I’m really enjoying Amy's GreatCakes Soapworks challenges so far. One of the unexpected bonuses is that I have been able to discover new blogs, YouTube channels and Facebook pages of talented soapers that I wouldn’t have found otherwise. You can check out all the other entries from last week’s Tiger Stripe Challenge here; everyone did such an amazing job and it’s really inspiring to see everyone’s interpretations.
This week's challenge was the Elemental Swirl; which is essentially 1 layer of warm colored in-the-pot swirls and 1 layer of cool colored in-the-pot swirls, divided by a mica vein. I really liked this particular challenge. It wasn’t something I had been planning on trying but I’m really glad I did, because it made me think about the color wheel and what constitutes ‘warm’ and ‘cool’ colors. I never pay much attention to how my colors fall on the color wheel, I always just mix what is pleasing to my eye, but it was valuable to research and learn some of the theory behind colors and how they fall on the color wheel and compliment each other.
For this challenge, I replaced my olive oil with sunflower oil, hoping it would slow down trace enough to let me mix and swirl all the colors. As you can see though, my recipe was probably a bit too thin, and so my colors ended up being muddled. I also hadn’t done a mica line before, so that was fun to try. Although the swirls don’t stand out as much as I hoped, I’m happy with the distinction between the warm colors on top and the cool colors on the bottom. This one is fragranced with a dupe of Lush’s Karma: