Soap Challenge #3: Mica Tops

I’ve never done this method before…though I’d been hearing a lot about it and would probably have been tempted to try it sooner or later.  Amy’s challenge just made it sooner!  I tried it on two soaps this week.  I had to make a soap for Bramble Berry’s soap swap.  I already knew what I wanted to do for that soap design and it just happened that it actually worked out perfectly with experimenting with a mica top.

I was just going to use one colors but decided it needed to be two (two match the inside).  I’m glad I went with two! (Who needs to play it safe first attempt???).  Ha, luckily I knew the fragrance I was working with wouldn’t set up too quickly so it all worked out.  Lesson learned: A little bit goes a long way!  I used a bit too much.  The oil does “spread” out as it starts to settled and I ended up losing some of the swirls I had because of it.

Batch 1: Blackberry-Sage Fragrance / Teal-White-Gray Color Scheme

Wet Top:

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micatop2

micatop4

Here you can see the oils moving and messing up the nice swirl (too much oil).  I also learned don’t spritz with alcohol.  It also affected the swirl making it kind of shift the oils together.

toomuchoil2

Dry Top:

dried-teal

You can see where the spritzing it with alcohol ruined the swirls…kind of made it all blur together.

notquite perfect

Cut Bars:

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teal

tops

This soap is going to be submitted to Bramble Berry as part of the Soap Swap…but don’t worry!  I made a 10lb batch!  So I’ll have plenty of bars left over. They’ll be listed on my webpage in about 6 weeks time!

Attempt #2

Then I made a pineapple-mango batch…this was supposed to be a kids soap…but the initial embeds I was making were NOT working so I ended up just dumping it into some of my individual rectangular silicon molds.  The color them was black and pink (not exactly “pineapple-mango” colors, but like I said it was supposed to be a kids soap that I ended up turning into a normal batch).  Love the fragrance.  And I love the design/colors even if they don’t make me thing “fruit.”

One thing I learned is that this fragrance ACCELERATES! (It’s why I had to abandoned the first project).  I set aside a small amount that I didn’t add any fragrance to so I could pour it on top and still do a nice mica swirl.  Thank goodness I did!  It’d have never worked otherwise.  It was was too thick.  I had some left over and I poured it into a smaller 2lb batch. I tried the mica swirl just to see and it didn’t work!

Batch 2: Pineapple-Mango Fragrance / Pink-Black-White Color Theme

Wet Top:

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pinkblack2

Dry Top:

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This is what happens when you try it on soap that’s super thick…not really very pretty!  These bars will be going to family member anyway as they’re less than perfect.  The main batch came out lovely though so I’m happy.

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Here’s one cut with the top.

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Cut Bars:

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Okay…that’s enough pictures.  I just couldn’t narrow down my choices this week!  I really like this technique.  You can fancy up a soap pretty easily!  You’ll be seeing more of it in the future from me!

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28 Responses to Soap Challenge #3: Mica Tops

  1. They both look great. I also ditched only working with one color and played with two the first time. Loved the outcome. I’ll be doing this more often.

  2. Chrissy says:

    I really love the colors you chose for the first attempt, and the second attempt looks like such a fun soap!

  3. DivaSoap says:

    Both are great! I like the colours combo on both tops, and those hearts are adorable! So white,perfect, beautiful

  4. Marika says:

    Both soaps are beautiful, but I definitely like the best the blue/brown with the little heart. Even if my favorite colors are red and black. I have to try mixing two or three micas for my next soap.

  5. Barbora says:

    Wow, gorgeous both of them! Personnally, I like the blue one more. Very original ideas, the tops are perfect.

  6. Suzy Whitten says:

    Wow!!! Your colors in both soaps are incredible – you really have a grasp on color and your swirls look like they took hours. I need to get some more practice in !!! Just beautiful !

  7. mijnzeep1 says:

    Wow, wow, wow, Jennifer! Your soaps are gorgeous, and the tops…stunning! Love the little heart soap, so sweet!
    Natalia

  8. Jennifer says:

    Thanks everyone! I love the teal-gray and white one best too! I wish the top had come out a little better, but as my very first attempt with this method I can’t complain! The pink and black one came out great and I do like those color combos!

  9. Shannon says:

    I’m loving your color combo on top with the embeds inside,

  10. Katie White says:

    Oh. my. gracious. Both of those mica swirls are drop-dead divine! And so are the bars too! I think I need one! LOL <3 Katie

  11. Jan says:

    Love your swirls, they’re beautiful!

  12. Julia Laughlin says:

    Love you soap results. Beautiful!

  13. Ebony Howard says:

    These are really beautiful, I love your colors

  14. Wanda says:

    I think the 1st batch turned out lovely much better than you think it did. The swirl colors are nice even if they did blur. Good Job and thank you for sharing.

  15. Amy Warden says:

    Ok, yep. You convinced me that I definitely need to try this again with a nice fluid soap batter! GORGEOUS.

  16. Victoria says:

    Beautiful mica swirls! Those are both absolutely gorgeous!

    Victoria

    http://maitribathbody.com

  17. Misty L says:

    Love the colors on #1 and the heart embed. #2 I just adore the color combo of the swirls!
    Hummer Hugs,
    Misty

    http://deliteful-gifts.blogspot.com/

    hummingbird204 at comcast dot net

  18. Chrissy says:

    Also, congrats on the mention on Brambleberry!! Good work!

  19. Well done. Lovely soap and Facebook photo of the week for Brambleberry.

  20. Lisa says:

    I’m loving both of them! The pink and black are so fine & gorgeous! Mine ended up a lot thicker…perhaps the trick is pouring on very thin batter then huh? You do such beautiful swirls Jennifer! Seems a shame to slice them up :)

    • Jennifer says:

      Lisa, it definitely works best if you have a thin soap batter! I’ve had so much fun with this technique!

  21. [...] Heart” soap with mica tops.  I just love the look of these.  After finishing the Blackberry-Sage one for the Bramble Berry swap I decided to make a couple other batches of it.  I’ll also do [...]

  22. Susan Ballou says:

    How in the heck do you make those gorgeous swirls! and the heart in the middle! I need more classes!!! Help!

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