Another month has passed like a breath. I did take some pictures of a few Japanese gardens which I still intend to share soon but before doing that, there is the post about this month’s soap challenge: the Clyde Slide technique.
As September is the busiest month for me at work, I doubted I would have time for any soaping this month but, as they say, when you really want to do something you can find a way to do it.
The Clyde Slide technique is relatively new and I believe it will be getting more and more popular as it can produce amazing patterns, and many of them, in just one batch of soap.
For this challenge I revisited one of my favourite color combinations, enhanced with the EO blend of tea tree, orange and Japanese mint.
I will begin with a picture of the wet soap.
I was not sure what to expect before I took the soap out of the mold and was pleasantly surprised with the pattern on the sides of the soap.
And here are the patterns which I got along the batch. Needless to say, my surprise grew with every next bar of soap!
It is amazing how different each too bars look! It all depends on how fast you pour the soap into the mold and which side of the bowl you choose to pour from first and then turn the bowl a little and continue pouring. This technique is one of the techniques I have enjoyed using the most as it is not “labour intensive” 🙂 and you get beautiful results. It also allows for many variations depending on how many faux funnel pours you make in before getting the soap into the mold, whetehr you pour from one side of the bowl only or you turn it a little on the way to you get a “twist.” You need a certain degree of patience while using it though – you need to wait for the soap to reach nice medium to heavy trace (not too heavy though) before you pour the soap into the mold. This gives you well-defined lines and beautiful patterns.
Many thanks, Amy, for this challenge, for your hard work and the inspiration you always give us by choosing the techniques!
I am looking forward to seeing all the beautiful works this month!