Monday, 28 May 2012

OMG–I love theses colours

The Inspiration


The Result

FF 18May 12-003 FF May OMG I love these

It wasn’t quite what I wanted but I LOVE it all the same.


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Sunday, 20 May 2012

Peaked Soap–Week 9 Soap challenge

Peaked soaps

Vintage rose collection (138)


This week I made 2 soaps for the Great Cakes soap challenge. Thanks again Amy I had fun.

I used a fruity floral for the pink and white rose option and a spicy musk for the bright option.

I ordered a whole lot of oxides and pigments that I wanted to test so this was a great time to do it.

I am SO please with the way they turned out. You can see the video here.

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Monday, 14 May 2012

Watermelon slices–a tutorial

It is the end of Summer for us and the is a definite chill in the air. I thought that i could bring back Summer with a little watermelon but I think I was wrong. It’s still cold.

You will need:
  • Moulds – I used a PVC drain pipe cut in half and a square silicone one
  • Clear Glycerine soap base – M and P.
  • Opaque M and P
  • Spraying alcohol
  • Colour – green and a pale pink
  • Fragrance oil – I used melon 
  • Poppy seeds
  • Jugs, stirrers and or spoons
  • Melt your opaque base in a jug in the microwave in short bursts, making sure it is not too hot. You will only need a small amount – enough to make a thin layer of soap in the mould.
  • Add your green colour, stir and pour. Spritz with alcohol to remove bubbles
  • Allow this to cool
  • While the green layer is cooling, melt your opaque base in a jug in the microwave, leave this white and let it cool. Pour this over your green layer that should now be room temperature and hard. Spritz with alcohol to remove bubbles
  • Once the green and white have set remove them from the mould and place into the half PVC mould.
  • This is where is gets fun! As you can see the ends are open and I have to pour the pink soap into it. You will see below I managed to “stop” the ends with two black lids.

  • Melt your clear base in a jug in the microwave in short bursts, making sure it is all melted but not too hot
  • Add your colour, fragrance and poppy seeds to the soap and let it cool so it gets a skin
  • Pull the skin aside, stir the poppy seeds to make sure they are suspended and pour carefully into the prepared white and green half round.
  • Spritz the soap with rubbing alcohol to remove bubbles

  • Now you wait - approximately 1-2 hours as this is a large chunk of soap
  • Once the soap is hard  remove it carefully from the mould 
  • Cut into halves or quarters and wrap in plastic wrap as they will attract moisture.

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Monday, 7 May 2012

Graduated soap–soap challenge week 7

Graduated Soap-010

I joined Amy Warden’s – Great Cakes soap challenge last week and had loads of fun.

This week I decided to make the graduated soap as per her next challenge. I am really happy with the turn out of this soap and it has certainly challenged me. Not so much in the soaping arena but in the video and photography arena.

As I took a video this time I do not have any still shots of the making of this soap. i used Neroli EO which is my favourite.

You can see the video here

Graduated Soap-025

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