Hello there, I hope everyone is doing well this fine Spring afternoon.
I’ve had a few follow-up questions about how I did this soap, so here are some answers in case others are interested as well:
1) What fragrance did you use? When/how did you add it?
I used Brambleberry’s Yuzu Cybilla as the FO. I added this fragrance using the Strong usage rate from the BB fragrance calculator to the melted oils BEFORE I added the lye. I had as much time to work on these swirls as I wanted. Part of what made this successful was my ability to bring each color to the right consistency (thin trace) predictably. After separating the batter, I only used a whisk - and then had to whisk each cup for probably 60 seconds each.
2) Can you explain how you poured this in more detail?
Sure. After placing a cardboard divider in the 5 lb loaf mold (I would tape it if I were to do it again), here’s the sequence:
1) Separated melted oils & lye into 2 batches. Didn’t mix lye into the oils in either yet.
2) Set-up color cups - two color cups + one cup for uncolored batter per swirl. That’s why you see 12 cups for the 8 colors in the prior post’s picture.
3) Mix oil & lye for batch #1. This batch covers two swirls, the ones that will be on the bottom left & right of the soap.
4) Separate batch #1 batter into 6 separate cups - about 8 ounces per cup.
5) Use a whisk to get all 6 cups to thin trace. Mix each of the swirls (pour 2 color cups from each into the uncolored batter).
6) Simultaneously pour both sides.
7) Mix oil & lye for batch #2. This batch also has two swirls, the ones that will be on top left & right of the soap.
8) Separate batch #2 batter into 6 separate cups - about 8 ounces per cup.
9) Use a whisk to get all 6 cups to thin trace. Mix each of the swirls (pour 2 color cups from each into the uncolored batter).
10) I did this alone, so for the upper swirls, I poured them one at a time because of the need to hold a spatula to disperse the pour force so I didn’t split into the lower layer. During the first upper pour, the divider started tilting over - and I needed to grab it with a finger while I finished the pour then did the opposite side. Awkward. Next time I’d tape the divider.
11) Pour the first upper swirl. Make sure the divider is solid, then pour the swirl over a spatula placed close to the surface.
On all pours, I poured at the center point of the loaf mold, letting the swirl extend out to the edges on its own. I did not move the pour back and forth. The batter on all pours was still thin trace.
12) Repeat Step 11 for pouring the last upper swirl.
3) What was the hardest part?
The hardest part was doing the math to split up the batches & color cups properly.
4) How long did it take you?
1.5 hours to set-up & do the math. About 10 minutes for the pours. About 2 hours cleaning up so many color containers. /ugh
Hope that helps!