Clamshell Attempt 1
My first attempt had colors and scent chosen by my three year old daughter. It went ok. It started out well but came to trace too quickly. You can see the nice feathering and clams in the first two bars before it turns to lumps. I attempted to plane two of the middle bars with a mandolin both to flatten the lumps and remove some soda ash from the sides. It worked but I sliced a chunk of my thumb off so won't be doing that again. Lessons Learned: I didn't use fragrance after this attempt.
Clamshell Attempt 2
I went for a spring green and leaf green going forward. This one went really well! Three bars show the technique really well. The loaf looked great out of the oven but I left the cover off and it developed significant soda ash during the day. You can still see some of it after my significant scrubbing. Lesson Learned: Leave the cover on. Fragrance free worked great.
Clamshell Attempt 2 Bonus Bars
I made a 20oz recipe for attempt two and didn't need nearly that much. I used the rest in my four inch loaf mold continuing to practice the technique as it was still perfect trace. Almost better than the official loaf! Lesson Learned: Did 18oz recipes going forward. Also bought another of the same measuring cup. It is easier to pour both colors evenly into the pouring pitcher from two of the same pitchers.
Clamshell Attempt 3
Lack of patience got me on this one. Way too thin and mixed together. Went ahead and cut vertically since there was nothing to see on the top. At this point I was almost out of the green mica I was using and started using a green oxide instead. Lesson Learned: be patient and wait for the right trace!
Clamshell Attempt 4
This is an example of what happens if your two colors aren't at the same trace. The leaf green (green oxide) was perfect but the spring green (a mix of micas) was too thin. It didn't pour out evenly so only one bar is really good. Lesson Learned: oxides and micas might trace at different rates. Use one or the other.
Soap Challenge Final Attempt 5
For my last attempt, I ran out of green mica and didn't want to use oxide in one and mica in the other so I switched my color palette. Purple is Purple Vibrance and the teal is Proud Peacock and Winter White, all from Nurture Soaps. I took it easy and went slow and it turned out great. Clamshells in all five bars. Just a little drippage that messed up the very end. There are even nice clams in the cut!
*RECIPE* Tidal Flow Line Pour Cold Process Soap (Technique Video #23) PDF FILE
THIS IS NOT SOAP. This is a recipe download that goes along with the "Line Pour Technique, Cold Process Soap, (Technique Video #23)" YouTube video. https://youtu.be/jgnA2pBi2-c This recipe contains these ingredients (Please only buy this recipe if you are comfortable with these ingredients.): Distilled Water, NaOH (Sodium Hydroxide), Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, RSPO Palm Oil, Castor Oil, Powdered Sugar, Sodium Lactate, Fragrance, Essential Oil, Titanium Dioxide, and Micas Technique Skill Level…