30. prosince 2016

Мыловары мира: рукотворное совершенство Елены Черенко (Беларусь)

Фото из личного архива Елены Черенко

Дорогие мыловаренные друзья, как и прошлый Рождественский пост Мыловаров мира, этот пост тоже специальный! И вот почему -  в преддверии Нового года хочу поделиться историей очень увлекательного человека, имя которого уже было однажды упомянуто в моем блоге, в самом первом интервью, которое было сделано в рамках сериала Мыловары мира. Упоминала его Татьяна Серко (CreativeSoap by Steso), говоря о своем Учителе. Итак, рукодельница высшей лиги (вышивание любой техникой, вязание (спицы, крючок, машинное), декупаж, рисование на батике, щитье, валяние из шерсти, скрап), искусный и  опытный мыловар, активный, всегда жизнерадостный и оптимистичный человек, парашютистка и гордая казачка,- все это Елена Черенко.

21. prosince 2016

Soapmakers of the World: Amy Warden's soap challenge (USA)

I love this soap because it’s the one my older daughter designed for the Sculpted Layers challenge.

Part of photos are from personal Amy Warden’s archive.

Part of photos belongs to Soap Challenge Club Members and will be used only for the purpose of this interview. If you would like me to delete your photo from this interview please let me know.

My dear friends, this is a special Soapmakers of the World post.
Last Christmas I gave you, Soap Challenge Club, my heart and the very next year I am still in. My personal one year long challenge to take part in every Soap Challenge Club is finished. I missed only one in February as I have no ideas of what to do as my brain‘s creative part was straggling with illness for 6 weeks. So as my personal year challenge is coming to it's end and Christmas is knocking on the door, I thought it is a good idea to have that very special woman as a special guest for Soapmakers of the World. 

Creative, kind, optimistic, always delicate, bright businesswoman and a person that makes our soapmaking life very interesting. She made us all gather together, study about soap and new techniques, challenge not only our soapmaking abilities but also our “photo taking” skills. Person that makes us believe we are normal in our madness about making soap. Please be welcomed to know Amy Warden from GreatCakes Soapworks a little bit closer!

My favorite photo of Kent and myself at Cedar Lake in Olathe, Kansas.

8. prosince 2016

Soapmakers of the World: Hélène Glémet's soap creation (Canada)

Today, my soapmaking friends, I will tell you some more about one very interesting lady from Canada. This interview was a hard one for me as I know this lady a little bit closer and it was hard to think that I know nothing to prepare it. But we made it. Talented, creative, successful in challenges with her memorable marvelous soaps, but also a genetic professor with perfect sense of humor who is going to leave city life and move “into the wild”… Be welcome to read about Hélène Glémet from ChezHelene.

12. listopadu 2016

Cosmic Wave Soap - Soap Challenge Club (November 2016 entry)

Hello, everyone,
This is my 11-th Soap Challenge hosted by GreatCakes Soapworks and Amy Warden) I am very happy I could participate in it and managed to make some several nice soaps although my daugther is still having her teeth epopea(((((
This month technique is called Cosmic Wave and it was created by one of the most talented modern soapmekrs Tatsiana Serko from Creative Soap by Steso (Tatsiana was also my guest for the Soapmakers of the World interview serial here as well as Holly Shelton and Debi Olsen). The technique was created as a result of soap “duel” with another wonderful and very talented soapmaker Jelena Vasiljeva from Soap Techniques. Both of them are teaching in Savonnerie private school, which I am a proud pupil of.

To be honest I did not like the technique at first. Some several month ago I made two soaps in different variations. I liked the one with circles (or like I call after Soap Baby Whirlwind swirl). But the waves… no… It seemed to my like I made sausage soap))) I saw the direction in which my soap was poured and it made kind of hot dogs in the pattern… While I prepared for this challenge I looked at some very nice soaps made in this technique and I understood what was my problem… Sausages…. In sense of making soap - bad trace.. So I was trying to achieve the right trace for this pour, so there are no bright boundaries between the waves))
Those were my first soaps in that technique:


I made 6 attempts in a week before the end of the competition) I used a shoe box (the cover of it) as my mold as I have no mold with low sides. As I started to sell my soap, here in EU I had to use recipe and color scheme I have certificate for. The recipe includes olive, coconut, castor, shea, babassu, cocoa and jojoba wax.
So my first attempts were with my Jojoba and Bamboo (with bamboo charcoal, scented with tea tree, rosemary and lavender EOs) soap that normally looks like that:

I liked the way it looked, but it seemed to me, that I had too little colors in it, too little color soap (I made those recommended 15% of all batter) and too thin trace for this technique…

The second try was worse I think….

All other tries were with my Jojoba and Lemongrass soap (colored with yellow, tropical teal and brown moca NS micas, scented with lemongrass and lavender EOs). That is how it looks standardly:

First one attempt was very nice, seemed to me very harmonic, but there were kind of color “spots” instead of waves, so I wanted to make another try.


My shoe box soap mold))))



Second one try with this recipe ended up overmixed))) So, first one or two waves perfect, then I could only give my soap to a mold and the end)))

The third try was ended up like not very nice soap, because I used too much colored soap (more than 15%) and too thick trace again. I did not like the soap at all, so I normally have forgotten to take pics of it)))) So here is the only one I made before I died from that cold outside) SAUSAGES)))))) 


And last one try is my best I think as for the cosmic wave design. I over-CPOPed my soap, so there are little air bubbles in the structure of the soap.. I hope I can forgive myself one day for that))
My entry this month – Fresh Wave.

Just poured in my wonderful shoe box mold)

All soaps together:

Thank you for stopping by and have a very good luck with this so very hard technique!