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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Great Cakes Soap Challenge ~ Piping technique!

Great Cakes Soapworks Challenge by Amy Warden

~ Piping Technique! ~ 
Floral Guest Soaps ~ White Tea & Ginger scent

  It's time for another of Great Cakes Soapworks fantastic challenges!  For me this was really hard! I have always admired Piped soaps, but had not really been driven to try doing it. That is why entering these challenges are soooo awesome ~ they make me go where i have never gone before in my soapy universe! :)

 I chose to try a floral guest soap theme. 

Here is my entry! 


 Using a Lard 37%, Coconut 25%, Castor 12.5%, Olive Oil 25%. I combine Lye & Oils at low temp, close to 80-85 degrees.
 I used Brambleberrys White Tea & Ginger fragrance in the main batter ~ Awesome scent!
 The tips I used (experimented with) were # 67, 98, 101. I didn't have a smooth 'smile" tip, so my Chrysanthemums look more like Hens & Chicks!! Oh well ~ i like hens & chicks :))
 The batter was still too mushy when I first put it in the bags, I just had to keep trying & experiment. It took close to 1 hr ++ to get a consistency that would hold shape. 

 The texture looked weird & grainy to me. I never did stick blend at all, so I wonder if that had something to do with it? *I plan on using a blender next time I try piping to compare the texture.
 I didn't take pics of all the first disasters, and the first ones that resembled anything did not show any of the color variation from the mixed bag. So I didn't use them.
 I let my flowers & leaves set up separately. It took a few day actually for me to get back to making the bases in the guest mold. I just placed the leaves & flowers on the soap I blended to a thick trace before pouring/glopping into the mold.
 I like the look of the little guest soaps! I don't think they would be very practical to use tho. Once I get better at lower profile shapes I will try again!
 More finished photos!

 I have a loooong way to go learning to pipe soaps better, but have loved trying! 

 Thanks to Amy Warden for hosting this challenge ~ fantastic learning opportunity ~ as always~ :))

 Also thanks to all those that shared such fantastic tips to learn with.
Have a wonderful Day ~ Eva

12 comments:

  1. Very pretty Eva!

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    1. Thank you Toni! I'm glad they were recognizable as something!

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  2. Thanks for sharing your process, Eva! and your soaps are so cute and pretty. The colours work really well together. The purple and yellow flowers contrast so nicely :)

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    1. Thank you! It was fun experimenting, but hard to choose a color, so i'm glad you like it! :)

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  3. These are so fun, Eva! Any guest would love to use them! Definitely takes some practice, but as someone else mentioned, piping is very therapeutic!! :) Instant gratification.

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    1. Thank you Amy! Yes, I can see where this could be therapeutic. I would like to hone my skills then perhaps make "snow globe" style flowers with a clear M&P protective dome. Thanks for the opportunity to try this! :)

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  4. Very pretty soaps. They all look great and so cute :)

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    1. Thank you Carolyn! It was fun ~ I love all the variety everyone came up with! :)

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  5. What pretty little soaps! Love the various shades you used - nicely complimentary. :)

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    1. Thank you! This has been super fun! I'm glad they turned out :)

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  6. These would be delightful in any bathroom or display - lovely little soaps!

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    1. I appreciate your kind comments! Thanks :))

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