Sunday, May 31, 2015

Embedded circles cold process soap

My adventure with cold process soap embeds. :)

This is the soap I used for embeds:
handmade soap - blue & white stripes

being cut in circles:
cold-process soap - embeds

My new batch of soap with the embeds:
cold-process soap - Embedded Circles
And here are the cut bars:
cold-process soap - Embedded Circles
'Embedded Circle' Soap Design Technique

Thanks for watching! :)
The soap was submitted to Saponifier's 2015 Design Mania contest and was selected as the winner of the 'Embedded Circle' Soap Design Technique!
Winner in Saponifier's Design Mania Contest -  'Embedded Circle' Soap Design Technique

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Cold-process Soap Gemstones 3 - agate

Here is another one cold-process soap - purple agate. It was made very similarly to my other gemstone soap - Botswana Agate.

I used squeeze bottles to fill the mold:
in the mold - cold-process soap "purple agate"
After that I spun the mold clockwise, using the spinning swirl technique.
Here are some pictures of this soap after being cut:
Cold-process Soap Gemstones - agate
Cold-process Soap Gemstones - Agate
Cold-process Soap Gemstones - Agate
Thank you for watching! :)

Friday, May 22, 2015

Fordite (or Detroit Agate) - handmade soap

Soap Challenge Spinning Swirl - Fordite

This is my cold process soap called Fordite. It was prepared for the April Soap Challenge Club, but I changed my mind and decided to go with another entry (you can see it here). Both of these soaps were made with the spinning swirl technique. I was really amazed at how unique each bar of soap looked!

Soap Challenge Spinning Swirl - cold-process soap
Soap Challenge Spinning Swirl - Fordite
Soap Challenge Spinning Swirl - Fordite
or this way:
Soap Challenge Spinning Swirl - Fordite

Fordite, also known as Detroit Agate, is not actually a gemstone at all. It was formed from layers of paint over several tens of years, in factories that painted automobiles long ago. Especially in Detroit, and hence its name. :) Recently, Fordite has been recycled as eco-friendly jewelry.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Mini Dessert Soaps - Soap Challenge

Here is my entry for this month's soap challenge. In my 3 out of 4 recipes I used cocoa powder ( I cannot live without chocolate!), and the 4th recipe is made with half and half.

Mini Dessert Soaps - Soap Challenge
Rose cupcakes.
They are made from cold-process soap, not whipped. I am pretty happy how they turned out. :)

Rose cupcakes - Mini Dessert Soaps

Rose cupcakes - Mini Dessert Soaps

Here are some pictures of the process of making two tone CP soap cupcakes.

The 1st layer of soap spread on saran wrap:

The 2nd layer on the top of it:

I rolled the saran wrap into a log:

Then I inserted it into my piping bag. For the rose pattern, I used Wilton 2D decorating tip:

Coffee and Caramel Mousse. The coffee beans are also made from soap. :)

Coffee and Caramel Mousse - Mini Dessert Soaps

Chocolate butterfly (made from CP soap):

Chocolate butterfly - Mini Dessert Soaps
I found an image online of a butterfly and printed it out to create a template. Then I placed a piece of parchment paper over each image and creased them down the middle:
I could still see the outlines of the butterflies and then I began to pipe my chocolate soap over the outlines:
That's where I rested my soap butterflies so that they'd dry in 3D:

Mandarin slices dipped in chocolate.
My inspiration for this dessert was these simple yet yummy Salted Chocolate Dipped Mandarin Slices, from this blog post. The slices as well as the chocolate are made from M&P soap.
Mandarin slices dipped in chocolate - Mini Dessert Soaps

Friday, May 8, 2015

Cold-process Soap Gemstones 2

Lately I've been experimenting with making slightly translucent CP soap, and I decided to create a soap that would look like agate. Apricot Agates are banded agates that are mostly mined in Botswana, Africa, that's why they are usually called 'Botswana Agates'. They look like this:

(source: pinterest)
To make the soap, I did a faux funnel pour in 1 spot in the mold, using squeeze bottles. Here is what it looked like:
faux funnel technique - CP soap

After all the soap batter was poured, I spun the mold clockwise. You can learn more about the spinning swirl technique by watching this video.
I forgot to take a picture right away (oops!) and took it only after covering the mold with plastic wrap:

And here are my cold-process soap gemstones! I spritzed them with alcohol for a shiny finish.

cold-process soap gemstones - agate

cold-process soap gemstones

After that I prepared another batch of soap called Malachite. I poured the soap batter differently but also used the spinning swirl technique. Here is how the soap looked in the mold after being spun:

malachite cold-process soap

After being cut:

cold-process soap gemstones - malachite

I hope you enjoyed looking at my new gemstone soaps. :)

Cold-process Soap Gemstones

I made this soap in February and have been told that it looks like a gemstone, something like malachite.

cold-process soap stone

cold-process soap stone

Since then I knew I had to make cold-process soap that would resemble gemstones. At first I picked onyx and here is my cold-process soap called Onyx:

cold-process soap gemstones - onyx

cold-process soap gemstones - onyx
After that I prepared a soap called Fordite and planned to submit it as my entry for the Soap Challenge, because I was using the spinning swirl technique to create it. But I changed my mind and decided to go with another entry. I haven't taken pictures of the fordite soap yet.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

soaps by Steso

I am so excited! I received a wonderful gift from a very talented soaper and my friend Tatsiana! (here is her blog). She sent me 6 of her handmade soaps, all of them are amazing.  Each soap is nicely wrapped in a matching box.

Here is Tatsiana's Lavender soap with 15% mango batter:
lavender soap - Creative soap by Steso

This is her castile type soap with 95% olive oil and 2% olive leaf powder,  with the addition of goat's milk. The soap is scented with a blend of essential oils: cypress, peppermint, marjoram, basil, grapefruit and lavender.
castile type soap - Creative soap by Steso
This one is made with calendula petals, it smells and looks truly fantastic!
handmade soap with calendula petals - soap by Steso
Here is another rimmed soap, this time it's all cold-processed. It was created in our "duel" with Tatsiana where we challenged ourselves to make a cold-process rimmed soap. This one is scented with vanilla:
cold-process rimmed soap - Creative soap by Steso

And another rimmed soap - the rim mimics the look of crocodile skin. This bar of soap is made with kelp powder and it's scented with a blend of essential oils.rimmed soap - Creative soap by Steso

The 6th soap is made with an unusual recipe: 55% extra virgin coconut oil, 25% mango butter and 20% shea butter, superfatted at 18%. It is unscented but it smells very nice. I love its look too! I am really curious to try this one.
cold-process soap - Creative soap by Steso

But that's not all! I've also received this amazing soap cutter made by Tatsiana! It is designed to cut soaps made in slab as well as log molds.

soap cutter by steso
soap cutter by steso
It's wonderful, isn't it?

P.S. You can read about our meeting with Tatsiana and see a few soaps which we made together here.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Cold-process rimmed soap

This soap was created as a result of a "duel" between me and my friend Tatsiana. For our "duels", we choose a difficult soap technique and kind of compete with each other who can do it better.

Never in my life I had seen a cold-process soap with a CP rim, I was not even sure it was possible to make anything like that. So I "threw a glove" and suggested to Tatsiana we both try it.

Here is my result, a CP soap with a double rim:
rimmed cold-process soap

Now I know it's possible! But I admitted that Tatsiana had won that duel. :) Here you can see both of her wonderful soaps she prepared for it:

I received the vanilla one as a gift from her! It looks fantastic and smells delicious!