Saturday, April 13, 2013

Soap Challenge - Week 3

The third week´s challenge theme is "oil mica swirl". This is for the first time that I am trying it (the same with the other challenge techiques).
I chose to swirl with gold mica, and a combination of blue and yellow for the soap. After my last week´s fluid batter which refused to thicken, I wanted to try the ITP swirl again and decided to combine it with tiger stripes - a kind of revision of the learned techniques. This time I really wanted my soap to come to at least medium trace, so I decided to use buttermilk as usually.
For the scent I made a blend of EOs/FOs - Aloe Vera, Lemon are dominant, a little Peppermint and Lavender, with Cedarwood as a base note. I used TD to whiten the base and then coloured the soap - for the yellow I used Gold mica and a bit of Yellow Oxide, for the shades of blue I used Ultramarine, Yellow Oxide, Black Oxide and Zinc Oxide.
For the top swirl I took a little bit of olive and castor mix from the weighed oils and made quite a thick mixture with mica. At the time of swirling my soap was around medium trace and I found the thicker oil and mica mixture easy to work with.
I was lucky this time - no suprises, the soap behaved properly (which means not many mistakes on my side) - and I am really pleased with the results! Thank you again, Amy, for me the Challenge is mainly a great way to learn and improve my skills. And of course I love looking at other´s beautiful and inventive creations!


  1. Three challenges in one soap! That is so imaginative. Blue and gold are always perfect together.

  2. Oh that is a really pretty technique!!

  3. Perfection! I'm going to try it again using your suggestion of a medium trace and thicker mica/oil mix for the top. Mine was too thin and runny and just puddled. Love your tiger/ITP technique !

    1. Thank you! I made just spots with my mica mixture and swirled through. My mixture was too thick to pour it in a line. I think that for more delicate lines and swirls one needs it to be a little thinner. But I like the look I got this way.

  4. Thank you all for your replies, I am glad you like it!

  5. Wow, this is so pretty!well done!

  6. Looks like gold is popular for this challenge.. so pretty!!!

  7. That is drop dead gorgeous! Your ITP swirl is fantastic as well!

  8. really came out awesome- allot of work went into that soap and it looks fantastic

  9. Thanks to all of you! It´s so nice and encouraging to read such comments!

  10. Very creative, Barbora!! I'm loving the design and color choices! Probably wouldn't have thought to do an ITP swirl with a tiger stripe - it's very striking!

  11. Beautiful! I love the color combos!
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