Basically the soap is poured onto blocks inside of a slab mold in a variety of colors to create a unique pattern in each bar of soap. Sounds easy enough to pour a liquid soap over a block and alternate colors to create a pattern. Let me tell you one thing. It is NOT as easy as it sounds.
The first batch became almost solid by the time it was time to pour. Still it smelled fantastic and will be a nice soap but not good enough for an entry into this type of competition.
So the second attempt went much better, thankfully. Using a little more water helped keep the soap fluid while we poured onto the columns and this time instead of using mica as a colorant we chose to use clay. Clay is mixed with water and that helped to keep the soap batter even more fluid.
So we began the pour using 3 different columns.
Who will win? I have no idea but there were many gorgeous entries. Regardless of a competition, this soap is a Winner! I love the technique and the feel of clay so look forward to more designs like this in 2014.