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Luckily for me, even I can't mess up this kind of swirl! I used Cedar and Saffron, one of my favorites, so warm and clean, and some teal and gold mica to swirl on top.
I keep a small bottle of gold mica in oil prepped for doing this. It is really a gorgeous technique. :)
 

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Very pretty! This FO will make the soap eventually even darker, doesn't it? I bet it will look even more beautiful!
 

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Glycerin works too, if someone wants an alternative to mixing the mica with oil. Yes, it's always pretty and hard to mess up. Until recently, I didn't have any other micas besides gold, but I am going to have to do this with other mica colors now that I've seen your soap! Thanks for sharing, Navigator.
 

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I keep a small bottle of gold mica in oil prepped for doing this. It is really a gorgeous technique. :)
What oil do you use? My friend that taught me the soaping basics did a mica in oil swirl like that but over a year later the mica is still easy to rub off. Most of it washes off with the first use. I'm not sure what oil she used.
 

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What oil do you use? My friend that taught me the soaping basics did a mica in oil swirl like that but over a year later the mica is still easy to rub off. Most of it washes off with the first use. I'm not sure what oil she used.
I used a light olive oil. My basement is very cool, and the shelves I have shield most of the light so I am not too worried about it going off. It is only a 2oz lotion bottle - so it is not that much.
 

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Very pretty! I love cedar and saffron in body wash too.
 

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Thanks for your comments everyone. :)

Glycerin works too, if someone wants an alternative to mixing the mica with oil. Yes, it's always pretty and hard to mess up. Until recently, I didn't have any other micas besides gold, but I am going to have to do this with other mica colors now that I've seen your soap! Thanks for sharing, Navigator.
DeeAnna, I was inspired by the work of Handmade in Florida, like in these videos, where she does it so beautifully.
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Very pretty! I love cedar and saffron in body wash too.
Oh, I bet it smells great in body wash. Cedar and Saffron has a scent memory for me. I'm not sure what it is, but something from my childhood, and it's just a clean, soapy wonderful fragrance to me. Maybe the way my father smelled after a shower? It's strong, and it lingers on my skin after I wash with it, and I keep sniffing myself! lol
 

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Oh ... those Handmade in Florida soaps are really attractive -- they've set a goal for me to aspire to.

The nice thing about decorating the top with mica is that you can do this kind of decoration even on a soap that's moving and setting up fast. The only caution I have to offer is the mica "syrup" works best in thin layers. A big dollop of "syrup" might stay wet for longer than you'd like, but if you're patient, it will eventually dry down.
 

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And here's the batch on my homemade curing tray, all stamped up. Thanks again to nframe, that saran wrap trick works like a charm. I had almost abandoned my beautiful paisley stamp from Etsy, but with this stamping technique, it comes out perfectly every time.

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Love both the swirl and the stamps. It is true that the mica swirls come off in the first wash or two but it's still pretty and fun to do. I figure it's like make-up, superficial only but adds a little glam for the night.
 

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So pretty Navigator, and your stamps are perfect!
 
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