For the second part of July’s Soap Challenge, synthetic colorants, I chose the Summer Setting palette. Working with ultramarines and micas is still new to me and this synthetic colorants challenge has been a good experience so far. Thanks to Amy of Great Cakes Soapworks I had a chance to try one of the designs which I had had on my to-try list for quite some time. I believe it was first introduced at Jabones: Alquimia de las Plantas. When I saw it for the first time, I loved the simple yet delicate lines of the soap.
For the base color I used ultramarine blue but it was really tricky because even though I used the same recipe and amount of colorant in both my test batch and the finished soap, the test batch turned out much much better. I guess this is what we call “beginner’s luck” and sure enough I ran out of it for the second soap, which was going to be my entry this month.
I guess I should have stuck to the designs I had already tried but there is always a part of me urging me to try something new so I gave in and made a soap which I called Playful Bubbles.
Some of the colors (peach, dark purple and lilac) came quite close to those of the color palette but the dark blue should have been a little darker. I actually have two yellows because while I was pouring the soap, I almost ran out of yellow-colored batter and added some soap to the cup which made it paler and in fact closer to the one in the palette. Unlike the base light blue, the light blue in the bubbles also came very close to that of the color scheme.
I used the following colorants:
Yellow: yellow mica
Peach: Coral mica
Light blue: ultramarine blue
Dark blue: blue mica (non-bleeding) from Brambleberry. com
Lilac: light purple mica
Dark purple: mixture of Merlot sparkle mica (brambleberry.com), Blue mica (brambleberry.com), and ruby mica
I wish I had taken the pictures in day time but the past several days have been so hectic that I was never at home in day time.
However, I am planning to try this design in another color scheme some time soon. Thank you, Amy for another great challenge and for bringing us all together this month, too!
P.S. I am posting a picture of the unfinished soap in reply to a questions about how it was done. I hope it is helpful.
And one more picture which I managed to take this morning before my daughter wake up.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!