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« on: September 17, 2004 02:37:16 PM »

I decided that my new calling in life was to make bath products. I searched high and low on the internet to find recipies on soap, lotions, sugar scrubs.... and bath bombs.
I went all over the place and invested a SHIT LOAD of money on these essential oils and citric acid. I ended up using the recipie from http://www.notmartha.com. Im a scientist. I can do simple kitchen chemistry, right? WRONG!
My friend Ashley came over to help me with it. We molded the bombs, wrapped them in a towel, cleaned up the majority of the mess, and went into the living room to watch a movie and eat dinner. In the middle of the movie I had to take a potty break and while I was up I decided to peek in on my babies.
Holy mother of all that is good. I live in Tennessee and the humidity is intense, and Im too cheap to keep my air on at night. Needless to say the bombs had soaked up the moisture in the air and the reaction had started prematurely. My lovely little loaves turned into these grotesque warted cow patty looking blobs and just wouldnt stop growing. Think marshmallows in the microwave intense. Ive tried more batches and none have worked.
I think this is my cue to stop. Tis a shame when I think of all my hard earned cash just disinegrating down my kitchen counter.
Ugh!
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« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2004 03:14:21 PM »

Oh no!!! That's so awful  Embarrassed (yet described so hilariously! Cheesy)
I hate it when good crafts go bad!!!  Did you take pictures?
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« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2004 08:22:13 AM »

No I didnt. I see the disaster with every batch I make and it makes me want to be violent. No need to take pictures and egg it on, however I do have a warty batch in my linen closet right now...
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« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2004 09:14:27 AM »

the address for not martha is this one Not Martha ...
anyway sad story, but funny.
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« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2004 10:29:28 AM »

Egads!  Maybe if you tried making them in the winter (and then wrapping tightly in plastic wrap) it would work better.  At least up here in the frozen north, winters are far less humid.
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« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2004 06:04:15 PM »

Oh, that is so funny.  Thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2004 06:28:45 PM »

*laughs*
Oh my!

I had a recipe for bath bombs that work pretty well, I think I got it at Majestic Sage www.the-sage.com.
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« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2004 09:36:35 AM »

oh man. i really really needed the laugh you just gave me!  i'm very sorry this happened, though. 

i know this isn't craft related, but the science theme of your story just reminded me of an experiment gone bad.  i was about 10 and really into science experiments.  my mom had this old timey glass and mercury thermometer.  i was always fascinated by this and would take my temperature ALL THE TIME.  but i could never get it to go really high.  you know, like on the cartoons.  so i got the blow dryer. 

that thermometer broke so fast.  my mom was outside at the time.  i remember how funny the mercury looked as i vacuumed it up.  i didn't tell her until she was looking for the thermometer a few weeks later.  i still have two little scars from the glass on my wrist and i probably poisoned some drinking water when we through out the vacuum cleaner bag.
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« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2004 10:32:00 AM »

awww. uncooperative chemistry crafts are so AGGRAVATING.

would it work to let them set in a slightly warm oven, or on a tray of silica gel (from shoes), or something? you're probably tired of trying!
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« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2006 05:53:12 PM »

I made the grown up marshmellow cow patties by trying to save time. I tried to dry them in the oven on a low tempeture. It didn't really bake them, definatly didn't dry them! 
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