Some things have to be done before one can bevel soap. Rick will be beveling this evening and I want to show that part of our process, but when he arrived home today, I promptly met him with the news that the Service Center guy will be here tomorrow to replace the defrost heater in our freezer. So here stands Rick with blow dryer in hand, melting the ice off the coils. A heater in a freezer . . . hmmm . . . I think I’ll stick to making soap rather than try to sort that out.
More on beveling shortly . . .
. . . OK, now on to the business of beveling. We liked the “finished” look of beveled soap from the beginning, but beveling is a bit time-intensive. We do it anyway. Rick bevels each bar individually, top and bottom, usually multitasking as he is watches a game on TV. Tonight he is beveling 100 bars of Lemon Blossom, Ocean Mist and Cedarwood. We’ve found this task easiest when done fairly soon after slicing, while the soap still has a high moisture content. He tries to bevel within a week of making the soap. We use a tool called “The Little Shaver”, manufactured by For Crafts Sake. It’s simple but ingeniously made and achieves the look we wanted for River Bar Soaps. As you can see from the pictures, the shreds are not wasted. We press them into a ball and they quickly find their way to our shower!