I feel bad for Composure. She’s always the butt end of my soap experiments. Composure is a single note tea tree oil soap, so I know I can rely on her to behave when I want to play with coloring techniques. A good number of friends and family use it as a facial soap, so I know I can always give it away or use it myself should the experiment turn out ugly.
Lately, Celine over at i am handmade has been sharing all the gorgeous soaps she’s been making with the spoon swirl technique. Now the spoon swirl technique is not new to me, but it’s been many years since I did it. You have to have a very well behaved soap and fragrance formula, or it’ll set up too fast to work. Well, I caught the bug and felt the need to give the technique another whirl a couple weeks ago.
I was originally planning a video, but I didn’t have the extra hands. Instead, how about a photo or two?
To the left is composure’s first half inch or so in the mold. Soap is drizzled into the mold with a small spoon, which creates ribbons of each color throughout the soap. It takes about 15 minutes for a 3 lb batch, double the time for the double batch size. It takes quite a while to spoon soap into a mold, one spoonful at a time.
For you soapers out there, you mix to just barely trace to get the best consistency to work with and the line placement is haphazard when I do spoon swirls. Celine’s soaps look like she is more defined in placement.
To the right is what the soap looked like when I was done. (Notice how it was thickening up a bit!)
For soapers: If you’re interested in checking out other spoon swirls out there, including a few tips and tutorials, here’s some handy links for you:
- Spoon swirls from around the world!
- Soap & Restless attempted the spoon swirl, and here’s her reveal!
- The Sirona Springs spoon swirl contribution
- And lastly, here’s a video tutorial from Soap Session