Mini Dessert’s Soap Challenge

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Hello everyone! :o)

This challenge has been a thoroughly enjoyable challenge, I had a lot of fun with what was undoubtedly up there with the most creatively challenging concepts that I have had the pleasure of working with.  :o)

I’ve done soap desserts before but never so so tiny like these.

 

Step 1:  I made the topping decorations with melted soap.  It was similar to rolling dough with your hands, waiting for it to get to the right temperature, for the right texture.

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Step 2:  I prepared the ingredients with real food for the toppings, using lemon and orange zest.  Cinnamon and cocoa powder and seeds were also used.  I made another topping using oatmeal mixed with melted translucent soap, painted with gold colour base.

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Step 3:  I prepared my cold process recipe using coconut oil, olive oil and castor oil.  And with that soap base I made the soap using ice tray silicon moulds with approx. dimensions of 1.5×1.5cm.  For another design for the mini desserts (a rectangular cake), I used a cardboard cutout from old packaging.  And for the last design I used a real cooking silicon cupcake mould but a really small one.

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In the last picture you can see a ruler to compare the sizes of the mini desserts.  I’m super happy with how these turned out and if you would like any advice or help with these recipes please feel free to shoot me a message.

Have a great day!

Monica   :o)

Soap Challenge Club Butterfly Swirl (January) from Greatcakessoapworks

Enero challenge soap butterfly

Hello every one!  :o)  This month I made 3 bars of soap trying the Butterfly swirl, because it was christmas I made it with my niece Lucia and my sister Barbara. We had a great time sharing and waiting to cut the bar and see what we were  going to find there !   :o)   The most beautiful Butterfly is the one I made with my niece Lucia , she is very happy because she learn how to make soap and she is so proud because it’s easy to see a butterfly when we join together both of her bars.

This is the link with the tutorial video:

Pinterest:  http://www.pinterest.com/pin/296956169155039726/

This is what we do:

Separate 2/3 parts of the recipe , it’s gonna be the main color (in this example is yellow)

1/3 part  is for the doers colors (in this case pink, blue and little black for the butterfly body)

STEPS:

First add one layer of the principal color and then add the other one following this pattern (leave a blank space on one side )

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Once again with the main color (yellow) follow this pattern forming lines throughout the mold, after this add another bright color (blue) making “S” patterns or  make patterns freely

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One again with the main color (yellow) throughout the mold with several lines, and then it’s VERY IMPORTANT  to just add one side the darkest color, its gonna be the butterfly body :o)

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Cover superficially with the main color and it is swirl time!!! Insert the hanger superficially from one side to other and first make a small and superficial circle and make them wider and deeper every time (3 or 4 circles), when you are going to take off the hanger following an “S” pattern from bottom to top (large to small)

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If you see the instructional video it’s gonna be easy to understand how you can make your own butterfly  swirl ;0)

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In this photos we can see how important is to chose a solid color so the pattern will be easier to see  ;o)

Spoon / Chopstick Swirl Soap Challenge Club December Ocean Snails

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Video: http://youtu.be/95und9f7Wkc

Pinterest:http://www.pinterest.com/monicafelixa/greatcakes-soap-challenge-club-spoon-chopstick-swi/

1) Making the Soap:  I’m picked my scent and colors  thinking in the sensation to be at the shore in the ocean and adding something lightly and fresh  Essential Oils: Lavanda, peppermint, pachouli with a touch of citric

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2) Putting into the mold

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3) Using a spoon for ocean water effect ;0)   rolling up and down following the waves movement

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4) Preparing Top :  The ocean shore !!!

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5) With the spoon creating seashore , sand , waves and ocean snails

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6) The next day the soap is ready !

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7) The final result :o)

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Soap Challenge Club Combing Technique November

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The Combing Technique Challenge was a wonderful challenge for me because I had the opportunity to learn this new technique, it amazed me because I got to see how the colors were combined by swapping the comb through the colors and see them mixing marvelously and having the wonderful result. Using this technique is very easy and quite fun to do with millions of possibilities to end up with different results.

1. This was a very fun adventure for me, because I had to find a perfect material that worked as a mold, which was a see-through acrylic and had to find a place were someone could cut the acrylic, which had to be wide and high enough and I design a mold (slab mold) that was perfect for the technique.

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2. Design and find adequate materials to do the combs. I decided to choose the easiest way. I bought and used a 4mm – 30in x 36in white corrugated plastic sheet, I cut 2 different pieces with different measures, one of 9in x 2in and I inserted 9 small bamboo sticks 1in apart. The second one was 7in x 2in and I inserted 7 small bamboo sticks also 1in  each apart. One comb is for the wide and the other one for the length. I made a pair of additional plastic-stick combs but I decide to use bamboo because they were more efficient.

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3.I prepared 8 different colors in 5ml of glycerin with 1/2teaspoon of mica and Brambleberry colorants (Green chrome oxide, Cellini blue mica, electric bubble gum colorant, Ultramarine violet oxide, Tangerine wow colorant, wellow mica, Ultramarine blue oxide, Cappuccino mica, violet: half bubble gum and Ultrmarine violet and titanium white)

4. I made the slow-trace recipe and I prepared my first bash of soaps with Celine Blue Mica and White Titanium and the second one with Electric Bubble Gum and White Titanium. I used an Essential Oil blend fragrance using Lavender, Orange and Patchouli.  I did not use EO in the soap bottles with colors.

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5. In the first and 2nd soap  I use the serpentine comb technique as show us in the greatcakessoapworks challenge, following the instructions from http://greatcakessoapworks.com/

Tips & Tricks for the Serpentine Swirl:
a. Use two different combs with 1″ spacing. One to fit the length of your mold, one to fit the width of your mold.
b. Lay down thick lines of color so that your swirls don’t get too muddy.
c. DO NOT add fragrance to the soap in your squeeze bottles!!
d. Once the colors are laid down horizontally in your mold, drag your length-wise comb perpendicular to the lines, then drag it back up between the lines you just created.
e. Turn your mold 90 degrees and repeat this pattern with your smaller comb.
f. Turn your mold back 90 degrees and draw S’s down the soap like a snake would move through the soap. These lines should not touch each other!

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first and 2nd soap design

6. In my 3th batch of soap

1. Use just one comb  with 1″ spacing. One to fit the length of your mold, one to fit the width of your mold.
2. Lay down thick lines of color so that your swirls don’t get too muddy.
3. Once the colors are laid down horizontally in your mold, drag your length-wise comb perpendicular to the lines, then drag it back up between the lines you just created.

4. I take 3 bamboo sticks at same time  and make a free design

5. Finally I decorate with some drops of soap (different colors)

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7. I’am very happy with the results :0)

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