Well, after my adventures with the cranberry fig scented soap for the Bramble Berry Soap swap yesterday, it was with some trepidation that i approached cutting my latest soap creation. Not only was I unsure how my swirls would turn out, but I also have the added pressure of trying to make straight cuts for a soap that is going to be going out to people. I might add to this that I can't draw a straight line with a ruler, so cutting straight with a butcher knife and no guide was not something that I had a lot of confidence in.
I did mark the soap off on both edges at that places where I needed to cut it to make the cuts a little neater, and, overall, it did not come out badly. As I used a cardboard box that was eight inches across, I first had to cut the soap in half and I was actually pleased with how well that cut came out. Then each half of the soap (eight inches long each) needed to be cut in one inch slabs. As I said, it came out fairly well, and the soap should all come up to at least the 4 ounces that is required for the swap.
So, anyways, this is how the cut pictures of my newest soap turned out.
I will likely be working on my challenge soap a bit later this evening. That is the one for the Soap Making Forum's monthly challenge. The theme is "Locale," and I have my plans worked out for what I would like to do for the soap. Now, it is just a matter of execution. I should have some cut picks of the challenge soap tomorrow or Sunday (tomorrow may be a bit busy as I have some plans to go help a friend do some Spring barn cleaning).