A Mosaic of Ideas About Life, Art & Superfluous Adornment.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Another Successful Soap Class!

 Mixing the lye.

 Adding the coloring and scent.
 Using an electric mixer to speed up the process.

Pouring it into the mold! Great job, ladies! Such a fun class. And thanks to Julie Sullivan for teaching another class.

Friday, November 18, 2011

What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul. -Yiddish Proverb

"A human being weighing 70 kilograms contains among other things:
-45 litres of water
-Enough chalk to whiten a chicken pen
-Enough phosphorus for 2,200 matches
-Enough fat to make approximately 70 bars of soap
-Enough iron to make a two inch nail
-Enough carbon for 9,000 pencil points
-A spoonful of magnesium ."

— Erlend Loe (Naive. Super)

I don't know if "human fat" would be good for lathering? But we discovered that coconut oil is great to make soap bubbly.
Here is a great article about Soap Making by a great artist and "A Work of Art"
teacher, James Tanis. We all had a super fun time making soap a few weeks ago. James is threatening to have soap making parties at his house with milk from his goats!

By James Tanis
Break out the lard and your favorite Little House on the Prairie book, because the Work of Art Studio and Salon had an old fashioned soap making class! Julie Sullivan brought all of the supplies for this class. Participants chose either all oils for their soap, or a combination of oil and lard, which is pig fat. I chose the lard because I’m a diehard Little House fan. 
The only part that made me a little nervous was adding the lye to the water. It was amazing to watch the chemical reaction when the lye was added—it reached over 200 degrees! We all wore protective gear and masks just in case.
Then we added the lye mixture to our oils and lard and stirred and stirred and stirred…I thought our arms would fall off! Eventually, the mixture began to trace, which means it became thicker and I could see the “wave” where my wooden spoon had been.
We all chose various dyes and scents. I chose lavender color and scent, as the pictures show. After mixing these together, it was time to pour the soap into a PVC pipe that I had greased with petroleum jelly. I put paper over each end of the PVC pipe to seal in the liquid, and set it on a shelf for two days.
After 48 hours, I returned to the studio to cut the soap. First, I had to push the soap out of the PVC pipe. Next, I placed it on the wooden soap cutter. Then I sliced one-inch pieces of soap.  Now the bars must cure for six weeks, which will be just in time for gift giving for Christmas. Thank you, Julie for this wonderful class!
If you are interested in learning the art of soap making, there is another class being offered this Saturday, November 19. Also, there is a stained glass tree ornament class commencing Tuesday, November 22 at 6 pm. Call Molly Perusse at Work of Art Studio and Salon to sign up at 352-8222.

 Here is Julie Sullivan measuring out the lye.
 This is soap that has been poured into pvc pipe with butcher paper and duct tape.
 Pat is stirring with style!
 Kathy and Pat are mixing their lye into water until it reaches the correct temperature, sitting in the front of the shop on Main Street.
 What the pvc pipe soap looks like after it's cut. This is lemon with calendula (marigold) petals.
Sisters, Julie and Kathy pouring the lye/water mixture into the oil mixture once they are the same temperature.

Monday, November 14, 2011


"By perseverance the snail reached the ark." 
— Charles H. Spurgeon

Just 244 hours to finish my kitchen backsplash mosaic commission. 
I felt like a snail at times, or rather like a slug.
But, baby steps and a bit every day is the key. Imagine if we were given everything we wanted all at once; we wouldn't know what to do or where to start first. Now to just get it to upstate New York and see it installed.

Now onto the next several projects that have been on hold. Happy projecting;) Molly

Friday, November 4, 2011

Not For the Faint of Heart!

Amazing thought for today and every day.
 Get out there and speak your mind for the betterment of others.

"Don't exist. 
Get out, explore. 
Challenge authority. Challenge yourself. 
Change forever. 
Become who you say you always will. Keep moving. Don't stop. Start the revolution. Become a freedom fighter. Become a superhero. Just because everyone doesn't know your name doesn't mean you dont matter. 
Are you happy? Have you ever been happy? What have you done today to matter? Did you exist or did you live? How did you thrive? 
Become a chameleon-fit in anywhere. Be a rockstar-stand out everywhere. Do nothing, do everything. Forget everything, remember everyone. Care, don't just pretend to. Listen to everyone. Love everyone and nothing at the same time. Its impossible to be everything,but you can't stop trying to do it all. 
All I know is that I have no idea where I am right now. I feel like I am in training for something, making progress with every step I take. I fear standing still. It is my greatest weakness. 
I talk big, but often don't follow through. That's my biggest problem. I don't even know what to think right now. It's about time I start to take a jump. F**k starting to take. Just jump-over everything. Leap. 
It's time to be aggressive. You've started to speak your mind, now keep going with it, but not with the intention of sparking controversy or picking a germane fight. Get your gloves on, it's time for rebirth. There IS no room for the nice guys in the history books. 
Make this moment your reckoning. Your head has been held under water for too long and now it is time to rise up and take your first true breath. 
Do everything with exact calculation, nothing without meaning. Do not make careful your words, but make no excuses for what you say. F**k em' all. Set a goal for everyday and never be tired." 
 Brian Krans (A Constant Suicide)

Let your goal today to check out this website and get talking! Peace be with you.