Monday, July 4, 2016

"Cosmic Wave" or "Feathered Circles" soap technique

Last week we had another "duel" with my friend Tatsiana Serko. We were inspired by this gorgeous soap made by
I've also seen a beautiful soap called Stormy Sea made by Fräulein Winter which has a similar swirl pattern.

The goal of the duel was to create soap with a "feathered circles" look. I haven't seen any tutorial on how to achieve it, so I had to improvise. Tatsiana came up with her own modification of this technique and we decided to call it Cosmic Wave. You can see her amazing soaps in this blog by steso.

I made several attempts with this technique until I was satisfied with the result. :) Here is one of them. The soap is scented with brambleberry's Neroli & Shea Blossom - it smells fantastic and it gives you all the time you need for swirling!

Neroli & Shea Blossom - Cosmic wave soap technique
Neroli & Shea Blossom - "Cosmic Waves" soap technique

The soap was colored with 5 different micas: gold, yellow, 2 shades of khaki, and brownish eggplant (a blend of micas). This is how the soap batter looked like in the pot:

Cosmic wave or Feathered circles soap technique
just before pouring into the mold

This is another batch of the same soap, taken out of mold. It makes 6 bars:

Neroli & Shea Blossom - Cosmic wave or Feathered circles
"Cosmic Wave" or "Feathered Circles" soap technique

My starting point for this technique was based on these soaps created last fall. While they were made in log molds and the feathered swirl was expected to be revealed inside each bar, I couldn't help but notice the swirls I got on the top of the soaps. So this time I used a similar approach, only instead of pouring all the soap batter in one spot of the mold, I poured it by small quantities into multiple spots.

So here are 2 more soaps created with this technique. One of them is called Orange whirlwind:

Orange Whirlwind - cosmic wave soap technique
Orange Whirlwind soap - "cosmic wave" swirls

And finally my Blue Moon soap. It is colored with Nurture Soap micas: Teal green, Turquoise, Wisteria purple and Black mica:

Blue Moon soap - Feathered circles or Cosmic wave technique
Blue Moon - "cosmic wave" soap swirls

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Hanger swirl

Below are two of my soaps, both made with the hanger swirl technique. The first one is colored with activated charcoal and 2 golden micas. I'm pretty pleased how it turned out:

charcoal soap - hanger swirl, by soap techniques
The 2nd soap is scented with yuzu fragrance oil. I made an attempt to draw a branch with leaves, but I also see a bird sitting on bamboo in the left soap. :)) Do you see it?

Yuzu cold-process soap, hanger swirl

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Valentine's Day Soap - Hearts

Do you see the hearts? :) These soaps were made using a combination of two techniques:  the Tiger Stripes & the Hanger Swirl.

The first soap is scented with Black Raspberry Vanilla:
hearts - handmade soap Black Raspberry Vanilla

hearts - cold-process soap by Soap Techniques

hearts - Valentine's day soap by Soap Techniques

The "rainbow heart" is scented with a blend of essential oils of lavender, rosemary, orange and lemon:
"rainbow heart" - cold-process soap by Soap Techniques