Tuesday, 20 September 2011

From Trimmed Soap Slab - The Story Continues...


loving using the soap log splitter dad made for me...



not all easy... when tensing the wire (guitar string) it sometimes breaks...

 




  need to be extra careful about bits getting on the cutting wire...



lining-up the soap slab so that it cuts straight...




my mould produces 4 10-bar soap logs and an extra strip which I use for cutting up and giving out free samples.... but I could do without the extra strip...



so will alter size on the next mould I get made... not sure if it will be for just 40 bars or maybe 50 bars... but it is already rather heavy when full...



Happy soaping everyone!

xo
Jen

23 comments:

Coco said...

What an awesome piece of equipment! Go Dad!

Julia said...

Vaya, estupendo material con el que trabajas ¡son enormes las tandas de jabón!. Gracias por compartir.

Cynthia-Rose Julian said...

Hooray for dad making equipment to make things easier! Great!

Bianca Hewson said...

Looks good in action jen, shame it sometimes snaps the wire have you thought about rigging it with a fine cheese wire instead?

see you 2moro

Holly said...

It's just fabulous Jen! All of it! I thought guitar wire was really the way to go so I think it's just got a big job to do. Wonder what kind of wire they use on those Tank cutters? I would be so excited about that strip because you can make soap balls!

Maku said...

Un cortador estupendo, una gran idea... y las barras maravillosas
Un saludo

Jennifer Young said...

Coco, Thanks! I know... I wish he were closer... I think he would be making my moulds as well... xoxo Jen

Jennifer Young said...

Julia, Muchas gracias por tu comentario. Me alegra que te hayan gustado las fotos! xo Jen

Jennifer Young said...

Cynthia-Rose, Thank you for your comment. I think Dad would be making a lot more equipment for me if he were closer... but this will do. I am loving this log splitter. Just revisited your blog and you have some BEAUTIFUL photos of your soap there. Wow! Look forward to seeing more! xo Jen

Jennifer Young said...

Bianca, Had not thought about cheese wire... I wonder if it would be sturdy enough? It just may work! Thanks! See you tomorrow! xo Jen

Jennifer Young said...

Holly, Yes, I think the guitar wire is widely used for cutting soap... probably on the tank as well. The breaking issue is actually where is attaches. Not in the middle... so I think it could be improved if my father were closer... Regarding soap balls.... great idea!!! Can you please do a post about them? How do you make them best? I have tried shaving soap, wetting it slightly and rolling. I have seen Patti Flynn pounding/softening soap then rolling. What do you do? Why didn't I think of this already? xo Jen

Jennifer Young said...

Maku, Muchisimas gracias por tu comentario. Tu blog y tus jabones son preciosos. xo Jen

miscellanea said...

Good to have a dad who makes great equipment like Your soapcutter.
Petra

twobloomsdesignstudio said...

The log splitter looks lovely and I love that you get an extra slab for samples. I have a mold I can configure in so many different ways and sometimes I purposely leave extra room so I get a long piece for samples. I bet the orange smells divine.

Michelle

Anne-Marie said...

Super neat cutting tool! I love the idea of having a few samples on hand, maybe keep them on you in case you run into potential customers? Never know! =)

Jennifer Young said...

Petra, I agree and feel very fortunate! Thanks for your comment! xo Jen

Jennifer Young said...

Hi Michelle, Maybe you are right! Maybe I should just leave the mould size as it is and keep the extra strip. It does come in very handy for samples and Holly suggests I make soap balls! xo Jen

Jennifer Young said...

Anne-Marie, Great idea! Thanks for the comment! xo Jen

Donna OShaughnessy said...

Jen, what great photos and so nice of you to share. My hubbie is planning on making some soaping equipment for me and we may copy yours...with your dads permission ?

Jennifer Young said...

Donna, Please go ahead and use our ideas! You may even improve it! The one place where the guitar string breaks sometimes, when I am tightening it... is where it joins. When you get the guitar string, you will see there is a metal ring on the end. This fits into a small hole my dad drilled but is the first to snap if tightened to hard... let me know if you find a better way!! xo Jen

Soaps and Bubbles said...

Waw Jen; amazing.

you are so talented!
How are you? I cant wait to hear your stories. Please send me a mail; I would love to read about your updates. My new email is yohi.sommerfeld@gmail.com

xxxx

Jennifer Young said...

Hi Yo!! Nice to hear from you. Nice to see you back in the blog world! Thanks for your comment. xo Jen

soulstirrer said...

I would love to make a slab cutter like yours. Where can I purchase the plans or do you mind sharing? Thanks so much!