The Making of “The Network”

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This soap was inspired by a fascinating design I’ve seen on Instagram. Both SoapTechniques and SoapbyAniri had examples of this design and I just loved it. I admire their work so much! Check out their Instagram account (#soaptechniques and #Soapbyaniri) for beautiful soaps!

 

I’ve been trying to figure out the design and I found out it’s made using the “traveling faux funnel” technique. But I couldn’t find any videos or tutorials on that technique, I never heard of it and I wasn’t gonna get a funnel and move it along the mold while pouring. I have made a similar design in my Hypnotique soap and I was gonna modify it a little and try it in a small guest size batch.

 

I did not take pictures to start with as it was a test to see if I get close to that design (I got lucky!). But as I poured I loved the way it looked in the mold so I took a few pictures. Just enough to give you an idea of how I did it. It’s actually a really really simple pour, well more of a squeeze than pour ๐Ÿ™‚ Theย idea was to make circles like I did in the Hypnotique but make the one on top bigger. I know you won’t understand until you see the pictures. The lines can be made with only one color but because I’m a sucker for colorsย and “special effects” I chose to make the lines with yellow in between purple. I used Iridescent Violet and Oh So Yellow mica from Workshop Heritage on Etsy.

 

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I used squeeze bottles to pour. I started by placing 2 rows of 5 little purple circles along the side of the mold. I don’t have pictures of the first 2 layers, I just drew a picture so you can get an idea … yep, I’m not good at drawing :/

 

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After I poured the 10 little purple circles, I poured 10 yellow ones on top (same size) then 10 more purple followed by a big circle of white soap on top of each. If you do one color line you would only pour one little circle followed by a big one. The next layer I placed the dots in the middle not on top of the ones I poured before. I used a guest size mold but if you use a regular size you can start with 3 rows followed by 2, or as many as you’d like, To create the “chicken wire” effect just place the circles in the next layer in between the ones from the previous layer and continue so until the mold is full. I don’t know if you understand my explaining so I’ll just get some pictures taken at different stages during the pour ๐Ÿ˜€

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The one row

 

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Funny fact, or at least I find it funny ๐Ÿ˜‰

While pouring, the little circles looked like creepy eye balls so when I was pouring the white I was aiming to drown them. Does that make me crazy? Oh well, a little craziness didn’t harm anyone ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyways, in my book the “traveling faux funnel” technique became “drowning the evil eye”, hahaha.

Hope you give it a try and share your pictures!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 replies on โ€œThe Making of “The Network”โ€œ

  • Carmen

    Oh, I so know what you mean! Everytime I see a new design I get a clean “drug induced rush”, hahaha. And it stays with me until I try it. Who the heck needs drugs when there’s soap making ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • carolyn newton

    Absolutely fantastic Carmen! You are such a talented artisan soap maker. even though you are inspired, you make it your own. I want to run into my soap room immediately and try this but it is 2 a.m. so it may have to wait ๐Ÿ™‚ Fabtastic mate!

  • Preciosa

    Hi Carmen! Thank you so much for sharing your craft and creativity. You have done an amazing job and your soaps looks beautiful!

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