Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Secret Feather Swirl

Feather Swirl

I have long admired this technique so I thought I would try it out. I clearly need to practice more at it.

This is definitely not as easy as it looks.

You can see my attempt at the Secret Feather Swirl on YouTube.

I used Aqua Pearl Mica, Blue Mica and Titanium Di Oxide


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Monday, September 1, 2014

Soap Cutters - a comparison between Rose and Mega Rose Cutter

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Today I am comparing the two soap cutters I got from Rose.

You can see both posts about the cutters here and here.

Rose Cutter Mega Rose Cutter
Made from: Wood Wood
Size:LxHxB 47x11x35 28x23x24 + extension but this is removable
Strings used: Plastic coated beading string, but wire can be used Guitar or fishing wire
How easy is it to use? Attached to a table top - very easy to use Very easy to use
Changing wires: If you use the beading string - very easy. The wire takes a bit of practise to get right so might be frustrating at first Very easy
Log length you can cut: 26cm Indefinite length
Rating out of 5 5 5

Here's what I had to say about both cutters: The Rose cutter works phenomenally well and I think if I had a dedicated space for it and it was anchored to a table it would be the best cutter around and not require too much energy. I love the fact that it is so compact and you can just slide it into a small space and it packs away neatly. It is restrictive, however, due to the fact that it can only cut a certain size log (but you can cut the log up into the correct size first which is what I do). This may put people off. All the same I love it.

The Mega Rose allows for flexibility and you can cut any size log as you can see in a video on YouTube. That log is 60cm x 9cm high.

I like the wire on the Mega rose. It works REALLY well. As for using wire on the Rose cutter, I am still on the fence. I do think that the bead string cuts VERY well and is easy to tie, the knots have very little slippage and the strings are easy to change. The wire knots are hard to tie (if you can tie wire) and there is a lot of slippage. You land up tightening it A LOT after every cut. But once the knot has stopped slipping the wire stays tight. I think that maybe my wire knots are too loose and I should be twisting the wire tighter. I will keep practising and see what I come up with.

If I had to choose one it would be a very difficult decision. They both work equally well. The Mega Rose may take up more space on your work area but I think this one allows more flexibility as you do not have to cut up your logs first to fit the 26cm limitation of the Rose cutter.

Rose you are a genius and a Master wood crafter. Rose has VERY generously decided to send me plans for the Rose cutter which will be on my website soon. These will be free to everyone. If you decide to make it please take the time to send Rose 2 bars of soap. I will post her email address on the website. Please be kind enough to send her the soap as she has given her time willingly, it is the least you can do to show your thanks.

If you do not want to make the cutter yourself you can contact Rose and she will quote you to make and ship it to you. Find her email address here.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Mega Rose - Another soap cutter by Rose Ericson

You may have seen my other post about a soap cuter. This Cutter was called the Rose cutter as It was made by Rose. There were a few restrictions on this cutter so Rose has been working on a new cutter picture below. She very kindly sent it to me to try out and review for her. I had some soap that I had made the day before so could teat it the day it arrived. I have called the new cutter the Mega Rose. I cuts like a dream. You do not have to be too strong to use it and it is free standing so you do not have to screw it onto your counter top for it to work effectively. It only cuts 6 bars at a time but still saves you a amazing amount of time. You do not have to cut long logs up into smaller pieces to fit you just slide them in and cut, slide again and cut.

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You can see me using the Mega Rose on YouTube.

This is an amazing product which is easy to use. The quality of workmanship is amazing. You would not be sorry if you bought one of these from Rose. You can go onto my website and see both cutters. They will be loaded in the next few days - Riverlea Soap.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Soap Swap

I am a member of a Facebook group called South African Soapers and we recently had a soap swap. I was paired with Zikhona Tefu who makes the most amazing Olive oil soaps.

How lucky was I to received this.

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I also got a very nice lotion bar. It smells yummy and makes my skin SO soft.

#Riverlea Soap



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