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Cold Process Soap Bullseye swirl technique

Posted by Chris Greten on

There is probably another name for this technique but I don't know it so I named it the bulIseye swirl!  am so very excited at the way this soap came out.  It did not look this impressive in the mold and as a matter of fact I thought I had messed it up.  I started with a basic recipe  really any basic recipe will do just as long as it does not accelerate trace. I brought the soap and lye to a very thin trace. If you do not know the basics of soap-making please do your research and get very familiar before trying to make soap. Lye can be extremely  dangerous if you do not know what you are doing.Before I mixed my oils and lye together I prepared the colorants. I needed 4 separate containers. One container I put 1 1/2 teaspoon rose clay  and 1 Tablespoon of  water and made sure it was mixed very well. The second one I  added 1 teaspoon activated charcoal and 1 Tablespoon water and mixed well. The third container,  I added 1 teaspoon of spirulina and did not add any liquid. The fourth container do not add anything to right now.
After the lye and oils are mixed, I brought the batter to a very light trace. I separated the soap mix  into 4 equal amounts into the 4 different containers. And made sure each was mixed very well.  The fourth container is just the soap base, which is actually the creamy yellow you see in the photo.I lined up the colors and got ready to start pouring them in my mild. My mold is a 2 pound silicone loaf mold. The measurements are 8" Long x 3.5" wide x 2.5" high.  When I calculated my recipe to see how much oil to use. I calculated the height so that I would fill the mold only 2" high instead of 2.5". I will write another post on how to calculate your oils(so check back or follow me so you get that article too!)
Okay so I lined up my colors and starting with the first one I poured it into the center of the mold and counted to 3. Grabbed the second color and did the same thing right on top of that one.Keep going through all the colors and counting to 3 each time. It will look like a giant bulls eye.  Also don't forget to tap down your mold every so often to reduce bubbles and even out the soap. Keep doing this until you are out of soap batters. It is important to always pour in the same order. Once you have it all poured in the mold, give it one more tap on the table to get any bubbles out.
Now you need to swirl it! I use  the stick end of a wooden spoon or a dowel or chopstick will work as well. Insert the stick in the center of bulls eye and make sure it is all the way to the bottom of the mold, move the stick toward the 3 ' o clock position (so from the center to the edge), without pulling the stick go back to the center and than move the the 4 o'clock position and back to the center and than to the 5 o'clock position. Continue doing this until you have done one complete lap of the mold. The key is to not take the stick out until you are completely done.  When you are done it should look something like this.
The secret to making it look so awesome is in the cutting. Remember the mold is 8" long. I cut them at 2" wide each, so you cut at 2, 4 ,6 inches. giving you 4 bars. Now lay those on their side and cut at 1 inch. so your bar should be 2 x 1 x 3.5. Hope that makes sense. I will be doing a video soon of this, because I am a visual person! Let me know if you have any questions. Click here to ask a question or leave a comment.

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