How I Made Shimmy Shimmy Ko Ko Bop
The April Soap Challenge Club's project was called Tall & Skinny Shimmy. The process involves using a tall and skinny mold and using seven pours tocreate the shimmy effect you see in the picture. I have to be honest, this was my fourth attempt. The key is to have your soap batter very thin (called thin trace). I failed on the thickness once, then had more than 7 pours once, and disliked the color combination once. To make a thin trace you need what is called a slow tracing formula. Here is my formula:
I used three colors: midnight blue, orange vibrance, and lemon drop yellow. I made 3 shades of each color to have an ombre technique. I used 3 blue pours, 2 yellow, and 2 oranges in the following order:
The order was important as one of my early failures was because I ended up with two yellows side-by-side. Not good. I used cucumber melon fragrance oil because it slows down trace considerably. Here is a picture of my colors:
There is a bit of math involved here in order to get the pours about the same size:
I tried to pour initially with a measuring cup that has a long spout, thought that would be easier, it wasn't. Went back to the paper cups with a slight bend to make pouring down the side of the mold easier. I used two pencils to prop up each side alternatively as I poured, switching from one to the other. After completing the pours I used a Taiwan swirl on the top:
I used a cold process oven process to cure the soap. I put it in the over at 170 degrees for 10 minutes, turned the oven off, left it in for 30 hours. It was quite soft so I covered it for another 24 hours and was then able to remove it:
I left it on the counter for another 24 hours before I cut it due to softness.