This past weekend I had the talented and super fun Holly Port at my house. She came to help me with a soap class and knock out some soapy projects. (Really I just wanted to see her…the class was just an excuse!) I thought we needed to do something crazy…something extraordinary…something challenging while she was here. So I decided on a 25 color (+ white) 18 pound cold process soap swirl! I invited over a couple of local soapers to give us a hand…Theresa and Yolanda! I knew the four of us could pull this off! It was on! Here are some picture from the event.
Thanks – Yolanda, Theresa & Holly for coming over and tackling this with me! Thank you to George who brought us snacks and a celebratory drink! And thank you to Mike for taking pics! It didn’t happen without pics! There’s nothing better than spending an afternoon soaping with friends!
I’ve updated the class page to include some exciting fall classes!
I’m headed to NYC with my good friend Holly Port and the fabulous Marla Bosworth to teach soapmaking! Join us August 24, 25 and 26 for a three day soapmaking bootcamp! Learn how to make and sell more than 15 different types of soap (cold process natural bars, advanced color designs, felted soap designs, wine, beer and champagne soap, cupcake, chai latte and salt bar soaps, and four kinds of glycerin soaps, including photo and personalized bars! Sign up at www.backporchsoap.com!
Classes in Grand Prairie, Texas this fall.
Silicone mold making – July 21, 2012
Beginner Soapmaking Class – September 22, 2012
Advanced Soap Design – October 20, 2012
Beginner Soapmaking Class – November 3, 2012
For more info on these classes, visit our class page!
I’m currently converting most of my recipes to being palm free. One technique I love to use is piping cold process soap on cupcakes. I do whipped soap also but this isn’t whipped soap. Its simply just waiting for the soap to get thick enough and then piping it. Super easy to do! So here is the recipe that I used:
Piping Soap Recipe:
Coconut oil – 16 oz
Olive oil – 13 oz
Shea butter – 3 oz
Lye – 4.7 oz
Water – 9 oz
I melted the coconut oil and shea butter, then added the olive oil. Everything is ready to go.
Brought the mixture to a light trace and divided it out into three parts.
I put some pearl mica in the white base and then colored two parts purple and blue. I poured the base into the cupcake liners.
Then I waited until the purple and blue set up enough to pipe. I waited about 10 or so minutes and stirred every now and then to check the consistancy. Once it was thick enough I put it in a piping bag with a 1M tip. I like to set mine in a cup to hold things up straight while I fill the bag.
You can find all kinds of cupcake piping videos on youtube. I didn’t have enough hands to take pics of the whole process but I start with a blob in the middle.
Then starting on the outside…spiral to the inside.
And add glitter! I don’t know why…but I always have to top cupcake soaps with glitter.
Let these cure for 4 weeks. Here is a great video on how to cut your cupcake soap in half for easier use!