Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Funnel Swirls Tutorial By Lomond Soap

This tutorial is from Corrie at Lomond Soap. If you get a chance, check out her very cool soaping skills!

Funnel Swirls by Lomond Soap

How they're done!
1. Set up your mould, fully lined. You will need to rig up a device to hold your funnel in place. Mine is 4 chopsticks tied together with bag ties! So long as it doesn't fall over whilst pouring, anything will do. For this technique I find that soaping cool to cold gives you the time to separate, color & fragrance your batch. You can always put it on the radiator once you're done to kick start the gel.
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2. Make up your soap base as normal. Stick blend enough to combine your oils & lye. You want thin trace not thick! (If it's too thick it won't flow through the funnel).
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3. Split your soap batter into 2 halves, color & fragrance each one. Again, only stir enough to combine the additives well. You do not want a thick batter. If you are adventurous you could try 3 or 4 colors.In the pic below I'm adding Titanium Dioxide powder to this half.
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In the next I'm adding a green color to the other half.
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4. Ok, so now you've got 2 pots of colored batter. Pour those into 2 jugs ready for pouring. Don't hang around whilst doing this. Have everything ready before you start.
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5. Start pouring first one color, into the funnel, then the other. The amount you pour of each color will affect the final look, it's trial and error in this part.
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The pic below shows the mold about half full, you can see how the swirls are building up.
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6. Pour till all your batter is used up. And you're finished! The one I made above is called "Yo! Limey" and turned out like this...It's fun, no 2 bars look the same. For those like me who are swirly challenged, give it a try!
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3 comments:

  1. That is brilliant. I do not have great swirling skills so I might just try that! It looks quite cool.

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  2. This technique gives you very pretty swirls and it's easy to do. I have learned that if you use three colors it''s even prettier.

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  3. I am a soap baby compared to you all... and I am so keen to learn and this is one of the nifitest ideas I have seen so far.. I can't wait to try it. Love the effect you got.

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