Monday, March 21, 2011

Column Swirl

So, this video of a painting by Holton Rower has been going around and made it into the soap community via Soapylove's Facebook page where Debbie noted it might be inspiring for Cold Process soap makers. Boy was she right! Amanda Griffin of Lovin' Soap posted pictures of her attempt to do this with soap - as far as I know the first person to try it out with soap as the medium. Since then I have done it as well as Holly Port from Lotion Bar Café!

Click here to see the original video reposted by Non ci posso credere. The video is beautifully done! 

Here are my results:

 just poured soap. The colors are made using natural cosmetic clays. I used an essential oil blend for the scent so this one is all natural!
 Gelled Soap 18 hours later
Clay colors
Column cross sections. These are really cool - I think they look like sediment lines.

Cut Bars. There is a lot of variety and the bars from the edges of the mold didn't get much color. These are mostly from the middle of the mold.


  1. Another fabulous masterpiece Erin! You constantly inspire me to step my soapmaking game up:D

  2. Thank you Patrice! You should try this technique! It is super fun with lovely results. :)

  3. Ooo, I like that! And you cut it like a loaf, right? And Amanda did hers in a slab mold, so they look a little different. So many options! Thanks for sharing the photos! :)

  4. You're welcome Ruth! Yes, I cut them like a loaf so the swirl is cut on the cross section. I like the effect too! Similar to half of a funnel effect.

  5. Gorgeous! Wow! xo Jen

  6. It's beautiful!! Really!
    Nice and lovely :D
    How do you get such color with the red clay, when I use it gives a redish brown, even with very little clay...
    Probably one of the next soap designs I must try!!

    *^-^* Thank you Erin *^-^*

  7. Beautiful, Erin! I love that you used clays. The dark red clay is stunning!

  8. Thank you Ahelya! I am using red reef clay which has a rich red color. I know there are different types of red clay so it may be the one you are using. I used 1 Tablespoon in 30 oz of soap batter so it was very concentrated.

  9. Ok!that's the reason why. I'll try to get some other red clays as well.
    Thank you ^^

  10. These are awesome! I love that you used clays, once we get moved and re-settled, i have some fun projects to work on......

  11. 5 minutes ago ago I the video saw and now this beautiful soap.
    Both is a mad art.
    On into the kitchen, soaps funnels.

    loves greetings

  12. Glad you like it! If you try it out please post pics!!!

  13. Nice work Naiad.
    Greetings from Spain

  14. Anne-Marie FaiolaMarch 25, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    Thanks for sharing the cross-section photos! The variation that you end up with is really fun! What a great technique =)

  15. Kelly Ann TaylorApril 7, 2011 at 6:35 AM

    Hi Erin!
    Just popped in to say that I am thinking about you and your upcoming wedding!
    Hope all your plans are going well!
    We want some pictures whenever you get a chance!
    XOXOXX from Texas and I wish you much much happiness!
    Kelly Taylor

  16. Glad you found it interesting! I always love cutting on the cross section because it is always a surprise!

  17. Hi Kelly! Thank you for thinking of me and the warm wishes! I still have a lot of decoration type stuff to do and have write my wedding vows but my fiance is a great inspiration and always around so that part should be a piece of cake! :) In the end I will be married, surrounded by people I love, with a glass of wine in my hand and lots of food to munch on so everything will be perfect!

  18. I am DYING to make this. I can't find blue clay, though. I've been all over the internet. I know there is some in Siberia people are getting their paws on, but I've had no luck. I can't tell you how much I want blue clay. I've gone so natural, I'm scaring myself. From Glitter Flying Horse Princess, to earth mom 101. Only cause those soaps turn out more, "me," than the glitter pups. I will leave fancy and gorgeous to you. :)

  19. Hi Nancy - the blue clay is Australian Blue clay - it doesn't really come out blue though, more of a pale moss color. You can find it at or Doing natural color can be restrictive - a lot of natural blue and purple comes out gray in alkaline soap. I want to get my hands on some blue indigo powder!

  20. It's beautiful! I like it!! thanks share.



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