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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Great Cakes Soapworks Soap Challenge - Mantra Swirl

Great Cakes Soapworks hosts soaping challenges that I thought would be fun to join. Last month was the peacock swirl...which I really wanted to learn but couldn't join that challenge as it ran when our son was coming home from Afghanistan and I didn't want to commit and get caught up in his homecoming and not follow through.

Now this months challenge is the Mantra Swirl. I tried this technique years ago, but thought eh, it came out alright but no where near the beauty of the artist I saw do it in the Saponifier magazine...well come to find out you must cut these loafs a different way in order to achieve the final look...so this is a perfect chance to give this another go.

First step is to pick a slow moving scent. My original thought was our very popular Arizona Sunshine, but I wanted a more dramatic color choice so I was going to change scents to use charcoal for black colorant and white with a complimentary  color....then I read Oil & Butters attempt...whose soap came out gorgeous, but she mentioned the charcoal will thicken the soap batter and I figured I best go back to my first thought as I need all the help I can get...next up...line my mold and make a cardboard divider...




I am ready to soap, I have my cooled lye... the "sun" (yellow)... an empty container for the "clouds" (uncolored soap)...and the blue "sky" will go into the original soap pot... 



All 3 batters are traced and ready to pour in...



I poured on each side of the divider and then removed the divider...



I poured the white down the center...OK... I tried to pour down the center, obviously I don't pour very straight lol...



Then I took the handle of the spoon and made an S swirling motion down the center of the soap...I wish I had used a skinny skewer over the larger spoon handle...but maybe it will still end well....into the oven it goes to gel...



The next day this is what we have after unmolding...



Now here comes the technical part...to cut it correctly. Instead of cutting bars I am cutting them wider to have these large chunky bars...



So I have my bars all cut...now to cut them in half through the middle....wait for it...I have faith this is going to work....



TADA!!!! Do you hear the angelic harp music?? I do...I love that after all these years soap making I still get a giggle when something cool happens.



What do you think? I Love it!! Of course there are things I would change...like remembering to "burp" the stick blender after putting back in the soap batter to not have the air bubbles I got...but that is a small esthetic change. Maybe I would do a stronger contrast color down the center to make it pop? But all in all I love it and I loved the challenge!!



Now who wants to win a mini version of these beauties? The last cut came out smaller than intended so I have 4 small bars to give away.



Enter below (US only) and I will send one mini bar of soap to 4 lucky people.

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/cfd0e22/

21 comments:

Anne-Marie said...

They turned out so pretty! :)

Natalia said...

Wow, beautiful!

Luster Canyon said...

Thank you Anne-Marie and Natalia. :)

Mountain Scentaments said...

Very Pretty!

Louisa McFarland said...

I love your sky inspiration, the colours are gorgeous, well done for getting the white all the way through.
I don't think it matters how long you have been soaping for, I can't imagine any soaper not giggling with delight when the design works. That is the fun of it and why it is so addictive.

Dianne Forrester said...

These are so pretty...I love the colours you used :)

Sharon said...

Very pretty! Love the bright cheery colors!

Simple Pleasures Handmade Soap said...

Beautiful! I'm so glad you shared the photo of the large chunk before the final cut. What a fun reveal!

Andrea Sayer said...

You did a great job. Nice color combo.

Bonnie Howard said...

I like the color combo and the results are great.

Leilani Olsen said...

I love the soft colors you used!

Maitri said...

Beautiful mantra swirl!

Maitri
http://maitribathbody.com

Scattered Bath and Body said...

I love how yours turned out. Soooooo pretty. Congratulations!
Stacey
Scatteredbathandbody.blogspot.com

Amy Warden said...

Gotta love the magic that happens when you cut these!! You did a great job! And you've already planned your next batch, which is a good sign. :)

Milla said...

Very pretty! I love cutting into soap to see the design!

Marcia Santiago said...

Love the colors one of my favorites!!!!beautiful soap....

Cee Gee said...

Wow, so BEAUTIFUL! Love the yellow and blue, such a sunny soap! Wise choice not to go with the charcoal! ;)

Swanee Noa Bonny said...

love the colors. well done

meadowyck said...

Great show on your steps and I love the colors.

Andee @ TheSage.com said...

Wow! I love the colors and how it turned out! I felt like I was holding my breath with you.

Barbora Mikulášová said...

So pretty! I love the soft colours and swirls, it looks delicate with the white in the middle.