Thursday, March 27, 2008

Spiced Umeshu Soap -- Cut!


I'm really pleased with the way this soap turned out. There was a tiny bit of ash on top, but it wasn't too bad. I wonder if curing the loaves upside down would help this. Ash is a bit of a mystery, but I'm pretty sure it has something to do with evaporation. When my soaps ash, it's always on the top -- not the sides or bottom -- so theoretically, turning the loaf upside down would prevent it.

Of course, this is theory is based on logic, and we all know that goes right out the window when it comes to soap making. ;)

14 comments:

Heather@Twin Birch said...

OH MY!! Now THAT is fabu! You are amazing!

Casey said...

This is another masterpiece.

Joanna Schmidt said...

Woah....so pretty! How do you manage to get that outline with the center so creamy colored?

gracefruit said...

Thanks so much!

Joanna, it's just the discolouration of the fragrance oil. It's not completed, so just the edges have discoloured. Sadly, the soap won't stay like that.

Croap Queen said...

Really lovely! Am getting greener with jealousy by the day :-)

Joanna Schmidt said...

Funny, I thought there was a bizarre way you were pouring it into the mold, perhaps vertically, coating the sides, waiting, then pouring the center, then dribble purple in and squish it about with a chopstick. Hmmm That sound possible, no? Ah, maybe too much work. Love the bars!

gracefruit said...

Thanks again, everyone. :) You are making me blush!

I knew a soap maker who developed a way to make picture frames around her soaps. They were stunning works of art. I'll see if I can dig out some links or photos of her soaps.

Anonymous said...

this is absolutely gorgeous!
i love purple on tan. super!

I.

Heather@Twin Birch said...

I had to come back and look again! I think I have a crush on your soap!

Corrie. said...

So pretty Elizabeth. One day I want to make soap like you!
I thought you had a trick for pouring too, will still be just as nice all the same colour :-)

gracefruit said...

Irena, is that you? I hope you're well! And thank you! :)

Heather, you made me snarf my tea. Thank you. ;p

Thank you, Corrie! Your soap is gorgeous. I need to get a photo of that Pollack soap.

Anonymous said...

yep, that was me... i'm fine, thanks. amazed by your creations, so elegant! hope you are well too :).

I.

Teresa R said...

Absolutely beautiful soap! Classy and feminine. Longcroft doesn't sell to the US, though, does it?

gracefruit said...

Thank you!

I only sell within the UK right now, but I do have a little shop at DaWanda for international sales.