2-Day Soap Making Boot Camp
~ with Ruth Esteves, Jen Grimes & David Critchfield ~
"I really enjoyed the variety of information offered. I wanted 'live' demonstrations versus book learning. I feel I have a better understanding & confidence. I really like the record keeping sheets for keeping track of what you did with what recipe. If I lived here, I would take a lot more classes! The boot camp was full of terrific information presented in a very friendly & organized format with no secrets. I so loved the enthusiasm & passion the instructors have for their trade. I love the freedom of experimentation & encouragement given."
** PREREQUISITE: Our Cold Process 101 Class OR Equivalent Experience Required **
This unique 2-day intensive soap making workshop covers Intermediate & Advanced Techniques for making soap from scratch. It does not contain the basic prerequisite "Cold Process Soap Making 101" - so that class must be taken before this boot camp (previous experience or classes taken at other locations should suffice). This Soap Boot Camp is for anyone who is interested in increasing their soap making knowledge. For those who need the pre-requisite class, we've scheduled it on the Friday night before the boot camp for your convenience.
The schedule is as follows:
Other than the materials fees, listed above (which is due in cash on the first day of class), you don't need to bring anything with you. You get thorough handouts for each class, tested recipes & instructions and 6 amazing bars of handmade soap (you'll take home 4 during the boot camp, and 2 will be mailed to you right after the boot camp). Soap Intensive students also receive a personalized frame-worthy certificate of completion.
DAY 1: SATURDAY 10am-5pm
So you make your own cold process soap and you love the way it smells and feels. But are you thrilled with the way it looks? Even before it’s smelled or used, the appearance of a bar of soap can set the tone for the whole experience. If you’re looking to jazz up the look of your cold process soap, this class offers inspiration and step-by-step demonstrations of design techniques that can get your creative juices flowing.
Concentrating exclusively on log- or loaf-shaped molds, we will explore techniques for:
Ruth will be making soap from scratch to demonstrate various soap design ideas, as well as offering lots of example soaps. There will also be a hands-on portion of the class when students will have the chance to try out some of the techniques themselves. At the end of the day, you will leave with a thorough handout outlining all of the techniques covered, a list of resources, two little soap batches and, hopefully, a whole lot of enthusiasm about exploring your own soap design! The demonstration soap that Ruth makes during class time will be cut later at the studio and each student will receive, in the mail, a full-sized bar from each batch (2 total). This class uses only vegan/vegetarian ingredients.
And here is an added BONUS: Ruth will be discussing and demonstrating soapmaking with lye solution at room temperature. This is a very efficient method that can save you lots of time and make soapmaking more enjoyable again! No more waiting around for lye to cool before you can make soap!
DAY 2: SUNDAY 10am-1pm
Tired of waiting 4-6 weeks to use your handmade Cold Process soap? Or, perhaps you never really got into CP soapmaking due to the long curing time? So, what's a soapmaker to do? The Answer: Hot Process. This class focuses on the Crock Pot Method of Hot Processing Soap.
Hot Process (HP) is another method of making soap completely from scratch. It differs from the more common Cold Process (CP) method in that heat is applied to complete the saponification process before the soap goes into the mold. The result is a great bar of soap, similar to what you get with the CP method, with one HUGE BENEFIT; the soap is technically ready to use immediately (although it's a good idea to allow a few weeks for the soap to firm up). For those of you who plan on selling your soap, a reduced curing time means that you can fill custom orders in half the time.
There are also several additional considerations when it comes to Coloring (some colors are heat sensitive) and Scenting HP soap versus CP soap (like HP soap requires less scent, so you'll save money there). Saving time AND money... what could be better? We'll discuss the pros and cons of both methods so you can decide which is best for you.
Learn everything you need to know about making Hot Process Crock Pot Soap:
Take home thorough handouts & enough information to make hot process crock pot soap on your own. Also take home a full-sized bar of HP soap!
DAY 2: SUNDAY 2-5pm
Learn to Make 100+ Bars of Soap in One Afternoon! This class is a *must take* for anyone in, or considering going into, the soap business. While demonstrating his budget method for making batches of 100 bars at a time, David freely offers tips, tricks, and practical advice about selling soap as a business. His willingness to share this valuable information is worth the price of the boot camp alone.
Professional soapmaker David Critchfield will demonstrate the process of mixing, pouring, and cutting a 35-pound batch of cold process (CP) soap. David will share with you his inexpensive 5-gallon bucket method and discuss how all the different facets of the process work together to create fabulous home made soap! Towards the end of class, students will be able to ask questions so David can help them troubleshoot problems or answer general questions about their past soap making experiences. Students will take home handouts and a full-sized bar of David's soap to sample.
This class will also cover the following:
is a wonderful opportunity to take your soap production/business
to the next level.
This special weekend intensive is ideal for out-of-town students or those who live near by but work during the week and would like to learn all they can about making fantastic soap in one weekend. Due to the nature of making soap from scratch, these classes are mainly demonstration style (the best and safest way we know how to teach it so you feel confident doing it at home).
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