Great Cakes Soapworks Challenge: Mica Oil Swirl Tops

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.

Top of the uncut log

Top of the uncut log

 

I did a freeform-esque gradient on the inside, too.

Cut soap

Cut soap

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!

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About Amy Young

Founder of Foam on the Range soaps. View all posts by Amy Young

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