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Passed the halfway mark and didn't notice!

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  • D'vorah bint Da'ud
    My original challenge was to make 50 sets of ceramic feastware. That dream ended with severe elbow pain, brought on by doing pottery. I did finish 20 sets,
    Message 1 of 5 , Aug 13, 2012
      My original challenge was to make 50 sets of ceramic feastware. That dream ended with severe elbow pain, brought on by doing pottery. I did finish 20 sets, though.

      Then I looked around for some other challenge I could meet. Lo and behold, I found one. I learned to make soap, and have made eight batches so far. All but one were made solely with oils that were available throughout dar al-Islam (the lands under Muslim rule, often called the Near East) -- and that one contained 50 grams of avocado oil as a special treat for my skin, but was otherwise also made only of period-avaiable oils.

      In the interest of full disclosure: The lye I use is modern lye, sodium hydroxide (NaOH) made of electrolyzed salt. Period lye was made either from soda ash, collected from the ashes of very specific plants which create soda ash rather than potash… or potash, also known as potassium hydroxide (KOH), made from almost every other kind of ash. Or sometimes (rarely) from ammonia, but since that's made by saving one's urine for several weeks, I decided not to even contemplate that possibility. KOH turns soap an unattractive shade of brown, and produces very soft soap. Gelatinous, unappealing. They'd sometimes harden it with salt, if they lived near salt water or some other source of salt, but most of the time salt was too expensive to use for something so frivolous. However, none of this is why I use modern lye. I use it because it has a guaranteed potency, and I don't have to try to guess whether my soaps will have too little lye for the amount of fats (a greasy, unpleasant, non-cleansing soap) or too much lye (red, chapped, itching, burning skin). In the interest of safety, modern lye it is.

      Anyway, so I've made those 8 batches of soap, and will be making another batch tomorrow. I think I sense another A&S 50 project happening: Make 50 of anything that would have been universally useful to anyone who owned it! The feast gear definitely would have been of value and use, even though it wasn't master-work. Soap would be just as useful, though not as many people had access to it.

      Today, I made A&S50 project #28: a soap mold. With this, the mold that a friend loaned to me, and some improvised molds, I'll be fleshing out my A&S 50 numbers quite nicely, I feel sure. I'm excited to be setting out on this new leg of the journey.

      I hope links aren't stripped from this list, because I'd rather show you http://consensualreality.net/showcase/category/as-50/ than have to re-upload all those pictures to the A&S website, Facebook, the websites of my barony (baronies) and kingdom(s), and dozens of other places. Just have a look, if you're interested. I wish I'd taken more pictures of my past soap batches, but I do have a few, so I'll upload those to the above site soon.
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      D'vorah bint Da'ud
      For now: Middle Kingdom, Midlands, Ayreton, Tree-Girt-Sea (Chicago, IL)
      Soon: Caid, Gyldenholt (Orange, CA)
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    • Madame du Pont
      Bonjour D vorah bint Da ud soon to be of Caid, I very much enjoyed your pictorial!! Lovely ceramic work and lots of nice tips on the soap making. Au revoir,
      Message 2 of 5 , Aug 16, 2012
        Bonjour D'vorah bint Da'ud soon to be of Caid,

        I very much enjoyed your pictorial!! Lovely ceramic work and lots of nice tips on the soap making.

        Au revoir,
        Mme du Pont
        Stayner de Silk
        newly of the Kingdom of Meridies


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        > I hope links aren't stripped from this list, because I'd rather show you http://consensualreality.net/showcase/category/as-50/ than have to re-upload all those pictures to the A&S website, Facebook, the websites of my barony (baronies) and kingdom(s), and dozens of other places. Just have a look, if you're interested. I wish I'd taken more pictures of my past soap batches, but I do have a few, so I'll upload those to the above site soon.
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        > D'vorah bint Da'ud
        > For now: Middle Kingdom, Midlands, Ayreton, Tree-Girt-Sea (Chicago, IL)
        > Soon: Caid, Gyldenholt (Orange, CA)
        > dvorah@...
        > http://www.consensualreality.net/sca
        > Twitter: @DvorahSCA
        > Facebook: D'vorah bint Da'ud
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      • D'vorah bint Da'ud
        ... Thank you very much, madame! I ve had fun making things. :) -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- D vorah bint
        Message 3 of 5 , Aug 16, 2012
          On 16 Aug 2012, at 5:27 PM, Madame du Pont wrote:

          > Bonjour D'vorah bint Da'ud soon to be of Caid,
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          > I very much enjoyed your pictorial!! Lovely ceramic work and lots of nice tips on the soap making.
          >
          > Au revoir,
          > Mme du Pont
          > Stayner de Silk
          > newly of the Kingdom of Meridies

          Thank you very much, madame! I've had fun making things. :)
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          D'vorah bint Da'ud
          For now: Middle Kingdom, Midlands, Ayreton, Tree-Girt-Sea (Chicago, IL)
          Soon: Caid, Gyldenholt (Orange, CA)
          dvorah@...
          http://www.consensualreality.net/sca
          Twitter: @DvorahSCA
          Facebook: D'vorah bint Da'ud
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        • Susan Bingham
          I like D vorah s ceramic work so much that I came home from the Pennsic Knowne World A&S Auction with a lovely plate decorated with a tree in bloom on it - my
          Message 4 of 5 , Aug 16, 2012
            I like D'vorah's ceramic work so much that I came home from the Pennsic Knowne World A&S Auction with a lovely plate decorated with a tree in bloom on it - my first really schnazzy feast gear, and I'm thrilled with it!


            Albreda



            -----Original Message-----
            From: Madame du Pont <madamedupont@...>
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            Sent: Thu, Aug 16, 2012 6:27 pm
            Subject: [AandS50ChallengeCommunity] Re: Passed the halfway mark and didn't notice!





            Bonjour D'vorah bint Da'ud soon to be of Caid,

            I very much enjoyed your pictorial!! Lovely ceramic work and lots of nice tips on the soap making.

            Au revoir,
            Mme du Pont
            Stayner de Silk
            newly of the Kingdom of Meridies

            >
            > I hope links aren't stripped from this list, because I'd rather show you http://consensualreality.net/showcase/category/as-50/ than have to re-upload all those pictures to the A&S website, Facebook, the websites of my barony (baronies) and kingdom(s), and dozens of other places. Just have a look, if you're interested. I wish I'd taken more pictures of my past soap batches, but I do have a few, so I'll upload those to the above site soon.
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            > D'vorah bint Da'ud
            > For now: Middle Kingdom, Midlands, Ayreton, Tree-Girt-Sea (Chicago, IL)
            > Soon: Caid, Gyldenholt (Orange, CA)
            > dvorah@...
            > http://www.consensualreality.net/sca
            > Twitter: @DvorahSCA
            > Facebook: D'vorah bint Da'ud
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          • D'vorah bint Da'ud
            ... Wow! Thank you! I wondered if anyone would buy my work. I hope it benefits the Society. (In my head I now sound like an Iron Chef, original version. I
            Message 5 of 5 , Aug 16, 2012
              On 16 Aug 2012, at 7:02 PM, Susan Bingham wrote:

              > I like D'vorah's ceramic work so much that I came home from the Pennsic Knowne World A&S Auction with a lovely plate decorated with a tree in bloom on it - my first really schnazzy feast gear, and I'm thrilled with it!
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              > Albreda

              Wow! Thank you! I wondered if anyone would buy my work. I hope it benefits the Society. (In my head I now sound like an Iron Chef, original version. "I will do my best. Yes.")
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              D'vorah bint Da'ud
              For now: Middle Kingdom, Midlands, Ayreton, Tree-Girt-Sea (Chicago, IL)
              Soon: Caid, Gyldenholt (Orange, CA)
              dvorah@...
              http://www.consensualreality.net/sca
              Twitter: @DvorahSCA
              Facebook: D'vorah bint Da'ud
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