Mantra Marbles Soap Challenge

When I heard the name of this month’s soap challenge I couldn’t imagine what the design would be.  Turns out it is a combination of two designs – the mantra swirl and Ebru marbling techniques and the soap had to be made in a slab mold.  It will be much easier to show some pictures than try to explain the process.

IMG_3264The fragrance I decided to use for this challenge was Arizona Sunrise.  It is well behaved in soap and smells very fresh and uplifting (mainly citrus).  A quick Google search yielded this picture for color inspiration.

IMG_3265I reached for my smallest slab mold since I wasn’t at all sure about this design.  This mold will yield 8 to 9 bars depending on how it is cut.  The dividers were required for the design so I made them out of cardboard that I covered with packaging tape.

IMG_3268So the blue is the sky with the red yellow and orange the reflection of the rising sun.  I poured the sun colors in horizontal lines in an attempt to get streaks of color across the sky for the Marble part.  Now to remove the dividers and on to the Mantra swirl.

IMG_3270Yes I made a huge mess.  I think the cardboard dividers intimidated me.  There are some drops in the blue but I have learned that they will not make a difference after the soap is swirled.  When I first started soaping I would have been horrified that I colored outside the lines.

IMG_3271The first side is finished with the Mantra swirl which is simply making figure “8”s down the length.

IMG_3283I used the same instrument to make the figure “8”s on the second side but had an entirely different result.  My guess is that I must have held it at a different angle.  It is in the back of my mind to experiment with this later to see if I can determine the difference.

At that point I was not very happy with my soap.  But after cutting it I think it is a very interesting design and I am happy that the orange and red are distinguishable (wasn’t sure they would be as I was pouring the stripes).

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Thanks Amy!  Another one that made me go outside my comfort zone.