Super Soaps

imageNow I have four soaps in my shop:

https://folksy.com/items/6859039-Botanical-Handmade-Soap

I’m looking forward to trying out new recipes and going completely organic/vegan/natural. Exciting stuff !

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New Year, and New Ideas

It’s been a busy season where I’ve found it tough to make anything. I don’t normally go for New Years fads but this year I’ve found the holiday refreshing and I’m enthusiastic about experimenting with multi media, colour and textures.

See this pendant (which I loved making). It is super lightweight, despite being robust owing to multiple sealing and drying stages.

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This was made from an upcycled Joe Browns catalogue – I like the vibrants colours and found that with a little extra colour,  the end effect is great.

The best thing about these designs is that, although they are quite time consuming and require patience, the results can differ so much. It’s always a treat to see the end item.

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Slowly slowly

I have to say that I am excited to showcase my new bead designs. It’s fascinating to me how the process I’m using ends up with these robust, shiny, intricately patterned objects that do not resemble the peice of junk mail or leaflet they started life as.  I’m even thinking about making ‘time pods’ from documentation transformed and lasting for decades for the future..

The drawback: it’s a long and drawn out process … days waiting for paint to dry, hours cutting strips, days soaking in glue, drying and resoaking – then long days sanding, trimming and sealing multiple times. But I am psyched to see these dull dusty looking pods transformed at the end, each one unique in colour, pattern, shape and size.  I think it’s a form of meditation – time slows and for a short time it’s wholly absorbing. Also feels good that these little fella’s are recycled. Happy feelings!

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Inspiring sensory delight…

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Our senses are always awake, whether we are are awake or asleep. Certain scents can send us to our childhood or a sad memory.

I’ve developed a love for abstract and multi media art, as well as other genres and feel that’s it has really developed in an exciting way over the past couple of decades. It’s no surprise then, that I’m currently grabbing any spare moments I can grab between making something aromatically pleasing at least to me.

My latest soaps are organic base with a luxurious addition of unrefined organic shea butter, my own hand picked and dried rose petals, and a blend of essential oils to delight the senses..

I have some lovely home grown lavender ready for my next batch of botanical soap. And my Christmas spice soap will be making an appearance too.

 

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Botanical Soap

A new thing, which is proving to be a lovely craft and with lots of scope for creative ideas. I’ve started out using ready made soap base (£4.99 Hobbycraft, various types) and adding coconut oil and essential oils plus the fresh botanicals.

So far I’ve ventured into Dandelion Soap (with bergamot and clary sage oils) and Luscious Lime, made with fresh limes and bergamot oil. Also have made little cup cake soaps with cornflowers, clover and buttercups.

The next thing will be to make my own base. I will start with a lye mixture but would love to make a lye free soap. All the lye free recipes I’ve seen have palm oil in them, which I will not be buying or using. So I’m hoping I can try something with castor oil instead.

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October Organics

I have been trying out some different clays, finding various makes to be different in texture and ‘behaviour’. I really like the look of the Sculpey clay when crushed wax crayons are mixed in and baked…faux stone, so I’ve seen it described.

Here are some new items I have made in this vein, you can find my items on Etsy.com (UK) and on Folksy.com.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/250430013/natural

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/250429369/autumn

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/250535550/autumn-fayre

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/250534448/rustic-one

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Polymer Clay Experiments

After months of peering at polymer clay videos and then actually purchasing a pack of said clay, I finally took the plunge and here are the results.

Some are dodgier than others but on the whole I’m quite chuffed with the first attempts. Now the next step will be to file a few into better shapes and the big question; to seal or not to seal?
I’ve read that this clay is extremely robust and doesn’t need sealing, but then a nice shiny coat gives that special depth of colour and extra smooth finish.

Polymer clay doesn’t get along well with solvents so I researched the possibly of embossing – hooray, this looks reasonable!
My next experiment will be with the clay and acrylic paints…watch this space.

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