And the Winners Are. . .
Just in case you hadn’t heard who won in the five categories of our Design Mania Contest, you’ll want to read on.
To recap, our July/August issue was entitled, Design Mania, with tutorials on beautiful soap designs, written by some of the best in the business. Following that, we asked readers to do their best at replicating those designs and then we let you vote on them. The results were astounding. Not only were all of the entries spectacular and artfully done, but we were delighted with the world-wide representation among those who entered. Of our five winners, two were from the UK, one from Ireland, one from Italy and one from the US! The winners are listen below, in no certain order:
Giustiniano Francioso, Italy, Drop Swirl (tutorial by Celine Blacow). Guitiniano is rather new at soapmaking, but his talent is remarkable. He stated, “It’s my first time to take part in a soap challenge and it was really fun! I never expected to be a winner in a section, so I’m surprised and very happy!I’ve been making soap for one year and this kind of swirl is one of my favorites and easy to create according to my capacities.
I thank the Saponifier that gave me the opportunity to participate and I thank all those who voted for me. I hope in the future there may be other occasions like this. Thank you all.”
Tanya Bainbridge, UK, Paint Chip (tutorial by Cathy McGinnis). Tanya hit this one out of the park and explained, ”A huge thanks to everyone who voted for my soap – such a lovely surprise! I really enjoyed the idea of the Paint Chip Challenge. I’d not thought about getting inspiration from a paint swatch before Cathy originally demonstrated it using Design Seeds’ colours, but what a fabulous idea – it’s one I shall continue to go back to. I love the magic revealed at the cutting, and how the colours swirl and work together. I found that one of the most challenging things was being able to match the soap colours as closely as possible to the original swatch – lots of tweaking required; oh, and hoping that the soap didn’t set up too quickly while working on the layers (it was somewhat temperamental in this instance!)”
Carma Wood, USA, Squeeze Bottle (tutorial by Michelle Rhoades). Carma enjoyed replicated Michelle’s design. She related, “I loved trying this design! It was a lot of fun and exciting to cut my soap, because I didn’t know exactly what it expect with this design. Each slice turned out differently, but unique and beautiful
Thank you so much for the contest! I’m so surprised and happy that I won! Thank you again!”
Rebekkah Hay, UK, Peacock Swirl (tutorial by Amanda Griffin). Rebekkah won our voting public over with her fabulous rendition of the Peacock. She exclaimed, “Thank you very much to everyone who voted for me. I feel very blessed and encouraged. I had so much fun trying this technique and am looking forward to learn more. Thanks again, I will now continue my happy dance.”
Celine Blacow, Ireland, Tiger Stripe (tutorial by Kendra Cote). If you’ve seen Celine’s handiwork through the photos she posts or her You Tube videos (iamhandmade), you wouldn’t be surprised that she has won a prize in this contest. Celine happily stated, “ Oh wow!!! Thank you SO much, I’m really delighted!!”
Until next time, may your days be filled with bubbles and wax.
Beth Byrne for the Saponifier