So I have been soaping for almost 10 months now. I have had to make some changes along the way. I have also discovered a whole new world of creativity. I thought that I would share my production process with you. Not that I have a huge production or anything, but I thought I would share.
|Soap cut into logs|
|Cutting bars with cheese slicer|
After I get a batch of soap made and it has hardened enough to un-mold, I let the soap sit for a couple of hours with the liner off of the soap. This allows the outside of the soap to dry enough so that it is not so sticky to the touch. If you have never made soap before, I assure you that this is normal as the soap still has a fair amount of water that still needs to evaporate.
After the bars are cut, I trim the edges and add a slight bevel to them by hand with a paring knife. Next I put them on the curing rack for a few days. This allows the cut sides to dry enough for the soap stamp not to stick to the soap. I usually try to allow between 3 and 5 days between cutting and stamping. I have stamped up to a week and a half after cutting though. After I stamp the soap it is returned to the curing rack for the remainder of the 4 weeks needed for curing. Although I will admit that if I get busy it sometimes stays for a little longer.
|Trimmed, stamped & ready|
for curing rack
After the curing period is over, it is time to wrap the bars. During the curing period I prepare all of my labels so that they are ready for me to use. I also have a stack of paper cut and punched for wrapping. As you can see from the picture at the top, I use a simple kraft paper to wrap my bars. As you can see I have made little hanging tags from pieces of milk carton. I use these to make the cure date on so that I don't forget. Also I found a bow paper punch as someone recommended and I am now using it on my soap wrapper.
|The curing rack|
|The bow detail on my wrapper|
I have to send my laptop in for repairs and I don't know how long it will take to get it back. So if I disappear for a while don't worry. I will return.
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