Saturday, April 13, 2013

Soap Challenge - Week 3

Mica Swirl was this week's challenge from Amy Warden of Great Cakes Soapworks and I was surprised at just how much trouble I had with this one!  I thought "Snap! How hard can this be?"

Have I ever told you what happens when I say that?  Well Murphy joined this party and it took 3 tries before I got this one done for heaven's sake and I'm not all that happy with this one even. 


So let's start at the very beginning shall we?  On the right you can see my first attempt. This one is Black Raspberry Vanilla which usually plays nice.  But by the time I was doing the mica swirl it was getting thick.  How annoying!  Then I put too much swirl on so the drama doesn't exist except in my annoyance.

The second one, well you don't get to see a picture of it because nothing went right on that one.  Total fail!  I haven't had one of those in donkey's years (they live longer than horses, dogs, or cats),  Did I mention that Murphy had come calling?  Ah well that was when I soldiered on to make the one you see about.  It's scent is Green Irish Tweed, once of my personal favourites and it also is know for playing nice.  Well not when Murphy comes to play....   In all fairness the swirl worked out just perfect but again, it started getting thick when it came time to do my top swirl.  I even had the mica swirl sitting there ready to go, but I thick where I messed up was being too fussy about getting all of the batter used.

So lesson learned.  The mica swirl is going to take me a bit longer to perfect.  Here are the cut pictures for your enjoyment.

Black Raspberry Vanilla



















Green Irish Tweed Type





Amy thank you for hosting these challenges - you are helping me grow in my design area and I am grateful for that.

If you would like to see more pictures of other results take a look here.

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We will be taking a break and it will be two weeks before the next, and final challenge. Until next time enjoy your days.

26 comments:

  1. Persistence always pays off. Dispite the difficulties both soaps turned out really nice! BRV and Green Tweed are 2 of my favorite fragrances.

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    1. Thank you very much! Oh yes, I am nothing but persistent. Thank you for your kind words and with the last one, Green Irish Tweed I use a squirt bottle for the mica swirl so I could have better control of the thickness of the swirl.

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  2. Wow, your green soap is gorgeous! The yellow mica on top is so sweet!

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    1. Natalia, thank you so very much. It is definitely my favourite....

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  3. I think you are too hard on yourself, Miss. Perfectionist! ;)

    They are both lovely and while I get that you didn't get the top swirls you were going for, they are both really lovely xxx

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    1. LOL - ah you know me too well Tanya! Thank you so much... xoxoxo

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  4. I think they look great! Very pretty color combinations!

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    1. Hi Jennifer (I hope I got that right), thank you.....

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  6. Carol- SoaplicityApril 13, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    It all looks great to me! I love that gold!

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  7. It was those soap gremlins somebody else was writing about last week :)
    I think both soaps are just beautiful. And I don´t think that there is to much mica swirls on the first soap. It looks lovely in the cut soaps.

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    1. It was! LOL Thank you so very much for your kind comments. I definitely like the first one better now that it is cut....

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  8. I think both soaps turned out beautiful!!

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  9. I had a "soap monkey" this week too, oh well. I think both of your soaps are fabulous - loving the Green Irish Tweed and will have to check out that fragrance. It just sounds like one I'd like too. Well done, Lindalu!

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    1. Suzy, thank you so much. It's frustrating when the soap itself challenges you though isn't it.... LOL

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  10. I love your colour combinations and swirls - beautiful and very original, with the gold mica they look great! Soaps with personality, I can´t decide which one I like more.

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    1. Thank you so very much Barbora. I love playing with colours and techniques....

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  11. I really believe both soaps have exceptional inner and outer beauty!! Great job, Lindy!

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    1. Amy thank you! That is high praise indeed and I appreciate it!

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  12. These are very nice Lindy. I like that the texture follows the colors. Wonderful technique!

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    1. Hi Melissa, thank you so very much!

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  13. LMBO! I think they both look lovely! Sometimes you have to use your 'mommy voice' point to the door and say 'Murphy GO!"
    Hummer Hugs,
    Misty
    http://deliteful-gifts.blogspot.com/
    hummingbird204 at comcast dot net

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    1. Hi Misty,

      Thank you - I promise next time I'll use my "Mommy voice" and get him out of the house. LOL

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