Mulling Pigments

Back in May, nordagirl asked a question on the Starting With Color post. “Is there any reason you couldn’t use this same process with the dropper bottles to mix oxides or ultramarines with glycerine? If it makes any difference, I’m making CP soap only at this point.”

Unfortunately, glycerin is so thick and these pigments won’t fit through the hole of the dropper bottle. You can mull your pigments and create a thick paste to color your Cold Process Soap instead.

Now before you look at me like I’m crazy and wonder what mulling is, I’ll explain it. Mulling is when you mix a pigment to pulverize the clumps of pigment in preparing a paste for painting or coloring soap.

Collect needed supplies:
Glass mortar and pestle or a flat pane of glass and a flat bottom drinking glass
Glycerin
Pigment Color of your choice (I used Lavender Fields Color)
Rubber Scraper

There are two methods to use with mulling a pigment. I have taken photos of the first method.

#1 Pour a small amount of glycerin into the mortar. Use the pestle to coat the sides of the mortar with glycerin. Once the sides of the mortar have been coated, add 1 teaspoon of dry color into the mortar. Start mixing the color into the glycerin until you have created a tacky color paste.

#2 Scoop 1 teaspoon of dry color into the mortar. Use the pestle to make a small well in the mound of pigment. Pour a few drops of glycerin into the well. Start mixing the glycerin into the pigment and continue mixing until you either need more glycerin or you have created a tacky color paste.

Both methods will help prevent surprise clumps of color in your products, as well as allow you to store the paste in a small jar until you are ready to use the color. Yippee!

Isn’t that so easy?

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Andee

Pouring some glycerin into the mortar.

Pouring some glycerin into the mortar.

Adding the pigment.

Adding the pigment.

Using the pestle to start mixing.

Using the pestle to start mixing.

There still are lots of pigment clumps.

There still are lots of pigment clumps.

Scraping the mortar.

Scraping the mortar.

Continuing to mix the pigment and glycerin.

Continuing to mix the pigment and glycerin.

Scraping the pestle.

Scraping the pestle.

Final product.

Final product.

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