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« on: April 03, 2011 09:13:59 AM »

I have done the stupidest thing.

I've made a couple of batches of "proper" soap - cold process I think?  Where you mix the lye and the fats and so on.  After letting it set I asked the other half to cut it into bars while I worked on something else, and the bars are all different sizes!  Not like mostly the same size, but completely different, some are twice as thick as the others.  I was planning to sell these when done!

Once the soap is cured, could I remelt it and pour it out again?
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« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2011 10:06:40 AM »

You could definitely rebatch, there are tons of different methods for rebatching, but it's not going to make pretty soap. You probably wouldn't want to sell rebatch. You just charge by the ounce and pretend like you meant it to be "rustic" Grin
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« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2011 01:34:17 PM »

Thank you!  I'll have to give it a try and see what comes out I guess.
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« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2011 09:58:35 AM »

i suck at cutting soap, even if i measure it properly.  i really need to build a cutting device.  what i usually do is just sell it by the ounce as maremare said.  or if its really off, cut it in half and call them guest bars.  lol
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« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2011 01:29:04 PM »

Have you tried using a mitre box? I used that for years (still use it sometimes) before I lucked onto a log cutter at a garage sale at a soaping get together (much too spendy to buy new, imo)
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« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2011 03:03:06 PM »

Thank you for your help guys.  Rebatch came out nowhere near as ugly as I feared it would - may even be salvageable for sale!  I've not heard of a mitre board... whassit? Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2011 03:27:34 PM »

Awesome! It's something you can buy in a hardware store, basically it holds the soap in place and has grooves for cutting. I mark where I want to cut my soaps (on inch slices for me) by measuring with a ruler and making a little cut in the top, then  stick it in the mitre box and slice away! It's the best for getting straight cuts. There are also some log molds that have a built in cutter on the end (kind the same idea as the mitre box, with a space for the knife to run down), a friend's hubby made one for me but I can only use it for that particular mold because my other soap molds are a different size.

This looks pretty similar to mine, obviously I only use the straight across cut! Grin

http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=mitre+box&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&cid=1521952616163217222&sa=X&ei=sEWaTZuvMcbjiALbt_WcCQ&ved=0CDcQ8gIwAQ#

I would think you could get one for $10-12 at a hardware store.
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« Reply #7 on: April 05, 2011 08:06:27 AM »

i have a mitre box but unfortunately, it is exactly 4 inches across and my soap mold produces soaps that are exactly 4.1 inches across.  lol.  I'll have to try flipping my soap the other way across the short in but then i'd have to use a knife and not my soap cutter. 
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