Soap Challenge 2013 – Mica Swirled Tops Link-Up

I really am embarrassed to show you the inside of the Coconut Lime soap I made this week for the mica swirled tops challenge! Not one of my better efforts, but I will chalk it up to another experience to add to my “what not to do” list. At least the mica swirls are decent. I will definitely have to try this technique again some time with a better behaving soap batter!

Now it’s your turn! Each participant may add ONE link to their creation. Here are the instructions to add your link:

Bloggers: Create a post about your mica swirled top soap – with photos of course! You can describe how you picked your scent and colors, any problems you may have encountered or advice you might have. Please include a link back to my blog in your post (either the home page, or this post should work nicely!). When you link to your post, be sure it’s the link to the actual post, not just your blog link. Otherwise, when someone clicks on it later, and you’ve made more posts, they won’t be able to find the one you wanted to link with.

Facebook business page photos: Upload your photo(s) into a photo album, and write a descriptive caption on the photo you are linking up to this post, including the scent you used and any other information you care to share. To link the photo, click on it, then copy and paste the URL into the “blog post URL” blank at the top. In the next step, it will show your photo, and you will need to select it. (If you press the “crop” button instead, you can adjust what the thumbnail of your photo will look like.)

YouTubers: You can create a link to a YouTube video of your soap! UPDATE! If you upload a photo of your soap as your YouTube profile photo, it will show up in the link-up! If you don’t have a profile photo, I believe you can still upload a photo from your computer and use your video as the link. Starting on your video page, click the “share” button and copy the URL. You can use this URL for the “blog post URL” blank. If you have a photo in your profile, you should be able to select it. If not, you can either ignore all the tiny blue boxes and click the “direct image URL” tab across the top and paste the URL of your youtube video in the blank again and hit the “submit query” button OR click “upload from computer” and select a photo from your hard drive.

Uploading a photo from your computer: If you don’t have a blog or business page on facebook or a youtube video, you can still upload a photo from your computer. UPDATE: Put YOUR NAME in the “blog post URL” blank and go to the next step. It will give you an error message, but it will still work! Just click the tab across the top that says “upload from computer” and you will be able to browse your files and upload a photo. I will remove the dead link ASAP.

Please note: I will not be available most of the weekend. Hopefully by the third week you’ve all figured out the link-up anyway!

(This week’s link-up will remain open until Saturday, April 27. The final challenge will be posted on Sunday, April 21st!)


15 thoughts on “Soap Challenge 2013 – Mica Swirled Tops Link-Up

  1. Thank you for sharing that you sometimes have less than perfect soaps. While my top was okay (Twilight Mica that turned to silver that I ended up dusting with Gold Mica) but my inside was so awful I didn’t even take a picture of anything but the top. I will never use brown in a drop swirl again. Looks like a bodily function and really debated melting it down or cutting it up and still probably wouldn’t save it.

  2. Love the gold on top! Glad that the oil absorbed back in. I have this FO but haven’t used it yet.

  3. Thank you Amy! This challenge brings on all kinds of bling dreams. All these gorgeous soaps and talented people!

  4. Oh Amy, I think they look gorgeous! on the video it doesn’t look like there’s any wetness. It looks sort of like a Mother of Pearl effect and they look just beautiful! the colours look oh so pretty! I’m not sure what the wetness might be, but maybe it will absorb like the mica oil on top? anyhow, I think they’re really lovely.

  5. so great to see these beautiful top . Yours is great too Amy. It is on my list also the swirl in a swirl you talked about in your precedent video. The details inside the soap is interesting. Thanks a lot for the challenges . It s allowed me to take time to realise some soap swirls I never tried before.

  6. So have you decided the leaking was from the the fragrance oil? I’ve had the same thing happen to me, usually when my soap was really thick and I couldn’t stick blend the fragrance oil in well, I recall your black was fairly thin though. So glad it absorbed back into the soap. I think they look pretty cool, and the mica tops look great!
    Eileen´s last blog post ..Mica Swirled Top

  7. Just wanted to say everyone’s work is so beautiful and inspiring. It’s hard to post on some of your sites, so great work everyone. Thanks for the kind words, encouragement and inspiration. Thank you Amy for doing this.

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  9. Hi Amy, I didn’t try that “Swirl within a Swirl”, but I did do the
    Mica Swirl on top & I just loved it. In fact I did another one today on
    my Calendular Citrus Soap. I think I’m going to be doing a lot more
    of that, just love the way it looks. Thanks so much for all the time &
    effort you put into these challenges!! It’s very much appreciated!!

  10. I think we can all be too hard on ourselves, Amy. I really like your soap, at least you had a mica swirl on the top, I didn’t even get that this time. However, I’m not disappointed as I really like my soap, the fragrance is beautiful and I can always try the technique another day :) Linda

  11. This series is great. I have done techniques I would not have tried or even knew about. Made two batches yesterday using some of these techniques and the soap is gorgeous. Far better than my challenge batches,but that’s great. Learning and improving. Looking forward to the next challenge.

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