For the May Soap Challenge Club, we learned a soap making technique that’s based on an acrylic paint pouring method. This method of painting involves pouring fluid acrylic soap through some kind of object with multiple holes, like a sink strainer or colander. The beautiful designs these acrylic artists achieve are just incredible. I lost an entire afternoon just watching their YouTube videos. :)
Our guest instructor this month was Joanne Watkins of Nature’s Potion Handmade Soaps. In addition to being an amazing soap maker, Joanne is also an acrylic painting artist. She showed us how to accomplish this technique with soap by either pouring it through an object or pulling an object through the soap. We had two ways to enter the challenge: use an existing object with holes for the regular category or create your own object for the advanced. This was such a fun technique to try and yields such cool designs in the soap. :)
For this challenge, I really wanted to create my own unique object and enter the advanced category. I’m not the most creative person, but I’m an engineer. Surely, I could come up with something! Well, apparently not. After thinking and thinking, I finally had to give up and start looking for something I could use directly or modify. I ended up using the side of a storage basket I found at the grocery store. Thankfully, it was made of a type of plastic that would handle being immersed in soap.
I removed the bottom of the basket, then cut two separate designs from the mesh sides. One was cut in a rectangle for a log mold, and the other was cut for my round soap mold. For the round version, I modified the design a bit hoping to get more variation.
For both batches, I attached strings and placed the objects in the bottom of each mold in order to do the pull through technique.
For my colors, I used indigo root, rose kaolin clay, and activated charcoal. I used a Lavender, Rosemary, & Mint essential oil blend. I poured both soaps at a light to medium trace using the faux funnel pouring method. When all the soap was poured, I lifted the objects slowly up through the soap.
This technique produces such unique patterns. I decided to enter the regular category with my round soap, since it had more variation overall. I’m definitely going to use this method in the future. I make a round coffee and cocoa soap and can’t wait to see how it looks using the pull through method.
I filmed my entire process and will hopefully have a couple of videos ready in the next week or so. Here are my finished soaps:
For the slab mold soap, I cut most of the batch horizontally (instead of the normal vertical bar cuts). I had one piece left that was cut vertically. You can see how different it looks in the first two photos (soap on the front right).
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