Until quite recently – last month, in fact – I had never even heard of this technique. I’m rapidly becoming a fan of it, however. Essentially, mica colorants are suspended in oil and drizzled/swirled over the surface of the soap, which creates fascinating patterns. The oil then soaks into the soap, leaving the mica patterns behind! Here’s a video and a collection of links to others.
I actually made several soaps with this technique during this time, but I’m going to show off the one I made last night, because I’m really quite proud of it.
I did a freeform-esque gradient on the inside, too.
The fragrance is Plumeria, but alas, this whole batch is destined for the shelves of a client of mine, so it won’t be appearing in the Etsy store. I expect I’ll repeat the process, though, because it was a lot of fun!
No challenge for next week, but then it’ll be leopard spots – looking forward to that, too! Go take a look at all the sparklies that everyone else is making, though, in the mean time!