Saturday, September 19, 2015

Eucalyptus Delight and the Clyde Slide


This is my third entry in the monthly soap challenge hosted by Amy Ward.  I have been making soap for almost a year now and love this learning journey.  There is so much to learn not only in terms of oils qualities and the diversity of additives one can use in a soap, but also how to make your soap look amazing.  I love to challenge myself with each bar of soap, to make it more nourishing and more beautiful than the last one.  That's why I didn't hesitate to purchase Amy's quarterly package of soap challenges.  For a small fee I have access to a lot of great information and techniques that drives my need to create.

This month we were challenged to use and master (oh well, mastering is maybe my need for perfection) the Clyde Slide swirl, a technique created by Clyde Yoshida of Vibrant Soaps.  I love Clyde's videos, I have spend hours watching them.  I tried this technique before and loved the results.

In total I tried three batches.  For the first one I made a salt bar using clays to color the soap.  Although the soap didn't make the cut for the challenge, I can see traces of the feathered look in it.  The second one is a complementary creamy bar of soap using the same fragrance and clays.  This one has the feather look more defined and although I could use it for the challenge I decided to try a third one.

Sadly, I forgot to take pictures of the process, but I did with the other one so for purposes of demonstration lest's imagine that this one is green and silver ok?  I bribed my hubby to take some pictures while I was pouring the layers of soap.  He took a video when I poured the soap in the mold but I am still in the need to learn how to upload it in the net. 

And here are the final takes of my soap:

I even made a mini loaf and you can see the technique is definitely in there too.  

Thanks for your visit!!  Looking forward to more amazing challenges.