Saturday, August 3, 2013

Spoon Swirl Lavender Soap Tutorial


Spoon swirling is a very simple technique with a big impact.  I have seen some gorgeous spoon swirls with just 2 colors that really stood out.  In this tutorial, more for my beginner readers, I will show you exactly how easy it is create this soap.  This lavender soap uses 3 colors and lavender essential oil.  I made a five pound batch of goat's milk soap. You can find a recipe and tutorial for making goat's milk soap by clicking here.  

Step 1:  Use your favorite soap recipe.  If you want to create this same color scheme, separate your soap into 3 containers, each holding an equal amount of the soap.  Add titanium dioxide to one to lighten it, if needed.  Add ultramarine violet to both of the other containers, making one pastel and the other a medium purple shade.  You want a strong trace so that the soap is close to a pudding consistency.  It should be thick, but still slide off the spoon easily.

Step 2:  Using a spoon, place one layer of white soap into the bottom of a log mold.  Notice that I did not completely cover the bottom of the mold.

Step 3:  Spoon the light lavender here and there on top of the white layer.  You can accomplish this in one of two ways.  You can either use the spoon to scoop out the soap and holding the spoon close to the white layer, allow the soap to gently slide off the spoon.  Or you can hold the spoon close to the white layer and and slowly pour the soap onto the spoon and allow the soap to gently slide off onto the first layer.  Notice the soap is not completely covering the previous layer.

Step 4:  Now add a little purple here and there.

Step 5:  Add some white.

Step 6:  Add another layer of lavender.  And then add a layer of purple.  In this picture, you can tell that I started spooning side to side instead of lengthwise as I did in the beginning layers.  You can do it either direction or both.  You can also see I'm a little messy.  That's OK, too.  It won't impact the sides of the soap negatively in this style of soap.

Step 7:  Add some more white.  This is getting slightly thicker as I progress and is more drizzly, which is fine.

Step 8:  Add more lavender.  You can see I am using a plastic spoon to place the soap into the mold.  You want to hold the spoon close to the soap in the mold as this will prevent the soap from breaking through layers and changing the design of a spoon swirl.

Step 9:  Keep layering a little at a time until you run out of soap.  I purposely planned to have white on top because I plan on adding lavender buds, and I want it to have a little contrast.  You could sprinkle some purple mica on top to give it a shimmery effect if you prefer not to add the lavender.

Step 10:  Add a hearty layer of lavender buds, if desired.  Give the mold a few good taps on the counter to release air bubbles and to settle the buds well into the top so they stick a little better.

Step 11:  Allow to sit for 24 hours.  Unmold and slice the soap.  Allow to cure 4-6 weeks.



Tip for cutting:  If you use botanicals on top of your soap, you will find that when you slice the soap an occasional bud will be pushed down by the blade, causing the bud to carve lines or streaks into the soap (see photo).  To avoid this, flip the soap upside down to cut it.  Be sure the blade is clean and free of any buds before each slice.  That way your soap will have a smooth finish like the lavender one above.





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6 comments:

  1. Wow! Super tutorial and beautiful soap. Thanks so much Erica!

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  2. Thank you for the wonderful tutorial with step by step photos. I am a beginner and just starting to learn a few techniques. I will try this soon.

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  3. Thanks, Tierra Verde. BTW, I am having problems posting comments on your blog. The Captcha isn't working right. I often see things I really like and then can't let you know.

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  4. SoapJam, I'm glad you liked the tutorial. This is a great beginner/intermediate technique to try.

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  5. Beautiful, Erica! I love the spoon swirl, too. It's so fun to gradually build the soap, and each batch is unique. And great tip about cutting the soap upside down if it has botanicals on top!

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  6. Thanks, Jenny. It is a fun swirl, but aren't they all? :-)

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