Amy's imagination and enthusiasm for trying new things had her testing out the Magma Soap kit offered by BrambleberrySoapMakingSupplies and doing a video of her process! In the video she debuted a 5 pound wooden mold with a silicone liner the prize for the challenge! Seriously drooling over that silicone liner and mold here! Committing to 5 pounds of an experimental soap is very brave!
The challenge was to combine a cold processed soap with a melt and pour glycerine soap. I must thank Amy for this challenge! The combination of cold process with melt and pour has been done many times by many soapmakers. Here is one I did for The NOVA Studio Swap of 2011. Such fun to do and THEN I promptly forgot about the combo technique!
|2011 Day At The Beach Nova SWAP|
|2012 Tide Pool|
A year later and revisiting the process of mixing the cold process with the melt and pour I have two new ideas to try! Amy thank you so much for stirring my imagination. You have helped me decide what to do with a touchy fragrance that I have 5 pounds of! Heh heh! Yes my favorite the apothecary coriander! It riced and seized in cold process soap so I've been using it in room sprays and solid perfumes! Now I can use it in combo soaps! Thank you so much!
My plan was to do a white soap of one fragrance, boring I know, and combine it with two different colors of melt and pour glycerin soap of another scent! To add a hanger swirl I put the hanger in the empty loaf and after the pour I tried the swirl. Well some success but as I did the linear pour there were a few solid spots that I pulled out of the mold!
I used my favorite persnickety fragrance in the glycerin part of the process and made two colors of glycerin. My color contrast is pretty in the final soap but next time I will make the two colors a bit more contrasting. The white batter was fragranced with another scent that was very complimentary. OH is it yummy and fit for a luxury out door shower in Hawaii or Tahiti! A few photos for you of Sea Foam, Mermaid Elixir or Tide Pool hum! The first photo shows bubbles, left middle, that happened when I poured the glycerin from high. Cool effect! The fragrance is magnifique and I wish this were a 5 pound batch!
|A Periwinkle Swirl in Sea Foam|
Now I know what to do with the troubled fragrances! Happy combo discoveries to everyone! Aloha!