August 15, 2013
So this month’s attempt turned out much better than last months…but it still had it’s problems. Mainly me not thinking :-P. I wanted to swirl blue and yellow…the problem with that was when you mix blue and yellow you get green! So the color theme didn’t quite end up how I wanted. That said I still think it’s a pretty neat looking soap.
I also tried a modified version of the challenge. I embedded a heart on the bottom and then poured a swirled soap into that (and didn’t do a top layer). I really liked that soap.
Two new soaps! It was fun and I’ll use this technique again for sure!
July 10, 2013
I’ve done the mantra swirl before. I’m not a big fan of it simply because of the set up of having three dividers… I know I find three dividers more work than embeds :D …what can I say. This time I restocked on my Berrywine & Mint. I did two colors in berrywine and one color in mint…the berrywine set up fast and the mint stayed liquid as liquid can be. This is not a good combination for creating a mantra swirl!
The colors are pretty and it smells good! But it’s not really what I’d call a mantra swirl.
(Sorry for the not great pics. Had to take them at night. Life is crazy and I barely have time to keep up with blog posts these days!)
April 27, 2013
I tried two different batches of this soap. Neither one was really a success, but I learned what to do for next time I try this technique.
The first batch I did was Berrywine & Moroccan Mint. The fragrance is awesome. I did the body of the soap in berrywine and the spots in mint. The problem was (even with a relatively slow moving berrywine) the mint would not thicken! I didn’t matter how much I stick blended. So as you can see in the pics the white section just flatten out as I tried to carefully cover the spots. It’s actually a cool looking soap. I do like it…it’s just not what I was going for.
I dusted the top of this soap with merlot mica (which is what I used to color the base). I like the effect.
Attempt two: Clove bud and orange. I needed to restock on this. It’s from my standard essential oil line. I wanted to use colors that were a bit more fun, but had to stick with natural colorants. I’m surprised the center spot isn’t darker. I did mix it with the white, but it’s got clove bud and orange EO in it! Those two are dark and always discolor! This one I did get “spots” but I think they’re not thick enough. They look more like two-toned clouds floating in my soap than spots!
I love these challenges. They force me to try new things or come up with new variations on techniques I use. It’s like exercising the mind and my creativity! I hope we get more in the future!
June 11, 2012
I can’t say no to a challenge…especially when it involves soap! Amy’s soap challenges just finished for the summer and I was having withdrawals…well I wasn’t…not quite yet. I’ve been flat out too busy wit markets, fairs and restocks, but trust me it would have hit me the instant I had two minutes to sit and think! :)
Now Bramble Berry (a.k.a Soap Queen) is having a series of challenges too. The first one is MP Layers. And I have an idea! I have to actually custom make a mold for it! So that will be the first challenge. Go check it out and come join in the fun! You know you want to!
Find the challenge here: Melt and Pour Layers
June 2, 2012
Last challenge! I think I might have withdrawals next week when I have nothing new to try! Anyway, for this challenge I wanted to use seaweed powder…I still plan to make a batch using it, but it didn’t happen for this challenge. I just ran out of time to get to it by the time it arrive (Thursday later afternoon) here.
What I did do was another sort of landscape soap. I know I’m slightly obsessed. Actually this one I saw someone else had created a beach scape and I loved it. It was gorgeous! I’ve had this fragrance Pineapple-Cilantro for a couple weeks that I’ve wanted to use in a soap but couldn’t come up with a design for the loaf. When I saw the beach it just screamed perfect fit. Oh man the soap smells AMAZING and looks pretty cool too.
Okay, on to the natural ingredients. I used tussah silk in the batch. Can’t wait to see how this changed the properties of the bar! And then I experimented with Apricot kernel powder and strawberry seeds to make the sandy beach. I have to say I was really pleased with the effect. Wasn’t sure how it would come out but it looks like sand to me!
So, now I have a silky bar that part of it will also act as an exfoliant. I’m cool with that :)
May 26, 2012
I had fun with these! The first idea I had was to do a moon scape. I made my moon (loved how it came out). Then I wanted to use the gradient technique again. I used a blue/periwinkle and a gray. The gray overtook the blue (you can kind of see the gradient). If I do this again I’ll definitely cut down the gray and increase the periwinkle. I think it will make a pretty soap!
If you look you can see the gradient in the soap, but it’s not obvious.
This was take two. I used a much lighter gray. I’m not sure what I think. Naturally I’m drawn toward the darker one, but I like this one too. It just has a completely different feel to it. More like dusk than deep night I guess.
There still isn’t the gradient I want between the blue and the gray…seems you get one then it just goes to the other, but overall still cool.
Version #2 of my Moonscape
Then I tried a sunset. For the ocean I made a swirl between two very similar blues. I like how it came out. Some subtle contrast and just makes the sea look more realistic to me. Then the sun sunk a little below the horizon line *sigh* I probably should have poured it in separate batches. I tried to wait for the soap to set up enough but the sun was just a little too heavy.
Next I tried to gradient from red to orange (or coral). It worked, but again it’s much more subtle. The orange overtook the red. Overall I still really like this soap!
Relaxing calm evening :) Fresh Bamboo FO.
Wished I’d gotten a straight horizon…but overall it’s still cool.
Just another view :D
And here’s take two. The soap (sunset part) got hard and didn’t cut as smoothly in the wire cutter (the blue and sun did fine) but the gradient I think worked a little better. It’s a little pale right now the orange but it’s been slowly getting darker.
Take Two: Slightly better that the first version…