I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. And glad we are all here once again for Amy Warden’s Great Cakes Soapworks Soap Challenge! I am excited for the phased or split judging in this challenge as it can be a little intimidating to go up agents some of these entries sometimes as they are so beautiful. I kept entering because I loved the learning aspect and felt it was well worth the challenge… But NOW…. As a newbie, I just might have a chance to win😄 Thanks so much to the wonderful prize donations from Bath Alchemy Labs, and Custom Soap Stamps. I can’t wait to sign up for some classes at Bath Alchemy, and I love my stamp that Alex made me a few months ago, and use the plainer and beveler I bought from Custom Coap Stamps exclusively now (thanks Alex), it is superior to my previous equipment.
This challenge was exactly that for me…a challenge.
I was sick when I decided to make my first batch of challenge soap and needless to say, it was quite a disaster. My black wasn’t black enough, my soap thickened up on me too much, I spilled my batter all over my counter and floor, ugh it was a nightmare! I did have enough to make a loaf and I popped it in the oven (CPOP) cleaned up my mess and went to bed.
(It turned out pretty in a Frued kinda way lol! if you like looking at ink blots that is)
So, two nights later, I attempted my second batch for the challenge. This one I decided to make pink, gold and white but my colors didn’t come out well so… Back to the drawing board I go again! The pink was the middle color, gold is the bottom.
My last batch, and the one I am using as my entry, is made using mica colors from Nurture Soap. I used Neon Pink, Vibrant Purple, Maya Gold Mica, and Velvet Pearl with Titanium Dioxide.
I wanted to use the gold to highlight the purple as an accent to give it a little bit extra but it isn’t very noticeable, so I think next time I will need to do a little more (maybe half) for it to really pop. I will also experiment on placing the gold in different locations to see what that does.
It was really interesting to see how different both ends turned out on my loaf of soap!
I can’t wait to see all the beautiful entries this month, good luck everyone!