Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Soap Top Oil Mica Obsession

I admit, I have obsession on certain style of soaping from time to time.  There was a period when all I wanted to do was layering, from simple one color gradient to complicated tri-color alternating 11 layer gradient, I was totally obsessed for awhile!  It seems like lately I've switched my obsession to the soap top decoration, to be more specific, the use of sugar pearls and oil mica swirl.  What is oil mica swirl you ask?  It is simply mixing body safe mica or glitter with little oil to drizzle over the soap top then either swirl it with a stick or spoon.  After soap sets up hard, the oil you use to mix the mica gets absorbed into the soap and creates a trace of shimmery mica or glitter behind for some bling bling!  Normally when you mix shimmery mica into soap batter you get the coloring  but not the shimmer or glitter.  By doing oil mica on soap top you can add a lot more visual interest to the look.

Pumpkin Chai

Badedas

Full Moon

Ume Blossom

Lemon Verbena

Dark Kiss

Strawberry & Champagne

23 comments:

  1. I know why you're obsessed...it's awesome! Beautiful! I hope you don't mind if I try too.

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    1. I didn't invent it, not taking the credit, LOL Go ahead, try it! Maybe you'll be obsessed too!

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  2. They are all totally gorgeous ~ you are the mica in oil swirlmaster!

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  3. Wow, that looks totally amazing!! So many soaps you made!
    It's absolutely fabulous, and the colors OMG.

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  4. Ohhh, beautiful!

    Another idea I'll have to try:)

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  5. The toppings are amazing! Great colours!

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  6. Beautiful, Emily! I love the idea of using mica and oil to make a shimmery swirl on top. It could be an especially wonderful way to jazz up a soap that discolors dark brown due to the fragrance oil. I will have to try that someday!

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  7. I love these soaps, they're all nice and shiny. Thank you for the tip of mixing glitter with oil, will try that sometime too! Marieke

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  8. WoW!!!! I have to try it, too ;o) Wonderful!

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  9. Gorgeous soaps! I love all the bling.

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  10. I love all your bling bling! Your soaps are so beautyful, I like your topping-style. Thank you for sharing your secret of mixing oil and mica :-)))

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  11. That is a great idea, and the tops of your soaps do look incredible! I especially love the effect the top gives to the Pumpkin Chai soap. You're such a creative artist!

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  12. This is such a lovely technique EM! I'm looking forward to your next obsession! LOL

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  13. I always wondered how you got that great effect, it's so stunning! Thanks for sharing Emily, I would love to try it!

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  14. They all look really great! thanks, gr.
    Marga

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  15. Wow! Your color on the top is just amazing. I love seeing the little notification that you have a new blog post up because I know I won't be disappointed. =)

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  16. Oh wow! Just beautiful! Thank you for sharing your tricks :) I will try it next time and see if it works as beautifully for me as it always does for you!

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  17. talk about gorgeous! your soaps are so very beautiful, I just love them!

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  18. There are so pretty! You are so great!

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  19. Will this work for MP
    soap?

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    1. I don't think so. Usually M&P cannot suspend mica and additives need to be mixed well. If you add mica oil to the top of your M&P the oil might not be able to get absorbed and you will end up with oily top. It is my opinion knowing the difference between CP and M&P. You can certain try and let us know if it works!

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  20. Thank you so much for sharing your oil & mica technique! Yours are some of the prettiest soaps I have ever seen. Not to worry about talking and soaping, it will get easier. Your presentation is so cute, it doesn't matter if you voice over or not.

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