I started this challenge with the idea to do a flower scene. Then I read the “rules” for entering and I realized my idea wouldn’t meet those requirements. Bummed I played around with some random piping of flowers, but I was uninspired and didn’t like what I was doing. And may I mention I REALLY REALLY REALLY dislike piping flowers. I don’t know what it is about them, but they’re not fun for me. Yes, they’re pretty and people like them, but it’s like having a tooth pulled for me–NOT FUN!
I was almost ready to call it quits and just say forget about it, when I remembered years and years ago I did some mini soaps of Oscar and Cookie Monster. Remaking those as large versions appealed to me and I was re-inspired to making something. What follows is the process it took to make these. Way too much work and not something I plan to make more of, but for the challenge they were fun.
*UPDATE* I still couldn’t entered my character soaps. When entering I realized it also said “no embellishments” so that takes my character soaps out of the running. Don’t know where my brain’s been lately!
Since I was making a “face” I needed to pre-make several pieces: eyes, mouth, and cookies. I did these by pouring soap into a circle mold, unmolding, and then slicing them in thin pieces and then cutting those pieces in half (for the cookies and mouths).
Next I made the base of the characters. Gray for Oscar (since he is sitting in his garbage can) and brown for Cookie Monster (because I didn’t want an all blue soap). I filled the base only half way (I used two different cupcake molds because I like the different effects for each character). Then I piped their bodies.
I used tip 233 to make their “fur” or body. Because we had to use at least two tones in one element of piping I did two different color greens for Oscar, which I love how they turned out. And two different blues (light and a dark) for Cookie, but the blues kind of melded together and there’s not a lot of distinction between them. I was a little bummed over that, but they still look cute.
After piping their tops I then embedded the eyes, mouth, and cookies.
From there I had to pipe the eye balls on the white eye pieces. I used tip 10. I also had to pipe the eye brows for Oscar. I used tip 16. Lastly I had to pipe the “tongue” on to Oscar’s mouth. I used tip 3 for that.
Overall I really like them. They’re cute. They’re different. But best of all they’re not flowers ;).
I had had some left over soap from another batch of embeds I was making and so I just poured it into some round mold cavities I had. I didn’t know what to do with them. I had leftover soap better for Oscar and Cookie and I was like I’ll pipe the rest on top of the extra round soaps. I liked it. More so than the cupcake ones. If I ever do anything like this again I’ll probably use that as a base as opposed to cupcake holders.
And a bonus: Mummies! I had left over soap again from a different batch and I knew I was going to be piping for the challenge so I made black bases, know I could turn them into mummies. It’s made me really tempted to make other Halloween faces now like pumpkins, monsters, and whatever else I can think up!
And there you have it: my piped soaps.