Feathered Mantra Swirl Tutorial

After tackling the mantra swirl for last month’s Soap Challenge Club, I have seen so many variations on this beautiful technique!! One of them was posted by Ramy Sanchez from Spain on her blog. Ramy was kind enough to share her method and has given me permission to post it here!

Feathered Mantra Swirl:

1. First you will need to create two lengthwise dividers for your log mold. Divide your soap batter into thirds and color each one separately. The soap should be thick enough that it won’t run under the dividers, but still fluid enough to swirl easily. You may need help to hold the dividers while you pour the soap in the mold! Once the soap is all poured, slowly lift the dividers out.

Soap divided in three parts - you can use cardboard wrapped with mailing tape, or other rigid material
Soap divided in three parts – you can use cardboard wrapped with mailing tape, or other rigid material

2. Next you will need to swirl the soap in a tight S-curve across all of the layers of soap with a chopstick or bamboo skewer. Make sure your swirling tool goes all the way to the bottom of the mold!

First swirl pattern
First swirl pattern

3. Then you will make one more swirl with your chopstick or skewer, like this (again all the way to the bottom of the mold!):

Second swirling pattern - create feathers!
Second swirling pattern – create feathers!

4. Slice your soaps horizontally so you can see the beautiful swirl inside!

Check out Margo’s example – she used this technique for the Challenge Club, and her soaps turned out beautifully:

Margo's Feathered Mantra Swirl Soap
Margo’s Feathered Mantra Swirl Soap

I can’t wait to try this myself!

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  1. I am going to try this soap this Friday (my day off). I am going to use brown and orange for fall colors and white on the outside. I hope it works as beautifully as these did! Thanks for a great tutorial!

  2. This swirling technique gives stunning results! It’s on my list to try someday! Thanks for sharing the extra step to create feathers. The secret seems to be to cut the soap horizontally.

  3. I swirled my soap for the challenge up to step two, love the added texture and fluidity that step 3 adds! Totally trying this soon – beautiful!

  4. This is so striking and just gorgeous! You make this technique look like something I could attempt and maybe pull off. I so appreciate your tutorials
    that educate and support others like me. You are one cool lady. Thanks Amy!

  5. wow It’s beautiful! I would love to try this technique. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  6. I’m confused. is this a slab mold or a log mold? I’m not sure I know what you mean by cut horizontally? I want to do this right it is sooo beautiful!

  7. @Debi – I believe it’s a log mold, but it’s wider than what I normally use. You would usually cut a log mold vertically. For a mantra swirl, you’ll have to cut the soap horizontally – perpendicular to your normal cut.

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