13. srpna 2016

Dancing Funnel technique - Soap Challenge Club (August 2016 entry)

Hi, everybody,

This month challenge in Soap Challenge Club is about making a Dancing Funnel technique, that was created by Tatsiana Serko (read my interview with her here) from Creative Soap by Steso and Jelena Vasiljeva from Soap Techniques.

This is my seventh entry in SCC and first time doing this technique. I used no bottles, just paper cups... This is also the first time I am taking part in all natural category. I promised myself in February when I was not participating to choose this category for my entry next time and so this is it))

I made 3 attempts in All natural Category and 2 attempts in Synthetic one.
First were two soaps made with micas, scented by EOs. Both were too thick to make nice dancing funnel technique, first partially gelled and second one ungelled.

First attempt in natural way and my entry. This Cocoa Powder and Calendula Soap is made of olive oil, cocoa butter, coconut oil, castor oil and calendula petals infused olive oil. Unscented, brown color is made by cocoa powder, main part is uncolored.

In my second attempt (greenish color made by avocado and tamanu oil, black by bamboo powder)  I got a false trace and I know very little about how to work with it, so I decided to try to finish it in other technique, that is my "hometask" in Tatsiana Serko's soap school - Cosmic Wave.

My last attempt that was made with 35% of cocoa butter and avocado oil again, again unscented. I wanted to use 99% chocolate to make 2 different brown colors. But my those colored batters began to be thick too soon, so I was made to finish again with other technique that I know as Whirlwind Swirl (named by Soap.baby) as it is again my "hometask"…

I was still trying to find some dancing funnel technique inside and sliced one piece.... Hmmm.. I found none....

All natural soaps together:


All my attempts this month:

Thank you, Amy, for another great challenge and inviting Tatasiana and Jelena to teach us how to make this wonderful technique.

I wish the very best luck to everyone from the participants!


16. července 2016

Pipe Divider Swirl - Soap Challenge Club (July 2016 entry)

Hi, everyone,

This is my seventh time in Amy Warden’s Soap Challenge Club (Other entries – Impression Mat, Circling Taiwan Swirl, Rimmed Soap, Location Theme, Tear Drop Swirl, Sculpted Lyers Soap). This is my first time doing Pipe Divider Swirl technique.

I made three attempts this time.

 First and second soap were made using Palm oil, which I confirmed to myself I don’t like in soap because of kind of spots in the pattern. Last one and my entry this month is a bastille type soap that has 65% of olive oil, 5% of castor oil and 30% of coconut oil.

So, first one attempt were not good in brightness of colors and colors themselves. It also had a lot of ash on surface. Scented with David Fishers Lavender Dream: lavender, sweet orange and patchouli.
Lavender Dream Soap 

The second attempt was inspired in colors by Soviet cartoon Woof Kitten)))) 

I also got some inspiration ideas from my new soaping friend Jelena from Soap Techniques and tried to put smaller tubes in bigger one to get some nicer pattern. Scented with tea tree, rosemary and lavender.

Woof Kitten Soap

 The last one attempt was again inspired by communication with Jelena, who had an idea to have some picture made by tubes. I have chosen a butterfly.. or at least I tried to make it look like butterfly))) I found my color inspiration in Brazilian Flag.

Brazilian Flag Butterfly Soap

And some pics together)))

Thank you, Amy, for anothe great challenge. I am really looking forward to participate in the next one making soap in Dancing Funnel Technique with Tatsiana Serko from Creative Soap by Steso, who was the person of this month in my new serial Soapmakers of the World. Here are English and Russian version of the interview with her.

Have a nice day and good luck to everyone))