This is when your soap will overheat and results in uneven cooling, causing the glycerin in your soap to pool around together. Kenna from "Modern Soapmaking" has a great Blog about this: "Troubleshooting Crackling and Glycering Rivers". There are soapers that get creative with this look and use it really well in their design...I try to avoid. Well, I did try to avoid it.
I purchased some Coconut Milk from the store the other day and decided to use it with my next soap. I was curious to use a new fragrance " Eucalyptus and Thyme". I have never soaped with Eucalyptus, only because to me the fragrance is so close to mint that I get a little nervous on how my allergies would react. But I was surprise to find out that I was able to soap with it very well. But boy is it STRONG!!! My house smells like a jar of Vicks Vapor Rub :). Too bad I don't have a cold, because it sure cleared up my sinus!
But I am getting distracted and not telling you about my "Crackled" soap. I used my Coconut Milk and happily mixed in my fragrance as I cleared my sinus ...I decided to try the "Tiger Stripe Swirl" and was very happy that my soap mix was behaving. For some reason I decided that I wanted my colors to pop more..I decided I was going to insulate my soap.
What was I thinking?
Apparently the fragrance cleaned up more than my sinus!
I woke up in the middle of the night with one single thought. MY SOAP IS GOING TO OVERHEAT! I sprang out of bed (nearly scared my hubby to death...but not enough because he went back to sleep) and ran to the kitchen to uncover that soap. Too late...I knew I was in for it the next day. So today I present to you...my "Crackled" soap:
Can you see some of the Glycerin Rivers?
I will say that I was a little disappointed with the crackling. I was pretty happy with my stripes, but not much with the crackling.
Well...that will teach me :)
This is what happens when your mold is not tightly secured and you pick up the top without holding the bottom part!!!
Yes...my soaping diaries :)
I also wanted to share a cute little animation that I recently had made. Kirsty, an independent artist in Fiverr.com, made it for me. Her site is: http://www.fiverr.com/boslass
I think it's pretty cute! I can't remember when was the last time I had that much bouncy hair! I think that's probably why I love it so much!
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