I did two batches of soap this weekend and had disappointing results on both. I was also moody so decided to put soap making aside and pursued other endeavors. Such as finishing the peacock painting I had been working on for a while. Which was another “failed” painting initially. My vision was to create a colorful painting with beads glued on it, on a white (painted white, not unfinished) canvas. And after I had done it, I did not like it. Even my husband agreed it looked unfinished. So, I knew I wanted to paint the background a darker color. Usually when one paints, one paints the background first, doing it last made it more difficult but also allowed me to merge it better with the main subject. Overall, I was very pleased with the painted and hung it on our dining room wall.
Now back to the soap, It is tempting, very tempting, to just delete the video I had taken of the failed peacock feather soap. However, I thought I could do an autopsy of sorts, by examining it and figuring out where I went wrong. Clearly I am fascinated by peacocks, so why not try to improve on something I am very likely to attempt again?
(I also like hummingbirds, and that was the other failed soap). Sigh.
I am still learning a lot about soap dough, and I do not think I have done the recipe well yet. I did buy Bee’s book (Bee Lyata from Sorcery Soap) and will attempt with another one of her recipes. She lives in Arizona, where the weather is very dry and hot. I live in Houston, where it is very humid and hot. So perhaps I need to adjust the water amount? I do not know. I have noticed that when I color the soap dough blue, it tends to become softer than with any other color. So perhaps with blue oxide pigment is influencing this? Usually titanium dioxide or charcoal powder absorb water, and it can make soap crumbly if you do not compensate. Perhaps this pigment has the opposite effect?
For now, I leave you with the video: