Mica Testing – Round 4

November 18, 2011

COLOR: Turquoise

Initial Thoughts: Nice deep blue.  Love the color.

Results: The soap did stay blue but it lighten up A LOT.  I used only about 1/2 teaspoon for 4 oz. of soap so I’ll try adding more next time.  I definitely think a strong yellow fragrance would morph this color a bit.

COLOR: Romance Pink

Initial Thoughts: Light shimmery pink.  I bought about 6 different pinks (okay maybe 8 :D)  Though I have to say I did do a good job picking them out cause there are definite differences between them all.


Results: I think this should be renamed “Romance Peachy-Yellow.” Boy did this one morph (and I used a fair amount of mica for about 6 ounces of soap.)It wasn’t getting dark when I mixed it and was already shifting colors and I just new this one wasn’t going to end up pink.

COLOR: Sapphire Blue

Initial Thoughts: Pretty color, similar to some of my other blues, I actually expected this to be a bit darker because of the name when I ordered it, but I still like it.

Results: All my blues I’ve tested seem to be going “light” no matter how much mica I add.  They’re not morphing colors, I’m just not getting a deep rich blue… Still like this color, though I’d be careful using this with a really yellow fragrance oil cause I think the color would morph.

COLOR: Silver Gray

Initial Thoughts: Dark gray in the bag, I figured it’d lighten up in the soap and that I could also make it darker if I wanted by using more mica.



Results: This one did exactly what I expected.  I actually really like this color.  Next to pink the two are gorgeous together.  I’ll be using those two colors together for sure.


Mica Testing – Round 3

November 17, 2011

COLOR: Magic Violet

Initial Thoughts: Deep rich purple in the bag.



Results: I think if I used more (I only used about 1/2 a teaspoon for 4 oz of soap) this color could definitely go darker. I’d be careful about using it with a very yellow fragrance (of course I’m always leery about purple and yellow…they just don’t mix well).  Overall it’s a nice color.

COLOR: Peach Luster

Initial Thoughts: Not sure why it’s called “Peach” cause it sure looks pink in the bag.


Results: This color came out exactly like the mica color in the bag.  I actually really like it as a pink.  Not too light, not too deep.  I do think this will morph color wise with some of fragrance oils.

COLOR: Periwinkle

Initial Thoughts: Love this color.  It’s that not quite purple…with a little bit of blue.


Results: This color did really well.  It turned out exactly like the mica in the bag.  And I used this with a fragrance oil (not pictured) and it didn’t morph too much.  The fragrance had a slight yellow color to it.

COLOR: Starlight Green

Initial Thoughts: Deep, rich soooo pretty in the bag.



Results: And as I feared it morphed.  BIG TIME.  I love green micas but for some reason I find they morph when they come into contact with lye.  I was so sad that this one did.  I love this green.  I only added 1/2 teaspoon to 4oz of soap…so I might try it again adding more and see if I get a different result.


Mica Testing – Round 2

November 16, 2011

COLOR: Cambridge Blue

Initial Thoughts: Nice medium-light blue in the bag.


Results: I think if I used more (I only used about 1/2 a teaspoon for 4 oz of soap) this color could definitely go darker. I’d be careful about using it with a very yellow fragrance.  I think it would morph this blue.

COLOR: Fuchsia

Initial Thoughts: It’s a fairly bright pink in the bag.



Results: This was much lighter than I expected.  I like the pink but I really thought I’d get a deeper pink.  I’ll try using more next time (used a little more than 1/2 teaspoon for 4 oz soap).  I’d be careful using this one with a yellow fragrance oil too.  I think it’d morph more to an orange.

COLOR: Starlight Ruby

Initial Thoughts: Deep pink in the bag.  Very pretty.

Results: The power looks more pink than traditional ruby red…but in the soap the color darkened up significantly.  I still wouldn’t call it “ruby” but it’s definitely got red undertones to it.  I’d won’t use this color when I want pink, but it might be to use in a swirl batch with this being the “dark” color.

COLOR: Violet Silk

Initial Thoughts: Pretty medium deep purple.


Results: The color stayed pretty much true to the original mica. I do think with some fragrance oils there might be a little bit of color morphing (especially a FO heavy in yellow).  Other than that though I really like this purple.


Mica Testing – Round 1

November 15, 2011

COLOR: Coral

Initial Thoughts: Really pretty coral color in the bag!  I really was hoping it wouldn’t morph.

Results: It did morph.  I thought it would.  When I mixed it in the soap it became very orange-y and as it cured it lighted a bit, and it definitely has a coral feel to it, just a more muted earthy coral than the bright and vibrant one.  Still a pretty color and it’ll work for what I want to do with it.

COLOR: Blackstar Gold

Initial Thoughts: Basic brown.


Results: This turned out exactly how I thought it would.  It did get a slight layer of ash to it. I poured thin flat layers (cause I was using these for cutouts) and you can see how the top side is whitish.  I also added a fair amount of brown mica to get this color.  This is one of those where I little doesn’t go a long way.  Also, I used this on a batch of soap that had a very yellow fragrance in it and that affected it a little.  I should have added more color and I didn’t so they’re much lighter in color.

COLOR: Blue

Initial Thoughts: Love this color.  It’s so pretty.

Results: What you see is what you get.  This one mixed with absolutely no color change at all.  Really nice color and I didn’t have to use a tone of mica to the get it either!

COLOR: Shimmering Sea Foam

Initial Thoughts: I love this kind of muted green.


Results: The color stayed pretty much true to the original mica.  I do think with some fragrance oils there might be a little bit of color morphing (especially a FO heavy in yellow).  This one also collected a layer of ash, but again I was just pouring a small flat and thin batch lots of air getting into the mold…but I had poured a little too thick so I cut the leaves in half and the middle is the pretty green!


Colors: Testing Micas

November 14, 2011

I recently was introduced to The Conservatoire.  I was looking for a place to get a wider range of micas and Amy told me to check them out.  I went a little overboard purchasing micsa!  They have over 250 colors of micas!  It was hard to narrow down my choices.

Over the next couple of weeks I’m going to be testing each mica in CP soap (with NO fragrance) to see how the colors react with the lye and what color I end up with (as opposed to what I started with).  Stay tuned!  Tomorrow I’ll post the first four colors I tested.


Christmas Soap for Deployed Soldiers

November 11, 2011

Christmas is fast approaching and I like to try and do something special for our deployed soldiers each year.  I know how touch it is to not have your soldier home for the holidays. And I know it’s even harder for the men and women away from home.

So, if you have a soldier that’s deployed and you’d like me to send them a bar (or two, depending on how many replies I get) comment on this post with your name and email.  I will then (around the beginning of December) contact everyone for shipping information.  I’ll package the soaps up in a nice little gift box and send then soap out on your behalf for your deployed love one.

Just my little way of saying thank you to the men and women serving this great country!

Happy Veteran’s Day Everyone! And thank you to all that have served and are serving!

 


Christmas Hearts

November 9, 2011

I love these.  They’re a little time consuming to make but it’s worth the effort.  They’re just so pretty!


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