Amy over at Great Cakes Soapworks designed a series of weekly challenges for use soap makers all around the world! The challenge for the first week was In the Pot Swirling. You can check out more about the challenges here. All are welcome to participate so come join us if you want!
I’ve done in the pot swirling many times before. For me the challenge was to use one more color than I’d have have before. Which I thought would be five colors, but when I went back and looked over all my past soaps I realized I’ve never tried it with more than three colors. I’d attempted to do five one time but the fragrance oil I used thickened so fast that I ended up just plopping colors into the mold because it was too think to swirl.
So I went with four colors for this challenge, but then I thought wouldn’t it be fun to have embeds in the swirl? I’ve done embeds. And I’ve done swirling, but never the two together. I had pink soap balls that I’d recently made and new they were going in this new soap. I used purple, green, blue and yellow as my swirl colors.
Then I thought it’s be cool to have a block of swirled soap embedded into a solid color. And that’s how these two soaps came to be :).
After I poured the loaf swirled batch with the embedded pink balls I poured the remaining mixture into individual square molds. I wasn’t sure how the swirl would come out pouring into such a relatively small space, but it seems to have worked. I think it looks cool.
Tuesday I cut the swirl soap with the pink ball embeds. They’re so much fun! I love how the soap looks. It’s bright and cheery and pretty cool looking.
I also removed the square swirl soaps and made a new batch of soap that I colored pink (I have a slight obsession with Bramble Berry’s bubblegum pink if you haven’t noticed). Then I embedded the swirled squares into the pink base. I can’t decide which I like more. The embedded squares I think are winning out!
I couldn’t wait to cut the soap the next morning to see what I ended up with. I think they look really cool! I love trying to come up with something new and this challenge did. Lots of fun!
And some more pictures…just because I took a bunch and couldn’t narrow them down!