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« on: February 12, 2010 06:10:11 PM »

I made some tiny love hearts that I was/am planning on embedding in a block of soap and I over heated the soap (its MP) and now they are all sweaty just like me (damn australian summers) I havent tried embedding anything yet... will using the sweaty soap ruin it? Will it work at all?
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« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2010 07:44:39 PM »

Hmm, I think it would be ok as long as they are dry when you actually embed them and make sure to spray them with rubbing alcohol. Ok, that sounds weird, they won't actually be dry lol! But wipe them off and then spray with the alcohol before embedding. I don't know if overheating the mp is actually the cause of them sweating. There is low-sweating mp I believe (called something fancier than that I think) that you might want to check out.
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« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2010 08:45:21 PM »

I did try drying them with a tea-towel and it didnt really dry much... I made some other soap with the same MP and it didnt sweat. When I microwaved it for too long it went really quite bubbly and I probably went a little overboard spraying them with the rubbing alchol... oh and then I did put it in the fridge for like 10 minutes and then had a change of heart about that so its probably the fridgeration and that did it. Im so silly! I think I'll try drying with a papertowel and see how it goes. Thanks MareMare!
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« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2010 08:49:46 PM »

Try wrapping them in a paper towel and letting them sit someplace cool and dry for a day or two. That should soak up the moisture. Overheating MP can make it do really, really strange things. Also the fridge did NOT help the situation, unfortunately. I rarely recommend putting MP in the fridge/freezer, unless you're layering or getting out of the mold and need that few seconds of chill. Anything more and it'll be an adventure in sweat. Sad But it's not a loss! Try the paper towel method and then go forth with the alcohol, layering.

And MareMare's right, I think it's just called low-sweat MP base and it's pretty awesome stuff. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2010 09:05:01 PM »

Hmm turns out the other soap I made is a little sweaty! Being in Australia I dont really have a whole lot of choice with suppliers... I just had a look and they don't really market any clear ones as low sweat... just a coconut one... which Ive tried and Im not heaps fussed on the natural smell it has (and its white)! I have tried olive MP and that didnt sweat, the one that Im currently using is just "clear MP" which is a little bit cheaper. Hmm I know I'll just move to your country where there are more soap suppliers and cooler weather! I shall go try the paper towel thing... thank you!
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