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4.4.13

World Soap Challenges- Week Two!

It's almost unbelievable how many soapmakers has signed up for this challenges and I'm so delighted to be part of them. This second week task has been quite demanding- of skills, working time, utensils and afterwards, cleaning time, ggggrrrrrrhhh...
I don't mean to sound rude, nor to offend anyone, but first time I saw this technique, I wasn't that impressed. I suppose the layers with two contrasting colours aren't my style. Later, I saw some beautiful creations done by this technique, but I didn't try it until now.
I'm really looking forward to seeing this week soaps, I'm sure I will completely change my mind about so called 'Elemental Swirl'.
I watched the soapmaking video Amy had uploaded on her page, I bet her soap will be amazing. If you still haven't seen it (which I honestly doubt), here's the link.
Ok, my turn now. This is my version of 'Elemental' soap.




This soap has nothing to do with 'elemenatal', it doesn't represent neither of four elements. I wanted layers which don't stay opposite each other on the colour wheel, yet I thought I shoud keep the idea of one warm and one cold colour pattern.
I opted for purple/blue for one layer and varieties of pink for another. The pecil line between them is acivated charcoal.





So, three colours used for the bottom layer were: purple (purple oxid), blue (blue oxid) and black (pigment dispersion) and for the upper: pink I (ulramarine rose+TD), pink II (ultramarine rose+ pink FD&C), pink III (red pigment dispersion + TD)






I did ITP swirl regularly, but the colours just wouldn't disperse evenly through the mould, so you can see some parts of the soap (in the corners) are less swirled.
When I unmould it, I realized I didn't like it all all. I wish I had made the pink part lighter than I did, it would have suited better to the purple one.


I didn't want to stylize top, in order to let the colours stay distinctive, as I knew they would all blend in the soap. They still can be distinguished in the soap, but I like the tops anyway. I could have saved less of colours for them, though. Oh, 'could have, 'should have'.... the heck, I'm stopping here....

For the end, I'm gonna tell just that if Amy hadn't organized this challenges, I possiblly wouldn't have tried this technique, at laest not soon. But hey, that's the challenge about, isn't it!
I can't wait to see what you all will come up with!

Take care & see you next week!



Состав  / Ingredients: Сапонифицирани масла/ Saponified oils - Маслиново (Sodium olivate), Кокосово (Sodium Cocoate), Палмино (Sodium palmate), Рицинусово (Sodium Castorate)Сончогледово (Sodium Sunflowerate),  Бадемово (Sodium almondate), пигменти (pigments), мирис (fragrance).

60 comments:

  1. Gorgeous, Maja!Love the color contrast and the swirls are very nice! I stil see a beautiful green, nut I can't see you mentioned green color in your list of colors. Nice how the colors mix toghether :)

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    1. When I look better, I see what you think the green is, but definitelly it's not!
      Thanks Nat,I'm glad that you like it!

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    2. I'm away from home, but hopefully will be able to see yours!

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  2. I like the peachy colored soap. I agree with you, I would have never tried this technique by myself. It is too mixed and "messy" for me.

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    1. Nat sees green, you see peach, am I only one who sees pink and blue-purple? Hi,hi, whatver, if you like it peach,let it be peach!
      I'can't wait to see yours!
      Yes, the technique is quite demanding, you have to be focused and work fast,but the worst part comes at the end, when you're done- cleaning&washing!

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  3. I love it Maja, so much detail going on within one soap! This technique isn't something I would have tried either, so I'm glad we were challenged with it :)

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    1. Thank you Cee, I agree that this was great oportunity to challenge ourselves with techinques we hadn't done before. It's so fun and I really enjoy seing others work and discovering some new (new=unknown to me) soaper artists!

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  4. BEAUTIFUL!!! Just beautiful Maja!!! I really like the colors and swirls :)
    I had problems with my line...I used Cocoa Powder. I really like your design :)

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    1. Thanks Roxana, I'm glad that you all like it, I was indecisive whether I like it, if I had time, I would have problably made another one,hi,hi..
      I'm sure yours is gorgeous, regardless your issues, looking forward to seeing it!

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  5. I planned so long to try this technique but still did not try it. I can imagine how demanding it is especially if the batch is not so big and you have to take care about perfect color dissolving, line between layers - definitely challenging! You really did it grate, I am most attracted by this gorgeous top of your soaps!

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    1. Why didn't you sign up for this challenges,Goca? It's so fun and gives so much inspirational moments.
      Thank you for your nice words and the tops are what I like about this soap,too!

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    1. Thanks for your kind words,Jennifer!

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  7. Oh, it came out great, Maja! It looks like a little party...:)

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    1. I seeem to never get the purple I like, so much struggles with it! Thanks for commenting!

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  9. Lots of planning on this one - well done !!

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    1. Thanks Suzy, I had to be fast and I usually forget something when in hurry. This time it went fine,luckily!

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  10. Beautiful! I love the top on this too!

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    1. Thank you for your nice words,the tops are what I like,too

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  11. the swirl are well done , I see pink red and white in a part and blue purple and green on the other.
    I love the picked top also.

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    1. Interesting how the screen can be deceptive! There is no green in this soap, but I'm happy if you like it.

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    1. Thanks,Milla, I'm quite belated with replying, but hopefully I will catch up with your work from last week!

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  13. Love your colors and did you know colors look different on different screens. Nice swirls and application of this hard technique. I think everyone struggled and learned and had fun!

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    1. Actually, I did know, but never before saw the difference, until I saw my blog from my sis' pc. Thanks for commenting,Pam!

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  14. Carol-SoaplicityApril 6, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    I agree with you that I really didn't like how the elemental swirl looked enough to bother with it but after I made mine for the challenge, the first person who saw it said, "Oooh! How beautiful is that?!" Sooo, maybe I will have to make it again. Like you, I think the clean up is the worst!

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    1. It happens to me,as well. People seem to like what I consider my average soap (this one I put in that group). You never know how people will respond, sometimes it's completely unpredictable. But, that's fun and I'm sooooo glad someone will like my soap more than me,lol!
      Thanks,Carol!

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  15. I'm right there with all of you. The mess was HORRENDOUS but the outcome was quite lovely. A bit busy for my tastes but I'm sure someone will love it lol. I will be doing this again, perhaps with a few less colors =p Your colors are beautiful and I love the top =)

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    1. Thanks for you kind words, Shannon. Apparently we all are terrified by the mess after this batch, I'm not sure I will repeat it soon again,lol!

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  16. Beautiful, Maja! The colors compliment each other nicely, and I like what you've done with the tops. Bravo!

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    1. Thanks Jenny! I was disconnected for a couple of days and it seems like forever...

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  17. Maja I like your take on this challenge. Your tops are lovely and so is your soap.

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    1. Thanks, Lindalu! I cannot wait to see what you guys made for this one, I still haven't read any of your posts.

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  18. Looks great, Maja! I am happy that you took a stab at it even when you didn't really want to! All about challenging ourselves to do new things, right? Yes, clean up is rough - I completely agree with that one! But your soap did turn out beautifully & I love the tops too!

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    1. Thanks, Amy! I'm taking these challenges as a great opportunity to try my hands at something new, what I otherwise,wouldn't.

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  19. This is a very pretty soap, and I really like your top.

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    1. Thanks so much for your nice words, I appreciate everyone being here!

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  20. I think they turned out beautiful, Maja! I love your tops too- they remind me of little rosebuds. Clean up is definitely rough :)

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    1. Thanks Liz, interesting comparing you came up with. I myself never saw them that way!

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  21. It's really beautiful. I love love love the top too!

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    1. Thanks, Robert! I'm happy that so many of you like it!

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  22. Love the colors! Looks great! :)

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  23. Very nice, I like what you did with your top too.

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  24. Very lovely soap, I love the colours and your top, very pretty x Linda

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  25. Beautiful, they colorant are pretty

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    1. Thanks, I didn't like colours that much,but now I'm fine with how they came out!

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  26. Totally love how this came out. It's such a fun and unique interpretation of the elemental swirl. Great job! =)

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    1. Thank you Anne-Marie,it means much to me!

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