Skinny Shimmy 2020

042020_44536-4entrywp For this month’s Soap Challenge Club, we revisited a technique from 2015 called the tall and skinny shimmy. Our guest instructor was Tatiana Serko of Creative Soaps by Steso. Tatiana provided us with a wonderful tutorial for the regular category by creating a gorgeous 7 color shimmy soap. For the advanced category instruction, our host, Amy Warden, created a beautiful ombre shimmy and provided us with so many helpful details, as always. If you’re interested in this or past techniques, be sure to check out the Soap Challenge Club tutorials page.

This is my tall and shimmy entry for the advanced category. I created a video of my process but won’t have that posted for a few days or so. Continue reading

Video: Coconut Milk Soap Making

4Z0A0439wp-THUMB2I made this coconut milk soap a while back and finally got around to editing the footage. December and January were just not good months for me or my entire family. I’m trying to get back into the swing of things with this video and will hopefully have my next one up soon. I’m also hoping to have my Spring YouTube Collaboration video finished by the deadline of March 1st. Fingers crossed! In the meantime, I hope you find this coconut milk soap video helpful or at least fun to watch. :) Coconut milk was the first alternative to water that I tried as a soapmaker, and it’s still my favorite liquid to use. I just like how the soap feels.  :) Continue reading

Video: Pipe Divider Swirl

The Pipe Divider Swirl technique was created by Tania of Soapish and taught to us this year (and back in 2016) by Amy Warden in the Soap Challenge Club. I missed entering last month’s pipe divider challenge, but it’s one of my favorite swirls to create so I made a video. I actually bought a microphone setup and tried it out with a short voice-over at the beginning. Oh boy! It’s hard hearing your own voice while editing! LOL :)

Brush Embroidery Soap Making | Soap Challenge Club

082019_41234wp2The brush embroidery technique was the focus of this month’s Soap Challenge Club. Brush embroidery is actually a cake decorating technique that has been adapted for soap making. I watched a lot of videos by cookie and cake decorators. It’s amazing what they can do with icing. After finding some inspiration, I decided that I really wanted to use 2 colors to decorate the soap like a cake – on 5 sides – allowing my design to flow around the soap. Well, I didn’t quite get all 5 sides done, but I was able to do at least 3 sides and managed 4 sides on one soap. I colored the soap using an oil replacement of woad infused olive oil and used titanium dioxide and indigo root for my two brush embroidery colors.  :)

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