BAH! Humbug soap for Greatcakes soap works challenge.

Hi Everyone & Merry Christmas.

Ive had a very busy Month. Last month I was getting our bedroom and En-suite refurbished which is now virtually finished apart from a bathroom door, but hey! Who needs privacy anyway? I have daughters who think they can burst into the bathroom whilst I’m sitting in the bath, now they just have 1 less door to come through ๐Ÿ™‚

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A few pictures of before and after. I made a black, white and grey tiger stripe soap a few months ago, which matched perfectly into the color scheme of my bathroom.

I slept on a mattress on my dining room floor for 4 weeks so everything coming together was great. I finally had a bed and new bathroom to enjoy. I could begin to make soap again…

This month, it is tiger stripes technique. This pour was one of the first techniques I tried when I started making soap, just over 2 years ago.

I decided to try a modified version. I used the wall pour technique similar to a skinny shimmy.

I went with the same colours as the striped tile of the bathroom, black, white and grey again. I used mad oils micas for the white and grey, the black is pigment oxide.

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For fragrance I used Lemon Peel Zest from Scent Perfique which is a lovely fresh, zesty scent but best of all it behaves itself. Lots of working time to pour my layers.

I used squirt bottles to get a very fine line down the side of the mould. I alternated black, white then grey with the mould tipped to the side and passed on one side 9 times, turned the mould around, tipped to the side and passed 9 times again. I carried on doing this until the mould was practically full. My soap stayed very fluid throughout. For the top, I poured lines of soap and swirled a little with a skewer.

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With my slow moving recipe, I always have to pop it in the oven for an hour and then leave alone overnight to work its magic.

The following day only 12 hours after it was ready to cut. This is a pic just after unmoulding which you can see the fine lines at the side.

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Here are the cut pics.

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I had a little bit of soap batter left at the end so I made some cute little hearts which I can give away as samples.

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Once I had cut my soaps, they reminded me of little mint humbugs stacked on top of one another, that is why it is called BAH Humbug, not because I don’t like Christmas lol.

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Thanks to Amy again for hosting these great challenges. Sometimes they are hard, sometimes easy, but very enjoyable.

Hope you all have a great Christmas & New Year and hope to see you all next year.

As Always, Love from Spain!

Carolyn x

A not so frosty tale……

Living in Spain, we never get snow! It is always sunny. Even Christmas day last year, the sun was beating down but the strangest thing happened today!…..

While driving to Ikea, to pick up bits and bobs, I needed bedroom supplies, especially wardrobe knobs.

I was almost halfway there when something strange occurred, my car was whipped into the air, higher than a bird!

Higher and higher we soared, up past the mountains so grand. Until we landed with a bump in a snow filled wonder land.

I had landed in a magical place, frosty, cold and crisp. Wind blowing up the snow like a little willow the whisp.

Ive not seen anything like it, snowmen wandering free. Santa sitting in his chair, sipping a cup of tea.

Elves making toys and reindeer roam, this place is such a joy. I think I might just stay here and help to make a toy.

I could also make the soaps, for St. Nick and his Queen. Coco frost and Mistletoe, scents so fresh and clean.

So while wandering around the place I came across a globe. Very large and made of glass, it was a sight to behold!

But looking through that window, all was not so good. A little girl sat, her head in hands, crying in a flood.

Oh what could the matter be? but then I seen the puddle. Carrot, buttons and some sticks all in a crumpled muddle.

You see the girl had made a man, with snow so crisp and fun. There had been a fall like never seen, in the land of forever sun.

She had named him “Freddy the snowman” such a fitting title. A scarf of blue, button eyes and carrot were all so vital.

That child had so much fun, dancing around her mate. Singing, jumping and general joy but she did not know his fate.

The following morning came, along with the blazing heat. Thats where this story becomes so sad, you better take a seat.

She jumped up out of bed that morn, to greet her little man, also to build his wife and name his girl Suzanne.

But the sun in Spain had other plans, it came out blazing bright! It melted Freddy down, he was nowhere in sight.

Everything lay in a crumpled mess, soaking wet right through. Her build had ended abruptly, OH! What could she do?

“MUM! Please take me to the beach” she shouted to her Mother. She couldn’t have snow but there was lots of sand, she was going to build another.

Freddy would have his Missus, alas made out of sand. Forever they would be together, forever hand in hand….

So back to the land of snow for me, but I knew I could not hide. I got mechanic elf on board, to fix my dodgy ride.

Thats when I woke, with a startled jump! It had all just been in dreams. That Winter Wonder land of snow, was it all it seems?

You see in my dressing gown pocket, there was a little piece of white. Oh my goodness, could it be? The snow I had seen that night?

Alas, it melted away, just like that elusive man. Maybe next year, there will be snow, can you see it? I SURE CAN!

When I moved away from the UK, I knew it would be hot. No more snowy Christmas days. I miss the snow. Earlier this year, we headed up to Sierra Nevada, a ski resort literally 2 hours from where we live. My 2 little ones were born in Spain so had never seen snow before. They loved it! We all went skiing and spent a couple of days enjoying the snow. Snowmen were built and snowballs thrown. So much fun with the family!

My little girl sliding down a snow bank and wiping out a little boy!ย Fun in the snow!

That is where my inspiration came for my soap. A melted snowman. Snowmen, really are a lot of hard work but fun to make. Kids and adults get so much joy out of the build but they are short lived. As fast as they are made, the sun comes out and he is gone. A small window of opportunity to make but I will capture him in soap forever.

There is nothing like a cup of hot cocoa too while building a snowman. Swirled with cream, topped with chocolate sprinkles, a salted caramel drizzle, tiny marshmallows and finished with a wafer biscuit. My next soap to go with the melted Freddy.

Here is my finished soaps. A little bit of fun, made for my little ones and big ones if they want one ๐Ÿ™‚

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So there we have it…… Hot Cocoa and the melted snowman soaps.

As always, love from Spain.

Carolyn x

“Banos Arabes” Cosmic Wave soap for Greatcakes Soapworks Challenge

Hi Everyone!

I’m a bit upside down this month. We are having our bedroom and en-suite bathroom reformed so everything is everywhere in the house. When one room is getting done the whole house is topsy turvy. Hopefully by next month I will be back to normal. Updated, gorgeous bedroom and bathroom pics to follow lol.

My inspiration for my Cosmic Wave soap this month came from a Spa day I booked for myself and 2 older daughters a couple of weeks ago to celebrate my 22 year olds birthday.

I love all the colors used in the tiles, tagines and Moroccan pots. Such rich, opulent, exotic tones which would be perfect in my soap.

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We went to a beautiful Hammam Spa, ย Arabic bathhouse and spent a lovely relaxing morning being scrubbed, bathed and massaged.

Firstly, we bathed in the cool, warm and hot pools, relaxed with a cup of Moroccan mint tea in between and then got called for our treatment. It involved laying on a warm, stone slab. Being rubbed down with a Turkish red soap and exfoliated with a Kessa mit. They put loads of suds on you beforehand and then rinse with warm water before the sloughing begins. Once that was over and I was dried off, it was off to the massage bed. I picked Red Amber oil but could have had Lavender, Biznaga or Rose.

Bliss, I tell you!! ย The only problem, It wasn’t long enough, but I suppose no massage lasts for 5 hours…..

For my soap I decided to stick with a white base and add the colors to that. My colors are Peacock, Tahitian Teal, Sister Golden Hair, Tangerine Dream and Brick House Madoils micas. I love how deep their micas are. For the white base I used Here comes the bride, also Madoils mica. Because I was using 38% water, I didn’t want glycerin rivers so decided against Titanium Dioxide.

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Fragrance was White tea and mint with a touch of Spearmint essential oil.

I used my trusted slow moving recipe of equal parts Coconut, Palm, Almond and Olive oils.

I started off pouring the soap into my jug, alternating colours like one of the methods Tatiana showed in the tutorial.

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This was my first layer pour.

After that, I poured some white into the jug and just added the colours in a swirly pattern also like Tatiana showed.

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Some of my ribbons went slightly muddy so I let the soap batter thicken slightly. I think that was the problem, my trace was a bit thin but once thickened, it started to behave. If trace is too thin, the soap tends to break through to the underneath layer. It needs to stay on top so getting that perfect texture was key.

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This was after all the soap was poured into the mould. I popped it into the oven at 65 degrees c for one hour, turned off the oven and left it overnight.

This method works perfectly with my slow moving recipe which I used to dread but pretty much have it mastered now.

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Unmoulded and ready for cutting.

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I like how bright and diverse the pattern turns out in this technique.

Thanks Amy and Tatsiana for another great challenge. I will certainly be trying this one again.

See you next month……

As always, Love from Spain!

Carolyn x

Under the Boardwalk (Wood grain soap) for Greatcakes Soapworks Challenge.

Once upon a time…..

There was a girl/older lady who lived in a cold, rainy Country and could only dream about warm sunny days, walking on the beach and looking out to the great Mediterranean sea. Her dream came true when her and the hubby decided, enough was enough of the dreary wet days so they upped and moved to pastures new in the sun. 11 years later…. said hubby asked if he could take his wife away for the night, away from children, their home, constant chitter chatter to a quiet location that they could enjoy and have fun together. Oh boy!! did they have fun! Eating tapas by the Med, a few gins to make them merry, wine, good food, A great time was had for that 24 hours.

Now the girl/older lady in question, loves to make soap and finds inspiration in the most unlikely places. That night away had brought thoughts about how she could incorporate a wood grain soap into a beach themed soap and EUREKA! she had it. A boardwalk soap, inspired by the sun bleached planks that are walked on at the beach. Now just to put that plan into action……

TO BE CONTINUED…..

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The picture that started it all….

I stand by the Sea and what do I see?ย I see the sea, staring back at me.

The cool still waters that ebb away slow, but don’t underestimate that mighty flow.

A powerful force that tricks your mind, come on in, I will be kind.

But once you’re in, in its grip so tight! It won’t let you out without a fight.

But today that blue yonder was being kind, a calm, still, pool as far as the eyes could find.

It waves ever so sweetly, and I wave back. See you soon it calls as I turn to track,

My way along the sun bleached wood, the cool blue Med touching where I once stood…….

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Now to get on with the task in hand. I used my 4lb slab mould that I won from Nurture Soap last month in the piping challenge. Perfect size.

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My colours are Peacock, Black Oyster and Satin grey pillow from mad oils , also creme de la creme from Umakeitup. For fragrance I used patchouli and cedar essential oils.

My recipe is my go to slow mover which works for me.

10 ozs sweet almond oil

10 ozs coconut oil

10 ozs olive oil

10 ozs palm oil

15.20 ozs water

5.75 ozs lye

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I used squeeze bottles which I alternately poured lines of soap back and forth. Once I had used up all the soap, I pulled a chopstick through from side to side and because my soap batter was still at thin trace, I gave the mould a few quick spins to try to get a wood knot type effect.

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After the little spin.

I placed it in the oven at 60 degrees c for an hour and left it in to do its magic while cooling down. I actually unfolded after 12 hours and cut it. Here are the cut pics.

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I wouldn’t say it looks exactly like wood but I had fun with it and like the pattern anyway.

Thanks to Amy again for bringing these great challenges.

As always, Love from Spain.

Carolyn x

Cascading Rose Cake for Greatcakes Soapworks Challenge

Hi everyone! ย I come to you from England this month. I am over here for a wedding so I thought I would make a wedding type cake for this piping challenge in honor of my nephew and his blushing bride.

I was pushed to the max for time but I got it made just before I left Spain to travel.

I will warn you once again! There is a serious overload of turquoise and even more overload of roses, piped in turquoise ๐Ÿ™‚

I loved this challenge because we could decide what we wanted to make, the sky was the limit, so to speak. I got my thinking cap on and came up with the 2 tier wedding cake idea with cascading roses from top to bottom. This will probably be a very long post but I took so many pics because I wanted to document this one visually as I may never make anything like this again. It was a lot of work and a lot of soap but I enjoyed making it immensely once the creative juices got flowing.

So lets begin!

Firstly I got my piping tips ready, I have loads, not for cakes, for soap cakes lol. My favorites are the Wilton 1M open star which I used for piping on top of the cakes, Wilton 104 for piping the roses and a cake boss leaf tip. I use a flower nail and wilton piping bags for large amounts or some smaller disposable bags for little amounts.

I started off making 2 basic cakes, a larger round 1 and a giant cupcake base to turn upside down and place on top of the other.

I fragranced these 2 with Blue Agava and Cacao FO, which is a beautiful fresh scent.

While these cakes were setting up, I piped all my roses. I made 6lbs of my normal soap recipe which includes oils of Coconut, Palm, Olive, Sunflower, Castor and Shea butter. Out of that I got the 2 cake bases and 35 piped flowers/roses. I used a mix of Peacock & Tahitian teal from mad oils for the blue, Champagne & sister golden hair for the cream and TD for the white flowers.

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My 3 colors for the roses.

This is the pics of the process of piping a rose, first do 2 cones, 1 on top of the other, then pipe around little arches, 3 arches to start but as the rose gets bigger you need more arches to fill the spaces between. Once I got the hang of things, I made different size flowers in the 3 different colors, blue, white and cream.

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After 24 hours, the cakes were ready and so were the roses, so I made another 3 lb batch of soap for piping the cakes, this would be my dual colours in the bag piping to cover the cakes. I colored the soap turquoise and white. I also scored the tops of the cakes, just to make sure the fresh piped soap adhered to the 24 hour old cakes.

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Just started building up the piped roses with the wilton 1m open star tip. I piped this first and then embedded the top portion on and piped that to hold it in place.

After piping, I placed the previously piped flowers in a cascading pattern down the cakes from top to bottom, I then piped some leaves in between the roses to finish off the look.

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Hope you liked the making process. I know it was very long but it really did take a huge amount of time to make. I enjoyed it so much.

Thanks Amy for once again giving us another great challenge.

As always, Love from Spain………. OH NO! Im not in Spain, Im in England! Oh well, Love from this part of the World ๐Ÿ™‚

Carolyn X

Creative soap by Steso soap cutter and mould.

WARNING!!!

This blog post contains lots of photos of an amazing soap cutter and mould by Steso. If you don’t like turquoise, please scroll on by ๐Ÿ™‚

A few months ago, back in May actually, I seen a video of Tatsiana Serko from Creative Soaps by Steso, cutting a soap with one of her handmade cutters. I fell in love immediately! They are a piece of art and just beautiful!

I thought at the time that 1 would be out of my reach as she lives in California and I live in Spain. Customs is a nightmare to receive anything from the States but I thought “I don’t care, I want one!”

I emailed Tatsiana. A little conversation back and forth and my cutter was ordered. She was really busy and there was 2 months waiting time but I was prepared to wait for my beauty, good things come to those who wait lol.

I was asked what color and design I would like and as I’m a turquoise kind of gal, that had to be my choice. I make a lot of soaps with turquoise in and just love it. Second was design, I love damask prints so went with that and left the rest up to Tatsiana. A couple of days later she emailed me with the print layout, it was lovely, so I went with that. Now the waiting game began. I couldn’t wait to get my cutter and mould, OH YES, I ordered a tall n skinny mould too, made in oak wood and matching print design as the cutter. It was my birthday in June so it was a gift from me to me. Treat yourself was my motto heehee. I put my order out of my mind because I can’t wait for things to arrive! I am so impatient but for this there was no option but to wait.

So here we are today, Friday 12th August. My parcel has arrived, my dreams came true, I’m excited (Yes I’m a Mrs excitable) The long 3 months has finally passed and it is in my home!

And now, what you have been waiting for, THE PICS. There is a fair few but I just love it so much.

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Didn’t I tell you it was gorgeous! And more.

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There is little notches on the back of the cutter to hang the wire cutter part. This comes in handy when making rimmed soap as you can slice a very thin layer off your soap to make the rim.

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A measuring ruler so you don’t have to get the tape measure out every time and can cut each bar perfectly to size. This is handy when making soaps in a slab mould too as normally the slab of soap won’t fit into the cutter, this one is wide enough to accommodate a larger soap, to cut into flat, wide bars.

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And the lovely Logo on the side with cute little matching crystals. Even the screw heads are covered up by black crystals. Such attention to detail!

Now the mould. Comes with a mylar insert so no lining with freezer paper. Holds a 500g batch of soap, so cute. Makes about 5/6 bars so ideal for test batches of fragrance or a new design test and is my favorite shape, tall n skinny. Although, it remains to be seen whether I use it for soap or not. It may just be an ornament in my soap room as something beautiful to admire while passing. I don’t want wet soap ruining this beauty ๐Ÿ™‚

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So there you have it. My beautiful cutter and mould by Steso. Turquoise loveliness overload.

I am off to make a soap to test out this gorgeousness, see you soon.

As always, Love from Spain.

Carolyn x

Great Cakes Soapworks (Dancing Funnel) The Dancing Tortoise

Hi everyone, I,M BACK!

I,ve had 2 months off from Challenge club as I have been so busy with other things, I just did not have time for anything. I have missed being a part of the community, so… this month I made time for ME, and the club.

This month is Dancing Funnel technique taught by Tatsiana Serko. Her soaps are amazing and guess what??? I have one of her cutters and mould on its way to me right now!! I’m so excited!! It will be the only one in the World, designed for me and not repeated, how cool is that? I have waited since May as she was so busy but I didn’t care, it is in the post and I will be receiving it soon. Yayy!

The dancing funnel, when finished, reminds me so much of a tortoise shell. When I was a little girl, I had a tortoise that lived in my garden but one day when I went out to feed her, she had ran away. Well….. Walked away, very slowly, never to be seen again. Sad times in the life of a 7 year old!!! She was probably about 500 years old and fed up of living in my little garden and wanted to explore pastures new, well thats what I believed and no one is changing my mind ๐Ÿ™‚

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I picked my colors based on the tortoise shells in the pics. Blue, green, black and yellow.

I used Lemon peel zest fragrance oil as it behaves very well in cp soap and just love the fresh lemon fragrance.

I used black as the the base dot colour, then filled in with the blue, green and yellow alternating the colors in each row.

I split my soap batter into 4, but used slightly less black than all the other colors. I still had black left over at the end.

I started off with the black dots and filled in from there on.

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I was running out of yellow for the top so should have stopped at the blue.

Once done, I put it to bed until the next day. When I took it out the next day it looked horrendous and Jurassic looking. Thank goodness for soap planers! I had to plane quite a lot of the top off the bars which took most of the top ring off making it look different to the technique but I did follow the tutorial.

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After cutting and planing and cleaning up and beveling, it sort of looked acceptable. I’m not so sure of the colours but it smells nice. I was going to have another try but as always, time is not on my side so this one is it. Here is the cleaned up pics.

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Close up so you can see the black outline around the colors. I used black as my base and filled in with the blue, yellow and green.

So there you have it, “The Dancing Tortoise”.

I’m so glad to be back and can’t wait to see all the lovely entries.

Thanks Amy and Tatiana for another great tutorial and challenge.

As always, Love from Spain.

Carolyn x

Tears in the Tigers Lair (Teardrop) Greatcakes Challenge Club

Hi Everyone!

The teardrop challenge has been one of those tasks that after the first try I think “I will never get this, EVER”

The only time I had that feeling was the skinny shimmy and even now the thought of it makes me nervous.

My first attempt, I got a slight teardrop but it had legs/wings whichever way you looked at it.

Next one didn’t get to teardrop pour as the soap batter thickened so quick after adding fragrance that I had to hanger swirl it.

At this point I had made 2 full loaves and thought I would have 1 more try. That is when my lovely friend Linda over at Mimi & Boo gave me a great tip. We had been chatting and she told me about a little box that would yield 3 to 4 bars which would be great for practicing. It would need lining with freezer paper but they were perfect for the challenge. I had ordered 2 small loaf moulds but as of yet, they have still not arrived from China.

I used a 500g slow moving recipe and had the best success with it. I got 2 teardrops and was going to try a 3rd but like always ran out of time.

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The lined little box that held a 500g recipe

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Sticking with essential oils this time so that my batter didn’t thicken too quick

I didn’t get any pictures of the pour because I was trying to work so quick that I forgot.

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This one was my 3rd attempt and nearly became my entry but I still wasn’t done and thought I would give it another try.

My final go, I switched it up a bit.

I done an in the pot swirl with black, cream and orange which I used as the base and side pours and done the teardrop plain turquoise. I poured a little bit of the base in and then with the turquoise I went back and forth exactly like my black one but instead of alternating colours I just used the blue. Exactly the same pour but totally different look as the stripes are in the outside pour instead of the middle. Being ambidextrous is not my forte but found that I only got a little bit of a wiggle at the top lol. Same pour, different effect.

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This one is my entry. You can actually see by the outside stripes where I began my double sided pour. The stripes are more prominent as I think the bottom swirled a little bit more than the sides.

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Somebody said it is like looking out of a hole in a tree and seeing the river, or looking down a mountain rock side into a pool below but I see Tears in a Tigers Lair. The crying tiger.

We all see different things, What do you see?

Thanks Amy for another great tutorial.

Can I also say that my thoughts are with our soaping friend April and her family. I hope she has a full and quick recovery x

Also to Jennifer who had a major flood through her home. I hope everything works out for her too.

Truly devastating news!

As always, love from Spain.

Carolyn x

PICASSOAP inspired by Picasso

Hi All!!!

Here we are again, this month with a location themed challenge. I have found this one to be exceptionally difficult for some reason. Not the actual making of the soap but coming up with the idea for the soap.ย I have lived in 2 places in my whole entire life, Hartlepool in England and Malaga area in Spain. I wanted my soap to reflect the area where I live not the Country so I have been going backwards and forwards between my place of birth and the town I now call home. In my head, I need to know where I am going and as soon as the challenge has been set, I know exactly what I am going to do, this one has me undecided and I am flummoxed lol

Now I could tell the tale of the monkey hanging. During the Napoleonic war a French ship was wrecked off the coast of Hartlepool. The only survivor was a monkey dressed in a French uniform. On finding the monkey, the Hartlepudlian locals held a trial on the beach. As they had never seen a monkey nor a Frenchman and obviously he could not answer their questions, they concluded that he was a French Spy and decided to sentence him to death by hanging. Hence the name as we are known from Hartlepool, Monkey Hangers. The local football club has a mascot known as H’Angus the monkey. One wearer of the monkey suit became the mayor, Stuart Drummond, but was forbidden to wear the suit in office. With this in mind, I thought, “I cannot put that idea into soap!” so decided on my other plan “Malaga” which is now where I live.

There is 2 famous men born in Malaga. Antonio Banderas the actor and Pablo Picasso the artist. As much as I like Antonio, I could not come up with a plan for my soap other than Armand the vampire or Zoro, ย sooooo…. it shall be one of the paintings by Pablo Picasso that has given me inspiration for my location soap. Phew!! that only took me 2 weeks to come up with and we are now 2 days before link up and I am just making my soap.

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This is my inspiration. Picasso and his cubism art. Now putting something into soap like this will be no easy fete, but I like a challenge so off we go.

First I got some offcuts of some soaps I have previously made, squared them off so they fit together, then drew a guitar so that I could cut around the soaps to make the shape of the instrument. This would be my embed for the top.

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I changed the top part to this one which I liked better ๐Ÿ™‚

I prepared my mould to make different sections with cardboard. This was quite difficult to keep them all in place, where I wanted them. I also wrote where I wanted to put my colors so that I didn’t end up with 2 of the same together.

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Right after pouring and removing the card. I now had to embed my guitar which was like a jigsaw puzzle.

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I put it off to sleep for 24 hours and when I took it out, it had ash on top so I cut into bars and planed the top. It was still a little soft but I managed to trim it.

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The finished soap! It took me a while to get there but I finally made it. A little late and pushed for time but better late, than never.

This challenge actually showed me that whatever you want to create in soap, it is possible. I wanted to do Picasso art from the beginning but thought it was just too hard. Like any woman, I ended up back at the first shop, lol.

I love my life in Spain and so glad I got to recreate a small part of Picasso art. My art is my soap!

Thanks again Amy for another great challenge.

As always, Love from Spain.

Carolyn x

Tutankhamun Rimmed Soap for Greatcakes Soapworks Challenge

BOO!!!

Me again, coming to you this month with another Challenge soap and challenging it was!

I have always admired, oohhed and ahhhed over the beautiful rimmed soaps made by Tatiana who makes it look so simple, such talent! and Amy, you’re not bad either ๐Ÿ™‚

Me on the other hand am not talented at this technique, the expletives coming from my kitchen whilst i was making this soap is no ones business and luckily my little ones were at school! it wasn’t the rim that was difficult, it was cutting it in half to make it 4mm thick. Tatiana must have them special books that are the right size for her mould, mine on the other hand are not those special ones. I used envelopes, drinks cartons, small books that I needed 20 of to fit but only had 5 so needless to say my rim stayed at 8mm. some people like thick rimmed soaps ๐Ÿ˜‰

Now Ive always had a thing about ancient Egypt and when I was younger if I had not became a hairdresser, I was going to be an archeologist. I would have loved to dig up artifacts and mummies from the tombs, how exciting!!! not that being a hairdresser isn’t but…….

I got the chance to visit Egypt many many Tutankha… MOONS ago and it was just as I imagined. Pyramids, The Sphinx, Camels and lots and lots of History. I even managed to push my way through the throng of tourists to get my body through the tiny tunnels and into the tomb of a pyramid, no easy fete I tell you! I visited the Museum and fell in love with the masks and treasures.

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This pic was taken 26 years ago and as you can see by the pic below, I haven’t changed a bit teehee.

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It has always been there, my love of Egypt so my inspiration for my soap came from the beautiful colors of Tutankhamuns burial mask.

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Beautiful! Gold, black and turquoise.

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I used my texture mat rubbed with blue and gold micas for the rim. Plain black soap poured on top made with activated coconut charcoal.

I put the rim in the oven to gel for 2 hours and very nearly put it in at 170 but realized at the last minute that 170 F is actually 75 degrees C which is what my oven temp is. Disaster avoided!!!

After it cooled (6 hours) I unmoulded and cut to size, then wrapped it in some freezer paper to slide into the pringles can.

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At this point, I completely forgot to take pictures! getting old ๐Ÿ™‚

I made my batch of turquoise soap and added attar oudh fragrance which is a woodsy, exotic fragrance.

I popped it into my trusty Moet champagne cooler which is silver lined and acts as a heater too.

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It is ideal for my tube soaps as it keeps them upright while they sleep.

More forgotten pics but I unmoulded the next day and cut to size.

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The rim looks a bit ancient because of cpopping I think but it all adds to the authentic look, as if it had just been excavated from an ancient egyptian mummys tomb lol

I only had 1 attempt at this technique, my first but probably not my last try. It was a great technique, very challenging but enjoyable.

This is a little bonus pic of Amun Ra, good buddy of Tutankhamun, they shall be great pals in the soap dishes of my bathroom and also inspired by the Egyptian Pharaohs.

Good luck to everyone who attempted, succeeded and didn’t lose their cool. I shall be washing my mouth out with soap and water!

Thanks Amy and Tatiana for another great tutorial and challenge.

What’s next?

As always, Love from Spain x

Carolyn