October 29, 2011
Thursday, I was prowling around at the blogs I like to read when I happened upon Amanda Griffin's blog Lovin Soap if you haven't checked out Amanda's blog you must-it's full of great tutorials and fun swirling techniques etc. Anyway, back to Thursday-I was prowling around and stopped dead in my tracks at the sight of Amanda's beautiful Peacock Swirl, and I new had to try it. Amanda was using a slab mold for hers and so I knew there would be some tweaking to translate it over to my long narrow log mold,but I just had to see if I could make it happen. I also had a concern about how much work time I would have with my formula as she suggests a formula that allows plenty of open time to work and I didn't want to change formulas.Turns out the open time was fine, but I need to rethink my peacock swirls, we initially started out with our loops too tight - so no real peacock effect, we then loosened them up, but they still aren't loopy enough. I still think it's very pretty even though it didn't come out as planned-I'm still pondering and will post the next trial batch.
For my colors I used-bamboo charcoal, cocoa and titanium dioxide over a pale yellow base-I had also intended for the base to poke through some,but it didn't so there are only 3 colors showing with a pale yellow base underneath. The scent is a lemongrass with cedar it smells fantastic and I think it will still be a looker.