I haven’t made soap in awhile. I got the bug the other day and here’s what I made. I did a few things with this soap. It is made using two different batches to create the layers.
I made two different 1 lb batches of soap.
Fireball Cold Process Soap Design Recipe
Olive oil – 6 oz
Lard – 4 oz
Coconut oil – 4
Castor oil – 1 oz
Avocado oil – 1 oz
I wanted the bottom layer to be a swirled design. I chose to swirl with black oxide, sparkle gold mica (BB) and vintage grey mica (BB). So I made the first batch. I melted the oils and added my fragrance oil. I chose Bramble Berry’s Energy FO. I love this FO because it is a dream to soap. It does not accelerate trace and smells wonderful.
I added the lye to my oils and mixed just until emulsified. Since I wanted to do a swirl…it didn’t want a thick trace.
I separated out the three colors for the swirl.
I poured the uncolored soap into my mold and poured each color (all going the same direction).
I took a craft stick and swirled it up a bit.
Beautiful! My next step was to make another one pound batch to go over this layer. I had doubts. This was a nice swirl! But if I left it, it would only be about .75 inches thick. I moved forward with my plan.
I made the next batch of soap. This batch I separated out about 2 ounces each colored vintage grey mica (BB), sparkle gold mica (BB) with a pinch of yellow mica (BB) and coral mica (BB). I colored the remaining base with a bit of chromium hydroxide teal green (suppliesbystar.com). I made sure my bottom layer was set up enough to support the green base and gently spooned it on.
Then I inserted my dividers.
And here you can see the colors I separated out. I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do, but I wanted some sort of abstract swirly thingy on top.
I took the individual colors and put them in squirt bottles. I squirted circles onto each bar starting with vintage gray, then coral and last sparkle gold mica.
I took a skewer and did a bit of a swirl to give it some interest.
For swirling tips, click the image below.
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