Howdy fellow soapers and others who might be reading! This month’s soap challenge was to create soap using the Ebru technique. To be honest, the hardest part was choosing a design that could be done with soap and trying not to make it overly complex. You don’t have too long to make intricate designs before soap batter starts to thicken.
I wish I had a couple more tries to make other designs I had in mind but ugh! Need more time and energy! I’m less than a month a way from my due date (yes pregnant!). But, as always, had loads of fun exploring the new technique and giving it a shot!
Kitties and flowers using a single skewer.
I started with a plain blue/green background and did a little swirl (with a single skewer) on half for the background.
Then I added the kitties and flowers.
I took my inspiration from many photos but this one gave me the biggest idea for the background:
Thanks for reading and big thanks to Amy Warden for hosting another wonderful challenge! Sorry I was short and didn’t take too many pictures! I’m trying to make the deadline 🙂 and this pregnant lady needs some sleep (it’s almost 1am!). Hehe.
Just wanted to say thank you to all the soapers that voted for my Mini Desserts in The Great Cakes Soapworks Mini Dessert Soap Challenge! Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that’d I’d place in a contest the carries such talent. I guess I got lucky! Thank you!
Please click the picture below to read Amy Warden’s post about it (you must see all desserts submitted! They’re incredible!):
Also check out Cee Gordon’s fun blog! She guided us soapers through the challenge with helpful tips!
4. Purple Pearl Flower Cupcakes (With yogurt, coffee, cocoa powder, sugar)
Here’s another cupcake I made- Leopard bow cupcake. (Although the purple cupcake above is part of my challenge submission).
1-3. First I started by making the fondant mp soap using white mp soap, cornstarch, and glycerin. Cee Gordon, our teacher for this month’s challenge, kindly gave us a starting-point recipe. I ended up using a bit more cornstarch to get the consistency that I wanted.
4. While occasionally patting my hands with cornstarch, I rolled the fondant soap into balls (strawberry-size).5-6. I, then, shaped each ball into a strawberry and with a skewer I poked holes into each.
7-8. Finally, dipped each strawberry into clear red mp soap.
Notes: I think I would’ve been better off molding cp soap, dipping it in red mp soap, then poking holes. The fondant mp soap was a bit too soft (cp would’ve been easier to keep shape while poking holes). Also, originally I wanted to cut the strawberries in half which is why I left the middle white (only colored the outside). But if you’re keeping them whole it might be nice to just make the strawberry completely red.
1. First, I poured some green (chrome pigment scented with fruit slices, a sample I received from Peak Candles) clear melt and pour and poppy seeds in a silicone mold.
2. Then, after the chrome green mp soap hardened, I cookie cut some circles out.
1. I rolled the day-old CP soap into the shape of an apple.
2. First, I dipped a sponge into red liquid pigment and dabbed it on the apple. Then, I dipped the sponge into tumeric (which was mixed with distilled water) and dapped it on the bottom and top part of the apple.
3. Then with a wire cutter, sliced the apple.
Chocolate Checkered Coffee Cake
1. First, I had to find three circle cookie cutters -small, medium, and large- that were the same length/diameter apart (mine were 33mm, 63mm and 93mm).
4. Next, used the small cookie cutter to punch a hole in each medium circle, making sure it was centered.
5. I put the pieces back together but alternating colors. (See #5 pic).
6. Then, stacked the four pieces, again, alternating colors. I made sure there weren’t any gaps between any pieces by pressing firmly but carefully and using distilled water to help glue. Of course, used gloves (lye!).
To make this lollipop, I used 50/50 water/yogurt as my liquid. Cornstarch, distilled water, and a paintbrush came in handy.
Apple Kiwi Tart
The apple kiwi tart is made of two fruit (mp kiwi and cp apple-instructions above), the crust (two-day-old cp soap), filling (cp soap), and the mp glazed topping.
The base of the cupcakes were made from the dark brown scraps from the checkered cake which included coffee, cocoa powder, and yogurt. The icing was made of leftover lollipop batter which included yogurt. Side note: by now the scraps were about 5 days old and molded much better than the one-two day old soap.
1. First, I found some mini silicone cupcake molds at the dollar store (here we call it 100 yen store).
2. I chopped up the dark brown scraps into inch-sized pieces, threw them in a ziplock bag, and mushed it all together until I had a soft, creamy consistency.
Thanks for reading!! And thanks to Amy Warden and Cee Gordon for an exciting month with the Soap Challenge Club!
This month, the Great Cakes Soap Challenge Club was asked to make cold process soap using the spinning swirl technique! As always, the wonderful host, Amy Warden, guided us through the challenge!
This technique was first seen here:
For this particular technique, a slow-moving recipe and a fragrance that wouldn’t accelerate was key. Usually, I’d make a recipe over 50% olive oil (not pomace) to play it safe. However, I decided to try a new recipe that included :
40% olive oil with avocado oil, apricot oil, palm kernel flakes, a little coconut oil, shea butter, mango butter and castor oil.
I was a bit nervous about the percentage of hard oils but figured if I stopped blending at emulsification using full water everything would be fine! 🙂
I also decided to test out some new colorants- WSP’s neons! And then, for black and white, I used the usual- activated charcoal and titanium dioxide.
Since summer is coming up, a nice light citrus essential oil blend seemed appropriate :). The blend included:
Orange 15x, grapefruit, lavender and peppermint!
1. Weighed my oils, lye solution (I have a masterbatch solution that contains 50 water/ 50 lye), and extra water.
2. Melted hard oils and mixed with the soft oils.
3. Premixed my colorants using my mixed oils.
4. Mixed my oils, lye solution, and extra water at room temperature.
5. Stick-blended in short bursts until emulsified.
6. Stirred in fragrance.
7. Divided soap batter into the premixed colorants and stirred well.
8. At this point, I imitated the YouTube video above. I poured soap batter, alternating colors, in each corner of the mold. (I literally poured the batter, not just near, but into each corner).
9. After all the soap batter was poured, I spun the mold clockwise about 90 degrees at a time, just like the YouTube video. I made this spinning movement a bit strong like the force of a ticking of a clock to get the soap moving properly.
I usually take more pictures during the process but I was too focused and needed all the time I could get! I had no idea if the new blend of essential oils or recipe would cause acceleration.
Luckily, everything went smoothly! And here are the results: AFTER THOUGHTS
When planning for this, I wasn’t quite sure how much and how hard to spin the mold. And at what thickness should the batter be? I knew it had to be at very light trace but not so light or else you run the risk of colors getting muddy. But, imitating Amy Warden and the YouTube video above worked! I’m really happy with the blend of thick and thin lines!
Thanks to Amy Warden for another exciting challenge! And thanks, all, for reading!