Soap Challenge Club: Fluid Acrylic Pour for July

After a brief absence from the Soap Challenge Club, I'm back! This month we're doing a fluid acrylic pour technique (and blowing through a straw!) that mimics a technique used with acrylic paint. I was inspired by summer, neons and tie dye, and this particular photo:

(source: Google Images)

I happened to have all the colors required to do this, which worked out perfectly.

The recipe I used is:

  • coconut oil (30%)
  • olive oil (35%)
  • palm oil (20%)
  • castor oil (5%)
  • shea butter (5%)
  • avocado oil (5%)

I used 33% for water as percent of oil weight, 5% superfat, and 1 oz of fragrance oil per pound of soap. For this one, I used Eucalyptus Spearmint as my scent, and the following colorants, all from Nuture Soap: Neon Blue, Neon Green, Neon Orange, Neon Pink, Neon Purple, Neon Red and Neon Yellow. 

I split my batter, pouring only about one fifth (if that) off into seven separate containers for the neons, and coloring the rest with titanium dioxide to make it nice and white. I put this into the bottom of my slab mold as a base for my design and let it thicken a bit so I could pour on top without my other colors sinking into it.

I then mixed up my neons, and poured them on top of the white in a loose swirly pattern, like the tie dye photo above. That's when things got fun, and I got to dig out a straw and blow the colors into each other to create the tie dye effect. I think it worked out pretty well!

I stuck my soap in the over with the light on overnight, and took it out of the mold about four days later (I wasn't in a rush to get it out, as it was the first time I was using the silicone slab mold liners, and didn't want it to stick). I cleaned it up by planing the bit of soda ash off the top, and had the final product!

Overall, I'm quite satisfied, and will definitely be reproducing this design! I did do another batch attempting to get the design through the whole soap, but at the cut, I discovered that I didn't really get it all the way through. That'll be shared another day, though!

Thanks for reading everyone; I hope you're all having a great summer!


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