Video: Pour/Pull Through Soap Making Technique in a Log Mold

052019_37190wpAs I said in my last Soap Challenge Club entry post, I made two attempts at the pour/pull through technique. For this attempt, I used a larger screen from the same storage basket and cut it to fit my log mold. Our guest instructor, Joanne (Nature’s Potion Handmade Soaps), and host, Amy Warden, also used screens, so I wanted to try this size, too. I love the designs this technique produces. However, I definitely should have poured my soap a bit differently, as you’ll see that the end bars look just plain weird. Kind of reminded me of teeth or something. LOL If you’d like to see how I made it, I’ve posted it below along with the recipe and other information. :) Continue reading

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

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