This week's soap challenge was to make a soap with Leopard Spots. I was so excited to try this technique and could hardly wait for Amy to post her tutorial. So I decided to do a Google search for Leopard Spot soaps and found the Oil & Butter blog where she showed her beautiful pink leopard spotted soap, along with a YouTube video on making a cake with Leopard Spots. Well that was just what I needed to get me started. Later when Amy posted the tutorial of her making her soap she also posted the same cake video from YouTube .... whew!I decided to make a girls and a boys leopard spotted soap and was so inspired by the pink leopard spotted soap made by Oil & Butter I thought I would use those colors for the girls version and blue colors for the boys. I made the girls version before Amy posted her tutorial for us (I was just too excited to try it to wait), but I did wait for Amy to posted her tutorial before making the boys version. I wanted to see if there was another way to make it other than the cake tutorial.
For the colors in the girls I used a brown oxide and a fluorescent pink pigment, for the boys a blue mica and activated charcoal. I did not add fragrance into the colored portion of the soap as I did not want it to thicken up too fast on me where I would not be able to pipe it onto the soap.The fragrance I selected for the girls soap is Strawberry Champagne and the boys was a mixture of Ginger Fish and Lime.
I plan on adding these soaps to sell along with my Tiger Stripe soaps, and my girls and boys version of my Camo soaps. I am also thinking of making a soap gift basket that will include one of each of the 5 soaps and call it a "Safari Hunters Gift Basket".
Here are some pictures showing you some of the process I used in making these darling soaps. And don't forget to go to Amy's blog and see all the other leopard spotted soaps at: GreatCakes Soapworks
Here is the Girls Leopard Spotted Soap
|My colors are all mixed and poured into the piping bags.|
|On the layers with the leopard spots I first piped on a layer|
of the brown soap and then I put on a layer of the pink.
I will then add the top layer of the brown.
Here I have added the brown soap on top of the pink stripes.
|I now have 3 different layers of the leopard spots and|
have poured on the remaining soap.
|I have added the remaining colors from the piping bags|
so I can texture the soap tops. I think the little squiggly
lines from the piping bags are cute...maybe a future soap top?
|Here it is out of the mold, had to add glitter to the top|
after all this is the girl version and we all love sparkle.
Here is the Boys Leopard Spots
|Piping on the leopard spots.|
|Putting the remaining blue on the top for swirling.|
|I love the look of fresh soap. |
|This reminds me of choppy waves on water.|
|The soap out of the mold.|
|They will make a cute pair of soap.|