Tuesday, June 11, 2013

A Happy Accident.....

Have you ever felt really frustrated when a project you are attempting just doesn't go to plan?  My new Fairy Dance soap frustrated me... big time!  I soaped a custom scent blend using fragrance oils that I know do not accelerate trace in my soap, yet my soap batter set up very quickly.  For non-soapers, 'acceleration' means the soap batter gets thick fast and this can foil the best laid swirly plans.

Fairy Dance didn't do what I wanted it to - but it turned out very pretty even so.  Surprisingly so actually.  I was sad when I first finished it and could only see its imperfections, yet now I have embraced its voluptuous texture *grin*

Here is her top view in the mould ~

  

I was asked how I achieved my swirly top decoration so for those who are interested it was very simple.... I used a chopstick to 'draw' figure 8 swirls through three coloured lines of thick soap poured along the centre, like so.....






Once Fairy Dance is cut I will share more pics here.  Now I hope the inside swirls worked!

Have a wonderful day xxx

13 comments:

Sugar Bush Primitives said...

oooooh, that is gorgeous!!!

Tierra Verde Handmade Soap said...

Wow! you should only be bubbling over with pride over that soap. That is AMAZING!! So nice of you to share your technique.

Lindalu said...

I have so in love with this top swirl Tanya.... It is unique and gorgeous.

Thank you for sharing the technique..

TheSoapGallery said...

so so pretty!!!

Topcat said...

Thank you very much ladies :)

Deborah said...

LOVE IT!!!! WOW!!!

Topcat said...

Thanks so much Deb!

My Cookie Kitchen said...

Hello,
I have traced your design with my fingers, and there is no figure 8 motion to the design, that I can tell. So, I am lost as to how to create this design. Can you do a video? I need help!
Annette

My Cookie Kitchen said...

Okay, did you do figure 8's and then draw a line down through them to make the hearts? That is what I am trying to learn. Please help me!

Topcat said...

Hello there - if you follow the directions I have given you will find your swirl will turn out in a similar way. I call it 'figure 8' because the motion is like drawing a series of open number 8s. Try tracing your finger along the second (side on) picture. To get your top like this you will need your top coloured soap to be at quite a thick trace. Happy soaping xx

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Cindy Dy said...

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Nersha
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Cindy Dy said...

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Nersha
www.gofastek.com