This months Great cakes Soapworks challenge is using texture mats. I would just like to thank Amy for this one, I have loved it and didn’t want to stop making my texture top soaps.

I have had quite a few attempts at this one in all different ways. Putting mica on the mat before pouring the soap or using a small amount of soap to fill the negative space in the mat before pouring the soap on top. My favourite was just using the mica to colour the mat but I did try both ways.

I made my mats myself with plastic icing sheets that I had found. I cut them to the size of my moulds and poured the silicone on to make the texture mats. I made 4 but only used 2 because I ran out of time to try the other 2.

I have a thing about the colour of Tiffany & co boxes at the moment. I love the turquoise blue against the White ribbon and I’ve made a few soaps with the Tiffany theme lately, this was a custom order and just loved the colour it turned out so I wanted to try the same colour with the textured top.

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 These are the 2 I used.

I put silver mica on my mat with a sponge and then put it into the bottom of my mould.

I used 2 different micas, Aqua Caribbean kiss and peacock mixed with Titanium dioxide to achieve the perfect turquoise colour of a Tiffany box.

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 I only used the 2 colours for this soap, turquoise and white. I poured turquoise onto the silver mica mat then alternated between the 2 colours as shown in the pic.

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Alternating colours

It was strange knowing that the top of the soap was going to be the bottom but I still couldn’t leave it plain so I swirled a little with the 2 colours and silver mica mixed with olive oil.

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Swirled with silver mica.

I left this one in the mould for 12 hours and when I checked it was ready.

This is the top once unmoulded.

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This is the cut pics of my Tiffany box.

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  And this is the rest of my attempts at this great technique.

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These 3 were made in my slab mould with the large mat.

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Thanks everyone for taking the time to read this and Thanks Amy for this great challenge this month! I’ve loved it.

Good luck everyone! Look forward to seeing all the beautiful soaps again.

Merry Chistmas from Spain.

Carolyn x

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