The Great Cakes Soap Challenge this month involved learning the Dancing Funnel Technique. This technique was invented by Tatsiana Serko of Creative Soap by Steso and Jelena Vasiljeva of Soap Techniques. Tatsiana was also our guest teacher this month and did another amazing job explaining and demonstrating this technique for us. We were able to enter our soaps in one of two categories: all natural or synthetic. I chose the all natural category. I’m sure you are all astonishment. ;)
Note: If you’re a beginner or want to learn more about soap making, check out these helpful videos:
Soap Queen TV – LYE SAFETY: http://goo.gl/FqA0Yt
Amanda Aaron of Lovin’ Soap – BEGINNER SERIES: http://goo.gl/DjTzuE
My entry soap was actually my 4th attempt at this technique. In my first attempt, I ran out of my outline color. My second attempt was just plain ugly. And my 3rd attempt ended up looking like a camouflage pattern due to me using way too much outline soap. In the first 3 attempts, I stirred the oils and lye solution by hand to reach emulsion. However, in my final attempt, I decided to use the hand blender sparingly along with stirring in hopes of speeding up the process just a bit. Thankfully, it worked out really well, and I was able to get all the circles poured without the soap thickening up on me.
I decided to use a recipe similar to ones I’ve used in past challenges where we needed a slow tracing soap. The only difference is that I replaced the organic palm oil with lard:
Olive Oil – 45%
Sunflower Oil – 10%
Coconut Oil – 25%
Lard – 15%
Avocado Oil – 5%
ESSENTIAL OIL BLEND
Lavender – 4 parts
Peppermint – 1 part
For my colors, I decided to go with a white outline filled with a dark soap. The white was just the plain soap batter. The dark gray and black colors were created using activated charcoal mixed with sunflower oil. I used dark gray to fill all but the very top layer. For the last layer of circles, I used a bit more charcoal for the black.
Activated charcoal mixed in sunflower oil – approximately 1 tsp per cup of soap
Good luck to all the participants in this month’s challenge!
Thank you for reading my post!