Sunday, June 1, 2008

Not that I'm addicted or anything........

I've made 4 soaps in the past few days - 3 ok and one disaster.

This one is Seabreeze and I was hoping for reasonable swirls all the way through. Not too bad for a first go at this way of swirling, but I didn't really want the base to be blue blobs. No idea why it's got greenish bits in it either, or white feathery bits.....I only used blue colour.



This one's Rhubarb & Custard. I went into shock when it came out of the mould because it turned out more or less as I'd imagined. A first for me!!!


Then came Raspberry Yoghurt. I can't get the hang of in-the-pot swirls no matter what I try. I've tried different traces and nothing seems to be quite right. I'm not keen on the smell of this one either but it's getting a bit less pongy as it cures.


All going too well........here comes the disaster. Beautiful smelling FO but a swine to work with. I had soap on a stick and no time to even smooth out the top once I'd dolloped it into the mould. The contrast colour wouldn't mix in so I had a hissy fit & just chucked it on top. It went to gel within 15 minutes, and doesn't look much better when cooled. Hopefully I can rescue it by slicing off the lumpy bits from the top and making little sample sizes out of what's left.





14 comments:

gracefruit said...

They look great! And the last one?
I have had that happen -- not fun. Next time, chuck it in the crockpot and cook it into submission!

Croap Queen said...

Thanks Elizabeth.
I've cut the lumpy top off and it doesn't look too bad underneath. It went so fast on me that I didn't have time to anything except scrape it into the mould. If I'd caught it earlier I could've HP'd it. Will bear that in mind for next time though!
Such a shame because everybody loves the smell.

Joanna Schmidt said...

All of them look so wonderful! Elizabeth saved my favorite soap. It was such a botched soap batch, it was gross, and she gave me advice, I took it, and voila! Magic. Oh yeah.

Croap Queen said...

Ta Joanna. I'll have the crockpot at the ready next time. I haven't had to do that so far (fingers crossed) but I've got a few FOs to try that I'm not sure about. Watch this space!

Anne-Marie said...

I love the layered soap - those look smooth and lovely - positively edible actually.

Croap Queen said...

Thanks all :-)

lcr soap said...

You are such a naughty girl, lol, hanging on to the croap crown when you produce such gorgeous soaps! That wispy feathery swirl on the first one is just perfect and those dead straight layers, wow!

Croap Queen said...

Ta LLL. Oops, just remembered I was supposed to send you some. However, hands orf me crown after what I've produced in the past couple of days :-(

Charley said...

is it wrong that i want to eat the rhubard one?!?

Croap Queen said...

Not wrong CR - just wouldn't taste very nice :-)
It's a really good rhubarb FO though - smells quite sharp.
I did have to go & buy a bag of r&c sweeties though after I'd made that one.

Joanna said...

I miss your soaps. I am having soap porn withdrawal!!!

Croap Queen said...

Aw Jo, I'm sorry. My camera card is full & I haven't had a chance to sort it out. There are another 3 on their way - I'll try to pics over the weekend to give you a fix. :-)

Lomond Soap said...

Wow Jo some lovely soapies there!
'Tis true I am not dead, and hope to back at my desk (so to speak)very soon. Missing ya
Corrie

Croap Queen said...

Hey Corrie
Aw, glad you're back - we've really missed you. Dying to see what beauties you've been making while you've been offline too.
Jx

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