I have had this fascination of soap making for a long time. I have done several versions of the melt and pour variety, but really wanted to learn to do the lye based soaps. I have watched videos and read many manuals, but I really wanted to watch someone do it. Since lye is caustic and can potentially hurt me, I wanted to learn from someone that I could ask questions as I was going.
There is a new artists's center tht has recently opened near me and I noticed that they had a Primitive Soap Making class planned. Perfect! It was a great class, the instructor talked about the history of soap and soap making in addition to the process of making our soap. That made my inner nerd very happy since I have to know why and how something works.
Here is my soap poured into my mold after it had hardened:
And my block of soap after I peeled away the paper mold:
And my soap sliced and ready to dry:
We just made a basic lye soap, not adding any color or fragrance. Great class and I can't wait until they offer an advanced class.