Monday, July 8, 2013

Soapmaking is Always a Surprise

Surprise is somewhat of an understatement.  I have something to confess that concerns the two blog entries before this one....The Mantra Swirl is not an easy task for me and my soap recipes.  Here's the thing, I love my soap recipes so much I am determined to make them work with any soap technique.  This is not always possible as I have learned.  
The Peppermint Ice Soap two entries below is the best Mantra I have made.  My second attempt, although came out so much better than I had hoped is still not a true Mantra Swirl.  So this weekend I decided I will give it one more shot.  Why you may ask?  Well, for Amy's Greatcake Soapworks Challenge! After my latest soap session I have decided my first soap will be the entry. In the video below I decided to do a simple 2 color mantra swirl with 1 accent color.  Looking at the soap now you may say to yourself... Mantra Swirl? I see no Mantra Swirl.  This is the reason for my latest entry  That soap was a very big surprise to me..The way it turned out was totally unexpected and I really like it.  If you watch the video you will see exactly where I lost my temper with the soap...all seemed hopeless at that point so what did I do?  I took a hanger to it like mad.  You can now call me The Soaping Mommy Dearest. 
After watching that video...Can you believe this is the same soap?
I do want to add I love doing challenges.  The challenges have really helped me learn so many new techniques and really pushes me to give it my all.  I would like to thank Amy and everyone else that puts together challenges.  If not from learning so much I would still be making just plain old soap ;-)

Thursday, July 4, 2013

The Clash of Soaping Techniques

If only I could soap all day and everyday I would be one happy person.  I don't know about you but I tend to daydream about making soap while working my day job.  I thought about this soap for days and finally made the time to make it yesterday.  
I am always trying to push the boundaries of my soaping skills.  This goat milk soap is a combination of several soaping techniques that I have learned.  I used five colors and the techniques I used include the ITP swirl(in the pot), Mantra Swirl, Hanger Swirl and a technique called Synergy that I found on the Soaping 101 Channel on You Tube.  I also used a picture for inspiration from the fragrance Oil I used...Eucalyptus Spearmint. 
Here is the result of all that daydreaming.....