It is time to upload the pictures of the soap I made for Amy’s Soap Challenge!
December’s one is column pour and it was fun trying. I had not used the technique before and it turned out to be somewhat more enjoyable than I had imagined. First, I had to choose a mold, then I had to choose the object for the column (deciding on the shape took some time), and then I had to decide on the combination of colors…
So step by step.
I decided to use a round mold as, for some time, I had been looking for a chance to use the one I had. Thanks to Fraley’s advise, I abandoned the idea of using a triangle block for the pour. For good or bad, I chose a cylindrical object (one the glass bottles I use to make my essential oil blends in). I know, a cylindrical column does not give you anything but circles of differently colored soap but if you look at it positively it also means that it is all up to you to create the swirls in the mold – you do not have to consider the ones made by the edges of the column.
As for the colors, I did consider using herbs to color the soap but herbal colors tend to “leak” (with most herbs you cannot get sharp, clear lines between the colors) so I opted for mineral colorants, used for cosmetic products.
I was looking for the pencil line pattern (cannot stop liking the delicate patterns one can achieve with the pencil lines) so I had to time the pouring carefully; you cannot get fine lines after the soap has traced because once it starts tracing the saponification is very fast and there is almost no time for play.
I also could not help adding one more feature on top of the soap – the leaf-like white pattern which by the way made cutting of the soap a kind of difficult 🙂
I took the pictures at a different time of the day and the light makes the colors look a little different. Oh, and not all the lines are pencil-thin but you cannot get all the good things at once I guess 🙂
However, I was going for a base color of blue-green so I mixed green and blue to achieve the main color of the soap. The blue and white are used without any mixing.
For this soap I chose a blend of patchouli, ylang ylang and eucalyptus essential oils. This is one of the first blends I made by myself years ago when I was very new to EO blending and I guess I was struck by beginner’s luck. The blend may sound a little unusual but believe me, after leaving it for a week, it mellows and becomes a rich and at the same time refreshing soap scent.
Again, thank you, Amy! I am very much looking forward to seeing the beautiful works of all the participants.
Wish you all a beautiful day and success in the challenge!
PS. What I forgot to mention above is that one of my recent quests has been achieving a continuation of the pattern on the top deep into the soap. Driving the pattern deep into the soap ensures that it can be enjoyed all the way up until the soap is used up.