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« on: November 04, 2006 09:50:50 PM »

Hey there. This is possibly a stupid question but in all the tutorials and everything that I've read no one has mentioned it (but perhaps i'm looking in the wrong place)

After you make CP soap and let it sit and everything and it is "ready" do you then just cut it up into bars and use it that way or can you re-melt it down and put it into a mold? Or do you put it into the mold before you let it sit?

Sorry, I'm just a little confused! Thanks for any help!
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« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2006 06:06:33 PM »

Yes, once it's hardened, you just cut it into bars or whatever shape you'd like, wait for it to cure, and use it.

If you want it in a fancy shape, like a mold, then you pour it into the mold after it comes to trace and you've colored/scented it.

You can certainly make the soap unscented/uncolored and then grate it up and rebatch it, but honestly, that's too much work for my lazy self.  Grin So I do it all before it goes into the mold.

If you do want to rebatch it, don't let it cure and don't discount your water when you mix up your lye - you want it to be pretty fresh so it melts down easier. Just wait until the zap is gone when you do the tongue test and have at it. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2006 10:23:55 AM »

Okay, I think I got that. I'm new, just thinking about making my first batch. What does "come to trace" mean?
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« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2006 09:14:50 AM »

Trace is when the oils and lye are fully emulsified. It looks like this:



That's a little on the thick side, but it gives you a good idea.  Once you get it to trace, you don't have to worry about it separating after you get it into the mold.  You know it's at that stage when you pick up whatever you're using to stir with and a line of the mixture drizzled across the soap will be visible. It's hard to describe in words, so if that explanation isn't good enough, let me know and I'll try again!  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2006 09:56:44 AM »

Nope, that's great. I'm pretty sure I know what you're talking about.

Now... to just find somewhere to order lye...
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« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2006 08:33:54 PM »

You can get lye at snowdriftfarm.com.  If you get less than 2 pounds you don't have to pay the hazmat fee.  I think Camden Grey  sells lye too...their shipping prices can be high, though.
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« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2006 10:18:58 AM »

They also have it at http://www.candlesupply.com.
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« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2006 12:21:04 PM »

Awesome! Thanks guys, I'm off to order stuff! Woo hoo! Soapmaking here I come!  Grin
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