For the September Great Cakes Soap Challenge Club, Amy has challenged us all with the “Clyde Slide”. An awesome and very versatile soaping technique developed by Clyde Yoshida of Vibrant Soaps – Clyde is not only a soap artist, but a fine artist, colorist and musician (I am a big fan). The challenge was to try one of the varieties of the Clyde Slide and I just couldn’t stop with one batch of soap – so I did 3! The one I am submitting for the Club Challenge though is “Anjou'”
I used my regular soaping recipe, but added my heavy cream with my clays and mixed them in well before I added the sodium hydroxide, and held off on adding the scent until after I mixed all the colors into my portioned batter, this helped in keeping a light trace to give me longer working time.
I soaped at about 95 degrees using micas from Mad Oils, lettuce entertain you, bright yellow raincoat, spicy tomato, matte gold and TD. My fragrance oils are all things pear (with a tiny touch of fall spice) and it smells amazing
For this version (BTW this was Clyde Slide soap #3) I poured all my batter into separate cups for coloring, then did a faux funnel pour back into an empty container with the container raised on one side to get an angled pour
I then poured from the opposite side of the pot into a log mold from short end to short end back and forth. I decorated the top and put it to bed for a good night’s gel.
I did 2 other batches, using slightly different pours:
For the PSL bars (Clyde Slide #1), I mixed my colors and alternated orange heaven, spicy tomato and TD into natural colored soap on opposite sides of the pot, then poured lengthwise into the log mold. Turned out pretty cool, but the orange faded AWAY, so not a lot of contrast there.
For my California Autumn (Clyde Slide #2) I used the same technique as PSL and I love how it turned out, but Anjou’ still won out over the others in my book.
Thanks Amy for another very fun, interesting and rewarding soap challenge. I will be Clyde Sliding my way through the holiday soaping season!