Weird Science: Soap Crafting with Liquid Nitrogen

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Check out this crazy technique from our very own Debbie Chialtas. It’s an example of using liquid nitrogen to set up a layer in Melt & Pour Soap Crafting. She was hesitant to share it because the quality of the video isn’t great, but we convinced her to let us share it instead! It’s posted here with her permission.

Back in 2010, Debbie Chialtas of Soapylove was consulting for a new crafting store opening in New York City. The idea was to be very conceptual and make the process entertaining for the customers. The theme she proposed was futuristic and chemistry-inspired. In order to offer melt & pour soaps in the store and have it take a short amount of time, she proposed using liquid nitrogen to set the layers. Here is a shortened version of a demonstration video she created for her client.

Although this was a successful example of the project, it turned out that liquid nitrogen is rather temperamental (not to mention hard to come by). It warms up very easily (i.e., loses its coldness rather quickly), so the rate at which it freezes is always different, making it difficult to get consistent results. Please forgive the unpolished nature of the video – we thought it was worth sharing regardless.

We uploaded this video to our YouTube channel, where we’ve also uploaded some other cold process videos. We’re thinking about adding more product making videos & some tips for teachers in the future – subscribe to our channel to get all the soap & small business related information as soon as we upload it. Be sure and tell us in the blog comments below what type of content would be most useful to you. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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3 Responses to Weird Science: Soap Crafting with Liquid Nitrogen

  1. Debbie Chialtas March 15, 2017 at 3:26 pm #

    I’m so excited to finally share this with other soap crafters! It was a fun experience learning about liquid nitrogen, then applying it to glycerin soap crafting. I hope people enjoy watching!

    • The Nova Studio
      The Nova Studio March 17, 2017 at 10:31 am #

      It’s so fun watching & being a part of your creative process Debbie. You never cease to amaze us!

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