Wispy Swirls

I have been doing a lot of hanger swirls so I felt it was time to try something a bit different.  My goal was to make wispy swirls and my plan could only be executed if the soap stayed fluid.  I honestly don’t have a definite approach for this technique. It’s all trial and error.  I have tried pouring colors alternately straight into the mold, sometimes tilting it ala dandelion zebra swirl; I have also tried breaking the flow of the soap batter with a spatula so that it forms a thinner line.  To make the swirls, I do it with a chopstick in 2-steps: the first swirl is done after half the batter has been poured, and the second swirl after all the batter has been poured.

Several times I had to abandon my plans altogether and do whatever I could to save the soap from rejection.  That usually means a lot of banging.  My neighbours are probably wondering what all that noise is especially late at night! 😀

I definitely need more practice and I think breaking the flow of the soap batter with a spatula produces better results. The problem is, I have a tendency to forget about the spatula! Except for Gingered Bergamot, I have been quite daring and I used fragrances that I have never tried before.

These are the ones that came out ok:

Gingered Bergamot

Gingered Bergamot

Harlow

Harlow

Lilac

Lilac

Cucumber Melon

Cucumber Melon

White Tea & Ginger

White Tea and Ginger

Blush- pictured below, had accelerated trace.  You can easily tell from the rough top surface and the shaggy swirls.

Blush

Blush

This last one riced and traced very fast.  I should have known. It is a fresh, clean, and sea-like scent.  From my experience, this type of fragrance usually moves fast.  I thought this was a goner, but after some patching up (the design makes a good camouflage), it looked pretty decent to me.  I really love this scent.  I hate working with difficult FOs but I think it may be worth the trouble.

Salty Sea Air

Salty Sea Air

This is my last post for 2014.

It has been an awesome soap-full year and I hope it has been for you, too! Thank you for being with me on this blog.  It wouldn’t be the same without you. 🙂

I wish you all a splendid Christmas and a happy & healthy New Year!

See you again soon!

xoxo,

Silvia

 

 

 

 

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24 thoughts on “Wispy Swirls

  1. Susan

    Silvia – These came out “OK”? I love them! They are beautiful!!! Thank you for sharing them. I’ll look forward to seeing more of your soap art in the coming year!

    Merry Christmas!

    Susan

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  2. Natalia

    Silvia, your soaps are gorgeous, delicate and special in the same time! Difficult to describe them!
    Wish you a lovely Christmas and a full of inspiration 2015!

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  3. jjbaze

    Thank you for the years in soap, love seeing the soaps you make and reading about the process. these soaps are very pretty, I especially like the whit tea and ginger one. How is the FO, is it a good scent? Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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    1. soapjam Post author

      Thank you, jjbaze. I am happy to hear you enjoy reading my blog. 🙂

      White Tea and Ginger smells like a clean floral to me. It is strong but pleasant. I don’t detect tea or ginger. It soaps very easily and people like the scent. I had a candle with this scent that’s why I bought it.

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  4. Monica

    Oh Silvia, even when you say your soaps don’t turn out well, they still look amazing. I love your colour choices and how you match it to the scent (or vice versa).

    Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and I can’t wait to see the soaps you make for 2015. Enjoy your blogging break.

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  5. soapjam Post author

    You are very kind Monica, thank you. I have some truly ugly soaps – beyond saving – and my sensitive camera can’t stand the sight of them. What can I do? 😛

    Merry Christmas! 🙂

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  6. Madame Propre

    Sylvia, I also love those soaps! They may even be my favourites from you (though I really appreciate your clay series…). Give us a video of your chopstick swirl!
    I wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New year! Lots of affection!

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    1. soapjam Post author

      Let’s see about that video. I have never made one and there’s always a million things to do! 😀
      Thank you, Madame Propre! Happy holidays and a prosperous New Year to you! 🙂

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  7. Maja

    I always wonder how the heck you manage to make that many soaps! I haven’t soap for month and a half and when I see your wonderful soaps, I always get inspired!
    Have beautiful holiday time and thank you for being there to share and care!
    Hugs!

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    1. soapjam Post author

      I master batch my oils and lye. And lots of late nights. I finally caught up on sleep this week. 😀
      Thank you, too, Maja! Blogging feels more worthwhile with people like you around. Hope you are having a fabulous holiday! 🙂

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    1. soapjam Post author

      My swirls don’t always come out wispy too. I know I should add more water to help the batter stay fluid longer, but I am very reluctant to change my 37% lye concentration. 😀
      Are you pushing through with your trip to the Philippines? Do let me know.:)
      Happy Holidays, Janet! 🙂

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  8. Vicki

    Loving your swirls – especially the lilac one! I second Maja – I’m always amazed at how much soaping you get done 🙂 I’m going to have to get busy with restocks in the New Year. Hope you had a lovely Christmas Day, and wishing you a very Happy New Year!

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    1. soapjam Post author

      Oil and lye masterbatch. Lots of late nights. But finally getting some rest. I need to restock as well, but will start soaping again in the New Year.

      Christmas was great, thank you. 🙂 I hope you’re having a wonderful holiday time and may the new year be a happy, healthy and prosperous one for you. 🙂

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  9. Hilda M. Bahner

    Silvia , Thank you very much for such a wonderful display of talent and grace , love your Blog ! May you have a very prosperous 2015 ! Hilda Bahner

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  10. Ksenija

    Wow Silvia, they really look fabulous! You are by far, the swirl master within the soap community. I have never seen swirls consenquetely so well done.

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    1. soapjam Post author

      It’s hit or miss, depending on how the soap behaves. 🙂 I do love making swirls but I feel far from being a master. 😛 Thank you for you kind words, Ksenija. 🙂

      Reply

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