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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Ombre Soap on: October 25, 2011 10:20:09 AM
Great job you did for the first time!  Now you just need to make more batches to perfect it!  Grin
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Trying out my handmade soap mold on: August 06, 2011 10:20:11 AM
Great job on making your first wood mold!  And that Oni soap is awesome!
3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Milk Soap on: August 06, 2011 10:17:38 AM
Ok, how did you do the piping on the one bar?!  That's so beautiful, it just blew my mind 0_o

Nice job, those are all beautiful!

I pipe my soap just like a cupcake or regular cake.  You can buy tips and pastry bags from any crafty store or cookware store.  The trick is to pour the majority first, wait for the remaining soap to come to heavy trace, like thick icing, then pipe it like you would ice a cupcake.
4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Milk Soap on: August 06, 2011 10:14:26 AM
They all look beautiful! I'm in awe, I'm not great with milk soaps. I do best when I use powdered goat milk lol! For some reason I have trouble with coconut milk. When you do 50% do you freeze it first?

No need to freeze, not when doing 50% milk, but I do keep it cold in the fridge right before I make soap.  So what you do is dissolving your lye with 50% water, lower the temperature down to below 40C (around 100F) then mix into your oil/butter (melted of course), then pour in the 50% milk from the fridge.  I like coconut milk because it produces fairly white soap to allow your fancy coloration!  Still, if you don't want overheat, put your mold in the fridge for 24 hrs. after pour.
5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Milk Soap on: August 05, 2011 05:00:43 PM
I love making and using cold process milk soap because milk can boost creamy lather and nourish my really dry skin.  I usually use between coconut milk and fresh cow milk depending on what I have in hand.  I rarely make 100% milk (meaning no water) soap because for some reason 50% of the time I do make I failed.  About 3 weeks ago I don't know what got into me, I attempted 100% milk soap again, and I failed... double size batch too.  It was late at night, I was tired and cranky.  I had to roll into plan B and hot process it to save the whole pot.  It's a good save at least.
I split it into 2, one is unscented and uncolored, naked soap.

The other one is scented with Honey Almond EO blend and colored with oatmeal flour and cocoa powder.

Then look at the lather going!

Days later, I redeemed myself, make other batches of milk soap the way I usually do, half water half milk.  There were no disaster, no need to go plan B, plain smooth and beautiful.
Lavender Rose Soap

Oatmeal Milk & Honey

Dark Star

6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Soap or cake?! on: July 12, 2011 04:52:58 PM
I love making soap and so when it's my DH's birthday I thought I should make a cake, a soap cake! 
I made the mini cakes a week ahead of time so they have time to harden up a little and turn brown like I planned.  Then I whipped up a batch of soap to thick, and started icing them.

Then I color the rest orange to pipe them.

OMG the orange turned very neon! Shocked  Question marks in my head!  Thank God it mellowed out to what I expected.

Consider it's my first time making cake of any kind, this is not too bad at all! Grin
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Gold Leaf Necklace on: July 07, 2011 10:03:34 AM
Did you fabricate the gold leaf yourself? If you did can you tell what technique you used?
Sorry, I didn't fabricate the leaf, I bought it from a jewelry show.  I would love to know how to do it myself too!
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Tokyo Subway Map on: July 06, 2011 06:41:58 PM
That is very creative, using subway!
9  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Tray & Magnets on: July 06, 2011 06:35:48 PM
That tray is colorful, just gorgeous!
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Cooling Necklace on: July 06, 2011 05:41:48 PM
OMG, that is practical and pretty at the same time!
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