Rainy Day Mini Drop Swirl Soap

092018_31746-entryThe Soap Challenge Club is finally back and just as fun, educational, and challenging as ever. The September 2018 challenge was to create a mini drop swirl. If entering the advanced category, soap makers were to suspend drops of soap inside the base soap. After watching the instructional videos, I decided to attempt a soap that reminded me of a rainy day, with clouds above, raindrops falling, and a bluish, dark sky for the background. In my first attempt, the rain drops and ombre sky actually looked okay, but the top mini drop swirl part was lacking the drop…and the swirl. I only had time for one more batch and ended up with the soap you see here. The little drops were really fun to make, and I’ll definitely incorporate them into more soaps in the future. In my post below, I go into more detail about my recipe, my thin base batter causing a cool effect with the drops, and show more photos of the finished bars. I also made a video in case you’d like to see my entire process. :) Continue reading

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Feather Swirls in Cold Process Soap

032017_20938wpThe Great Cakes Soap Challenge this month was to create a feather swirl in cold process soap. We could make either a reverse feather swirl or a secret feather swirl or both. I decided to do both and intended to enter the natural category. Intended is the key word here. I actually made the soap in time but still managed to miss the challenge deadline. Where does the time go?  Oh well, it was still a lot of fun and gave me an excuse to make a video.  :) Continue reading

Indigo & Paprika Cosmic Wave Soap

112016_20420b-wpThis month’s Great Cakes Soap Challenge involved learning a new technique called the Cosmic Wave. My entry soap is from my third attempt at this challenge.  With each batch, I learned a lot about what I was doing wrong and how I might improve. From the consistency of the soap to how much soap I poured at once and how fast, all the little technical details really mattered if a cosmic wave was to be achieved. It was so satisfying when I finally created some cosmic waves in my last batch. The creator of the Cosmic Wave and our instructor for this challenge was Tatsiana Serko of Creative Soaps by Steso.  Tatsiana is so talented and makes the most amazing and beautiful soaps.  Keep reading if you’d like to learn a little more about my attempts at Tatsiana’s Cosmic Wave technique.  I also created a video.  :) Continue reading

Charcoal Lavender Mint Soap using the Dancing Funnel Technique

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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. ;) Continue reading

Rainbow Soap – Sculpted Layers Technique

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I finally finished the video for my Rainbow Soap that I made using the sculpted layers technique. The method of sculpting layers was created by Claudia Carpenter of Om Nom Soaps and was the challenge in Amy Warden’s June 2016 Great Cakes Soap Challenge where Claudia was the guest teacher. I was unable to get my soap done in time to enter, but I wanted to post my video anyway. You can see all the amazing winners here.  Keep reading if you’d like to see my video.  :) Continue reading