My soap this month is inspired by Tomato Leaf FO from the Flaming Candle and this view of my massive cherry tomato plants. I did brown ombre layers to represent the dirt with two colors of green in the drop swirls for the leaves and green tomatoes. I did just a couple drops of red throughout the drop swirls for the red tomatoes peeking through.
My first attempt went ok. I used Tomato Leaf FO from the Flaming Candle. For this attempt, I divided my oils and lye into two parts for the layers and drop swirl. I mixed to trace between layers. This ended up not being the way to go as my layers were too hard to drop into and I had lots of tiny bubbles. Even with all the mixing, my white mica didn't mix in all the way! I also overdid the mica and the colors are very bright.
Attempt 2 Entry Photo
For attempt 2 I tried to add an accelerating fragrance to the first 3 layers instead of separating. This worked much better even with an FO that barely accelerated (Fig Tree from Flaming Candle). The drops still have the Tomato Leaf FO in them. I love how this attempt turned out. The colors are more realistic. The top of the layers was a bit crunchy and I have some bubbles in the drop swirls but I'm still happy with it. I have learned to pour more next time if I want some larger drops.
Soap Dough Tomatoes
I thought soap dough tomatoes would be a good first try at soap dough and a way to put a touch of detail into my design. Thanks to Sorcery Soap for the free recipe! I placed them on top to stick with the beginner requirements.