This months challenge is ... DOTS! Inspired by the amazing artwork of one of our newer SMF members, and an interesting question on how to make soap that would change colour as it was used, this months challenges is all about DOTS! The soap itself should be simple in design, so the feature is the dots. Our usual January challenge host is away on wonderful holidays, so this is a quick little dot challenge - you are welcome to dot on a soap you have already made, or make a whole new soap! All DOTS, large and small, are welcome ... just as long as there are LOTS of DOTS! Some inspiration: Auntie Clara Auntie Clara's "Bubble Soap" https://auntieclaras.com/2016/09/dip-n-drip-soap-beads-bubble-soap/ Savon & Fantasies Savon & Fantasies blog (in French, but worth a wonderful wander through!) https://savonsfantaisies.blogspot.com/2012/04/tuto-du-savon-lunaire.html Soapish Soapish's video on making polka dot soap KiwiMoose KiwiMoose's marvelous dotted stones (see KiwiMoose's SMF signature for more details!) bbee's soapsite Full of bubbles, dots and other wonderful soaps ... bbees soapsite (written in German) http://bbeessoapsite.blogspot.com/2013/03/auf-den-punkt-gekommen.html Soap & Restless http://soapandrestless.blogspot.com/2013/02/journey-to-perfect-pink-sugar.html Rules for this month's challenge 1. The theme of the soap must be DOTS 2. The soap is to be of simple design, so the emphasis is on the DOTS 3. The DOTS can be located anywhere on, or in, the soap. The DOTS can be inside the soap, on the top of the soap, large, small, a single colour, layered colors, or any sort of dot at all ... as long as there are LOTS of DOTS! 3. Any soap making method is accepted (Cold Process, Melt & Pour, Rebatch, Hot Process, Soap Dough ... whatever you like!). Now for the usual rules ... General Rules: 1. The only members eligible to vote are those with their names on the sign up list - regardless of whether or not you have submitted an entry. 2. This month’s voting will be password locked. Passwords will be PM'ed to registered participants ONLY. So please check your PMs when the voting begins. 3. No posting your entry photos until the entry thread is made. Non entry photos are very welcome! 4. You are allowed to change your entry photo up until the entry thread closes. So if you decide after you post your entry you want another try, and you like the second better, you can change it up until the deadline. SMF Challenge General Rules: 1. To enter you must have a minimum of 50 posts and have been a member for a month (sorry, but no exceptions to this) 2. Please add your name to the sign up list if you wish to participate (you don’t have to enter a soap at the end if you don’t feel happy with what you have produced) 3. The challenge thread should be used to upload pictures of any of your challenge attempts and to ask for advice and discuss the technique with other members. 4. Constructive criticism is welcomed, but please try to keep your comments polite. 5. Competition entries must be uploaded to the separate entry thread before the closing date. 6. After the closing date, the winning entry will be chosen using Survey Monkey. The winner will be announced January 31st, 2019. There is no prize attached to this challenge. 7. If you fail to make the challenge deadline, you are still welcome to upload your soap onto the thread, but your entry will not be eligible for voting. We still love to see anything you have produced. 8. Even though there is no prize, this is still a competition. If your entry is deemed not to fulfill the general rules or the rules specific to the challenge in any way, then you will be given the opportunity to amend your entry. If this is not possible then your entry will not be included in the voting. 9. All the challenge mods reserve the right to have the final say on whether a soap is eligible for voting. Challenge Timeline: The Challenge thread is open! Add your name to the list to join in and discuss the Challenge. January 21st: Entry thread opens. January 28th: Entry thread closes at 11:59 pm GMT. January 29th: Survey Monkey password will be sent to all entrants to cast their votes. January 31st: The winners will be announced in the Entry thread! I hope you join in and some soapy DOTS! Thankyou for participating and please sign up using the sign up sheet below.