January 2016 Challenge

Update February 14, 2016.  Woo Hoo!  I won a Sponsor’s Choice award for this soap!  Thank you Majestic Mountain Sage!

A new soap technique challenge with Amy Warden and Great Cakes Soapworks.  Called the circling Taiwan Swirl (not too catchy, but it works) I only made one batch for this challenge.  It’s being judged on the “lotus” that can show up on one end of the loaf.  I personally like the the other parts of the swirl better.  (but, I’m not in charge ;*)

I used a bastile recipe very high in olive oil so it would stay workable.  I used purple, neon green,  pink and blue micas to color my batter.  I used a lavender, orange, patchouli blend to scent this.  It stayed quite liquid and I really love the swirls on the other bars.   (I can’t cut straight to save my life!  You’ll see in the pictures.)

I waited till the very last minute (literally) to submit this; I was waiting for the sun to come up.  The sun did not cooperate, so I used a light box to take photos.  So, the colors are not as good as they would be outdoors.   (The pink looks orange here.)  Anyway, I love swirls and neon green and the other colors

Taken outside.

taiwan outside 2

 

 

These are the most true to color.

 

taiwan middle bars

I had removed the original pics taken in a light box as the colors were really off.  I decided to put them back as a comparison of natural light and artificial light.  What a difference!

tiwan circle challenge

taiwan 3

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9 thoughts on “January 2016 Challenge

  1. Wow – amazing how different the photos look from the light box & outside!! Can’t believe it’s the same soap! I’m glad the colors are actually purple & pink instead of brown & orange! So much prettier! Beautiful soap, Karen!

  2. I love the lime & royal purple contrast! Nice job on your batter plan & pattern : ). It must be harder to catch a good sunny time with shorter daylight hours in AK right now. You did great though!

    1. Thank you! I just love that neon green. It really has pizzazz! Yes, getting daylight in the winter is a challenge. At noon, looking Southeast we can just see the sun through the trees, a little above the horizon.

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