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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / My first soap (MP only though) on: July 31, 2011 01:43:37 PM
So after months of wanting to I've at last attempted MP soap (I'm still getting up the courage to play with lye).

I made two batches of soap. I don't have a double-boiler/dedicated soap bowl, so used the "microwave method". With my first batch it cooled down much quicker than I worked, which meant that when I poured it into the molds, it created bubbly wobbles on top. Tongue The second batch worked much better.

I found them to be quite oily when I took them out of the molds, is that normal? I was also faced with the problem of "what do I do with them?". I live by the coast, so I didn't want the humidity to melt them. Eventually I just wrapped them in cling wrap. What do you guys do with your completed soap?

The first batch was a Brown Sugar and Vanilla batch (with Vitamin E). I wasn't very sure about my vanilla FO, as it didn't smell at all like vanilla in the bottle. :/ So I probably didn't use as much as I could've, it's consequently not a very strong smelling soap.

The second batch was a Lavender and Olive Oil batch. The lavender flowers just kind of floated on top, which depressed me a little, but oh well!

Over all I'm pretty proud of them!
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / MP Soap Bases - Can you adjust them? on: July 29, 2011 04:06:38 AM
As you may haven noticed I didn't know what to call this thread. Woo!

Okay so I have a clear soap base sitting at home and I was looking through recipes last night and lot of them specify Olive Oil Soap Base or Shea Butter Soap Base or Goat's Milk Soap Base, etc.

So my question is, can I turn a Clear Soap Base into for example an Olive Oil Soap Base by just adding some Olive Oil?!

(As an added note, if you can actually get soap supplies in South Africa, it's very, very limited. So can't really go and buy those bases. Sad )
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Identifying a stitch on: July 01, 2011 12:14:38 PM

I'm trying to identify the stitch on the main body of this glove. I -thought- it might be honeycomb lace, but trying to knit it (R1: K. R2: k1 *sl k1*. R3: K. R4: k2 *sl k1*) isn't giving me the same results Sad Is anyone here maybe able to take a guess at what stitch this is and how to knit it?

4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / "My First Bear" on: March 29, 2011 02:13:32 PM
So I decided to teach myself how to crochet (yay for the interwebs) a while back. Using my "it can't be that hard" approach, I decided to make a crochet a bear using this horrible furry bright pink yarn I bought long ago (it was bright pink and furry, I couldn't resist).

Unfortunately, halfway through, I realised that I can't find bear eyes or stuffing anywhere in this city and consequently decided to cannibalise one of my bears (it was one of those terribly ugly "charity" bears). I prefer to think of it as extensive plastic surgery.

I present Pippen! There's a couple of things I would do differently next time but overall I'm rather happy with the result. Now if one of my acquaintances would only be considerate enough to have a girl-child.

The Pose:
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / First Pottery Pieces on: December 21, 2010 11:41:09 AM
Well not my first per se... my first was a coiled cereal bowl (that cracked) and pinch pot (that's been declared the ugliest sugar bowl in the world). I have however decided those don't count.

This teacup below is my first thrown item and the saucer my second. I was very proud of the teacup, however I got a quick lesson in clay shrinkage when it came to the saucer, as you can see from the size.

The kiln apparently hates me, because it decided to drop this funny insulation stuff from the lid on it while it was glazing, thus causing the bubbling you see here:


Saucer Bottom:

And then there after, I made this set (yes it's a set) of coffee mugs. You can tell it's a set because they're the same colour, see?  Wink I'm still not sure how I managed to make three completely dissimilar mugs.

I love the big one though.

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Felt Cupcake Pincushion on: December 17, 2010 03:58:50 AM

I'm completely unsure which category to place this in, so here it goes.

I made this a while ago, but I've only recently reached 15 posts (I lurk... a lot) so I haven't been able to post it.

This was my first attempt and due to not being able to find a suitable base, I eventually ended up putting one together with cardboard. The shape's the way I want it, but it's a bit wonky and bumpy, due to the cardboard.

I've been running around buying all the paper cups I can find, in an attempt to replicate that shape with a neater cup inside, but alas. So far they've all been failures Sad

Anyhoo, enough rambling.

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