It’s January and time for the newest edition of the Great Cakes Soap Challenge Club. This month we are trying the Circling Taiwan Swirl. We had an excellent tutorial from Elaine Wright of Misty Springs Bath and Body. If you haven’t seen Elaine’s videos, head over to You Tube (after you finish looking at all the beautiful Challenge Soaps) to see what a creative, inventive soaper she is!
We started with a divided loaf mold. The requirement was at least 4 sections as you see in my picture below.
We were free to do whatever colors we wanted, whatever scent, and any recipe. I quickly found out I wanted to keep fairly thin trace so I used a nice, slow recipe along with Brambleberry’s Pineapple Cilantro FO. They describe it as well behaved and I can verify that in my recipe I had plenty of time to pour and swirl using this fragrance oil. And let me tell you about the scent! YUMMY!!!!!! It makes me smile every time I get a whiff 🙂
I needed a lift so I wanted to use colors that made me happy. I also wanted something that tied into the scent. I chose green, yellow, white, and an ITP swirl of yellow and orange for my four colors. I used titanium dioxide for the white and the rest of the colors were Nuture’s micas. (and a bit of green oxide) The green was a combo of green oxide and Shamrock Gold. If you haven’t used one of Nuture’s Shamrock Greens, they contain a good amount of “sparkle”. In my case I used Shamrock Gold, and if you look closely you can see the gold shimmer in the green. They also have a Shamrock Silver that is gorgeous. I used Yellow Vibrance and Orange Vibrance for my other colors. Once poured I used a dowel to do a basic Taiwan swirl all the way thru the mold. Then I “outlined” the mold…round and round until I was happy with the pattern.
Finally it was time to cut. In this technique you cut horizontally to uncover the beautiful swirl. You can “bookend” the two bars to form lovely patterns, and if you did it right you’ll get a lotus look. My mold is 3″ wide and 9″ long so I cut 4 – 2.25″ sections vertically. Then I split each of those sections horizontally. Pictured below are my 4 sets of bars from this loaf. I really liked all of them, but the two sets from the ends gave the best lotus looks. Wish me luck!