WordPress is a new blog spot for me. I tried Google, but suddenly they wanted money and hijacked my image. If I tried to share my links, it was their crummy rainbow and not the photo I was trying to share. So please, bear with me as I try a new site. I copied my other posts, with the dates and photos.
For those of you who don’t soap, you may not understand what I am about to say. For those of you who do, I can only hope you have experienced this.
Suffice it to say that some challenges are bigger than others. As a participant in the Soap Challenge Club of Amy Warden, I look at each challenge and my mind fills with ideas. The first challenge, the modified Taiwan Swirl, I managed and was quite proud of learning a new technique. The second challenge, Winter Wonderland, after a couple really bad fails, I gave up on that one. The third challenge, the one for this month, is the Rimmed Soap Challenge.
Again, my mind swirled with ideas. I ordered molds and supplies and got ready to make my soap. The first setback was the molds. Way too big. Okay, I stepped back and stooped down by purchasing Pringles, so I could use the can. My poor son inherited those “wonderful” chips.
Thursday, March 10, I was ready. I made my first attempt at my rim. Imagine my dismay when the next morning, it broke in two. I was dismayed, but not defeated, and tried again. Sigh… second failed attempt, as her recipe was so high in palm it was tracing way too quickly. Saturday, I got the bright idea to try to use melt and pour for the rim, since I reasoned it was a softer soap. Note to self.. It broke too. I went to bed Saturday night totally deflated and ready to quit.
Sunday I got up renewed and decided to follow her recipe again, only this time make two pounds instead of one. It still was still very quick to trace, but I did my best to work the swirl I wanted. I thought that perhaps my trying to make a thin soap was my problem and went for a bigger slab.
Sunday night, I was ready with my wire cutter, books, CD’s (and anything else that would fit in the mold to raise it high enough to slice) and put it in. A big breath, and I tried to slice. The wire cut my fingers. I rolled it tighter and covered it in tape to try again. Success (so I thought), a lovely piece just the right thickness. I tried to roll it only to have it start to crack too. I wasn’t going to give up, as I still had a big piece to cut again. One more attempt. I cut a second slice, and gently rolled it. It worked!!! I must have looked pretty silly dancing around the kitchen with a Pringles can! I headed to the soap room to make the second part of the project, the middle.
I had researched just what fragrance I wanted (floral) and knew it could slightly accelerate trace. That was a complete understatement. In no time I had mashed potato. But, I managed to get my colors into the molded rim. I grabbed my chop stick and tried to make my pattern, which didn’t seem to work so well. But, I was done. It would be whatever it would be.
One of my favorite sayings in soap is there is no fail, only happy accidents. Well, I now know my rims failed for making rims, but will make fabulous confetti for a future batch. Today, Monday 3/14, I ripped the Pringles can from the soap. The thought occurred briefly to save the mold. Nope, I was DONE!
As I gently wiped off the outside with a damp cloth, I inspected the ends. Blobs. I walked to my cutter, determined to have a happy accident; in other words, something that came out looking better than a blob.
I am not sure how to describe the nirvana I felt after the cut, when I picked up the first piece. I stared at my design in shock. It worked! How, I don’t know, but it worked! There, staring back at me was a flower, a lovely two-toned pink flower. A happy dance couldn’t even come as I stared, taking in how lovely it looked. I picked up piece after piece and a smile came across my face. And a famous movie quote “I love it when a plan comes together,” crossed my mind.
So, I am proud to present my Floral Fantasy. Something I doubt I could recreate, but something I am happier than happy to share and enter in the challenge. Please, leave your comments below; I want to know if you love it too. And, in case you are wondering, for now, I really am done trying to do this again! This was one tough challenge!