It's How You Pour It (and Cut It)

To the average person, this is an orange juice container. But to a soap maker it's a mold.

Using empty cartons as soap molds isn't a new concept, but I started thinking about the relatively new little plastic spout they've been adding.

What happens if you pour different colors of soap batter through the spout? It's like a funnel, right? And what happens if the carton is positioned at different angles? What kind of swirls do you get?

Since I had three cartons, I decided to try three different positions—vertical, horizontal and tilted. I labeled the cartons since they'd all end up in the vertical position after I poured. I used a pickle jar and some duct tape to keep the tilted carton at an angle.

Forgive the bad photo. I actually videoed the process with my new camera and then couldn't open up the file in any editing programs known to mankind, so instead of a video, you get one photo that was taken as a still from my laptop screen. I think I need to paint my kitchen.

I used three colors (two pound batch) which were supposed to be purple and light purple from alkanet and white from titanium dioxide. The whacky alkanet decided to be more of a wine color and a light mauve and since they're natural colorants, I did get some bleeding.

Here are the results:

First, the horizontal—which was actually the most difficult to pour and got the least soap. I sliced it as if it were a loaf and got two bars. Interesting, but nothing earth shattering.

Next, the vertical (much easier to pour), I sliced lengthwise. Fun, like a regular funnel pour, but again nothing too exciting.

And the tilted (easiest to pour and also cut lengthwise) was my favorite. It reminds me of fabric from the 1950's. I think I'll revisit the tilt in the future. And maybe use the micas I got from Mad Oils.

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