Week Two of the soap challenges! This week is the Elemental Swirl – watch Amy Warden demonstrate it here.
The basic idea is to make two different swirls in contrasting colorways, layering one atop the other with a line of mica in between. This can create remarkably striking effects – before the results of this challenge started going up, the most common use of this I had seen was a blues-and-oranges contrast; a sort of “Fire & Ice” soap. I like that look quite a bit, and indeed may make one myself one of these days, but this is not that day.
Shades of brown under shades of pink, with violet in between. Oh, and –
– the embedded green pieces were my own addition to the technique, in my patented “can’t leave well enough alone” approach. I was pretty pleased with myself that I managed to pull this off, actually! I don’t imagine I’ll be making all my Patchouli batches like this in the future, but at least for a while, this will be the new look for that soap!
Next up: Mica swirl tops. I tinkered with this technique a bit last week and I’m already planning the soap for the challenge! But for now – head over and check out the other elemental swirl pictures – there are some really cool soaps posted already!