Edit to correct links due to Photobucket's policy change.My entry is in honor of my father, who is gone. When I was a child, my Dad created a flagstone patio using broken pieces of colored concrete, which he pieced together in a mosaic pattern using concrete as the mortar between the flagstones. Both my Mom & Dad lovingly planted around the patio's edge, which had a wooden border, portrayed in the soap slab with soap I colored with manjistha powder. Planted around the border were various plants, including my Mom's famous Jade Plant, which I really wanted to include in the soap, but I just did not manage the right green, so I decided to focus only on my Dad's Flagstone Patio. My Mom & Dad were married 49 years before she died of lung cancer and he survived her another 13 years, remarrying and living a happy life until his death 7 years ago. But Dad's Flagstone Patio remains. The two hearts in the soap slab represent my parents long lasting love and devotion.
Yes, I was inspired by my Dad's Flagstone Patio both because of its mosaic nature, but also because June is the month of Father's Day. In addition to that, I was also inspired by the December 2015 SMF Ghost Swirl Challenge, and felt that it would lend a very appropriate texture to the Flagstones I wanted to include in this soap. Happily I had ordered some colorants that I felt would lend themselves well to the earthiness of Flagstones so I set about creating several soaps using my newly acquired colorants and withheld posting details or photographs of them because they were going to become part of the Flagstones.
Finally, I felt that the Ghost Swirl would also fit very well into the concrete mortar as well, and when I created the base for this slab of soap, I did a high water & low water swirl before putting in the pieces cut from my various ghost swirl soaps. I CPOP'd it overnight, unmolded this morning and cut it this afternoon.
Here are some of the photos from my 10 inch by 14 inch Mosaic soap entitled Dad's Flagstone Patio:
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FO's added to some of the tile soaps when I made them:
Black Cherry (CC)* in the Brick Red Oxide colored soap tiles (I love this fragrance!)
Molten Brown (Sweet Cakes)* in the Indigo-colored soap tiles (not enough, an end of bottle & the fragrance was too mild to do it justice)
Indian Sandalwood (Candlepro.com)* in the Matte Yellow Oxide colored soap tiles (again, an end of bottle, but I like this fragrance, too)
Blackberry Sage & Bamboo Lotus (? didn't write down supplier)* in Manjistha Powder colored soap - 'faux wooden' border
Cocoa Butter (Mad Oils)* in multi-colored greens soap tiles
Nag Champa (NS)* in the whitish-looking soap tiles
No added fragrance to the base as I feared adding any more to the amount already present in the tiles would overpower the soap. Besides that, I had just had a couple of bad days with scents because of my ocular migraine, so it seemed best not to tempt fate. Over all the fragrances are pretty mild now after the additional CPOP (the tiles got twice CPOP'd) and personally I prefer the milder fragrance.
* (FO's from snappyllama in her generous pre-move destash)