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Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Secret Feather Swirl No. 2


Okay, I can't say it enough...I love Amy's soap challenges! They drive you out of your comfort zone and give you that push to try something new! The "new" for me this month was natural colorants. Sure, I've used some natural colorants here and there, but not to this extent!

I decided to go with another secret feather swirl and see how the clays performed with both the inside swirl and the top feather design...they didn't seem to accelerate trace and I love how bright and bold the colors came though! For my colorants, I used the Brazilian Clay Sampler Pack from Bramble Berry. The soap is scented with a lovely blend of sweet orange, lavender and patchouli essential oils...



I was having so much fun with this challenge that I decided to experiment with a few other natural colorant soaps too...feel free to check them out here: http://handmadeinflorida.blogspot.com/2014/07/exploring-natural-colorants-in-cold.html




13 comments:

  1. Another masterpiece! The feather on top is magic :)

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  2. I love both your secret and public feathers! Drawing a feather on top was such a good idea. Your picture are beautiful, and the setting with the scrapings really nice. Great!

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  3. You are such an amazing artist, and your work is beautiful! Thank you show much for showing us exactly how you do it, as that's more than doubling your work, what with lighting, editing, etc.

    I can tell by the swirl detail that this is the same soap, but the base is so much darker in the video while you were making it. Is that just lighting?

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    1. Thank you Claudia, yes the soap was made late at night and the pictures were taken during the day (in natural light)...if only I could squeeze soapmaking in during the day too!

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  4. I love your soaps. They inspire me to try different techniques. I especially love the feather swirl although I have not mastered it yet. Here is my entry into last month's challenge ( http://cabinofbows.blogspot.com/2014/06/island-breezes-soap.html ) as you can see at the bottom I still have some work to do to get this technique mastered

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  5. I love your soaps. They are so beautiful and they challenge me to try new techniques. I have not mastered the secret feather swirl yet. I tried three different times for last month's challenge before doing a regular hanger swirl. As you can see from the picture at the bottom ( http://cabinofbows.blogspot.com/2014/06/island-breezes-soap.html ) I still have some work to do to master this technique. Thank you so much for posting videos.

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    1. Hi Lois - I loved your soap entry last month AND you were so ahead of the game with the natural colorants lol! Yes, the feather can be a bit frustrating, I've had a few mishaps myself...give it another try!

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  6. It's a beautiful feather swirl!! Now I need to go check out those Brazilian clays... Nice color matching!!

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  7. Wow and wow! Amazing! I've used the brazilian clays before but your soaps really make the colors pop! I love the video too!

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  8. Another exceptional work of art, Zahida!

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