Thank you!

Thank you so much to the lovely people who voted for my rather less than perfect entry to the February Soap Challenge Club.  I don’t know who you are, but you made my day 🙂  Especially when there were some stunning soaps you could have spent your votes on.

For anyone who is interested this is what my soap now looks like …

The pretty teal colour on the top has matured into a grey taupe colour (so Kelly Hoppen 😉 ) and it has developed a thick layer of soda ash but only in the dips and hollows.  Must admit, I’ve had plenty of soda ash but never seen it concentrate only in certain areas like this.  Strangely enough, I quite like it – looks like it has been dusted with icing sugar!

Anyway, putting that one behind me now and looking forward to the March challenge.  The theme is rimmed soaps with a guest tutorial from Tatsiana Serko of Creative Soap by Steso.  Her work is stunning as you can see below (the one top left is the soap to be featured in the tutorial).   I love her aesthetic and the precision in her work is amazing.

I’m quite excited about this one and really keen to have a go myself.  So, wanting to avoid last month’s disaster, I thought I would get ahead of the game and check out You Tube for some inspiration.  However, the only rimmed soap videos I could find were a couple by Kevin Devine of Divinely Designed.  I watched a number of his videos when I was starting out and he is clearly an experienced and talented soaper.  But sorry, Kevin, you didn’t make it look easy this time.  Starting to get a little worried about this one.

Have also read the sign up page at Great Cakes Soap Works which says you need a slab mould.  Oops!  I don’t have one of those.  Also, apparently improvising with shoe boxes is out.  This is going to be interesting.

I’ve also decided to stick religiously to whatever recipe is recommended, even if it included palm oil which I tend to avoid.

Join me next week to see how my adventure in rimmed soaps goes!

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