It's been a few months since I entered a soap into the challenge. I've made the soap for the challenges of the last couple of months, but haven't liked them enough to enter. My little perfection monster rearing its ugly little head. But I had to enter this one - tigers being my favourite animal & all :-D
The basic rules for this challenge were to create a pattern with thin batter & thin stripes, but also to have fun with colour & technique. I started with my usual slow-tracing recipe & four colours, Orange, Pink, White & Black...
....and the batter thickened up really, really quickly & I got a nice soap with thick stripes <deep sigh> I also got a lot of glycerine rivers in that soap, which sometimes happens with Titanium Dioxide. Nothing wrong with that except visually. And this competition is mainly judged on appearance!!
Next try I thought I go with more colours....
...Plus I used a different slow-tracing recipe that's worked well for me in the past. It did move a bit more slowly so I was able to get a few photos of the process.
As this technique takes a bit of time the batter gradually thickened up as I was pouring it. This creates different textures within the pattern. And you can clearly see the points at which I tapped the mould on the bench to remove air bubbles as I was pouring.
However, I discovered that I'm not a big fan of soap this colourful - it looks 'too busy' to me. So I had to try a 3rd soap. Back to 4 colours for the stripe, but, because of the previous glycerine river problem, I left the background soap plain.
I poured my layers into the mould at 3 angles, first with the mould propped up on the right, then a little on the left, then a little with the mould flat. Then patterned the top like the soap above (I really like that pattern!!) Then I got my marvelously talented photographer daughter to take a photo of the finished soap for me....Sooooooo much better than my phone pics!!
I love the 'line' created when I changed the position of the mould, it adds a little bit of extra interest. I also love that each soap has a slightly different pattern created by the different thickness of the lines as they were poured. I scented this soap with a Essential Oil Blend of Grapefruit, Lime, Rosewood, & Black Pepper, and called it "Jungle Roar". It smells divine, and I can't wait to try it out!