Drop Swirl Variation

I didn’t sign up for this month’s Soap Challenge Club even though the Drop Swirl is currently my favourite technique.  In between travelling, having house guests, and getting the flu, I knew I was not going to be able to make a new batch before the registration deadline.  But I’d like to share anyway the last Drop Swirl soap I made last Feb. 16. 

After dropping the coloured portions into the white base, I swirled it with a chopstick.  I don’t know if there is another name for this technique, but to me it is still a drop swirl.  Please let me know if there is a proper name for this.

It is scented with Neroli and Grapefruit, the same fragrance I used for January’s Taiwan Swirl challenge. The pink came out darker than I wanted it to be, but nonetheless, I’m pretty happy with the outcome.

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33 thoughts on “Drop Swirl Variation

  1. DivaSoap

    I don’t know if there is a name for this technique, I’ve done several soaps like this (‘Silkberry’ came across my mind) and I like the effect. The other night, I chose a hanger, instead of chopstick, still nice.
    This one is gorgeous, I think you’ve really mastered the techinque, so so so beautiful. And I must say, I love this colour combo, is it the same as in Taiwan? Pink is perfect!

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    1. soapjam Post author

      Yes, this is exactly like the Taiwan Swirl. I really love the smell so I am making it a permanent feature. 🙂
      Can’t wait to see the new ones you’ve made. I bought hangers for swirling but I’ve never used them. I think the chopsticks are less messy and I’m all about less mess! Do you have a preference – chopsticks or hanger?
      Thank you, Maja.

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  2. Sue

    Those soaps are gorgeous! I love the pink and black with the natural soap color. 🙂 And I loooove your stamp, so professional looking!!

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  3. soapsudsations

    I love this Silvia! Chopsticks are obviously a more natural tool for you and you’ve done an amazing job, as always. The swirls are so crisp and the colour combination is fabulous.

    BTW, hope you’re all better now.

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    1. soapjam Post author

      Ironically, I am not that good at eating with chopsticks, although I manage. 🙂
      The flu was going around and I caught it. I’m well now. Thanks, Monica!

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  4. Infusions

    Silvia, this is such a beautiful soap! love the colors and the lines of the swirl – elegant is the first word that comes to mind. I have seen
    other soaps made with the drop and chopstick swirl (a coouple of weeks ago I found one tutorial on the u-tube) but nothing has been made so beautifully as your soap above. The pink color stands up to the black making the contrast all the more impressive so I think it is better it is not paler.
    I am alittle sorry that you did not join the Soap Challenge Club this month. With such a beautiful soap people would love voting for you.

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  5. soapjam Post author

    Thank you for your vote of confidence, Maya. 🙂 I think I got lucky with this one. It’s kinda hard to always get a consistent design, but that’s part of the thrill with soap making. All the best on the Soap Challenge! 🙂

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  6. ecovioletsoap

    Silvia,
    I love the pink and black together! You have this technique down! I signed up for the challenge but have been so busy with my grad classwork and projects, that I haven’t been able to have any soap design fun lately. I just hope I can get something in just to try the drop swirl.

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    1. soapjam Post author

      Thank you, JV. That’s really awesome that you’re able to juggle grad school into your life. 🙂
      The drop swirl is actually one of the easiest techniques. I also hope you manage to squeeze in some soapy time. All the best on the Soap Challenge. 🙂

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  7. Marika

    Those colors are not too dark at all. They are all my favorite colors 🙂 And the swirls turned out very clear and not as blended as I normally get.

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    1. soapjam Post author

      Hi Marika, was your soap batter very thin when you poured into the mold? Sometimes I also get the blended look, but as long as I wait until it is slightly thick, the lines come out clear. 🙂

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  8. Cee

    Stunning! I’m sorry to hear that you’ve been sick 😦 The technique is gorgeous, and I love how there is just enough uncolored portion to fit your stamp! =)

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  9. kaye

    Beautiful!!! I been trying to do drop swirls but my soap batter always thickens too fast. I will keep working at it though.

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    1. soapjam Post author

      Thanks for visiting and for your comment. It takes a bit of practice and familiarity with your formula and fragrance oils. Good luck! You’ll get there soon. 🙂

      Reply
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