How to Make Kaleidoscope Pull Through Cold Process Soap Technique (Technique Video #21)

How to Make Kaleidoscope Pull Through Cold Process Soap Technique (Technique Video #21)

Hi, this is Teri from Tree Marie Soapworks. Today I’m going to be showing you how to make this soap.
It’s a kaleidoscope soap or it’s also a pull-through technique. I took a poll in my last video to see what you wanted to see next and
this one won by fifty four percent of the votes. This technique was featured in
Amy Warden’s Soap Challenge club in May of this year and it was taught by Joann
Watkins of Nature’s Potion Handmade Soaps and I got the idea of using apart
from a bubble machine from Gosia of Magi_ do Soaps and I will leave a link
to her Instagram page in the description below. Also Belinda Williams of Love Your
Suds has some Soap Shaper tools that you can buy that do this very same thing if
you don’t want to make them. You can find details to her as well in the
description below. Ok, let’s get started. First, I’m going to show you a little bit
about how I put my mold together. This mold is from Bramble Berry and it’s only
ten dollars and I lined it with a piece of freezer paper. The previous time I
made, this I had trouble with my pull through tools sticking to the bottom. It
floated up about a third of the way so my design was only on the top part of
the column. I had to think of a way to keep it down and what I came up with was
using a magnet. So I cut the top out of a soup can and I put that in between two
pieces of plastic and I put that on the bottom and then I cut down my bubble
pull through tool and put a little magnet in the middle. And you can see
that sticks together just enough to keep it down, but it’s easy to pull off when I
have it attached to the bottom. I just brought the plastic up around it and
then I fastened it with rubber bands and then I’ll just put the bottom part on.
there’s a cap that covers the bottom of this mold over the plastic and over that
can lid that I didn’t show very well, but just know that there’s something else on
the bottom. The first time I made this I just used a dowel rod in the middle of
the bubble tool that just fit right in there and it was fine, but the problem I
had with it was it was very hard to get the soap batter to be centered in the
mold the next time I made it, I tied strings to four of the points on the
tool and I tied them with knots and the knots seemed to cause a lot of drag so
this time when I’m making it, I sewed on these thin ribbons and that seemed to
have less drag when I pulled it through. And I just arranged it so that the
ribbons are in their right places and I just tape them to the side and I put
little tabs on the tape so I can remove them easily when I’m ready to do the
pull-through design. Okay let’s get started on our batch first I use about
1/3 of my water weight in distilled water ice cubes and then I top it off
with the remaining water weight in cold water. Next, I measure my sodium hydroxide and I
add that to my water. Stir right away to make sure that it doesn’t settle to the
bottom and form a crust. After I get that dissolved, I measure my sodium lactate
and I use one teaspoon per pound of oils for that. I don’t add the sodium lactate
yet. I add that when my lye solution has cooled. I set these ingredients aside in
a place that is well ventilated but safe from any children or pets. Next, I measure
my hard oils and I start with my coconut oil and then my palm oil. This
palm oil is RSPO sustainable palm oil and it is also No-Stir palm oil. So it
just can be scooped out, it doesn’t have to be completely melted before adding it
and it’s from Elements Bath and Body. Next, I measure my fragrance and today
I’m using Yuzu fragrance and it’s a very slow-moving fragrance and it smells
really citrusy. It’s wonderful and it’s from Elements Bath & Body. After that, I
measure my liquid oils and I start with my castor oil and then my olive oil.
After my coconut oil and palm oil are melted, I add my cocoa butter pastels and
these are from Bramble Berry and I stir them until they’re melted or if I need
to microwave them slightly I just microwave them until they’re barely
melted. Next, I prepare my squeeze bottles. And I use this sealed air packaging and
I just slide that into the bottles. I learned this tip from the Soap Challenge
Club and it saves so much time and I don’t have to clean out those bottles. It is
very hard to get all the soap out of there. I’ve cut the lids off of these
squeeze bottles a little bit so more comes out and now I’m actually making
extensions for the lids so that they can be more accurate when I’m pouring. So I
cut the pipettes down and I cut little slits in the end.
They’ll go around the lids of the squeeze bottles. I had a little bit of
trouble getting the electrical tape to stick to the bottles because there is
probably a little oil residue on them so I use my isopropyl alcohol and clean
them off and they stuck fine. If you’re going to make this batch you actually
need four squeeze bottles prepared. I only had three in this one because this
is the following batch that I made and I decided to film this so you can see how
I do it. Okay, next we’re going to prepare our
colorants and these are all from Elements Bath and Body. For our first colorant, we have
Blinded By the Light. I’m using that at a rate of one teaspoon per pound of oils
and I’m using that for 20% of my batter. I figured out all these colorant amounts
using Elements Bath and Body’s Colorant Calculator and I have a link to that in
the description below. For the next colorant, I used a combination of the
Radioactive Green and the Blinded By the Light Yellow and I used each of those at
a rate of a half a teaspoon per pound of oils and I also use those for 20% of my
batter. Okay, for my next color I use Cosmic
Aurora Purple Neon Pigment and I used it at a rate of one teaspoon per pound of
oils, so it would be the same usage rate as the yellow and it is also for 20% of
my batter. For the last color, I wanted a navy
blue so I used a combination of Ultramarine Blue and Smooth Coconut
Carbon and I used the blue at a rate of 3/4 of a teaspoon per pound of oils and
I use the black at a rate of a quarter of a teaspoon per pound of oils and I
used this for 40 percent of my batter. Now that my lye water has cooled, I add
my sodium lactate, then I add my liquid oils to my melted hard oils. Next, I
strain my lye solution into my oil solution and I rarely ever catch
anything in my strainer but once in a while there’s a little clump of lye that
doesn’t get dissolved because a little humidity got to it and it just gets
super hard and you just don’t want that in your final batch, so that’s why I
strain my lye solution. I also added my fragrance to the mixture. Next, I stick blended my batter and I
just stick blended it until an emulsion was reached – that’s when it’s going to
stay together but it’s not at trace yet. And then I split my batter off into
three 20% and one 40%. Next, I add my color to my batter and I
use the navy blue for the bigger amount. Once all the colorant is mixed in
completely, I want to make sure and get my batter to trace. So this batter was
still a little thin so I wanted to just speed it up slightly. Now that I’m happy
with the consistency of the batter I just add it to my squeeze bottles. I just started squeezing these in and
when I first started the squeeze, I squeezed really slow just to make sure
that my point was centered. And then I squeezed a little longer than
I thought I should because in my previous one I seemed to get a lot of
color, more than I wanted in each design, so now at the top of this I did get a
little too close together and you could see on my final design how close the
colors are and I didn’t like it as much. But it was getting thicker and actually
when I finished this I didn’t think it came out at all. I thought my batter got
too thick. Here, I’m pulling out the tool; it’s not
really much to see and it happens pretty quickly, but you can see the top was kind
of smeared and that’s why I didn’t think I really got anything in my design,
but as I cut it I really was super excited about the outcome. So here we go.
I’m just marking these for 1-inch divisions. And the first end I will be
cutting is what was the bottom end. Now that I’m cutting my soap I’ll just share
a little bit about what I’ve learned. This is my third pull through I made so
I’ve kind of been sharing my tips all along of what I have learned, but here are
a few that I wanted to highlight. First, the mold that I got from Bramble Berry
has a liner with it but I would suggest if you get that mold which is only it
was like $9.99 or something, it’s a column mold and I have all the details in my
description below, but if you get that mold I would still suggest lining it
with freezer paper and make sure that you seal up the bottom like I did with
the rubber bands and some plastic around the bottom because it does kind of seep
out a little bit. The next tip I have is just to make sure that you’re using
contrasting colors or that you’re pouring contrasting colors next to each
other. Just so you have the maximum impact of this design. Next, just make
sure your pull-through tool is going to stay on the bottom mine didn’t stay on
the bottom and one of my designs and it was because I was just using string so
there wasn’t enough weight to hold it down. So maybe you could come up with
something like I did with the magnet. It just needs to be weighted a little bit
to stay at the bottom. Another tip is to make sure you’re using a recipe that
doesn’t have too many saturated fats in it. My recipes for doing swirls and
things that need to remain fluid are usually about 43% saturated and 57%
unsaturated fats so that’s how I usually could tell if my recipe is going to
remain fluid longer. If you use soap calc, you can find your percentage of
saturated – unsaturated, or as a ratio actually, out of 100, it’s in the upper
right-hand corner of your printout, when you’re using soap
calc. Also though at the same time you want to pour your soap when it’s thick
enough so it doesn’t get muddied together, so make sure your soap is a
light trace or light to medium trace. It just needs to be thick enough. It can’t
be watery. And if it starts to get thick on you, don’t panic just keep going
because you saw that mine got thicker and I thought it was not gonna work and it
pulled through fine, so just keep going and don’t get flustered. Another tip is
just to try your very best to get your design centered. So that means just
starting barely to pour and then if it’s not centered adjust a little bit before
you pour more because the design just comes out so much better if it’s
centered. Another tip that I have is just to pour a little more than you would
think because it seems to come out a lot better when you have a little bit bigger
amounts of color together, so those last few that I did you can see they’re kind
of muddied together and to me they didn’t come out as good, and that’s when
the batter was getting thicker, so if the batter is getting thicker squeeze just a
little more than you would think, so that you can get that great color. The last
tip I have for you is just a bang down your mold periodically. When you use
squeeze bottles it tends to get a little bit of air bubbles in there, so just take
it and bang it down to get those air bubbles to come to the surface and pop. I
hope you’ve learned something today and if you have just comment below and let
me know what you learned. Thank you to all of you who voted in the poll and the
next result was the mini drop swirl. I don’t think I’m doing that next
because I’m participating in the soap challenge this month so I will probably
be focusing on that. I would like to encourage you all to participate in the
soap challenge it’s just something that you learn so much and I have learned
so much of what I know from the soap challenge, so there’s a link to the soap
challenge below and if you are wondering about those other techniques that I
showed for the poll, I will be eventually doing all of those. Also if you’re
interested in joining a soap making group I have one and we talk about
different soaping issues and also do troubleshooting and just share what
you’ve done. And you get a lot of encouragement. If
you’re joining the group make sure and join under your personal facebook page
and also there’s going to be three questions to answer, and you have to
answer those questions to get into the soap making group. If you’re already in
the soap making group and you’re in it under your business name please leave
the group and come in under your personal facebook name because we’ve had a little trouble with things pertaining to that. This is a Facebook group so you
can go on Facebook and search it and it’s called Tree Marie Soapworks but my
business page is also called Tree Marie Soapworks, so look for the group and also you can just scroll down in the description and I have a link to both of
those. Thank you to those of you who placed orders during the week and also
my inventory might be going rather low because I’m having some local craft
shows and the earlier you placed your orders the better because my selection
will be getting rather slim in these days coming up. If you’re new to my
channel and haven’t subscribed yet please subscribe and hit the bell for
notifications for the next time I post. I hope you’ve learned something today and
if you have please give a thumbs up and comment and share with your soap making
friends and have a great day! 🙂

100 thoughts on “How to Make Kaleidoscope Pull Through Cold Process Soap Technique (Technique Video #21)”

  1. I had just bought the Brambleberry column mold and your video was the first suggested video that popped up. I'm so excited to try this technique utilizing your tips. Keep up the great content.

  2. Wow these are very pretty and cool looking! I love the colors. Is there a way we can watch the soap challenge, or is that something you do and enter your soaps as groups or individually? Can we see pictures of each soap, or can someone enter just to see? I love watching soaping designs, I have become very fascinated with it! Thank you for sharing Terri it's always fun and interesting and you explain what your doing very well.

  3. Очень красиво! Где можно купить насадки, чтобы получить такую красоту?

  4. I love to see you measuring and weighing out your soap batter for your colors. I do it that way too because "eye balling" it never works out for me, hehe! I enjoy your videos and always learn a lot, thank you! <3

  5. Bb charged me 40.00 for the column mode…..nice to know they 10.00 now. I'm gonna try this…gonna find something to pull thru with. This is beautiful!!!

  6. I'm not sure I see what you mean when you soon about the "muddy" parts in these soaps, as I thought it gave those soaps coloured textures.
    I like the look of them. 😁

  7. You’re killing me! I’ve been looking for a ‘no-stir’ RPSO Palm Oil and so I checked out your supplier and am blaming you for the money I spent! Thank you.

  8. Really turned out awesome. Thanks for the tip on using the plastic bags from packing inside the bottles, I always feel bad when I toss them out, I knew there had to be a use for them. Beautiful soap and thanks for taking the time to teach us this new technique, it looks like it will be pretty fun to attempt. <3 🙂

  9. I am just a beginner and I only make soaps to give to my friends as gifts. I voted for this particular design because I wanted so much to try to make it 🙂 Now I might find some courage to try. Thank you so much.

  10. Thanks soo much for sharing your ideas. So helpful. Have ordered a bubble machine thingy as I think your design looks better than the others. Can’t wait for it to arrive and try it out. Love your videos, have watched them all. Debbie from Oz.

  11. Just amazing. I purchased the pull through disc from Belinda and now to try use it. Thank you for this – it was so informative and helpful. And your soap is just gorgeous as always!

  12. The tool from LoveYourSuds….ordered it yesterday, already got a tracking number! Also …no need to use freezer paper with the BB column mold……..that liner is a special material…it lifts completely away from the soap when the soap is solid enough.

  13. I love the fact that you make sure to use every bit inside a bowl, and wipe it clean. Food channels show so much waste and its frustrating!

  14. These are so inspiring! I love your tutorials and how you share your knowledge so freely. I learned about the sat vs unsat fats, and how that is important for swirl techniques!

  15. Hi , I was wondering if there was a particular reason you use a lot of products from Elemental compared to other vendors?

  16. Teri, What is the diameter of the bubble skein? I am trying to determine if it will fit in a 3 inch PVC pipe. Thanks.

  17. We loved the ones at the top left of your cutting board the most! The ones with shorter colour changes/less batter.

  18. Beautiful work! Thank you so much for sharing. I just can't get over how generous so many soap makers are. Truly inspirational.

  19. So very beautiful and practical soaps, without some grazy stuff falling of them! The pattern reminds me of millefiori glas. Great video, great teacher! Nice voice! Thank you.

  20. This is a beautiful design. I have been trying to figure out how to do it for a while. I am going to try the magnet idea.

  21. Oh God bless your Talent I love it for now I'm working melt and pour but maybe 2020 God first lye 🤓🤓😍😍and thanks again I'm subscribed in it page

  22. I can't believe it took me this long to watch this. This is definitely a method I want to try. Genius with the magnet. I love how well you explain things. Thanks for being such a great resource in the soaping community.

  23. Been wanting to make a dancing funnel soap for a long time, but cleaning squeeze bottles isn't high on my list of thing I'd like to do. I think I may try to do it with the lined bottle trick. Thanks for the advice.

  24. I loooove how you mixed the colourants on a glass/perspex sheet before storing them. It's brilliant and there was so little mess! Thank you for this very useful video.

  25. I Love these~!! I haven't started to make soap yet,,I'm a little intimidated lol……I've wanted to for a long time tho,,and the thought of someday being able to make soaps as Beautiful as the ones here is inspiring and motivational for sure~!!

  26. Hello, all of your videos made each other beautiful and great effort, thank you very much to you.and I expect you to my channel, if you come, I would be very happy to see you.

  27. Is that a quartz countertop or a plastic tablecloth? I'm scared to make soap on my quartz countertop. Have you noticed any problems?

  28. I love watching ur vids, I don’t make soap but I want to try and I always learn new things in ur vids so thanks^^ will definitely try ur techniques 🥰

  29. For those of us who do not have art or graphic design backgrounds, I find it really helpful to find color combinations by using color theory websites that tell you a color's harmonious complements on the color wheel using different design schema 🙂

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