Amy's Soap Challenge 2013 - Final Week - Leopard Spots

I wasn't going to post my soap yet as I still have another attempt to do, but I didn't think it would be fair NOT to show my soap failure!  I still like it, but it is not at all what I planned to do.

Before I explain, I just want to say a big thank you to Amy from Great Cakes Soapworks for putting on this soap challenge!  I'm sure it was a lot of work for her (since it was for me) and I was able to learn so much from this experience.  I think it's important to grow creatively otherwise I'll end up stagnating!  This was the perfect challenge for me.

The final week was leopard spots.  Amy discovered this technique from Cee (Oil & Butter), who found this technique on a cake design video.  How creative!  So of course we all have to try this!  Check out the latest link-ups for the final challenge week here.  Oh and it was a challenge!  I saw many a people had to do this at least twice and sometimes three times!  Us soapmakers are a group of perfectionists for sure!

Everything seemed to go wrong for me.  I used a different soap recipe, which was a mistake.  It had too much palmitic and stearic acid in it along with castor oil.  Great for speeding up trace.  Then I had my lye water too hot so that was the end there!  My soap was SO thick, but at least it didn't sieze.  I colored my soap wrong.  I started coloring it pink before I separated off my colors for black and white!!!!  Ugh, so now I had to go with with light pink instead of white.  I was hoping to go with my tiger stripe theme of pink, black and white.  Oh well.  I misjudged how much batter I needed for the stripes and had way too much for the stripes.  I used a narrow mold....trying getting a hand in there!  Impossible.  But, it's soap and it smells delicious!  It's a fruity blend with pinnapple, lemon, lime, peaches, and white gardenia.  So yummy and pretty!

No fancy photography here, but here it is!


Now I am going to admire what everyone else made and plan my next attempt.  Hopefully I can do a video too!  I will just have to do the exact opposite of my last attempt and then maybe it will work!

On a side note, I got a new ideal for a soap design!  I could just pipe stripes back and forth like I did on the top and get spots that way.

Comments

  1. Wow, that pink! Love your idea of continuing with the same colors as the tiger stripe soap!
    But you got a gorgeous soap, Milla! I wish I could smell it!

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    1. Thank you! Someday I'll try the spots again with this color combo!

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  2. Such a gorgeous pink! Mine is much calmer,but I adore this one. Will it colour the lather?
    This soap is beautiful, you would have made a mistake if hadn't posted it. Never mind if your spots are not as planned,but with so many things going wrong, you pulled it out fantastically!

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    1. Thank you! I'm not sure about the colored soap lather yet. I do expect a little since it's so bright, but we'll see! There is some pink left behind if I leave the soap sit out wet.

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    2. Just checked the soap lather and it is pretty much white, maybe just a teeny bit super pale pink. Pretty good!

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  3. Head 2 Toe you got it right it is HOT! I love it!

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  4. Love it! I've got to try this color combination! Very pretty. No worries, I flopped my first try too. I posted mine as an epic fail, lol

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    1. Thank you! I think it's a super fun color combo and not that difficult either! I already did my second attempt and I think it will be better.

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  5. Wow, this is gorgeous soap - love the colour combo!

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  6. Milla it is very pretty and like a series when you use the similar and complimentary colors. The fragrance sounds divine!

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  7. Oh gosh, that's so pretty Milla...vibrant and beautiful! You did so good even with it thickening up on you and not going according to plan!!!

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    1. Thanks! I thought for sure I was going to have air pockets everywhere, but they are only on the sides thank goodness. Attempt #2 is in the mold right now.

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  8. It may not be your ideal leopard spot soap but I am IMPRESSED with the colors and design. Super beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Holly! I'm loving the hot pink color! This was definitely a learning experience.

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  9. What a beautiful pink! I definitely see the leopard spots but I also see zebra stripes.:) Love it!

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    1. Haha! Thanks! I see stripes too!

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  10. Oh those colors are fun fun fun!!!! Love it.

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    1. Thanks! The hot pink is definitely fun!

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  11. Leopard spots, zebra stripes, whatever it is doesn't even matter because it's geeeorgeous! Nice, vibrant pink-I love it!

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    1. Thank you! It might just be my favorite color right now!

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  13. Even if you did not get "the perfect leopard spot", your soap looks still amazing. I actuall like that design. It reminds me of the Alps.

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    1. Thank you! I think the soap is growing on me too. Maybe it's the pink!

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  14. Who needs perfection?! ;o)
    Great job!

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    1. Thank you! It has definitely grown on me!

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  15. Wow, I think your soap looks great, Milla, even if things didn't go according to plan! I love that hot pink with the black.

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    1. Thank you! With as bad as it went I really can't believe it turned out. I just hate wasting ingredients, but I'm glad this is a keeper.

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  16. I think it looks amazing..those colors are stunning together. I really need to order a hot pink color! :)

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    1. Thank you! What's also great about the hot pink is you can use TD and then some pink and make it a light pink. It's a pretty pink all around.

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  17. Even if the spots aren't what you wanted those colors are FANTABULOUS still! I love it - it's vibrant and vivid and lively and unique - that's what the colors say to me, very nice indeed!

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  18. Your soap is so striking!! Love the color palette - the light pink really adds to the effect, I believe. Thank you for participating in the challenges this year!

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  19. Wow! What an incredible design and the colors are just fabulous -- great job on the entire soap. =)

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