Double Embed Technique

June 2, 2015

This was the second soap I did for the Saponifier Challenge.  They call it am “Embedded Circle” technique, but I really think it should be called a double embed.  That’s really what it is.  You’re creating one embed and then embedding it into a batch then taking that new soap and embedding it AGAIN into another batch.

I’ve done double embeds many times before.  It’s a massive amount of work for a bar of soap!  That said I love the technique.  I will usually only do it on limited edition soaps (because it is so much work).  When I saw this as a challenge I knew right off I’d be adding my own twist. I had a fragrance called “Seaside Escape” that I had been sketching out different designs for, but hadn’t settled on one I really liked.  The only thing I knew was I wanted a nautical theme.  The challenge kind of solidified everything for me.

Step 1: First I had to make a batch of swirled soap in a circular mold.  I went for a subtle mix of blues/greens that made me think of the ocean.

cutters

Step 2: I had these mini ocean themed cookie cutters.  The problem was that they were only 1/2″ deep.  I had to take the circle embed I made and cut them in my soap cutter twice (so that they were 1/2″ deep and then I had to cookie cut EACH SOAP!  Tedious.

part 2b

Step 3: Next I embedded all the pieces into a cube mold I had and poured a white soap around the cut outs.

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(Sorry this isn’t the best picture.  I cut open one of the cubes, so you could see how the white soap filled in around my circles.)

Step 4: Once I unmolded the cubes I put them into a loaf mold and then made a new batch of teal soap to pour around the cubes. I had to do a mica top on it! You all know how much I love that technique.

mica top embeds

The end result:

Seashell (22)

Seashell (57)

Seashell (59)

Totally worth it, but a three day process to make this soap and a lot of work to prep each stage.


Inverted Stamp Technique

May 27, 2015

This technique had been on my to try list for about 6 months.  I even had all the supplies I needed for it, I just never got around to making it!  It was fun.  There are a lot of possibilities with this one and I’ll definitely play around more with it in the future.  I did two batches this go around.  One with a simple criss-cross pattern and one with a weird swirl pattern.

Tools:

wire

Ginger Patchouli:

wet reverse1

Ginger Patchouli (8)

ginger patchouli (26)

Garden Soap (Cool Citrus Basil):

wet reverse 2

Garden Soap (10)

Garden Soap (1)

 

 

Garden Soap (14)

 


It’s a Black Tie Affair!

May 24, 2015

Here’s Black Tie Affair–a soap for the men!  I love the colors of this soap.  It just makes me smile!

Black Tie Affair: Sophisticated notes of black peppercorn and leather are carefully crafted with warm woods, patchouli, musk and citrus.

blacktie2

blacktie8

Now available!  Find it HERE.


Orange Blossom

April 26, 2015

There’s a lot of work that goes into my soap photos.  The set up process takes more than the actual taking and editing the photo sometimes!  This is just one example of what the end set up looked like and then how by manipulating the angle the camera was at changed the whole composition of the soap!

Orange Blossom

SET UP:

set up

END RESULT:

orange blossom

Orange Blossom:  the blend starts fairly sharp and heavy on the bergamot, and calms to a lovely orange blossom heart with citrus notes and just the right amount of sweetness. It is a sparkling, cheerful, summery blend.


Huckleberry Harvest

April 22, 2015

I was in the mood for purple the day I decided to soap with huckleberry.  Part of why I decided to make this fragrance is because I thought it would work well with purple.  I am really pleased with the swirls in this soap.

Huckleberry Harvest

huckleberry

Huckleberry Harvest: a bouquet reminiscent of blueberry with raspberry, grape, strawberry and peach top notes with a sweet background.


Honey Almond

April 20, 2015

This soap was one last minutes idea after another.  First I thought I’d just do two layers.  Then I decided after pouring it to add a honey comb effect.  THEN, later that night I thought it’d be cool to add a stamp.  Of course I didn’t have a bee stamp.  So, I went out that night to see if I could find one (which I did, though I didn’t think I would).  I love the look of this soap!  It was worth all the changes I threw at myself ha!

Honey & Almond

honey almond

Honey Almond: a rich, nutty blend of sweet, golden honey and buttery almond with just a touch of fruit.


Watercress & Aloe

April 18, 2015

The design of this soap came about because I was looking at my dry rack and going I don’t have a single blue soap.  I’ll make blue today!  It might not match its name, but I love the rock look of the embeds.

Watercress & Aloe

watercress

Watercress & Aloe: a blend beginning with subtle top notes of lemon rind and fresh palm leaves, followed by fresh watercress and aloe notes, and finishing with jasmine & eucalyptus.


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