I managed to finish the soap for this month’s soap challenge, organized by Amy Warden (written with a deep sigh of relief 🙂
I noticed that I had not mentioned that all of the above soaps belong to the same batch. I made each one of them in an individual mold using different colors but at the same time so I do not consider them different soaps (I know, they look different but…). I believe this is what learned this time – working with small individual molds (about 7 cm in diameter) and using tiny embeds – the diameter of each emebd is about 2 cm so it was difficult to keep them upright while pouring the batter into the molds. And, as the single petal embeds were too tiny to stand upright, I inserted them after the mold were filled with the raw soap. But the best part of using individual molds is that with careful planning and preparation you can create several patterns at the same time!
My theme for this challenge was Japanese sweets. Traditional sweets in Japan are made according to season and with great respect for nature. For those of you who have time to surf the net, I recommend the following sites: http://www.pinterest.com/uszimari/japanese-sweets/ and http://www.pinterest.com/tomokonemoto/japanese-sweets/. Just scroll down the pages and enjoy the delicacy of these works of art. If you do not have enough time to have a look at them, I am uploading a few pics to enjoy here.
I wanted more contrast though, something rather cheerful than delicate so I chose denser colors. The black parts are colored with bamboo charcoal powder – very fine and easily dispersive, usually used for sweets made in hot spring resorts here. For the flower embeds I used micas. The embeds go all through the soap, down to the bottom so the design can be enjoyed up until you finish using the soap.
I like all of them but my favourite is the green one.
To be honest, I thought that I would not participate in this challenge as I did not have any idea about what to make. But soon after Amy’s email I began thinking hard about it and came up with the above idea. I am glad I joined the club. Thank you Amy for this month’s theme! It was a real challenge and a very enjoyable one, indeed!
I wish all the participants good luck.