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

Saturday, February 13, 2016

"Winter Frosting", in-the-pot swirl

Sometimes an ITP swirl comes out looking like this:
Winter Frosting - handmade soap, ITP swirl

It resembles a butterfly, doesn't it?
Butterly - cold-process soap, in-the-pot swirl

Two more pictures of these trembling swirls, they look like the frost on windows. :)

Winter Frosting - cold-process soap, in-the-pot swirl

"frost on windows" - cold-process soap, in-the-pot swirl

Traveling Faux Funnel soap technique

As soon as I came back from California, I made another batch of soap with the Travelling Faux Funnel soap technique. I showed my first attempt at this technique in my previous post. This time the soap batter was a bit more fluid, so the design looks slightly different. I call this soap "carnival", it is scented with Daystar's Paradise.

Carnival, travelling faux funnel soap technique

Carnival - Traveling Faux Funnel soap technique 2

Thursday, February 11, 2016

my meeting with Tatsiana Serko (steso)

I haven't updated my blog for a while, although I have a lot of things to share! I have been experimenting with some new soap techniques, but today I'd like to tell about my meeting with Tatsiana Serko, known as steso. In September I visited her in California and we spent a wonderful week together!

We walked on the beach near the Cliff House & Sutro Baths:

me and Tatsiana Serko (steso) on the beach
me and Tatsiana on the beach

We took a ride on the famous San Francisco cable cars:
with Tatsiana Serko (steso) on the cable car
on the cable car in San Francisco

we walked all the way to Pier 39:

me and steso at pier 39
me and Tatsiana at pier 39, San Francisco
and visited a lot of other places! You can see some other pictures on my Instagram.

Tatsiana is a wonderful person, very nice, relaxing, creative, generous, thoughtful, and she is a fun to be with! I really enjoyed spending time with her... And course we had been making soap!

Here are 2 cold-process rimmed soap we made together. The first is scented with BrambleBerry's Cucumber Oak:
Cucumber and oak - cold-process rimmed soap
The second is scented with an Amber fragrance:
Amber and oakmoss - cold-process rimmed soap

Not long before my trip to California I saw on pinterest this amazing yellow and black soap by La Perle. I fell in love with it! Naturally, me and Tatiana tried to recreate this soap technique, :) I call it a traveling faux funnel swirl.  The soap scented with brambleberry's Kumquat was our first attempt at this technique - it's not perfect, but not too bad either!
Kumquat - cold-process soap

I also got a lot of gifts from Tatsiana! I will show them a bit later, they deserve a separate post! :)