One of the most challenging soaps to date was finally finished late last week and cut two days later. The challenging aspect of it was to make it appear as though a glacial glaze overlaid the exterior sides, freezing snowflakes in place while the center was icy blue and white with glittery snowflakes and surface glitter made the appearance of frozen water and snow. This year’s version of Snow Queen was that soap.
I’ve made it several times before but with simple, standard swirls of two or three colors in a cold process coconut milk soap. Ho hum. It got tedious after the third run, so it was time to shake things up. With the rising popularity of soap dough work with a cp soap, it seemed the ideal opportunity to create something a bit more…. well, more.
The first challenge was getting all the flakes made and for that a set of snowflake punches in three different sizes was used on a snowy white soap dough tinted with mica from Mad Micas. Here Comes The Bride has the perfect amount of shimmer to it to bring a satin-like sheen to embeds of any type so the flakes were painted with this in alcohol (91%) after they were made and allowed to dry a bit. The snowflakes took about 4-5 days. I didn’t work on them non-stop but did other projects in between sessions in order to get up and move around a bit.
If any of you decide to try these out for fondant or soap dough for your own projects, keep around an old toothbrush and several tooth picks for cleaning out all those tiny crevices. They get clogged up quickly, causing the punch plunger to become stuck and your flakes will not come out without a fight. Use the toothbrush to wash out the plunger and punch after use each day.
Once enough flakes were made, the mold was lined with a lip to hold in the M&P that was going to cover the snowflakes placed on the sides.
The ruler made the lip rigid to hold the liquid M&P within the space. Once the first side was poured then cooled to firmness, the ruler was removed, the paper folded back, and the other side was poured. The flakes were place shiny side down on the liner, the melted soap poured over them, then left to cool completely. Once cooled, the paper was rolled back to open up the space so the cold process soap could be poured and swirled within the space. Above right, you see the channel created by the two sides after they’d completely cooled. On the left is the ruler offering rigidity to the paper lip that holds the poured side inside while it cools. In this pic, the mold is laying on its side.
Once the two sides were complete it was a simple matter of making the cold process batch as usual, pouring, swirling then waiting for the top to thicken enough for more flakes to rest on the surface without sinking beneath it.
For this swirl a hanger was used. The colors were Mad Mica‘s Snow White and Aphrodite Blue. The top had mica in oil with only one change. The Snow White was replaced with Here Comes the Bride. Diamond Dust was scattered across the top after all the flakes were in place. The fragrance, as always, was Snow Witch, which is now available from Arizona Mad Oils, a small specialty section of Arizona Soap Supply that offers the same fragrance oils we came to trust, know & love from Mad Oils.
Snow Queen was then covered with plastic in the mold and chilled to prevent partial gel. After taking more than a week to complete, I didn’t want a partial gel circle to mar the look!
Here is a side view with a slant to see the top as well. The tops of each ‘ice’ coating was trimmed down to match the height of the CP portion. The arms of these flakes are very fragile so it was probably not such a good idea to have them sticking up at all. Next time they’ll be placed flat on the surface. Quite a few flakes were disarmed in the cutting of this batch.
And so after more than a week’s worth of work on one project we have an outward appearance we are happy with and an interior view that presents wispy swirls and a brisk, cool, yet slightly sweet fragrance (though you can’t tell from your computer screen).
The top portion had more white added to it for better contrast. The interior was slightly tinted by the addition of the coconut milk and the slight yellowish tinge of the fragrance oil. Several things will be changed for the next time I make this batch & fragrance, but overall, I like how it turned out.
Find Snow Witch here.
Find Mad Micas here. Please note the varied choices of colour types. Choose the type you need based on their stability in your product.
Not sure where I bought the Diamond Dust, but highly recommend using TKB Trading’s Mermaid Collection glitters instead for real sparkle & shine to your product. They appear white in their containers but with a turn in the light you’ll see a lavender, green, red, blue or silver shimmer to them. They’re a genuine treat to work with!
Mad Micas has a large selection of glitters from which to choose in addition to bio-degradable micas that are all skin safe! Check out their collections here. Word of warning – you’ll be hooked for life with this company. Their customer service is second to none!