Monday, January 17, 2011
Soap Cutting, Beveling, and Displaying
I'd like to show you some tools
no serious soapmaker should be without.
I know this because I did without,
and I know how much easier it made my life.
This is a soap cutter.
that fit together like so.
Insert log of soap that has
been removed from mold,
Insert wood block at chosen length,
I like to to bevel the edges
so that the bars are hand-friendly.
This is the bottom side of the beveler
which shows the blade.
The blades are easily removed for replacing.
Top side of beveler.
A beveled bar of soap, ready for curing.
These bars will cure here for
four to six weeks before they
are ready for wrapping.
The four rows to the left of the photo
are Rise and Shine w/ grnd oatmeal.
The middle two rows are
Coconut Lime Verbena,
and the rightmost two rows are
I started making goat's milk soap back in 2004
as a way to use up the surplus goat's milk from our goats.
My intent was to give it as gifts to family and friends.
It was such a success and I had so many requests,
I decided to go into a family business.
Here is a photo of a display we had in a store
in the mall in 2008 around Christmas time.
This is a photo of how the soaps will look after wrapping and labeling.
The essential oil soaps will be in cardboard boxes
Rubber Duckie soaps.
The girls and our booth at an outdoor event
in Bloomfield, New Mexico summer 2007.
(we lived in Aztec, NM for four months before we
made the move to Nebraska. And yes we moved the goats every time.)
This is Rylee helping a customer at a craft sale
in Riverton, WY, where we got our start.
I still love giving the products as gifts.
After the first soaps have cured this
blog will be hosting it's first give-away drawing
for your very own bar of goat's milk soap.
and stay warm.