Thursday, December 11, 2014

Third Time's the Charm- Spoon Swirl with the Soap Club Challenge

  

Artic Waters, by Beverly Hart

I made a third batch of soap Sunday morning, hoping to finally get it all right and end up with a bar of soap I'd be happy to enter in the challenge.

My first decision was to use a different recipe- I wanted one that I knew would get to a thicker trace.  I used a recipe I'd developed and used previously- one that definitely thickened more quickly than the recipe I'd used in the previous two batches.

I got everything together- checking twice to make sure I didn't forget ANYTHING.  My son was kind enough to take pictures of the process, after I'd made the batter.

I added my colorants, using Blue Vibrance and Turquoise micas from Nurture Soap Supplies, and titanium dioxide in the main batter.  I also added kaolin clay for whiteness, and a combination of Fresh and Clean fragrance oil and peppermint essential oil.



I poured most of my main white batter into the mold.  It's already at a medium trace, should be great for a spoon swirl.


Then I started pouring the colors in.  One of the disadvantages of a heavier trace is that the colors are more apt to sit on top, rather than drop to the bottom of the soap.  Even pouring from higher up didn't change that much.



Time to get busy with the spoon.  I was definitely dealing with a thicker batter than in the previous two tries.



And, since this was a spoon swirl challenge, I decided to texture the top with the spoon rather than do swirls with my skewer.  I like the way it turned out.


I did not cover or insulate this- since I was using a wood mold instead of silicone, I did not want to take a chance on glycerin rivers.  I waited until late Monday afternoon to unmold and cut.  Here's the other side of the bar.


One little air bubble, but I like the way the colors move and combine.

So, there you have it- the third time was the charm with this challenge.  I had fun with the process, and certainly learned along the journey!




7 comments:

Debbie said...

Lovely colours, and very nice swirls! Pretty soap

Sue George said...

Very pretty Soap, great swirls!

latachuelabonita said...

Love thatblue color! Swirl really free and grace :0) love it

What Comes Next? said...

very nice, great colours! so glad this third time worked -

Amy Warden said...

This is such a great technique for the thicker trace recipes!! Even if the colored soap doesn't "fall" to the bottom, the spoon forces it to move throughout the entire log. Love the effect, Beverly!! :)

Renate said...

That time round certainly did turn out beautifully! Gorgeous colours!

Gina said...

Beautiful and it's fun to your steps!