About this time last year I began planning some Soap Challenges that ended up being extremely fun and rewarding for so many soapmakers. I was asked to do it again soon, and my reply was always the same: “Next year!”
Well, it’s finally next year, and I have a few more fun ideas in the works! It’s going to be a scaled DOWN version of what we did the first time around as far as the number of weeks we will be doing, but it will be a scaled UP version in terms of the skills involved. I have four weeks of challenges planned, two of the four I have not attempted myself, but have seen on other soapmaker’s blogs and will be learning right along with you!
Here’s the schedule:
Week One March 24th: Tiger Stripe
Week Two March 31st: Elemental Swirl
Week Three April 7th: Mica Swirl Tops
Week Four April 21st: Leopard Spots
Materials needed: Aside from the usual soapmaking supplies, you will need plenty of mixing cups, micas, and either a tea strainer or a piece of pantyhose stretched over a jar of mica with a rubberband for the elemental swirl, more micas for the mica swirl tops, and piping bags or large ziplock freezer bags for the leopard spots.
These are somewhat advanced techniques, but will give everyone good practice! I will post the first challenge on Sunday, March 24th with a link to an instrucational video and some photos of examples of the technique. Participants will have until Saturday to make their soaps and post on their blog, Facebook or YouTube. I will open up a link post on Saturday for everyone to post their work.
If you are ready to expand your skills and join us, please comment below with your name, where you are from, and what you are most excited about learning!