I think I said last week that I was done shopping.
I want to do more clamped shibori designs and I’ve worked through about every found object that I have around the house. I did a little search and found R0ssie in Etsy. She sells all kinds of acrylic shapes for clamp dyeing or itajime shibori.
Rossie Hutchinson has lots of different shapes and sizes and I really like that she offers bundles of multiple sizes of one shape.
When not using them to make shibori I can always stack them into a sculpture. The next time I dye I’m going to do several clamped versions and I can get lots of inspiration right on Google.
My other big accomplishment for the weekend was making soap. I made 3 recipes and used every mold that I have. I get most of my molds from this Etsy seller. The prices are good and the shipping is fast. If you buy an loaf mold (like the one in the back left in the photo) you will need something sturdier to set the mold in. It’s not stiff enough to stand on its own. I prefer the individual cell molds because they are easier to deal with and the soaps are so pretty.
This time I tried a new oil called Argan. It’s supposed to be good for skin problems like eczema. I’m skeptical but I decided to give it a try and see if I can tell a difference. Frankly, I’ve never really been able to tell much of a difference between any of the soap recipes. I like all of them!
Also after reading this article the exposes the lame science behind the magical medical claims that we hear about every day, I’m pretty much cynical about EVERYTHING that I read and hear about now. I charge Facebook as the primary peddler of really bad information. Just last week a friend posted a link to an article about a horrible fish dye off in Japan blaming it on the Fukushima nuclear disaster. I decided to take the photo and put it into Google image search. It turns out that those fish have died all over the world for over 5 years! They died in Vermont, Japan, Indonesia and the Dead Sea. Garbage. It’s all garbage. acai berries, quinoa, blueberries and pomegranate are supposed super foods. I’ve got a super food for you: beans! Beans are a real no-kidding super food. beans are inexpensive, easy to find, have lots of protein, complex carbohydrates, folate and iron. But they don’t make sexy press.
While I’m on my soap box, there’s a new thing going around Facebook now where everyone is declaring indignation over the expected crime of seeing people leave pets and children in hot cars. It’s being shared faster than a wild fire with all kinds of bold comments about promising to break into cars to save these pets and children. Well, I don’t know about you but I’m 55 and I have NEVER seen a child or dog locked in a hot car in the summer. About 38 children die in hot cars each summer in the entire US. It’s sad. Really sad and we hear about every one of them on the news. Let’s compare that to accidental drowning. About 10 people die from accidental drowning EVERY DAY. We don't hear about many of those at all. Maybe we should indignantly drive around with flotation devices in our cars instead of crowbars.
Sometimes I love Facebook because I keep in better touch with my family and friends but some of the garbage floating around there drives me nuts.
Off the soap box and back to soap.
After you make soap it needs to cure. Basically the curing process allows the excess water to evaporate and it makes the bar harder. I can use it right away. It is soap but it will melt away much faster. These 2 bars are from the same mold. The one on the right was made about 6 months ago. Look how much smaller it is! It’s lost about 20% of it’s starting weight.
I’ll hold the new soap 6 – 8 weeks before I use it or sell it and then I’ll have nice hard bars of soap. Then I can try my new argan oil soap and see if the oil lives up to it’s hype. I don’t expect it to be any better than the one truly magical oil: olive.