Have you tried the column swirl yet?

I’m really loving the column swirl design technique.  Read about it here.

Here’s my latest using Bramble Berry neons…

And here are some other great column swirls from some very talented soapers!

An amazing video by SergioMasala on YouTube

Naiad Soap Arts

Summerfield Soaps

Lotion Bar Cafe




Nattie Soap



Hellcat’s Soapworld

I’m sure there are some other column swirls out there.  Please list your link in the comments section!

Barbara K. just emailed me her pictures of her column swirl scented with Fruit Stripe Gum (her own blend).  WOW! I remember that gum…the colors perfectly match it!  Great job!


By |2017-02-01T15:33:52+00:00June 6th, 2011|Cold Process Soap Recipes, Soapmaking Tutorials|22 Comments

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I am a soapmaker, author and blogger! I started blogging in 2008, sharing soap recipes, design tutorials and publishing articles on various topics of soapmaking.


  1. Rita September 11, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    How do you keep the columns from falling over. I have to try this new style, I just love it. thanks for sharing.

    • Amanda September 12, 2011 at 8:12 am

      Hi Rita – I use a heavy wooden block. It’s heavy enough that it doesn’t move when pouring the soap.

      • Rita September 12, 2011 at 6:50 pm

        Thanks, now I have another question, do you let the soap go in gel stage, if not, how do you stop it from gelling..

        • Amanda September 13, 2011 at 8:42 am

          I usually gel my soap using a heating pad. If you don’t want the soap to gel then leave it uncovered or put it in the fridge.

  2. yusan June 20, 2011 at 4:38 am

    I love the designs and colors. Thanks for sharing. You sure offer lots of inspiration!

  3. Dawn Kinstley June 14, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Do you know if anyone is making the columns? I’d love to have a couple. Really like the star design.
    Thanks for the pictures. They are wonderful.

    • Amanda June 15, 2011 at 9:33 am

      Hi Dawn,

      I don’t know of anybody making them. You can go to home/depot or lowes and look at chair legs. I know some people have cut those down. One person took a M&P column mold and filled it with beeswax – it was star shaped.

  4. Amanda June 13, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Beautiful, Beth! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Beth Bacchini June 11, 2011 at 6:59 am

    ops ! and here too…..http://www.flickr.com/photos/santosabao/page6/

    Thank you !
    Beth, from Brazil

  6. Beth Bacchini June 11, 2011 at 6:57 am

    hi, Amanda ! i tried the column swirl…..you can see at http://www.flickr.com/photos/santosabao/5554368930/in/photostream . Thank you for teach it.
    Beth, from Brazil

  7. Sergio June 9, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Thank you Amanda.
    Your recopilation is Amazing.

  8. bymystic June 9, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Hi ,
    thank you for the link to my blog 🙂

    Good Luck


  9. Margie June 6, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    maybe, just maybe, I’ll have a batch of column swirl soap made in a log mold to be able to show you this week end! but first I’ll have to break into my husbands shop and try to cut myself a column!

    • Margie June 6, 2011 at 11:50 pm

      a question for you, Amanda–have you continued to pour soap through a funnel onto the column? Curious if you think that makes a difference or not? thanks again!

      • Amanda June 7, 2011 at 8:00 am

        Last time I didn’t use the funnel. I just forgot…lol. Mainly it just helps keep everything lined up and the pour right over the column in the center. But a steady hand will work also.

    • Amanda June 7, 2011 at 8:02 am

      That’s awesome! Ohhhhh…and when you cut it… maybe you can cut into regular bars but also cut some like people cut the mantra swirl. Do you know what I’m talking about? (if not I can try and find a link to show you…but you probably know) I think it would be cool to see how the design differs with the different cuts.

      • Margie June 7, 2011 at 11:31 am

        Will do …. but, first, what to use for column(s) and colors to use…..

  10. Anne-Marie Faiola June 6, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    I LOVE it with the neons! But then again, they’re just kind of winning my heart in whatever we use them in these days 🙂 Great compilation of so many talented soapers’ versions of an amazing technique!

    • Amanda June 7, 2011 at 8:03 am

      Thanks, AM – I am LOVING the neons. I haven’t used them that much yet…but oh…the ideas in my head! lol

  11. Stacey June 6, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    *Gasp!* Stop showing me that! I’m working up an oil order and won’t get the supplies until later in the week. Boo. I won’t be able to do this until then! =o)

    • Amanda June 7, 2011 at 8:04 am

      Lol! I can’t wait to see what you do!

    • Daysia August 8, 2011 at 12:33 am

      Always the best content from these podriiguos writers.

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