Saturday, June 23, 2007

Yellow & Blue Makes... Caramel???

That is not what I learned in elementary school. Nevertheless, that is exactly the result I got the other day when I mixed yellow oxide and blue ultramarine powders to color some soap. My intent was a green swirl in my off-white soap. What I got was quite different, more of a caramel color.



This is the first batch of soap using my brand-new slab molds. It's also my first attempt at swirling. Unfortunately, I colored a bit too much soap for the contrast, so I didn't get quite the swirl effect that I would have liked. I'll know better next time (probably later today). The scent for this batch is Sandalwood & Clary Sage. I absolutely love how this one smells, very earthy and fresh. I think the caramel color actually works well with this fragrance, even though it isn't quite what I had in mind.

I've decided to go with slab molds for the soap that I'll be selling, rather than the more detailed molds that I was working with previously. The reason for this is packaging. I couldn't find a decent way to package the fancier soaps without totally covering up the pretty details. The only thing that would work for those was shrink wrap, and I wasn't crazy about the way those turned out. Besides, the shrink wrap is terribly labor-intensive. The plainer slab molds make a generously sized bar-- 3 1/2" x 2 1/2" x 1" and they weigh in at over 5.25 oz. I'll be able to package these with cigar-band type labels, and you'll still be able to see the color/swirls/etc. in the soaps.

The business side of my little soapmaking hobby is going very slowly. I've finally perfected the recipes that I'll be using for sale. I've been using them myself for a couple of months now and can honestly say that my skin has never felt better. Now all I need to do is make a few batches up and let them cure. Look for them in about a month. ;)

I'm still stitching a bit, but not nearly as much as I would like. Lately, I've been working on Just Nan's TrickORTreat Box. Unfortunately, I've managed to lose the white silk floss and will need to pick some more up before I can finish this one.

11 comments:

Vonna said...

Looks good Juanita :)
I bet it smells divine!
I love your trick or treat box stitching :)

claudia said...

I still like your swirls even if they didn't turn out the way you wanted. The scents you mentioned are my absolute favorites. I can't wait for you to start selling. I am going to buy, buy, buy. Are you selling these online...? I guess I should have found that out first. he he

Tessa said...

That sounds like a wonderful fragrance - mmmmmmmm :)
I love the ort box - this looks like it is fun to finish too.

Michelle said...

The soap sounds yummy - I love Clary Sage! Your Trick Or Treat box is so cute too, I need to stitch mine up.

Sharon said...

Oh, I hope to get a chance to try your soaps. They sound wonderful. Your Just Nan looks lovely.

Chelle said...

What a pretty color! It looks good enough to eat...ok, maybe not. :o)

Erin said...

Oooh, sandalwood is one of my favorite scents. It makes me feel rather....Bohemian? hehehe

The Just Nan design is very cute!

Singular Stitches said...

Very cool soap, but bummer, I thought those were peanut butter brownies before I read the text! :o)

StitchCat said...

Your soap looks good...it actually looks good enough to eat LOL

Aussie Stitcher said...

Your soap looks great.

Joanne

Sherry aka Celtic Dream Weaver said...

Hi, I have to say I LOVE your Halloween Just Nan Trick or Treat Box. Do you by any chance still have the pattern that maybe I can buy off from you. I want to make this so bad..but as you know you can't get it anymore. I will pay whatever you want for the pattern. Please write to me at
celticdreamweave@yahoo.com
Sherry