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How It’s Made ~ Brigadoon

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How It’s Made ~ Brigadoon

Once upon a very long time ago…. I was heavily involved in musical theater. So much so that I even majored in it in college. When I stumbled across Bramble Berry’s Heather & Hyacinth Fragrance Oil, the song ‘Heather on the Hill’ from Brigadoon popped into my head. Inspiration struck and I knew I just HAD to make a plaid soap with this FO and call it Brigadoon.

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Let me preface all of this by saying that I not only pulled inspiration from the musical Brigadoon but also from a plaid soap created by Kevin from Devinely Designs. Seeing his design assured me that it was possible to achieve the look I was after.
For this design, I used the Squeeze Bottle Technique. It’s pretty darn versatile. It starts with transposing a design on wax or parchment paper. I hand drew a plaid design on some parchment. If you’re using wax paper, draw your design on the matte side. You can print up a design from our friend Google and copy it to your parchment paper. Whatever works best for you!

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Once the design was drawn, I flipped the marker side down into my mold so the marker wouldn’t bleed onto my soap. Now I can use those lines as a guide.

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I decided on a combo of greens, yellow and white for my plaid. I prepared my squeeze bottles with an apple green mica, titanium dioxide and a yellow mica. I premixed a Kelly Green mica for the base color. For the squeeze bottle design soap, I prepared a pound of soap ahead of time. I probably only used about 0.2 pounds on the plaid design but I used the rest of the soap for embeds for a future batch. I poured a little bit of soap into each squeeze bottle, shook the bottles until the color was blended then tested the consistency of the soap on a piece of parchment.

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You wouldn’t want your soap to be too runny before squeezing out your design. Using the drawing as my guide, I filled in the design with my colored soap.

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This plaid design will be the top of my soap. The Kelly Green soap will end up being the main background color. I allowed this plaid soap design to set up for about 15 to 20 mins. Prepared my main batter and spooned a little bit over the top of the plaid design.

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Looks like my plaid design is staying put! I lightly poured the rest of the soap on top of the design then inserted my dividers.

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Now the waiting begins… I’ll unmold this in 24 hours, to you it’ll feel like 5 seconds….

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Due to the wrinkling of the parchment and the consumption of way too much coffee…my plaid lines are wonky. My yellow decided to go transparent on me too. I’m not super happy with the final result but next time I’ll use wax paper and see if that will make a difference. Or maybe I’ll freehand the lines… Either way, it smells delightful.

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How It’s Made ~ Water Lily Jasmine

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I have many addictions… Coffee, MICA!, Color of any kind and Swirling Soap. I don’t even care how it’s swirled, it always looks amazing to me. Watching water, lye and oils transform into colored soap…pouring it all into some sort of vessel then swirling away with a skewer… Well, it’s very soothing.

I set out to make a batch of Water Lily Jasmine today. I started off like I normally do but had no idea how I was going to swirl it. The moment the skewer went into the soap, inspiration hit. Spirals!

In November, I played around with a few mica oil spirals on top of my ICE soap.

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I loved the results so I just added the same spiral swirl to this five color soap. Here’s a pictorial tutorial on how I tackled it.

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Color Prep

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Soap was brought to a light trace and the fragrance was whisked in. The soap was then divided into the five separate containers. I will say, Nature’s Garden’s Water Lily and Jasmine FO is wonderful to work with. No acceleration at all!!

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I started adding the colors in one by one in an “S” pattern. Layering the colors on top of each other until I had about 3/4″ of soap left in the bottom of each container.

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I know…trippy right?

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Alternating each of the five colors, I added lines of soap running long ways across my mold.
This is a wonderful base for ANY swirl. From here, you could do anything. Free form your own swirl, execute a linear swirl, add all manner of figure 8’s or curly q’s…whatever you want!

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From there, I added my spiral swirls. Skewer in hand, I started in the top left hand corner and made 4 spirals in each column until I reached the end of the mold. Easy Peasy, Lemon Sqeezey!

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No cut pics yet, unfortunately. I’ll be sure to share them in a later post!
My final thoughts on this swirl:
It’s lovely, but I think that it would be better suited to only two or three colors at most. It tends to get a little busy (or as my amazing husband put it: abstract). I would love to try it again with only two colors next time!

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!!

Soap Therapy

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Soap Therapy

I’ve determined that two months is entirely tooooo long to go without my therapy. Soap Making = Therapy. For those of you that know me personally, you already know that I’m CooCoo for Cocoa Puffs so imagine what I was like for the last two months! It wasn’t pretty….

But now, I’m back to me normal Kooky self with the help of a little bit of trace with an extra helping of saponification. Check out these beauties that were made this past week:

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The top of Oakmoss Sandalwood

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Oakmoss Sandalwood Unmolded

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Lots of Oatmeal, Goat’s Milk & Honey goodness

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Mmmmmm….Mimosa Soap

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Painting the Roses

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Coconut Lime Verbena with Coconut Milk

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FRESH Salt Soap

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Mocha Choco-Latte

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The shelves still look a bit sad and lonely, but if I keep up this momentum…they’ll be full in no time! ❤️