Great Cakes Soapworks Peacock Swirl Challenge!
I took the plunge and joined the Soap Challenge Club hosted by Amy at Great Cakes Soapworks! It was my first time with the peacock swirl, and I found that it was a fun, creative, difficult and truly beautiful technique.
To start out, I got some advice regarding equipment, recipe, colorants, temps, and fragrance. Before I started the actual soap making, I needed to gather my supplies.
Since I don't have a real slab mold, I needed to get creative and make one of my own. So off to the web I went. First, I found a post on the Soapers Retreat Facebook page with a tip to go to Michael's craft store and buy a $5 wooden picture box. They had it, and I got it! Next, I had to figure out how to line this thing. Freezer paper? I wasn't so sure. I didn't want my beautiful swirls to go leaking out the corners everywhere. So I decided to use Lovin' Soap 's tutorial on how to make a reusable liner. Never being one to follow all directions, I used appliqué template plastic, instead of lexan sheets. It is what I had on hand, and I figure that if it can withstand the heat of a direct iron, it will do just fine with soap. One thing though, the material is very flexible. It took a lot of wrangling to get it taped together.
|My Michael's picture box slab mold|
|Applique template plastic liner|
|Bamboo Skewers in Cardboard|
Next up was to make my rake. I opted for the bamboo skewers and the cardboard rake. Again, it is because that is what I had on hand. Super happy with the way this turned out. The skewers are really tightly wedged in the cardboard, and they were perfectly spaced!
Then I got a 20 minute video (yeah!) showing exactly how to make my creation. I, of course, watched it multiple times and felt ready to tackle my first ever peacock swirl. OK Here goes!
I tried to mix them well ahead of time to avoid chunks. Cross your fingers!
The colorants I used were:
Activated Charcoal - Bramble Berry
Super Pearly White - Bramble Berry
Electric Bubblegum - Bramble Berry
Lemon Drop POP - TKB Trading (discontinued)
Grape POP - TKB Trading (discontinued)
Green Apple POP - TKB Trading (discontinued)
Here we go! I put about 5 oz. of soap in each bottle. This is part of the reason why I ended up with a 6 color swirl. I needed more soap for the top, and my bottles were little! So I squirted and squirted some more, and yup.... got a burp at the end. (Even having been warned ahead of time)
|A Little Further...|
|All done - Now to clean up the sides|
|Making the feathers|
|Close up of swirling|
|I love the mica sparkle!|
The soap went to bed in it's box and got a heating pad on a timer to keep it warm for about 2 hrs. I wanted to make sure that the soap gelled so I could get some bright colors.
Now to unmold!
The next day, it did not have ash as bad as I was expecting. Whew.
Here is a picture of some of the cut bars with the ash still on them.
|Bars before steaming|
And here they are!!!!!! The finished bars after steaming.
|Bars after steaming!|
SO fun and rewarding. This has been a great learning journey for me. Thank you so much for hosting, Amy!