5.06.2013

the disappearing, reappearing tiger stripes

The strangest thing happened when I tried the tiger stripe technique for the first time.  The technique went well, actually....the two colors I used were rose clay and cocoa powder.  The scent, I mixed a couple of berry fragrances together, so just called it "Mixed Berries". 

It was the next day when I was cutting the loaf into bars and noticed the cocoa powder color had disappeared.  There was a thin brown ring around the outside perimeter the bar, but the rest of the bar didn't have any color..it was all beige.  I was stumped...thought this was going to be another "fail", so to speak.  I finished cutting the bars, and a few hours later when I checked on them, the cocoa powder-colored layers had returned!  I've never had cocoa powder disappear when doing a swirl with it, so I guess I just find it odd that this happened.

mixed berries

12 comments:

  1. Interesting, Kalla! Could it be the air contact?
    Love the stripes, you made a beautiful soap combining rose clay to cocoa powder.

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    1. Thanks Natalia! I don't know, possibly. It's never happened before when I used cocoa powder, so why in this instance I wonder? hmm

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  2. Maybe there was a soap fairy that was playing a prank? :)
    I have never heard about cocoa powder color disappearing. I use it often and have never seen that. But I´m glad that you got your stripes back, because the soap looks fantastic.

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    1. lol..that silly soap fairy! :D
      I've never heard of cocoa powder color disappearing either...maybe I'll try it again one of these days and see if I get the same thing!

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  3. It's a good thing the color re-appeared because those stripes are gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks Marieke! I'm glad they reappeared too, lol...I'm pretty happy with my first try doing tiger stripes! :)

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  4. How strange that your cocoa powder disappeared and then reappeared! Your tiger stripes look beautiful! I really love that technique.

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    1. Thanks Jenny! I know, it's so strange. I would like to attempt the tiger stripe again with the cocoa powder and see if it happens again...plus, it was fun to do the technique! :)

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  5. Funny things happening in soapmaking,hi,hi! EVen if you think you have mastered something, some surprise comes up! Beautiful stripes,Kalla and I love colours!Look at this soft, gorgeous pink!

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    1. Thanks Maja! I completely agree..you never know what could happen when making soap! :D

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  6. That's so odd that happened, but your tiger stripes are gorgeous!

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