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« on: November 20, 2009 12:03:31 PM »

Swirling technique needs work. I think I was afraid to stir it in the mold- I didn't want to blur or smear the colors too much- if that makes sense. Tips are welcome. Also - what do you think I should 'Name' the soap- It's made with a very floral scent- lavender rose E.O. combo. The oils are grocery store oils- Lard, Soybean, Coconut, Olive. Also, I'm just learning to play with colors- this is a Lake coloring (?)- I used blue - which promptly turned green when mixed with the yellowish soap base and then it was purple when I pulled it out of the oven the next morning- Huh I'm guessing the heat did it- maybe the dyes are more appropriate for M&P?
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« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2009 01:52:14 PM »

It looks fun! I'm not familiar with those colorants, I just use pigments and ultramarines. Anything that morphs probably isn't meant for cp, but as long as you are happy with the end result is all that matters!

Mm, I got nothing on names, I'm sure someone else will think of something awesome lol! How do you swirl? 95% of the time I swirl in the pot, Pour your colored soap (about 1/3 to 1/2 of the total batch) back into the pot of uncolored soap in a small stream, around and around. Then stir it once around the pot. Pouring into the mold does the work of the rest of the swirling for ya. Unless I'm using my slab molds and want to attempt a fancy in the mold swirl, I always do it this way!
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« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2009 04:50:35 PM »

MareMare, Yes, I tried to swirl in exactly that method- I think I was too timid and afraid on causing my colors to get all muddy instead of clearly swirled. Oh well, I guess this just gives me any excuse to try it again Smiley. Guess everybody would be getting soap for Christmas this year. I need to invest in better pigments I guess- I've been trying to keep a tight budget on this addictive hobby Undecided
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« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2009 11:28:33 PM »

sorry I cant give any advice I only do melt and pour soap but as for the name Im thinking "Lavender Dream"
I think it looks great!
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« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2009 11:30:52 PM »

Hmm yeah it seems like the color is mostly on the sides and bottom, but every swirl is beautiful!
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« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2009 08:32:24 AM »

I think this amount of swirling is beautiful, it looks like Marble, with those veins of color in very distinct spots.
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« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2009 07:23:53 PM »

I personally think the swirl is VERY pretty! If you want, you can try taking out the soap you wish to color before it fully traces (just a weeee little slight trace), then color it, then put it in with the rest of the soap (once it's at full trace). I can't say it would definitely make it better (to me, it seems like there's so much to take into account when making soap especially swirling), but it's worth a try.
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