I had mixed results in yesterday’s attempt to create thinly layered “mud” soap for a series that I described here: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/mud-soap.74763/ I don’t like the soap, but I am happy with some of what I achieved within the soap. First, my layers are mostly horizontal, without the dip in the middle. The bottom layer has a good dose of plain old table salt, which produced the mottling I was hoping for. But, it’s heavy handed and I will use less salt the next time. Can you see the poppy seeds I sprinkled into the middle of that layer? (Do poppy seeds hold up in soap? They were sitting nearby...) The black and white layers in this soap are fails, but at least they’re horizontal. I’m hoping to achieve thin, rhythmic layering at some point, maybe using a side pour. For this batch I opted to try making pencil lines with white clay and when I decided that wouldn’t work, I added the white batter on top. It was too thick to spread thinly. The next layer up is an ITP swirl. There is some layering in the top soap that I like. I wish I had skipped the white soap on top. This x-ray of mud shows the kind of layering I want to intersperse with the mottled layers. Is a side pour with thin batter the best option?