here. I was inspired by the interview and I immediately wanted to try many new techniques. I found the membership here and I signed up for a 3 month membership. I have been making soap for about 9 months now and I have been mixing like crazy. I am in love with this art!
This is my entry- What Happens Under the Field. I got my inspiration from the well known Packers and Bears rivalry.
|What Happens Under the Field|
|My fancy homemade divider|
Here is my beautiful divider placed snugly into my mold. I made sure to make the divider slightly larger then the mold opening so I could wedge it in and not have to hold it. Awesome. The ends did bow out ever so slightly, but, I did not notice that this was a problem.
|10" Silicone mold with my fancy divider|
|Brown soap for footballs|
|Yellow soap for the goal posts|
I waited 24 hours for the brown squares of soap to set up and then I quartered them and rolled them into a football shape. The soap was kind of sticky because it did not gel but it was workable. After I formed the footballs I placed the laces on the soap while it was still tacky so it would stick. For the goal posts I waited 48 hours for them to set up more and then I carved them into shape.
|Football embeds with piped laces|
|Goal post embeds|
Laces: colored with titanium dioxide from Brambleberry
Footballs: colored with brown oxide from Brambleberry
Goal posts: colored with Bright Yellow Raincoat Mica and Goldfinger Mica from Madoils
After the embeds were made I got ready to make my main soap log. I soaped at room temperature and I had a lot of time to work with my mixing. For the Packers side I used The Manical Pea, Enchanted Forrest and Bright Yellow Raincoat Micas. For the Bears side I used Twilight and Orange Crush Mica. These micas were from Mad Oils. I also set aside a portion of my batter for the "dirt" layer (Hot Man on a Tin Roof Mica) and the "grass" layer (The Manical Pea and Enchanted Forrest).
|My colors for the main soap log!|
After the colors were all mixed I added the fragrances: Champagne Kisses for the Packers side (because we're the winners and, of course, we are celebrating) and Monkey Farts for the Bears (because, well, they stink). I got Champagne Kisses Fragrance Oil from Wholesale Supplies Plus and I got Monkey Farts Fragrance Oil from Nature's Garden. They both seemed to mix in well and stayed fluid. After all of that excitement, I got to soaping! I just alternated colors on both sides and tried to keep them even as I poured. I made a little of a mess in the process . . .
|This is my soapy mess . . .|
After I poured the two sides I carefully removed the divider and did a little swirling on the top . . . just 'cause I like the swirls. I then poured a thin layer on top to represent the dirt under the field.
|Here are my swirls!|
|Goal posts placed|
|"Dirt" layer freshly poured|
I let the soap set up a little before I placed the goal posts, but, they were still a little heavy and sank in a little so I propped them up with some tongue depressors. Good thing that I have tons of those things sitting around. They come in super handy for tons of things. Then I got to the piping. YAY! I used a triple star tip for most of the grass and then I switched to a single star tip to fill in the open spots. When I finished with the lush, green grass I switched to a piping bag with Hot Man on a Tin Roof (mixed with oil) brushed on the inside of the bag and piped some "dying" grass on the Bears side of the field. When I finished with the grass I placed the football embeds and then I put a white strip on the grass to represent the yard lines on the field.
|Top of the soap with embeds|
|What Happens Under the Field|
|Packers have possession of the ball!|
|Happy and Sad|
|Football! Football! Football!!|