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July 21, 2014

Mojo Monday – Challenge #355

I’ve taken up a new hobby…copic coloring.  I’m really just getting started, but having big fun coloring stamped images.  I’m entering one of my recent projects in the Mojo Monday Challenge, # 355.  Take a look…

 

 Stamp:  Greeting Farm Creeper Crew Friday

This is the challenge sketch.

Let me know what you think.  Until next time….

July 10, 2013

Challenge Entry – Mantra Swirl

Great Cakes Soapworks Challenge Club continues this month with the Mantra Swirl.  I elected to do the original technique which meant cutting the soap log horizontally and then cutting the individual bars.  Here is a picture of one of the ‘sides’ before I cut it.

Don’t you just love that moment right after you cut?  I was really pleased with my first attempt and I’m already planning my next batch.  Unfortunately, my white crackled a bit – but we’ll just call that visual interest :) .

I did notice that I got fewer bars of soap out of my log.  This produced 8 where I usually get 10.  I’m interested to see if this is just me, or if others had the same experience.

Here is another photo (sorry for the bad light – the pictures were taken at different times) ….

 

The colors used  are a custom blend of blue and copper micas.  The fragrance is bergamot and tarragon, which is a very green.    I’m looking forward to seeing the other entries as well as participating in the next challenge.

Until next time – bon savon!

 

June 11, 2013

Challenge Entry – Peacock Swirl

I can’t believe it’s already time to post our entries for Amy Warden’s challenge.

I’ve always enjoyed Amy’s challenges and this time she changed it up a bit.  Each participating soaper paid a small fee.  Those paying the fee will then vote on their favorite entry with the winner receiving a prize.   This round’s prize is an 18 bar slab mold from BrambleBerry.  Sweet!

I consider the peacock swirl to be an advanced technique and it took some practice for me to be successful.   Here is my first attempt.

A big gray mess.  I’m not exactly sure what went wrong here but I think it was a combination of things.  The soap traced faster than expected and the comb tines were too close together.  Once this happened I didn’t even try the ‘S” to finish it off.  However, in preparation for a screw-up, I had more oils and lye cooling in the back ground :) .

Here’s my second batch….

Now that’s what I’m talking ’bout!  Here it is cut into bars.

The colors changed a bit overnight and the pictures were taken at different times of the day.  I’m really pleased with the end result.  Now if I can just master cutting bars the same size I’ll be all set :) .

I’m looking forward to the next challenge.  But until then…

Bon Savon!

June 3, 2013

Soap Stamp

I’m so excited – my new soap stamp just arrived from China.  Take a look…

Here’s one with silver mica.

I have admired other soaper’s stamps for a long time but wasn’t able to find one in my price range.  Then I stumbled upon an Ebay listing and am so pleased that I did.  For anyone interested in getting their own stamp the information is below.

Ebay seller:  hers_fashion

Feedback:  100% positive

Search term:  Acrylic glass soap stamp (easiest way to find the listing)

Delivery time (from China):  18 days (including a holiday) from placing the order to stamping my first bar of soap.

Price:  Varies based on size – mine is 60mm wide – $28.98 including shipping

Until next time – bon savon!

 

April 27, 2013

Seeing Spots – Leopard Spots that is…

I knew going in, this was going to be tough.  I wish I could say that I tamed the beast – but I didn’t.

This is the final week of Amy Warden’s (Great Cakes Soapworks), soaping challenges and we are doing Leopard Spots.  What a cool technique – when done well.  As you can see below – mine isn’t so well done.  I got one good spot :) .

I’d like to master this technique but feel that practice is definitely needed.  Take a look …

 

Thank you Amy for all your hard work organizing the challenges.  You’ve done a great job and I hope we continue in 2014.

Until next time – bon savon!

April 23, 2013

Great Soaping Weekend – final soap

Last weekend was one of the best soaping weekends I’ve ever experienced.   I posted the first four batches here if you missed it.  The 5th and final batch has been un-molded and cut.  Take a look….

1 – Glacial Falls

Once again, the light was lousy and the photo is too dark.  I think I need to stop soaping so much and practice taking pictures :) .

Until next time – bon savon!

April 21, 2013

Great Soaping Weekend

What a great soaping weekend! I started on Friday night and by 11:00 p.m. Saturday night I had 5 batches in the mold. The best part – they all behaved EXACTLY as expected. I don’t think that has ever happened :) . I’ve got 4 of the 5 cut with photos below (the light isn’t great so the photos are a little dark – but I couldn’t wait).  Enjoy!

1.  Corn Mint + Anise (smells amazing!!)

2.  Grull (this will darken over time – and smells amazing)

 

3.  Blackberry Sage (I love this color combo)

 

4. Cucumber + Melons (playing with embeds)

 

I’ll post the final soap (Glacial Falls) as soon as it’s cut.

Until next time – bon savon!

April 13, 2013

Challenge Soap – Mica Oil Tops

This was another fun week of the soaping challenges (organized by Amy Warden of Great Cakes Soapworks).  The technique, mica swirled tops, has gained popularity and can be seen on several soap blogs.  I hadn’t tried it yet and was looking forward to this one.

Going into this week I was pretty confident of my swirling technique.  But I have to admit this takes a bit of practice (the oil can get away from you :) ).  Take a look….

 

This soap was made with a simple recipe of olive, palm, coconut and castor.  The fragrance is Juicy Couture Type by Nature’s Garden,  the colorant is electric bubblegum and the mica line is gold sparkle mica – both by Bramble Berry.

Thanks again to Amy for her hard work organizing the challenge.  I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s projects.

Until next time – bon savon!

April 6, 2013

Challenge Soap – Elemental Swirl

Amy Warden’s soaping challenges continue this week with the elemental swirl.  I have to admit that in the beginning I wasn’t thrilled to be doing this technique, but as I worked through the process I came to appreciate it more.  Take a look…

The fragrance is tooth fairy taffy (it smells just like bubblegum) from Nature’s Garden.  I selected ruby rose (The Conservatorie)  for the top section, coral reef blue (TKB trading) for the bottom and the mica line is violet (The Conservatorie).  I elected to do a simple ITP since my batch was so small.  I’ll consider a 3 to 4 color ITP swirl if I make a bigger batch.  My only real concern is that the fragrance may cause the soap to darken.  I used a vanilla stabilizer but only time will tell.

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s entries.

Until next time-  bon savon!

April 3, 2013

Savon Previews: Berrylicious

I think I’m going to call this one Berrylicious.  The fragrance is actually black raspberry & vanilla but the ‘berry’ part comes through the most.  Plus – I was feeling purple last night and I don’t think the color is a good representation of black raspberry vanilla.

I’m very happy with how the swirl turned out.  The technique is a cross between a tiger swirl and a celine swirl.  I poured the colors like a tiger swirl, but then I used a spoon to mix everything together.  Take a look…

Until next time – bon savon!