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I have been admiring all the past challenges and entries of the Great Cakes Soapworks Challenges and I finally was able to remember to sign up!
The challenge for October is to make Petal Soap, which is inspired by a cake decorating technique. Through a little research I decided I wanted to try something similar to a Ombre Petal decorating style. I love how soft the colors move acorss the cakes. Can I make a soap that looks like that? We shall see!
I decided to try to make my soap look like rose petals. I have had a Victorian Rose fragrance sitting on my shelf forever, as I was a little nervous about using a floral fragrance, since I know they move fast and I am new to all this, I need time to work, swap up spills, move the hair our of my face with my elbow etc.
I completely cut my recipe in half and added my fragrance oil to my “base” and it started ricing, so I quickly had to pour that into my mold and it firmed up rather quickly.
I made the second batch, my “petals” batch and took Amy’s advice and did not add any fragrance oil. I am so glad I did not, I had plenty of time to work!
I have to be honest, this technique was a challenge to me because I tend to soap like I paint, kinda all over the place and this technique takes some planning and finesse. But once I got the flow going, it was quite fun! And I was happy with how my Victorian Rose Petal Soap came out :)
Glassware can get pretty expensive especially if you’re in college and always getting sht faced and breaking your glasses. Start just using your empty beer bottles and turning them into your new glasses. Look dope, easy to make and cheap! Follow these 5 easy steps.
Step 1 – Grab a beer bottle preferably with thick glass such as corona bottles. Tie a string just above the label on the empty bottle
Step 2 – Keep the string tied and soak it in lighter fluid.
Step 3 – Put the string back on the bottle and hold it horizontally. Light the sting rotating the bottle so the flame spreads. You should hear the bottle crack slightly in about 10 seconds.
Step 4 – After you hear the crack, pour cold water on the string and the top of the bottle will fall off.
Step 5 – Now grab sandpaper and sand the edges of the bottle till it is smooth.
You’ll never peel an orange the same way again.
Did you know you’ve been peeling an orange wrong?
Check this out:
This technique works best with mandarin oranges, but just for good measure I tried it out on a Valencia orange as well. Simply lop off the ends, make a small incision in the side and carefully open to reveal easy-to-eat orange segments.