I 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
I made this soap as the base for my attempts at the Soap Challenge Club‘s brush embroidery technique. Because this video contains all of the information on how I made a woad oil infusion and how I used the woad oil to make the soap, I thought I would break up the process into 2 videos. My brush embroidery video will be posted in the next couple of days. :)
The 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. :)
In this month’s Soap Challenge Club, we learned a new technique called pointy layers. Our guest instructor was Teri Endsley of Tree Marie Soapworks. Teri has a wonderful YouTube channel and makes the most beautiful soaps. The pointy layers technique involves pouring lines of very fluid soap as close as possible to the layer below, while also leaving gaps of color showing (these form the points). Controlling trace and having a nice long spout were essential. In my attempt to get a swept look to my pointy layers, I decided to try a diagonal pour where I tilted my mold.