This technique requires that you have a fluid soap batter that you will color and pour down a platform of some type that you insert into your soap mold to create the swirl. On my first batch I used Black Raspberry Vanilla fragrance from Natures Garden. My colors for the swirl are black, red & white. On this soap I used a plastic cutting mat to pour the colors into the soap. As I was pouring the colors the soap batter started to thicken which made it harder to do the swirl. I more or less had to sort of glob it on towards the end.
On my second attempt I used a piece of plexiglass cut to fit my soap mold. I liked how easily the soap flowed down the plexiglass to create the swirl. The fragrance oil I used on this batch was Vetyver from Bramble Berry. This is the first time I have soaped using this fragrance and it behaved really well and did not thicken the soap, the colors flowed so much better. For the colors I used Green Oxide, Super Pearly White Mica both from Bramble Berry and Magic Yellow Mica and Cosmo Martini Mica both from The Conservatory.
I enjoyed this challenge and I will be planning some of my future soaps incorporating this technique. I want to thank Amy Worden for putting on each monthly soap challenge, and especially all her hard work in making the video tutorials for each challenge. I have learned so much by participating and I love every new technique that I have learned.
Here is my first attempt at the Dandelion Zebra Swirl.
|You can see that my colors are getting thick on me. |
They are barely running down the cutting mat.
|All the soap is in the mold and I have added the |
left over colors on the top to swirl.
|Black Raspberry Vanilla|
Here is my second attempt of the Dandelion Swirl
|You can see here how easily the soaps |
pouring here compared to my first batch.
|Here are the cut bars of soap.|