Thursday, January 13, 2011

Funnel Swirl - Hot Pepper!

After my very first funnel swirl, I've had several questions constantly spinning in my head - what can I do to make it better?  What should I do differently to get that beautiful look I've been dreaming of?

I decided to take my next batch of laundry soap and "funnel it", and the results came out so different this time!  Instead of parallel parentheses, I got concentric circles.

I cut these soaps extra thin so I could get a better look at the way patterns form in this type of swirl.   I think I'm getting a better understanding of the funnel swirl secrets.  Now you all know what that means - have to make another one just to see if these ideas really work!

So, where's the hot pepper?

See the pinkish orangey colour?   That's from *real* hot peppers!  I once ordered a spicy dish at a restaurant and ended up getting a mountain of hot peppers.  I packed them up and rendered my pork lard with them.    The lard turned out to be this bright orange colour, and to my surprise, the colour survived the soaping process and became a soft, dreamy pinkish orange.  

The crazy scientist in my head has been dying to find out if the heat of hot peppers comes out in the shower.  Will this be a good soap for the cold cold Canadian winter?



  1. Thank you Jan! I'm still trying to get it right too, but once I get a better idea of it, I'll definitely share some tips with you. If I find out how the peppers feel, I'll let you know. ;)

  2. Maggie, I really love the look of your soaps..all of them, actually. They look clean and natural, very classy. If you ever fancy a review, I would love to hear back from you

  3. Cocobong, I'm flattered to have received your invitation! I'd love to share some of my soaps with you. How does it work?
    I just looked into my little soap closet and I don't really have anything I'm proud of to share with you at the moment. Do you mind waiting for a few months?

  4. Amy, I'm more like a funnel swirl addict! ha!

  5. Wow Melissa!! Your funnel swirl looks AMAZING!! That's the look I was after!! Oh I wish I could've been there to watch you work this masterpiece. AMAZING!

  6. Wow, these are beautiful! I would love to try this method. they remind me of geodes, and I think my family would love something like this. My Dad is a "rock hound" and it kinda runs in the family. :)