Making Colorful Soaps

Written by Richard Wong

There are many ways to add colorful designs to your homemade soaps. We will discuss usingrepparttar cold process soap making method to make soaps with intriguing designs.

First, you will need to start with a plain white base. A base of 30% coconut oil, 5% castor oil and 65% lard make a nice white base that lathers and conditions well.

To make tri-color soap with nice triangular designs, first make 1/3 of your base recipe to pour into your standard block soap mold. Oncerepparttar 148177 base has traced, add colorant of your choice. Then prop your mold at an angle so that when you pour your base into your mold it will fill only one corner of your mold instead ofrepparttar 148178 whole bottom.

To do this, place a few books under one side of your mold to raiserepparttar 148179 side a few inches from your counter. Then place books againstrepparttar 148180 other side ofrepparttar 148181 mold to keep it from moving. Pour your soap downrepparttar 148182 side of your mold that still rests onrepparttar 148183 counter until it has filledrepparttar 148184 corner, but not quite fully torepparttar 148185 top ofrepparttar 148186 mold.

Now carefully cover your mold with a towel until your soap has gone throughrepparttar 148187 saponification process and has cooled into soap. This will make a triangular block of soap that will sit off torepparttar 148188 side of your regular bar, making a nice design.

Next, mix 2/3 of your plain white base recipe, and separate it into two equal amounts. Color these with 2 separate colors. Pour one into your mold being careful not to splash it onto your triangle block…then pourrepparttar 148189 second color on top of this.

Metal Casting For The Hobby Metal Worker.

Written by Col Croucher

The practical hands on creative person will enjoyrepparttar personal rewards ofrepparttar 148092 ancient craft of metal casting.

Armed withrepparttar 148093 correct knowledge, it is quite feasible to melt and cast metal inrepparttar 148094 home workshop, thousands of peoplerepparttar 148095 world over are involved in it right now... there's no reason why you couldn't try your hand at hobby metal casting too.

But don't attempt metal casting if you have no prior knowledge or experience in this field, first of all you need to learn aboutrepparttar 148096 basic techniques, and methods used in this ancient metal craft.

There are also many personal safety aspects to consider, remember, you'll be handling molten metals at extremely high temperatures. There is an element of danger involved inrepparttar 148097 hobby, but with a commonsense approach to safety, and by being extremely careful, accidents should not happen.

So just where do you learn about hobby metal casting techniques?

There are many books available aboutrepparttar 148098 subject, some are highly technical and perhaps difficult to understand. Many books are written purely forrepparttar 148099 metal casting industry. The ordinary hobby worker would find industry specific technical writing difficult to understand, and find it next to impossible to reducerepparttar 148100 high-tech writing down to a hobby level of understanding.

One ofrepparttar 148101 best ways to learnrepparttar 148102 craft is to have, or arrange for someone to train or coach you over a period of time in your own small foundry... you'll quickly learn how to create sand moulds, how to build equipment, and many other things that you need to know.

But, for most people, one on one mentoring is just a dream. And, as time goes on, there are less people around to provide a personal hands on method of teaching metal casting.

The only way most people can obtain this kind of training is by enrolling in a foundry course at a trade school, trade school tuition, while being very good, could be an expensive option for many people. Some people, due to distance from trade colleges, may find it impossible to attend a trade teaching facility.

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