Thursday, April 4, 2013

Great Cakes Soapworks Challenge #2


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:


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25 comments:

  1. You made a beautiful pastel soap! I did not like this technique at all because I had to much colors and I did not get that fresh look I like. But your soap looks fresh :) I also have a FO that is a dupe of Lush´s Karma. I like it, but don´t know is it a unisex scent or is it more for men. What do you think?

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  2. Thanks Marika, I'm sorry to hear that your soap didn't turn out the way you wanted :( It's a really tough call on the FO; my mom and I both love it too, but it definitely could appeal to men with the patchouli/amber notes.

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  3. This Soap is really beautiful Cee! The blue color is clean and fresh, and the peachy color is fruity and warm.
    The warm color has interesting swirls inside.

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  4. Love it, Cee! Looks so delicate, one of my favourite soaps!

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  5. I think this is so beautiful! It has a softness and dreamy quality to it and your mica line is fabulous. Great job!

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  6. I think the mica line looks great, and I love the soft pastel colors!

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  7. So soft and delicate, grate job Cee!

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  8. I love it, Cee! And I love how colours have blended, they still are distinctive and this line is so unique. How, the heck, did you make it go up?
    I wish you had put more pictures, I would like to see more of it!

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  9. Love it, as always. The colours are beautiful and the mica line is subtle but still makes a statement. I repeat myself but you are a talented gal.

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  10. Beautiful, it's so delicate...you keep amazing me! :)

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  11. Beautiful Cee! Very soft and delicate looking. You did an awesome job! I love the colors that you used :)

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  12. Aw, you ladies are all so sweet - thank you all for your kind and encouraging comments!

    Maja, I could see the mica line lifting as I was pouring the soap and I thought 'Oh no, there goes my mica line!', but I was pleasantly surprised to see that most of it stayed intact. I can assure you it was purely by accident, but I think it lifted because the soap was so thin.

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  13. I love how the top broke through and made that line wispy.. it's a neat effect. Beautiful!

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  14. Beautiful, Cee Gee! The colors look so nice together and I like the pencil line.

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  15. A lovely soap I'd like to rub this one on my body! So refreshing and beautiful!

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  16. I love how soft this one is.... beautiful job.

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  17. love your délicate and soft elemental swirl soap.
    the colors are great.

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  18. I think it turned out really great! There is definite contrast between the two layers, and I can still pick out the distinct colors in each layer too!

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  19. Great spring colors, wonderful soap. I love them too :).
    LG Doreen

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  20. Very pretty - I like the soft colours. The shade of your blue half is just beautiful!

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  21. Ohh so nice. The bottom looks like waves and reminds me of the ocean!

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  22. I think the softer colors with a scent called karma came out HEAVENLY! So pretty and spring-time looking! Just in love with it :)

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  23. Thank you so much everyone, I really appreciate it! :D
    Barbora, that blue is my current fave too...it's more of a turquoise blue, I just love it!

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