This is my first time at Soap Challenge Club and (I counted) my first time:
As for month technique:
- using soap impression mats
- doing my own silicon soap impression mats
- doing my own 3D model for soap silicon mat
- working with pourable silicon
- working with dry mica as well as “lace soap” technique
- using frangipani and litsea cubeba essential oils in CP soap
- using layers soap technique (I absolutely didn’t know how to do it and has no time to read and watch… BIG mistake)))))
- using slab mold and cutting slabmolded soap
- doing the soap with the smallest amount of oils (100 g)
- doing one soap for two days
- experimenting with discount water technique trying to avoid soda ash
I was inspired by my own bath Moroccan tiles and when I first read Mrs. Clara Lindberg’s post at her blog I was thinking about my tiles which I adore.. as many Moroccan things.. it was in November and I thought that may be.... someday... I would do it. Then I found out about Soap Challenge Club and as a beginner I decided to take part in next one whatever it would be and have kind of a soap school. The task was… Impression Mats, so I smiled and just take it and started to think how to do it.
My Moroccan tiles:
I’ve done 4 slab molded CP soaps, unfortunately none of them looked like I’ve planned. My goal was to try both mat techniques and having 2 color layers with mica between them.
I have very few pictures of how I made soaps themselves, but have a lot of final product) Enjoy watching!
The first one soap and my entry at December Soap Challenge Club.
I used coconut, olive, palm and castor oils and babassu butter. Fragrance: Myrrh, lavender and juniperus essential oils. Discount water 1.7:1.
Mistakes: pouring at very thick trace, so no even layers.
I used coconut, olive, rice bran, castor, avocado oils and cocoa butter. Also some 2% of jojoba wax to dissolve plumeria alba essential oil. Fragrance: plumeria alba (absolute), lavender and sweet orange essential oil. 1% of liquid silk. Water 2:1.
- be patient!
- if you don’t have dividers don’t make salt or hard oils soap that you have to cut warm, there is a big chance mica would not stay on soap
- dissolve absolutes really good
- be patient!
- Really Be Patient!
- no blend mixing of all the batter…. Very very thick trace of 2 part while the first one was liquid… ehhhh, even don’t want to remember it)))))))
- color mica is not the right choice for the mat technique??? I want to think that somebody managed to make really nice color mica soap
I used: olive, coconut and palm oils. Some kaolin. Fragrance: litsea cubeba, lavender and tea tree essential oils. Water 1.5:1.
I have to do another one silicon mat for this soap (with those color stars). I made soap for mat at one day (one hour of jewelry work) and the soap itself next day.
I worked with knife to make the mat clean for pouring the soap (another one hour and a half of jewelry work)))).
Unfortunately soap gelled partially and it doesn’t have the color I wanted it to have.. I had to use full water recipe. Also I had a problem with mica… As I’ve poured the first layer and put mica on it and than waited for the layer to be stable, some oil appeared on the surface and I god kind of gold rivers on it… So when I poured the white layer mica with oil were mixing with it… Does anybody have an idea what I did wrong? Please leave a comment.
I decided to enter with Sultan's night although my heart is with Moroccan dream)))
I’m very excited about the results others are having because something tells me that this challenge will bring us a lot of new information. So very much want to see other works and attempts. Very good luck and fun to everybody 197 of us from all over the world.
And Marry Christmas to you all)))
Working with pourable silicon.
I liked working with silicon and read a lot of interesting information. I’ve made 4 mats, and always next one was worse than the previous one)))) So I lost my experience))))
I used OOMOO 3D (1 to 1 by volume).
Not all silicon molds are the same. I tried testing if I could take the mat off the silicon soap mold. And had no problem with oval molds…
But slab mold ended like this:
I used tape to prevent the damage next time… it worked not very well, finally I used Vaseline. And was really good.
Remember Scheherazade? There was mica on the silicon mat left… I tried to wash it away and used kitchen sponge … REALLY big mistake, the surface is damaged completely. Don’t do it.
It is important to pour silicon at one place or to pour it on the silicon that had been already poured to prevent air bubbles.