Monochrome secret feather swirl

Monochrome secret feather

This soap was one of the batches I made for the Soap Challenge club, which I elected not to submit because I felt that the “Opposites” soap was the most striking …..  But I do love the soap, so thought I’d post a few pictures. The soap was made using my usual slow-moving recipe, and is coloured with kaolin for … Continue reading

“Opposites” – a double secret feather swirl

This is my entry for the March soap challenge: The secret feather swirl has been one of my most favourite swirls for a long time, and I’ve tried several approaches to get the abstract and wispy, feathery look that Vinvela Ebony (Dandelion SeiFee) had in her original feather soaps …..  Not all have worked (!!), but I’ve made several batches that I’ve felt … Continue reading

Mosaic Soap – CP and M&P

When I learned that this month’s soap challenge was to be a CP/M&P combination, I knew right away that I wanted to try to make a mosaic soap with coloured embeds.  I felt sure that the transparency of the M&P would add a different dimension to the “tiles”, which would lift the design from being plain into something special. I’ve always … Continue reading

Ginger Drops soap – CP and M&P

Here is my entry for the CP/M&P soap challenge: This is only my second attempt at using M&P soap base – the first being 2 or 3 days earlier to make embeds for my mosaic soap, which I decided not to submit as my entry for the challenge ……. I started out making HP soap about 6 or 7 years ago, … Continue reading

Zebra Soap

Zebra Soap

The technique for this month’s Soap Challenge Club is called sculpted layers, where successive layers of soap are poured and “sculpted” to create a design in the soap.  Here’s my entry: This soap was my second attempt at the sculpted layers technique.  The natural colourants I used were kaolin for the white stripes and activated charcoal for the black – although I … Continue reading

Marbled Citrus – “one pot swirl”

Having successfully made a good entry for the Soap Challenge Club, I decided that for my next soap I wanted to have another attempt at the “one pot swirl” or Japanese swirl. My inspiration for the soap was some pink grapefruit essential oil.  But knowing that citrus EOs don’t stick very long in cured soap, I thought it could be … Continue reading

Épices de soie / Silk Spice – “one pot” swirl

This is my latest attempt at the “one pot” swirl: My favourite of Clyde’s soaps that he’s made using his Clyde slide technique was the green tea and pear soap – and I wanted to get closer to that look (using the one pot swirl) with this batch.  So I watched his video again to see (1) how thick his soap … Continue reading

Jasmine Silk – “Clyde slide” swirl

Here’s my entry into the September Soap Challenge: Background to the challenge: This month we’re setting about mastering a new technique (or is it??!) called the Clyde slide.  I’d watched a video that Clyde Yoshida of Virant Soaps had posted on YouTube on the technique a few weeks ago, before realizing that this would be our challenge for September …….!  And as … Continue reading

Marbled Mantra swirl – August Soap Challenge Club

Here’s my entry for the challenge: I particularly enjoyed the challenge this month, because it’s the first time I’ve EVER been successful with a soap swirl that requires the use of squeeze bottles (huge achievement!) and because I actually learned 3 new techniques in one!  Well, technically I should say that I learned 2 techniques, because I didn’t try the linear … Continue reading

“Pretty in Pinks” – spinning swirl

Here’s my entry for the April Soap Challenge Club: While looking at soaping videos on YouTube a few weeks ago, I came across this video of an Asian soapmaker doing the spinning swirl – and was both intrigued and inspired!  I had a clear vision of the soap I wanted to make, and mentally set aside the Easter long weekend to try it.  … Continue reading