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How It’s Made ~ FruitSoapia (redesigned)

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How It’s Made ~ FruitSoapia (redesigned)

When I first made FruitSoapia last year, it was pretty cool…looked like a bar of soap covered in Skittles.

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Don’t get me wrong…it’s a super cute soap…BUT it’s a bit too wonky for me since I can’t seem to keep my lines straight. Worse yet, it’s crazy time consuming and creates a mountain of soap dishes. My nemesis….soap dishes. Especially cleaning out 7 squirt bottles filled with soap!

Now that’s all behind me….
I’ve been in love with Mica Oil swirls for quite some time now.

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More recently, the Taiwan Swirl has peaked my interest…

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So I thought…why not combine the mica oil swirl with a taiwan swirl using the seven colors of the rainbow???

Let’s talk about prep…
I prepared my oils and lye water. I immediately put them both in the freezer to lower their temps. I already know that this FO likes to accelerate on me so I wanted both my oils and lye water cool to give me time to work. They were both hovering around 65 degrees when I soaped them.
Next up was the ROYGBIV mica oil! Normally I’d prepare these in Dixie cups but I still can’t find anything after this move…instead, I stumbled across these little polka dotted cups. I added 1 tsp of mica to 1 TBSP of oil. (I used Rice Bran oil and micas from the Conservatorie) Mixed them well with pipettes and set them in the order that I wanted to add them. I find that having the mica oil similar to the consistency of fresh nail polish tends to work best for swirling.

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A couple of notes:
My slab mold is a five pound acrylic mold from Soap Making Resource and I’m totally smitten with it!! it works even with my sticky, palm free recipe. I either wait two days to unmold or stick it in the freezer for a few hours to unmold it. I have not used sodium lactate yet but I hear that it works wonders!
My FO combo is:
Nature’s Garden Bumbleberry & Lick Me All Over with Brambleberry’s Pearberry, Yuzu and Red Apple. Yes…it’s a sweet symphony of yum!

Now that my soap oils and lye water have reached a low temp (65 degrees) I brought the batch to a light trace, colored it with Titanium Dioxide and hand whisked in the fragrance.

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Using the pipettes for each color, I added a stripe of mica oil moving horizontally across the longest part of the mold. Due to the thin lines my colors worked out to be:
R O Y G B I V R O Y G B

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Starting in the top left hand corner of the mold, I dragged a skewer down through the mica oil lines in a loose ‘S’ pattern. I tried making a tighter ‘S’ at the top but the colors started to muddy up on me so I made my ‘S’s’ a bit wider.

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Looking at what I already made, I decided that a full Taiwan Swirl wouldn’t work. I had to keep the intersecting lines further apart or else I’d end up with a muddy mess. Starting in the opposite corner, drag your skewer in the opposite (perpendicular) direction in a loose ‘S’ shape.

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Let’s see some more pics…what do ya say?

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Aaaaand a HUGE deep breath as I insert the dividers…

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This is what the soap looks like 2 hours later once the oil has absorbed into the soap.

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It’ll be one to two days before I can unmold this batch. I’ll post the pics as soon as they’re ready!!

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14 responses »

  1. Love how you got SO much color in this soap without it looking too heavy. Very eye-catching!

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  2. Using pipettes was a great idea! My first attempt at a mica swirl ended up a total mess. I tried to sort of just pour the mica out of a paper cup. Not good. I’ll definitely try again using pipettes.

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  3. Oooooh that’s just beautiful!! Awesome idea 😀 I hear you re those soap dishes – everything has a downside eh?!!

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  4. This is gorgeous! I love the “feathers” of color!

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  5. dear God in heaven Tanya !!! it’s breathtaking, and I’ve looked at this post 20 times already ! I’m giving it a go soon…

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  6. It’s completely gorgeous! A question, you went in opposite directions only? The drawing makes me think it would be more like plaid than feathers. I hope that made sense! I loved your descriptions too BTW, the nail polish one in particular.

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    • Thanks so much Delta Moon Soap! 🙂
      I’m not quite sure that I understand your question but I’ll try to explain the process:
      -start with the vertical mica oil lines
      -drag your skewer horizontally through the vertical lines in a loose ‘s’ pattern
      -once the horizontal lines are created, drag your skewer through the design vertically through the existing swirl.
      This may make more sense if you compare it to the pics I posted. It’s super hard to explain in words.
      Hope that answered your question. Have a great day!!

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      • I’m just gonna have to do it! 🙂 I love your blog, can’t wait to go through the archives! Wishing you MUCH continued success!

      • Hi,
        Maybe you can show it with pictures of a little movie/film. I from the Netherlands and. everything understanding from text is difficult for me.

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