I’ve been hinting for awhile now, and it’s time to announce our Design Mania contest!
I trust that many of you have been trying your hand at the designs presented in the May/June 2014 issue, and I’ll bet that you have one or two to show off. Now is the time. Here’s what you do: try the designs if you haven’t already and submit photos of your best one or two. Your photos will be uploaded and voted on by the public. The person who gets the most votes overall will win the grand prize, and it is grand, indeed! The winners after that in each technique category will win a package of prizes that you will be thrilled to receive. Complete details and the entry form may be found here: http://saponifier.com/enter-design-mania-contest-2014/
I am so excited to see what you have to offer, I can hardly wait! Once the entry deadline is reached, I’ll be back with voting information. Take a look at the prizes; they are awesome. Many, many thanks to our generous vendor partners who are participating with us.
Speaking of soap, I could look at soap designs all day long. The artistry of some of my soapmaking colleagues is nothing short of jaw-dropping–far more intricate and creative than I could ever hope to attain. Even so, I am just as pleased to use a rather Plain Jane or primitive looking bar as long as it performs well. I guess it’s true that if you love soap, you love all of it. Well, almost all of it, anyway. It never ceases to delight me that we can combine various oils and lye to get a bar of soap. I hope it never does.
What about you? Will a plain bar of well-made soap be as pleasing to you as a fancy, artistic one?
Also, it’s just a short time until July 1st, when our next issue comes out. I can’t describe to you how I anticipate actually seeing the magazine! I’m like a kid at Christmas. This issue concentrates on cosmetics, an important subject to many of us, so I hope you’ll enjoy it if you’re a subscriber. If not, we’d love to have you aboard. http://saponifier.com/subscriptions/
Finally, we have an opening for a writer at the Saponifier. This person’s regular column would center on the “That’s Life” and “Wit & Whimsy” side of soap, bath and body and candlemaking. You see the humor in everyday life with your craft and don’t mind sharing. This might include your mistakes or crazy things that happen when you’re selling or other events that we can all relate to. Interested? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Until next time, may your days be filled with bubbles and wax.
Beth Byrne, for the Saponifier
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:
(The Design Mania Contest is based on the design tutorials that were published in the July/Aug issue)
Show off your amazing designs!
Submit photos of your best soaps among the tutorials offered in the July/August issue. You may enter a total of two photos, but they must each be submitted to a different category:
Tiger Stripe Technique
Paint Chip Technique
Squeeze Bottle Swirl
Submit your photos by filling out the form below. The form will be open from August 26th through September 16th, 2013. Your photos will be placed on the website and open for public voting beginning September 23rd and ending October 7th. The public will vote on their favorite soap in each category. The winner from each technique will receive crowns and prize packages!
Submissions Now Closed. Voting Opens September 23rd!!
Thank you to our generous contest sponsors and other businesses that have donated prizes.
1-litre USDA Certified 100% Organic HobaCare Jojoba
Goat Milk Swirl Soap Kit
Impressionist Soap Kit
$40 Gift Certificate
Wooden Soap Mold
($25.00 Certificate towards your choice)
Signed copy of ‘Soap Crafting’, by Anne-Marie Faiola
1-Year FREE Subscription (or renewal) to Saponifier
‘Swirling With the Best’ Tutorial Booklet (Hard Copy)
Flash Drive Loaded with 15-Years of Saponifier Back Issues!!
We’re so excited about this upcoming issue of the Saponifier! Due to be released on July 1st, it is our 15th anniversary edition. To celebrate, we wanted this one to be beautiful, fun and full of design ideas for making cold process soap. We affectionately call it, “DesignMania.” Some of the best in the biz are showing off their design tutorials, along with plenty of photos so that you can learn these techniques to try on your own. Doesn’t that sound like fun?
What? You’re not a subscriber? You can fix that, you know! Readers worldwide subscribe to the Saponifier since it’s a digital publication–no shipping to worry about. You have your magazine right at your fingertips with just a download. Couldn’t be easier. If you haven’t subscribed yet, follow this link: http://saponifier.com/subscriptions/
As always, we also feature helpful columnists who teach you, inform you and otherwise help you as a soapmaker, bath & body maker and candle maker. Melinda Coss is teaching us about balancing design with business, and Marla Bosworth instructs us on writing a business plan. Yours Truly regaled you with a review of the amazing HSCG conference in Raleigh, NC. But we also have two new writers. Sue Finley, our Potpourri column writer and Debbie Sturdevant, our resident herbal expert, who will be sharing with us through her column, Herbal Wisdom. Sue is writing about inspiration in soap design and Debbie is revisiting an old favorite, Calendula. She’s even included a couple of her favorite recipes!
Share the fun with us on July 1st. You know you want to!
Until next time, may your days be filled with bubbles and wax.
Beth Byrne for the Saponifier
PS – Soap designs just beg for a contest. Stay tuned.
I’ve been checking out hundreds of photos of soap recently and I’ve been so impressed with the artistry that has been displayed by my fellow soapmakers.
I thought back to the days when I first began reading about making soap. Not only were pictures harder to come by, but soapmakers just were not doing as much with their soaps. Yes, they were adding color, spices, herbs, and scent, but not the lovely designs I’m seeing now.
Also, the first design, it seems to me, was the swirl and we saw lots of one color swirls out there. Shortly thereafter, we began seeing multi-color swirls. It didn’t take long for even more ideas for beautiful designs to be employed. We began seeing soaps that looked like desserts, layers, brand new types of swirls, and so on. I like to think that the Saponifier, among other sources, assisted soapmakers in inspiring one another to kick things up a notch. What I see now is nothing less than astounding!
And yet, a handcrafted bar of soap is beauty in its own right, whether it’s a plain castile bar or a more primitive looking bar.
I know that some soapmakers feel frustrated at not accomplishing a design that is as beautiful or as artistic as that of another soapmaker’s. That feeling is unnecessary, however, because creating a good quality bar of soap is the goal. Further work to make it even more visually appealing is simply icing on the cake.
That is not to say we shouldn’t be challenged to try new techniques or to create our own, only that we shouldn’t lose sight of what is truly important, a good soap. If you’ve gotten to that point, you are already a master.
Therefore, now that you are a master, forge your own path. Do you find swirling hard to do well? Try something else! Let your imagination wander and free yourself to experiment. You might come up with the next new trend! And even if you don’t, know that the fact that you make great soap is enough.
Until next time, keep yourselves in bubbles and wax!