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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!
Thought I’d post some links to a Japanese shop that sells acrylic soap molds. The molds are smaller than other US standard molds (soap size in mm in picture)-
-but they seem pretty functional according to reviews.
Also, be sure to checkout the accessories!
There’s some clip on handles made to attach at the opposite ends of the mold to help:
…and rectangle structure to help unmold:
Other accessories include a lye mixer bottle:
Anybody have experience with acrylic molds? Compared to many I’ve seen, these seem awesome.
Update: I bought the “brownie” type mold as well as the tall skinny mold. 🙂