I'm really enjoying these soap challenges, so I signed up for the next three! Its fun learning new techniques & pushing myself a little to get just the right look. This month's technique uses a slab mould (which I don't own), plumbing pipes, and swirls to create the pattern. I made a quick slab mould from foam core board & packaging tape - a very handy way to test the shape & size of a potential mould before going to the expense of buying or building one.
The idea is to pour two colours inside the pipes & two other colours outside the pipes, then remove the pipes & swirl the four colours around. I decided to go with 2 purples & 2 greens. I tried Maths to work out exactly how much batter I'd need for the inside versus the outside. Can't believe I used to be good at maths in school 'cause the result was way off. Next time I'll just go with my gut cause I did way too much purple!!
Colours & batter ready to go. I also made up some black & white in case I needed to lighten or darken a colour, the rules for this challenge say four colours in total.
It's a pretty messy business, this soap making, so once again I got batter all over my (gloved) hands & didn't want to contaminate my phone in order to get pictures of the process. I'll try with the next one (cause you know I can't make just one!)
Perception is an interesting thing as I was sure the purple circles would be a lot bigger than they turned out! But the great thing about a slab mould is that I don't need to wait to find out what the soap will look like! I like this slab mould idea :-)
But I was glad I'd made a temporary mould before I made one in wood cause the dimensions of this one are wrong (me & maths again!). So, I made a smaller mould, lined it this time (the first batch was very difficult to remove!), & tried again. :-)
I wanted a little more contrast so I changed the colours. Ready to go again....
This time I used 'Raspberry' and 'Orange Vibrance' Micas inside the circles, and Titanium Dioxide & a mix of 'Celadon Green' & 'Alpine Green' Micas for the outside. For the scent I chose an Essential Oil blend I've been wanting to try - a mix of Grapefruit, Lime, Ho Wood & Black Pepper, it smells divine!! (Unfortunately my brain turned off somewhere during the process & I only used half as much scent as I should have, so it won't smell as good as it could have - will just have to make some more soap I guess!!)
So after blending & dividing & colouring I started pouring.
After pouring the colours the pipes were removed very carefully & then the batter was randomly swirled with a wooden skewer. One of the trickiest things about this design is knowing when to stop swirling - its a lot of fun.
Although my favourite colour is purple I really prefer this colour-way as the colours really "pop", so I'll use this second one for the competition. And as it kinda reminds me of autumn leaves, I think I'll name it "Leaves of Autumn".
Also, I was able to use my new soap planer & beveller... really love it!! Was able to plane the slightly lumpy tops of the bars to give them a nice clean finish.
Thanks once again to Amy Warden for organising the challenge :-)