So, the last year and a half has been extremely busy! So busy, I haven't been able to do much of anything on craftster... but hopefully things will settle down enough that I can start getting back into this lovely community! I now have a new little one in our family AND we have completed our move halfway across the country! One of the first things I did was unpack my soaping supplies so I could jump in on this set of four soap challenges given out by one of the lovely soapers I follow on youtube (Great Cakes Soapworks on youtube
). I had fun learning and trying out these new techniques and thought I'd share my results!
Oil Mica swirl:
Scented with Dragon's Blood Fragrance oil. Technique basics: This is to decorate the top of your soap; Mix a small amount of liquid oil of your choosing with a high amount of mica (must be mica in order for it to work nicely); I used Merlot mica and Gold mica. Dribble oil/mica mixture over the top of the raw soap then use a skewer to swirl the colors! Very simple, but elegant way to finish your soap
Dragon's Blood discolors to a brown, so I only put the fragrance in the grey area which was colored with activated charcoal
This one is scented with Vetyver fragrance oil and colored with titanium dioxide and Strong Pink Pigment (the marbling effect in the white occurred because the soap overheated in the mold). Technique basics: You want to be working with medium traced soap so that it doesn't get all flattened out but you also want a fragrance and soap recipe that won't get super thick on you during the process. At least two colors are needed for this... I think a full rainbow of spot colors could be super cool, too! Pour a thin layer at the bottom of your mold. Use a piping bag or squirt bottle to create diagonal lines of a contrasting color on top of that layer. Directly over the top of the diagonal lines use a piping bag or squirt bottle to make the inside of the spots, then cover that layer with the first color in the piping bag or squirt bottle. (So by now, you'll have a bottom layer of your main soap color (white) and three diagonal layers of your spot colors (pink, white, pink). Cover this with a thin layer of your main soap color, trying to keep your diagonal lines separated from one another. Then do the diagonal layer again but going in the other direction. Keep doing these layers until you're to the top of the soap!
This one is scented with White Tea & Ginger fragrance oil and colored with titanium dioxide, tiny bit of cappuccino mica and even tinier amount of soft green mica. Technique basics: You want to work with a fragrance and recipe that will keep at a light to light medium trace and at least two colors. Simply pour a thin line of your first color down the center of your mold. Pour a thin line of your second color directly on top of your first line and continue alternating your colors in this fashion. Tap your mold to release air bubbles and distribute soap more evenly as needed
Brighter, more contrasty colors work very well for this type of technique, too
This one is scented with essential oils of Rosemary, Lemongrass, Lavender, and Patchouli and colored with natural colorants of pink kaolin clay, cocoa powder, lemon peel powder, and parsley powder (didn't use enough parsley, boo...) with an activated charcoal pencil line. Technique basics: The elemental swirl is simply two different ITP (In-the-Pot) swirls separated by a pencil line. Divide your soap batch into 4 equal parts and color each a different color. Pour one color into the bucket of one other color from high above to help the soap get further down into the bucket. Use a spoon or spatula to run a figure-8 shape in the two tone bucket and pour into your mold (the colors will swirl together, but not blend). Layer a thin but even coating of your pencil line colorant on top of this first layer (I use a small strainer to help with this process. Then do an ITP with the remaining two colors. Carefully pour this last layer of soap into the mold taking care not to break through the pencil line.
Thank you for letting me share! And I hope this inspires someone to try out these awesome techniques, too!