3 portions something different.

Now, for freakin' gorgeous awesome swirls, if you are using a slab mold (and believe me, it is really hard to get this to work in a log mold, if someone has great results that way I would love to hear it, 'cause I have failed miserably on many an occasion! The swirled part just can't reach all the way to the bottom of the mold, so you are left with bars that are swirled on one side. And, because of the way you cut a log mold, the swirl is on the side of the bar rather than on the "face" of it, like in a slab mold) you want to do a kind of "cheesecake" method swirl.  Remove a smaller portion of your soap to color and pour the rest (maybe 60-75%, colored or not) into the slab mold. Color the portion to swirl and then pour into the mold in straight, parallel lines. Going the opposite direction (perpendicular to the soap), drag a plastic spoon handle, or something like that, through all the lines in one direction, then remove the spoon and drag through all the lines, beginning at the opposite side, in the other direction. Althernately pour your soap in a kind of back and forth motion in connected lines, and then swirl in a swirly motion that goes from side to side and then crosses back over itself. Yeah that's easy to understand :p

Here's a terrible pic. The "cheesecake" method is on the right, the swirly swirl is on the left. The lines of black are the poured soap, and the lines of red are the way you are dragging through the soap with the spoon handle. Notice the arrows.

I'm soaping this weekend, I will do picture tutes of both methods since I know that was confusing and probably not that helpful!
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407  Re: Let's Strip - the swap with a twist - Gallery Edition! in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: May 14, 2009 11:17:28 AM
Here's my strip from GothChics! Check out the cool tic-tac-toe fabric! Is the one on the end Amy Butler?

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408  Re: Traveling Scarf Swap Gallery! (Round 6) in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: May 14, 2009 11:10:24 AM
Here's mochaxlight's scarf! I love bobbles! It is offset bobbles in a mercerized cotton twisted yarn.

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409  Re: Let's Strip - the swap with a twist - Gallery Edition! in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: May 06, 2009 02:50:23 PM
Yesterday rocked mail-wise, I think I got 4 strips!! I got one more today, and met up with Klum78 last week, so am only waiting on 1 to have them all!







Thanks everybody! I'm excited to get to work with these!
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410  Re: Bath & Beauty Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: May 06, 2009 02:46:25 PM
After digging out new batteries for my camera, I have pics!

My lovely bath bombs from princessketu (there is a strong change my nephews may steal some of them...sigh) and lip balm and fragrance from 1boy1girl1kitty2. Thanks ladies!

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