Dandelion Zebra or Not?

October’s technique for the Soap Challenge Club is the Dandelion Zebra Swirl, created by the über talented Vinvela Ebony, author of the Dandelion SeiFee blog.

What makes the Dandelion Zebra Swirl unique is the use of a board that acts as a divider and as a “slide” for the zebra stripes that results in a suspended look.

Before I signed up for this month’s soap challenge, I was inspired to make a simpler version of the tilting technique described by Maja of Diva Soap in the comment section of her post,  Savanna  (in response to Kirppu’s query). A few days later, I signed up for October’s soap challenge and proceeded to follow the tutorial given by Amy Warden. When I looked at the results, I felt it was hard to differentiate which soap used which technique.

Here are three soaps I made and one did not use a board to achieve the stripes. Can you tell which one it is?

Tangerine Tiger

Tangerine Tiger

Black Currant and Tangerine

Black Currant and Tangerine

Peppermint Sugar and Spice

Peppermint Sugar and Spice

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22 thoughts on “Dandelion Zebra or Not?

  1. DivaSoap

    O, thanks for the shout out Silvia!
    I like all of them, I love colours you choose and I think the last one was done without ‘sliding’ board.
    They are truly gorgeous!

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  2. Vicki

    Oooh, I just made mine for the soap challenge this evening. A first attempt and I would be SO happy if it’s half as beautiful as yours are 😀 I agree with Maja – I think it was the last one which was done without a board. Nice job!!

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    1. soapjam Post author

      Your soaps are always so beautiful, Vicki. 🙂 looking forward to your dandelion zebra soap! The stripes look more defined for the Tangerine Tiger because the batter remained fluid, but it was the only one made without using a board. 🙂

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  3. Roxana

    I am bummed because I missed the deadline and I really wanted to try this challenge. Your soaps are beautiful!!! I really love the second one 🙂

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    1. soapjam Post author

      Sorry to hear you missed the deadline, but do try the technique because it is so much fun to do! I remember you were busy with selling your house and that it has interrupted your soapmaking. I hope you’ve found a buyer or are about to close the sale so you can go back to your normal activities and we can admire your beautiful soaps. 🙂

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  4. Cindy

    Same here…that second soap is really special! I’ve got to go with the crowd…I think the last one did not use a board. I’m going to do my challenge tonight…yes, third attempt to get something I’m happy with!

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    1. soapjam Post author

      Hi Cindy! If I did not make the soaps, I would have guessed the same too. 🙂 the soap batter became a bit thick for the Black Currant and Tangerine, and even much much thicker for the Peppermint Sugar and Spice. Good luck on your third attempt! Can’t wait to admire it. 🙂

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  5. Jenny

    Wow, all three soaps are gorgeous, Silvia! A few days ago I made a soap using the tilted tiger stripe technique. While I was reading up on the tilted tiger stripe, I found out about the Dandelion Zebra swirl. What a neat technique! The soap I made using the tilted tiger stripe looks a lot like your first photo. I’ll share it in an upcoming blog post. Bravo on your soaps!

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    1. soapjam Post author

      Thank you for your generous compliment, Jenny! I’m really loving the tilted tiger / dandelion zebra techniques. Can’t wait to read your upcoming post! 🙂

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  6. Marika

    All three soaps are so beautiful! Everyone has guessed that the last one is made without a board, but I´m going to say the first one 🙂

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    1. DivaSoap

      Actually, the stripes begin at the bottom and go widely, so it would be difficult/impossible to insert a board at that position.
      Bravo Marika, I should have looked better. 🙂 But the last one looks so free- hand done

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      1. soapjam Post author

        The last one looks like it was free-hand done because I used a new f.o. that was a bit spicy (I should have been wiser!) and it really accelerated on me. The soap batter barely slid on the board, more like plop and glop. The board also stuck to the soap because it had hardened already. I gave the soap mold a good dose of banging but I was expecting the outcome to have a lot of holes. To my surprise, there were only a few small holes on a few bars.

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