Sunday, April 7, 2013

Week 2 of Amy's Soap Challenge

Well here we are for the 2nd week of Amy’s Soap Challenge, I've been really enjoying the challenge so far, I've found lots of new blogs and looking at all the beautiful soaps have been great, we have so many talented soap makers out there, with lots of amazing soaps.    This week it’s the Elemental Swirl.  While I’ve done quite a few in-the-pot swirls before, this is the 1st time I’ve done 2 different Elemental Swirls on top of each other and boy did this one have me hopping lol.

Amy was sure right when she said make sure we have plenty of mixing bowls handy lol, you should have been my work bench, I had  8 different cups, plus the bowl I mixed my soap in.   I wish I had have time the time for photos, but it all went very quickly with my soap starting to set up quicker than I  wanted, so there was no spare time for the photos. 

My hubby walked in and wanted to know what the heck I was doing, now really it was quite obvious:) he’s seen me make soap plenty of times before, but just not with this much mess everywhere lol.

I fragranced this soap with Eucalyptus and Mint essential oils, a really fresh and clean aroma  I love, I thought green would be the way to go to suit this fragrance best, I planned to do  dark green on the bottom and  light green on the top.

But..... when I was trying to work out the other 6 colors to add to these 2 very different green parts and trying to keep both of the halves looking different, I decided to have ½ green and the other ½ yellow as it was a bit easier selecting the colors for them. 

I divided my soap batch into 2 separate halves and worked on the bottom half first, the colors I used for this part were:
  1. White
  2. Bright yellow
  3. Orange Mica
  4. Yellow Oxide, which gave a more subdued or dirty colour yellow.
Over the top of this I sprinkled Cocoa powder.  Then I worked on the 2nd half, by this time my soap was starting to set up and I really had to work fast,  the colours I used for this half were:
  1. White
  2. Green Oxide
  3. Blue
  4. Green again, but this time I used Green Clay which I decided looked totally horrible after I mixed it, so I ended up adding a bit of bright yellow and blue to the green clay to make it what I though was a nicer looking green.

OK, that's my Elemental Swirl soap, I hope you like it:)  Now, I'm wondering what Amy has up her sleeve  for us next week...... 


19 comments:

  1. Oh. My. Goosh! So so gorgeous!

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  2. Such a lovely soap, Jan!Love its bright colors!
    And the stampt too :)

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  3. Those colors are so beautiful! And the wavy pencil line is very nice.

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  4. Wow, that turned out really beautifully! You did a great job! I need to try this technique soon. It's been on my list for a while.

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  5. Love the swirls, what a pretty soap!!!

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  6. Very nice swirls in your sky and great pencil line too. Your color combination is so popular this challenge, the cool and the warm! Pretty!

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  7. I must say I really love how you put your colours together and your pencil line is perfect! Fabulous looking soap!

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  8. What a wonderful soap, i love it!

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  9. Great looking soap, Jan! Glad I'm not the only one mixing up colors on the fly! :)

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  10. Very pretty, I love the wave of the cocoa powder!

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  11. Wow! I woke up this morning to all these lovely comments, thank you so much Simple Pleasures, Amy, Dana, Lindalu,Pam, Shannon, Jenny, Kirppu, Natalia and Katie, I really appreciate all your kind words of encouragement:) now I'm off to have a look at all your lovely soaps.

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  12. Carol-SoaplicitySunday, April 07, 2013

    Your colors choices are fantastic-love it!

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  13. Thanks so much Carol:) there really are some gorgeous soaps on display this time round.

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  14. Thank you Mountain Scentaments:) I'm so glad you like it, Amy had mentioned that they look more interesting if the line isn't straight, so I tried to get some movement into it.

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  15. Wow, I really love your soap, the colours are just gorgeous; worth all the effort x Linda

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  16. Thank you so much Linda, you're very kind and I'm so glad you like it:) I don't know that I'd be doing this one again though lol.

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