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« on: March 02, 2007 11:48:59 AM »

I want to start making soap. Ive seen a lot of things that I want to try, but they all pretty much say melt and pour. I bought some molds and things. I was wondering, when I finally get down to melting my soap, what temp does it need to be? My common sense tells me if I melt it all down and just pour it in, Im going to have a mess of melted mold and wax all over the counter. When I get my brick ((heh)) of wax, is all of that information on the container?
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« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2007 02:47:42 PM »

I'm assuming you're just doing Melt and Pour with a pre-made base? (I ask as though you can instantly answer, heh)

I don't know the *exact* temperature, but when I make M&P I put it in the microwave and check it every 15 seconds. Once it's about 80-90% melted take it out and gently swirl until it is all melted-- anything below 80% and it'll probably set too quickly. So long as you're using a container with a pour spout (those cheap-o Pyrex or plastic measuring cups you get at Wal-Mart are awesome), you shouldn't have too much trouble making a mess. Just pour relatively even and slow so that when you reach the brim you don't over-pour.

I've made tons of M&P soaps and I wouldn't call it an exact science by any means. Just keep an eye on it and make sure it's melted but not, like, boiling, and you'll be fine. It's a very forgiving craft and fun to boot. Smiley But be warned now: it's addictive. Highly addictive. A month or so of that and you'll want to progress to CP, I promise you. >_>
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« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2007 01:56:35 PM »

Haha. Sweet! Thanks a bunch. I know what you mean. I already want to try CP but I figure one step at a time! I already have a gazillion projects lined up. I love crafting!

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