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nutterly_uts
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« Reply #15 on: January 11, 2017, 03:20:31 PM »

CP soap

We only have non stick pans in the house which is why I was in a bit of a flutter about needing more Smiley
I didn't think plastic was a good idea for the lye cause of it warming up?
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Ray.
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« Reply #16 on: January 11, 2017, 03:40:36 PM »

The strong plastic jugs can take boiling water so they are fine for lye which isn't boiling just hot, you can also use pyrex jugs but I prefer the plastic ones myself. You can use tupperware or plastic kitchen storage boxes lined with cling film or silicone paper as moulds, i used those when i first started, easy to get the soap out of and to cut into bars, or if you have flexible silicone bakeware as in cup cakes or even an rectangular cake mould, these are great for soap. Have a good old rummage around the kitchen before spending those pennies.
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« Reply #17 on: January 11, 2017, 06:42:17 PM »

Pringles tubes make very good moulds too - I like my soap to be round.  I also often line the tube with a silicon fondant embossing mat - this sort of thing.
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« Reply #18 on: January 11, 2017, 06:43:24 PM »

Plastic for the jug is fine. Mine has been going for years, though I will upgrade to a stainless steel jug when I can afford it.

I make my little batches in a stainless steel milk pan from Wilko's which cost about £4.  They can take up to about 400-450g oils, which gives you about 6 decent-sized bars of soap.

Wilko's also stocks bigger stainless steel pans for low prices.  You could get a slightly bigger pan that would take a 1k batch quite cheaply.
SoapCalc will tell you the weight of your finished batch if you input your oils.  You then need to allow for weight loss as they cure/water evaporates, which will be about 10%.  A decent-sized bar of soap is about 90-100g.

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nutterly_uts
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« Reply #19 on: January 11, 2017, 11:08:01 PM »

Thanks all Smiley

No Wilkos here sadly.. we are offshore with inflated prices and limited choices Sad
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« Reply #20 on: January 12, 2017, 09:53:12 AM »

I can't add much more to what was said, but belated welcome from me  Hi!
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« Reply #21 on: January 12, 2017, 10:10:45 PM »

Sorry!  Should have asked you where you were.
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