How do you cut your soap?

Discussion in 'Soap Making' started by Huminbird, Jul 23, 2008.

  1. Huminbird

    Huminbird New Member

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    Hi! I am new here, I have been lurking for some time and have read almost every post back about six pages I still have a long ways to go I know). I haven't yet come across a post where people tell the different techniques for how they cut their soap.

    I am looking to sell my gm soap to a local store and I need them to look nice and strait and even and I am having a really hard time at it. I am one of those people that can't hardly draw a strait line, let alone cut one.

    I have a ripple cutter (my husband insisted, he loves the rippled look) and that helps hide the fact that every bar I cut last time is a little different size and a little crooked this way or that. :?

    So, please share your technique.

    Thanks!
    Becky
     
  2. BlissBerry

    BlissBerry Guest

    Welcome to the forum!

    I don't use a ripple cutter for the exact reason you state... I can't cut a straight line for the life of me. :)

    I use a miter box that my husband fitted with lexan to measure each bar the exact same size. I then cut with a drywall knife. Works like a charm!

    Sara
     

  3. Huminbird

    Huminbird New Member

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    A drywall knife sounds like a good idea. I have a knife that fits into the miter box grooves but it is whimpy and tends to curve as I cut and I get convex or concave sides on my bars.
     
  4. NubianSoaps.com

    NubianSoaps.com New Member

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    In the beginning every bar you cut has to be perfect, I use to rewrap bars that even left a smudge on my plastic! I beveled all the edges and took a damp towel to all the soap to make sure they were perfect. WERE being the operative word here :)

    Miter box from home depot, take a bar of soap with you so you get the right size, you don't want it too big. And I use a pastry scraper. Vicki
     
  5. Kalne

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    My logs won't fit into a miter box. Well, they will but the sides don't come up high enough so I had dh make something similar out of wood with higher sides. One one end there is a slot for my straight pastry cutter and the other end the slot it a little wider to accommodate my wavy cutter. This is my first year using it and I so wish I had had him make it sooner!
     
  6. kidsngarden

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    Mitre box here as well. My bars are just about 1/4 inch higher than the box, but I can still get fairly straight with my pastry cutter.
     
  7. sunnygrl_ks

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    in the beginning i used to cut each one measured by the width of a yardstick and then cut that into bars

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    now i have a deluxe cutter that my grandpa made... i can't find a picture of it but it is kinda like a giant cheese cutter. it has guitar strings stretched from side to side and i stand my block on end and cut it into about 6 slices and then cut each slice into 4 bars by hand with a knife...
    here is a sketch i did in paint... my wires are straighter than this normally :) unless I've tried cutting a soap with ground luffa in it :D

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  8. Kalne

    Kalne New Member

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    Hey, that's neat Amanda. If I ever get up to making a lot of soap I hope to have dh fashion a cutter using guitar strings so I can cut more than one at a time.