Mica Swirl Challenge

The challenge for May is to design a soap with a mica swirl.  The mica is to be dispersed in either glycerin or oil (or a combination of the two).  My inspiration was a post on the Etsy Blog that was a tutorial on making a marbled scarf using the same technique as marbling paper.  The complete post may be found at:  https://blog.etsy.com/en/2013/how-to-marbled-scarf/?ref=fp_blog_title.  But here is the picture that captured my attention:

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We have been very busy recently and I did not start my soap for the challenge until I saw the email from Amy saying the link up to post our pictures was open.  So I quickly assembled my supplies and got to work on the my soap.

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_DSC0450My mica splotches did not disperser the same way the paint does on the size for the marbling.  But I decided to proceed with the technique any way.

_DSC0457This is after the first lines were drawn freehand.  I should have made them closer together.

_DSC0463For the second set of lines I used my rake that I made for the peacock swirl challenge

_DSC0465The dividers are in the mold and off to sleep we go.

_DSC0467Close up view of wet soap.  Not quite what I wanted but not too bad either.

_DSC0476The sides of the mold have been removed but the soap is too soft to go any further.

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I have a show on both Saturday and Sunday this week and need to package more soap and make some scrubs today.  So I will not have time to post a picture of the soap out of the mold before the link up closes.  I will post one on our Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/TheVillageSoapsmith) when I free the soap from the mold.  Thank you for understanding.

Once again Amy has provided a fun challenge – thank you Amy for all your work in coordinating the Soap Challenge Club.