Monday, 18 January 2016

Trying things, new and old

As always, when I visit my sister, I come back with a fuller suitcase than I left with, even though I have the best intentions of having it the reverse. What does this have to do with today's post you wonder? Well, her gifts to me are partly what inspired this soap.

Fortunately, I didn't use the large loaf mould she gave me since the soaps didn't turn out quite as I was hoping, but it did allow me to play with some of my new acquisitions and try some new ideas.

I should've taken pictures of the steps because now that the soap is complete, it's hard to see the details, and at the time, it looked rather cool.

The middle layer, looks like I forgot something inside. In fact, it's sugar hearts, from King Arthur Flour, one of the things from my sister's pantry.

Don't they look yummy?

I was going to make grooves in the bottom layer using this pottery tool,

but it didn't work out that way. This tool, at least the flat side, is great for smoothing off the tops though. Still have to see what the other side can do.

This other pottery tool though, 

did a fabulous job in channeling out the soap. If only I had a steadier hand, it would've been great. The other bonus? It provided me with strips of soap to use in another project. 

So, how did it turn out? Like this.

It's hard to make out the little hearts, but I think they'll come through when the soap is being used. Scented with strawberry smoothie FO (yes, I'm that original, not!) it is not the best soap I've made, but at least it was a springboard for new ideas and something to improve upon.

Have a great week everyone!


  1. Glad I (or my gifts) can inspire new soaps! ;) x

    1. Your gifts are as wonderful as you, Teresa. :)

  2. Cool tools to experiment with! I like the two layers.

    1. Thanks Michelle! Yes, it's always fun to try new things and you never know what's going to come of it.

  3. So many ideas packed into one soap! The little hearts must have been too light, they did not stay vertical I imagine. Maybe you want to pour half a layer, insert the hearts vertically one by one, wait until it settles a little, and pour the second half? They are so cute... I think I would love that scent!!!!! It will make up for the little imperfections ;-)

    1. I'm an all or nothing kind of gal. ;D You're right, I need to be a more diligent to make sure the hearts stand up better next time. I need you to remind me often though. :)