I entered another Soap Challenge Club in July. This time we were to create a soap depicting opposites. It could be color opposites, or opposite 'things' like night and day, or thick and thin. I chose to work with color opposites- violet and yellow, to be specific.
And I'm posting this not because I believe my soaps are worthy of any kind of recognition, but more as part of my ongoing learning experience with soap making.
I thought long and hard about what I wanted to do. I knew I had to use a vertical divider, so that eliminated some design ideas I had. I toyed around with using two vertical dividers, but ultimately decided to stick with one. I've never used a vertical divider before, and I figured that getting three colors of soap in without some kind of mishap would be more of a challenge than I wanted to undertake. I finally decided I wanted my two sections to be violet and yellow, with the added design element of a 'Holly swirl', or an in-the-pot drop swirl in each side. I'd use white for the base color of the swirl, with the yellow and violet for the accent colors.
So, I got my mold ready with my home-made cardboard divider. . .
I made my batter and divided out the colors, and added my scents- pomegranate fragrance oil in the violet, champagne fragrance oil in the yellow.
I then poured two two complementary colors into the mold.
Once they were in, I removed the divider. So far, so good!!
Then I worked on the in-th-pot swirl. After mixing in titanium dioxide, I poured two spots of yellow, and two of violet.
I was happy, everything seemed to be staying fluid, and the colors dropped into the white soap. I swirled the colors once with a skinny skewer.
Then I poured this into the violet and yellow soap, holding the cup high to help it break into the violet and yellow soap. From what I could tell, it all seemed just fine. I scraped the last of the soap onto the top, and decided to leave it as it was- a Jackson Pollack top!
I had high hopes when I cut the soap the next day. Alas, it was not to be!!
These three bars had a nice swirl on the violent side, but the swirl barely broke the top on the yellow side. The other bars had a tiny swirl close to the top on both sides.
I like the top, and the swirl on the violet side on these bars looks pretty much as I'd hoped it would. Why the swirl didn't drop lower is a mystery, one that I will be trying to solve with future batches.