And so another soap challenge has come and gone and it was awesome! A really fun technique was shared this month, Circling Taiwan Swirl, and I was grateful for a really straight-forward technique. This challenge was the first attempt at using soap mold dividers, and I LOVED it! You really can create a ton of designs with just a bit of thought.
Since I didn’t have dividers prior to the challenge, my dad was on board to help create some. Unfortunately, the material we originally used was a bit too flimsy and really didn’t stand up well to flowing soap, but no worries, I just whipped out the cardboard to make some for this attempt. The cardboard dividers worked for what I needed, and the plus side is my dad has since made a friendship with the local glass cutting business and can get acrylic or other plastics to make as many dividers as I need now!
With dividers out of the way, my next task was to determine the colorants that I wanted to use. The scent was easy as I had just received a batch of new scents and really wanted to work with White Sage & Sea Salt. Check! With colorants, it seemed to take forever because I just kept coming back to the same standard. My mom was working on a website design and was using the 2016 Pantone® colors of the year, Rose Quartz and Serenity, so I decided to take a peek at the 2016 choices for spring and came up with my three colors… Rose Quartz, Serenity, and Green Flash.
With just standard colorants, I was worried that I might not be able to pull off the Rose Quartz, but pink and orange can surprise you! I was happy that my colors were coming together. Now, the tricky part, pulling off the whole soap!
And full disclosure this is my third attempt… I forgot to cut my first two loaves the correct way, so at least they have clean cuts with the loaf cutter =)
Since the actual bar cut is a bit off, once these cure, I will be cutting them into small 2 ounces sizes and adding to sampler bag.
On to the next soapy challenge!