The challenge this month was to create a landscape in a log mould that didn’t contain any man made structures. This is quite difficult as many of the landscapes around me do contain man made structures. I decided to replicate this image of lavender fields as it is grown in Devon near to where I live. I also loved this photo as the vibrant purple from the lavender contrasts beautifully with the yellow and blue clouds in the skyline.
I put this second picture up as it captures the yellow colour of the soaps better.
The soap recipe I used traces at a medium speed and creates a hard bar that can be unmoulded fairly easily.
Palm Oil 40%
Olve Oil Pomace 30%
Sunflower Oil 10%
I scented the bars with 3% lavender EO as it matched my theme.
I started by making an in the pot swirl with a mixture of purple and green batter (liquid soap dye and spirulina) which half filled the mould. I allowed this to harden for a day, then removed it from the mould and sliced it into sections to represent the lines between the rows of lavender bushes.
I used my soap loaf cutter from themouldsshop.co.uk to cut nice straight lines into my embeds. I would have really struggled without it!
I then mixed up another batch of batter to fill the rest of the mould. I divided it into five different unequal parts to complete the design. One part brown for the soil between the lavender rows (cocoa powder), one part green (spirulina) for the tree line, one part yellow (liquid dye) for the horizon, one part blue (liquid dye) for the sky and one part white (plain batter) for the sun coming through the clouds.
I had two attempts at this. The first attempt was made in a similar way, but I used mica to colour it. I wasn’t happy with the colour vibrancy and the brown lines in between the rows weren’t very distinct so I tried again with the liquid colourants.
Here is my first attempt.
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Wow, Claire!! I'm so glad you did a second soap – the colors are definitely more vibrant and I love how distinct the rows of lavender came out! That is a really fantastic cutter – really adjustable to what you needed! 🙂
This is so creative! I'm truly impressed! Never would've thought of cutting into pieces and laying out like you did, well done!
Wonderful soap, well thought out and planned. Great colors
I love how your green shines through the purple. Very nice soap. Lavender is one of my favorite herbs.
I love it!! Nicely done.
Gorgeous soap! I love the vibrant colors, and the embeds lend a wonderful sense of perspective.
Thank you all for your lovely compliments, I really appreciate them. 🙂
Awesome! You are so creative. Love the vibrant colours.
So beautiful! Congratulations on your success Claire – very well deserved!!
My daughter and I both love this soap and voted for it. I was so happy to see you were a finalist — great job!
Thanks Claudia, your vote was greatly appreciated! 🙂
I just realised your soap was the winner. Congratulatons, it was very well deserved. I loved the addition of the birds and the colours were just fantastic!
Thank you. I have been following you for a while on pinterest. Your soapy inspiration board is great.
Thanks Devi. 🙂
This is awesome!