We have moved to our new place with a rooftop balcony and eventually our Internet provider sent an engineer to activate our WiFi so we are connected again! I managed to take a few pictures of my soap for this month’s Soap Challenge hosted by Amy Warden at Great Cakes Soapworks.
The hanger swirl turned out to be more fun than I initially thought and though our moving was fast approaching I managed to make a couple of soaps. As usual though, choosing the colors was difficult. For a couple of days I hesitated between blue & purple and pink & wine red combinations but since time was running out on me, I tried both and chose the pink & merlot red combi for the challenge. One thing was clear for me from the beginning: using contrasting colors was important, probably even more important than the pattern itself. I also have to thank brambleberry.com for the information they have about the merlot mica. Even though I used their mica for the first time the info on their web site helped me get what I was going for.
I considered doing horizontal levels, vertical stripes, diagonal lines and what not but what I really really wanted to try was the secret feather swirl. I did try it and… it seems that I could not stop “on the way”and after going down through the layers I continued with a loop-like movements from down up towards the top and then from just under the top down. I imagined that this would help me create a flower-like pattern, close to the shapes of ylang-ylang and honey suckle flowers.
Here is what I got.
I was going for the asymmetric look of the soap as a whole because asymmetry is more intriguing for me and in a sense it is more difficult to achieve a beautiful asymmetric design than when you use symmetric lines.
There is a bar where the swirl is not so flower-y but I like its fluid lines nonetheless. I was also surprised to see that the drops of pink in between the lines. Again, it makes me think that in soaping you can get similar results using different techniques.
Trying the hanger swirl opened a door to so many possible designs that I cannot wait to unpack my molds, micas and lye so that I can try all these new ideas I have got.
Again, many thanks to Amy for hosting the challenge and choosing the hanger swirl! I guess there is not a single soaper participating who does not feel inspired.
Though I managed to have a look at the entries a couple of times, I cannot wait to see all the soap beauties tonight!