Winners Announcement: Pipe Divider Swirl Challenge!

The pipe divider swirl is a technique created by Tania from Soapish. She received inspiration from Clara Lindberg and Pasito a Pasito, and developed her own idea to use PVC pipe couplings to create dividers in a slab mold, holding them in place with melted beeswax (and later cocoa butter). This was such a fun technique, and definitely not as complicated as some other techniques we’ve done recently, but has really stunning results!

Huge thanks goes to our sponsor this month, Nature’s Garden! They have been so supportive of the Challenge Club since the beginning and were very generous with their prizes once again.

I’m very excited to announce to you that our grand prize winner is Lina Neufeld of Bathe in Grace from British Columbia, Canada! Lina has been doing challenges for less than a year and this is the first time she has placed. Her work is marked by soft colors and lines, and her winning soap easily fits those categories with stunning yellow and lavender swirls:

Acai & Silk Soap by Bathe in Grace

Acai & Silk Soap by Bathe in Grace

Lina wins a $100 gift certificate from Nature’s Garden! Congratulations!!

In second place is Lisa Rapp from Florida who joined us for the very first time last month! Lisa’s soap has lovely bright red “tulips” outlined in copper with black and white swirls:

Brazen Hussy Tulips by Lisa Rapp

Brazen Hussy Tulips by Lisa Rapp

Congratulations to Lisa! She wins a $75 gift certificate from Nature’s Garden! Please click on the photo to read about Lisa’s process and the other soap she made with this technique.

Third place goes to the very talented Vivian Sullivan of Selah Artisan Soaps in North Carolina! Vivian took second place in the January Challenge this year, and now she’s back as a top three finalist with her totally gorgeous Poinsettia soap made with the pipe divider swirl:

Poinsettia Soap by Selah Artisan Soaps

Poinsettia Soap by Selah Artisan Soaps

Vivian wins a $50 gift certificate from Nature’s Garden! Way to go!

The Sponsor’s Choice prize goes to Margo Long of Bearprint Soaps in Oregon. Margo is a long-time member of the Challenge Club and has placed twice before. Her soap this month is a lovely two-toned “raspberry” pink with delicate green and white swirls. Deborah Ward, owner of Nature’s Garden, was drawn to the soft color palette and beautiful swirls. She says, “I just think it is pretty!” It definitely is!

A Touch of Raspberry Soap by Bearprint Soaps

A Touch of Raspberry Soap by Bearprint Soaps

Congratulations to Margo who wins a $25 gift certificate from Nature’s Garden! Be sure to click on the photo to see more pics of her process in her Facebook album.

Check out the rest of the entries HERE. They are fabulous!!

Registration opens this TUESDAY, July 26 for the August Challenge. We will be doing the Dancing Funnel technique, taught by Tatsiana Serko of Creative Soaps by Steso. I am so grateful that she is willing to share her knowledge with us!! The challenge will be divided between soaps made with all natural ingredients, and those made with synthetic colors and/or scents. Here’s the all-natural soap that Tatsiana made with natural ingredients from one of our sponsors, Majestic Mountain Sage, for her video tutorial:

Dancing Funnel by Tatsiana Serko

Dancing Funnel by Tatsiana Serko

I just finished making my soap with synthetic ingredients from our other sponsor: Rustic Escentuals.

Dancing Funnel (in the mold) by Great Cakes Soapworks

Dancing Funnel (in the mold) by Great Cakes Soapworks

If you get really ambitious, you can even make a soap with more than two colors:

Multi-color Dancing Funnel soap by Tatsiana Serko

Multi-color Dancing Funnel soap by Tatsiana Serko

To find out exactly when registration opens, sign up for notifications about the Challenge Club here:

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17 thoughts on “Winners Announcement: Pipe Divider Swirl Challenge!

  1. Lisa Wolf says:

    Congratulations to everyone who won! Your soaps were beautiful. All of the entrants did a good job, and voting for just 3 soaps was a difficult decision for me.

  2. Michelle Rogerson says:

    That’s awesome – way to go everyone! There were so many beautiful soaps and colors and combinations – and what a great turnout it looks like. 🙂 Congrats to our winners!

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