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 quite proud of – some of which you can read more about here on my blog.
The one I’m most proud of is the rooibos ghost swirl:
So because I felt fairly comfortable with the technique, I thought that I’d use the challenge this month to push myself and try something that I’d never done before: a double feather. To make it a little more tricky (like that was necessary!!), I also decided to do a contrasting feather ….. So have one half of the soap with a secret feather and the other half with a reverse feather. Let’s just say that I was either feeling brave or delusional when I made that decision!
Here are photos of some of the bars:
The colourants I used were:
- kaolin for the white
- red French clay (Argiletz) for the red; and
- activated charcoal for the dark grey.
Because I was a little concerned that the contrast using just the red clay and kaolin may not be as impactful as I hoped, I decided to add in a dark grey on both sides, to accentuate the swirl. The soap is scented with a blend of cedar wood and cabrueva essential oils, which suits the strong colour scheme – and has a beautiful sweet, woody fragrance.
The whole process went fairly smoothly, considering the difficulty of what I’d taken on. And the only problem or disappointment with the batch was that by pouring the feather on one side first, the divider (which I thought was wedged into the mold firmly enough!) shifted a little as the soap volume on that side was higher – so the precision of the colour divide is not what I’d hoped. But in fact, the imperfection of the colour divide has grown on me, and I actually like the soap more because of it. All in all, I’m really pleased with how the contrasting the double feathers turned out! And with how lovely the soap looks and smells …..
Thanks for reading – and happy soaping!