Cold Process Soap Making Stripe/Taiwan Swirl Cut 2 Ways (Technique Video #16)


Hi, this is Teri from Tree Marie Soapworks. Today I’m going to show you how to make this bar. It’s a Taiwan Swirl but
there are two different ways I’m going to cut it to show you two different
patterns you can make. I also show a different tool that I made from a
suggestion from one of my subscribers named Christopher. Stick with me to the
end and I go over the, “What I learned section.” on how I could have made this bar better
yet. Let’s get started. First, I use about a third of my water weight in distilled
water ice cubes. I do that mainly to cut down on fumes. I top off the remaining
water weight with cold distilled water. Next, I measure my sodium hydroxide and I carefully add that to my distilled water. I stir that until it’s dissolved and
then I measure the sodium lactate. I set these aside in a well-ventilated area
that’s safe from any children or pets. After I get those so they’re cooling, I
start to measure my hard oils and for this one, I’m just starting with my
coconut oil. I start microwaving my coconut oil in 30-second bursts, but in
the meantime, while I’m doing that, I start measuring my liquid oils starting
with my avocado oil, and then my castor oil, and then finally, my olive oil. Next, I measure my fragrance. Today
I’m using Black Raspberry Vanilla from Wholesale Supplies Plus. Now that my coconut oil is melted, I’m
going to add my cocoa butter pastilles. I stir those until they’re melted, and if
they don’t melt by stirring, I just microwave them until they’re just barely
melted. Okay now that my oils are cooling, I’m going to get started on my colors.
First, we have Pretty in Pink and it’s from Elements Bath and Body and I use
that at a rate of 0.5 teaspoons per pound of oils. To get a light pink I’m
adding Titanium Dioxide also and I’m adding that at a rate of 0.25 teaspoons
per pound of oils I pre dilute my titanium dioxide one part titanium
dioxide to three parts of olive oil. So for the next color is white and I am
just using pre-diluted titanium dioxide, like I said before. I’m using it at a
rate of one teaspoon per pound of oils. It’s easy to use a colorant calculator
that Elements Bath and Body has because it will tell you how much pre-diluted
colorant you need in teaspoons and in tablespoons. next, I’m using ultramarine
blue and it’s also from Elements Bath and Body and I’m using it at a rate of 0.75
teaspoons per pound of oils. Since I’m trying to make a navy blue, I’m also
using smooth coconut carbon also called activated charcoal. And I’m using that at
a rate of 0.1875 which is also 3/16 of a teaspoon. If you’re putting these
colorants into the Elements Colorant Calculator, you can just go to the very
bottom one. You’re splitting your batter into thirds so you’re going to use for
the percentage part 33.3 and for this recipe the oils are 33.5, so I have those
two numbers and then I just put my rates in there. If I’m using one teaspoon
per pound of oils, as I do for the titanium dioxide, then I put that in and
I just click calculate, and then it’ll give me the answer to how much I need,
But then, also, under that it gives me the answer of how much I need diluted for
the titanium dioxide in teaspoons and tablespoons. Next, I’m just adding my
liquid oils to my melted hard oils. And I stir them until they’re completely
clear. After that, I add my fragrance. If my fragrance wasn’t a well-behaved
fragrance, I wouldn’t be adding it now, but since it is, I just add it to my oils
it’s much faster. Now that my lye water and my oils have cooled to temperatures
between 85 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit, I add my sodium lactate to my lye water
and then I strain it into my oils. Next, I weigh my bowl and the contents, and then I subtract off the weight of the bowl that I recorded earlier, and then I
divide that number by three. At this point I usually stir with a spatula for
a little bit just to see what my batter is going to do… if it’s going to speed up
or if it’s just gonna remain fluid, and if it seems like it’s not gonna speed up,
I use my stick blender, and blend it to emulsion. An emulsion is reached when all of these liquids are dispersed equally. There are no oils floating on the top at this point. I just used the number
that I calculated before and I split my batter into three parts. Next, I add my colorants and I just make
sure that they are completely mixed in. I just give my batter a little bit of a
stick blender before I’m ready to pour it, because it just seems a little too
thin at this point. When my batter was at light trace, I
poured my batter and I make sure and hold down my dividers so none of it
seeps underneath. When I’m working with dividers, I usually pour enough in each
of the sections to cover the bottom and then I pour the remaining batter. Next, I remove my dividers and I have
this tool that I made and it was a suggestion from Christopher. These are
called skinny sticks and I used a popsicle stick to go in between and I
taped them together and then put Plexiglas on each side of them. This gave
me some other ideas because you could use it for a peacock swirl in a slab
mold. I actually made two of these and I put
them in the oven to force gel and I did it like I normally do. I just
preheated the oven to its lowest temperature and then I put my soap in
and covered it and then once I put my soap in. I turn the oven off and I put
the oven light on and I shut my oven and I just leave it there overnight. And then
I turned my oven light off and let it come to room temperature naturally. And
then I cut it in another 24 hours. You see here that the batter kind of
went under one of my partitions and so this is the one I’m going to cut
horizontally. The other one came out better so that’s the one I’m going to
cut vertically. I’m just planing off the sides. These
need a little planing just to fit my boxes. While I still have this in one piece I’m
going to go ahead and bevel the four long edges. Next, I’m going to divide the
long length of the loaf into three pieces. And to get this into three equal
pieces, I use an architect’s scale and I’m using the fourth-inch scale and so
I’m looking for a number that’s a little bit bigger than the length of my mold
that divides by three. And I use forty-two so I put one end of my ruler on
the zero and the other end on the 42 and I divide 42 by 3 and I get 14. So I use
14, and I make a mark there and 28. And this is how we’re going to be cutting
this to get the stripe effect. So I’m doing the same thing here I’m
dividing this by three so I find a number that’s divisible by three that’s a
little bit bigger than the width of the bar. So, in this case, I’m using a 15 and
so I divide 15 by three and then I mark it every five, so I mark it at the 5 at
the 10. I’m going to start the, “What I Learned,” section of this video. These
striped bars didn’t come out quite as I had hoped. I’ve done this technique before and I made a tutorial for Elements Bath and
Body and they came out so good. The bar was black and purple and white, and there
was a nice thin stripe of black and a thin stripe of purple and the white was
in between. The difference is that in the one that I made for Elements Bath and
Body, my batter got a little thick. Actually, I thought it was getting too
thick but I think that helped and I think that would have made for a nicer
stripe. I should have just been patient or I should have stick blended this a
little more to get it to a thicker consistency. It kind of goes back to what
I was saying in my last video about waiting on your soap. Also, I think you
have to be very careful that no batter goes underneath your dividers and I
think and for the other one, since my batter was a little thicker, it didn’t do that,
so next time I guess I would get my batter a little bit thicker, because I
really want to make this technique again. That little skinny stripe is just so
neat it baffles your mind how you can make a stripe that thin in soap. This is
one of the sidebars. The middle bar would have the opposite effect on the other
side. It’ll have a big black stripe with a skinny purple stripe. For the next one,
I’m cutting horizontally, and you’ve seen me do this plenty of times, but I’m going
to cut one bar off the end and I do that because I don’t want to divide this by
10. I want to divide this by 9 because 10 the bars just make a little two-inch bar,
and to me, that’s just too short of a bar. Proportionally, it doesn’t look right so
I want it to be a little bit taller than 2 inches, so I’m cutting one bar off
vertically and I cut the rest into eight bars
horizontally. Another thing that I need to remember is to make sure and use
something a little soft under my mold and I did that this time but I did
another one that you haven’t seen that I used a cutting board underneath, and it
was rigid, and it was harder to get those sections and your dividers closed off. So
I used a piece of foam board in this and I think that worked pretty good. If you
don’t have dividers and want to make your own, I made mine and I made a
tutorial showing how I did it. So if you’re interested I have a link to the
tutorial at the end of this video if you’re interested. And this recipe, it’s a
palm free recipe and I have it down in the description below. If you don’t know
how to put it in soapcalc, I have some tutorials on that too, and I have links
to them as well. And also, my tools that I used, I have links to those so just check
out the description below. I just recently started a Facebook group that’s
for asking questions about soap making and sharing and encouraging others with
soap making and it’s a closed group and it’s called Tree Marie Soapworks and
all you have to do is ask to join and I ask you please to join under your
personal name and not your business name. This group already kind of got bigger
than I thought it would so if you have a question specifically for me just tag me,
Teri Endsley and I will try to get to it. If I miss it, just tag me again and ask
it again. There’s a lot of other extremely talented soap makers on there
so if you just have something you want to ask other soap makers, just ask
it and someone will answer you. I’m just curious as to which design you like the
best. I have these two with a stripe and the swirl, and then I’m going to include
the soap when I raked it through. Because I thought that was really cool
as well, so just let me know in the poll above which one is your favorite.
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70 thoughts on “Cold Process Soap Making Stripe/Taiwan Swirl Cut 2 Ways (Technique Video #16)

  1. I love all of them, but actually, I think I preferred the one where you pulled it through. The effect was so gorgeous and neat, that "comb" of coffee stirrers was such a good idea. I must admit, it's a bit of a shame knowing that vanilla seems to be one of the bigger culprits for discolouration so often (and it's my favourite scent) – it was nice to see that this fragrance oil doesn't seem to discolour. Vanilla and raspberry though. That's about as good as it gets, IMO!

  2. Hi Teri
    What a wonderful soap and the way of making it with the sticks wowwwww
    I loved it great work my friend 💖🎉🌹❤😊👍

  3. Hi . You asked for suggestions for future videos. Please could you show us different creative ways to use all the confetti and planings. . Also how to create less confetti. I currently feel like I have more confetti than soap! 🤣

  4. Teri, you're cute. I have a perpetual smile as I watch and listen to you make soap. Your signature artists palette and palette knife are the best! Your meticulous calculating and measuring wow me. You brutal honesty when you think you have erred is refreshing. Your periodic introduction of new "contraptions" piques my interest. Your generosity in sharing your recipes and where you purchased your equipment is kind. Your voice is calming and inviting. Your overall presentation is high quality and professional. Be blessed.

  5. Those skinny sticks look like wooden coffee stirrers to me, but what a great idea!! I still use one I made a long time ago using cardboard and nails, but I like your tool idea much better. I like the concept of the stripes you were after the in the first design, and I agree that a medium trace batter would have been better for the design you were after (although that may have been tougher to pour into the sections and keep the soap from getting under the dividers when you tamp down the mold with medium trace). Both soaps are beautiful, as your work always is! <3

  6. So glad you said, 'I am including the one where I just pulled the rake through', because that was my favourite. I love the gentle pink…beautiful. 💖💕💖

  7. I liked the second cut, because I love things that are extra.
    But I was quite taken with the single rake through before you finished the swirl; very pretty and aesthetically pleasing.

  8. The striped ones look very neat and this design feels fresh ( I mean that swirls are kind of a "golden standard" in the soapmaking and almost everybody has them XD). I liked all three of your soaps, but the stripes design is my fav! Especially the purple version of it, exquisite choice of colors!! I can see that you're not only a gifted soapmaker, but also a talented artist as well 🙂 <3

  9. I could watch you mix colorants for hours!

    My favorite design was actually when you pulled the dividers out. I know it's really simple, but that simplicity with the colors you'd chosen for this soap just had me memorized

  10. This is in no way meant to be rude. I have recently started watching soap making videos and I'm hooked. Can I ask you why you make a lot smaller batch than most others I watch ? Is it because it is for instruction so you don't make much ?

  11. Great video with explanations, well done! I like the striped soaps better, haven’t seen that look before, very cool. 👍💕

  12. Thank you, Teri. I find your videos so soothing, apart from incredibly interesting and informative. I love both designs, but a bit more inclined to the design of the second loaf you cut. I have a question, if you don't mind: I just came across Pomace Olive Oil. Is it ok to use it for soap? How does it compare with regular Olive Oil? Thanks.

  13. I like the one that resembles a feather. I really enjoy watching you soap! Your always so precise. I've learned a lot about different types of swirls. Where did you purchase your cutter and planner?

  14. I liked the one on the right with the Little swirl at the top. Thank you for sharing the calculator that you use.
    Also do you know of a natural colorant calculator?

  15. it's amazing how clean you work ! when i make soap..it's a disaster behind me :))))) verry interesing way to premix your colors ! where can i find that spatula ? :* your technique blows me away !!!

  16. Thank you for watching, liking, subscribing, and sharing! ~Teri 🌳💕

    Shop here. https://www.treemariesoapworks.com/shop/

  17. Warning! Purchasing soap from this lady will cause you to be late for work and other appointments. Since purchasing my first three bars of soap from her website, I struggle to get out of the shower. I take longer showers and end up running late for my appointments. Teri's soaps make such rich, bubbly lather! They leave my skin feeling smooth. The aromas are relaxing. They don't leave soap scum on my bathtub. I feel so spoiled when I pamper myself with Teri's soaps. I like them so much, I just ordered two more bars! So you have been warned. If you purchase bar soap from Teri, you WILL be late for work, 🙂

  18. 11:35 I had this video playing on 2x speed and that moment made my mind swirl with numbers more than AP Calculus did, lol! Your color ability is unbeatable, absolutely amazing! <3

  19. Most of the time time soap makers on YouTube uses colours combinations that I never thought would look good. It’s very inspiring.

  20. I am a first time soap making video watcher and I gotta say, the level of detail, craftsmanship and most importantly care that you put into your soap is inspiring. Wonderful video, wonderful work, keep it up!

  21. 你好~😉
    請問怎麼量尺寸,可以切出那麼完美的尺寸,覺得好厲害好精準
    看到你不是量對角……好棒~~👍
    謝謝你

  22. This is the first video of yours that I’ve watched, out of curiosity, why do you mix colurants on the glass as opposed to in the bowls?

  23. Very interesting to see you soap at low temperatures and then use the oven method I have not seen this before, do you find this method helps to make swirls? Thank you for making such inspiring and informative videos, your soaps look fantastic!

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