SMF Soap Challenges ... across the years

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Our SMF soapmaking challenges have been running for over three years.

As always, they are hosted by members of this forum and the contestants receive no prize for their winning entries ... except, perhaps, for the adulation of their peers.

This is a look back, across history, at the SoapMakingForum challenges, from the 1st, in July 2015, until now.
 

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September 2015 - Discoloring FO (Fragrance Oil)

galaxyMLP hosted one of the most popular discussions in a challenge thread ... discoloring fragrance oils!
(Check out the 21 pages of the challenge thread, as well as the entry thread, for photos - there are some amazing soaps in these threads!)

September 2015 - Discoloring FO (Fragrance Oil)
Challenge: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/smf-soap-making-challenge-september-discoloring-fo.56017/
Entry: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/thr...ing-challenge-september-discoloring-fo.56326/
 

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December 2015 - High and Low Water
newbie called on Auntie Clara for inspiration for this challenge, which truly highlights the difference water makes!

It is worth having a look, just to find check out newbie's awesome host videos, to find out how Auntie Clara created the Ghost Swirl, and to see what our incredible contestants did with the idea!

December 2015 - High and Low Water
Challenge: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/smf-december-challenge-high-and-low-water-batch.57559/
Entry: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/official-entry-thread-for-the-december-challenge.57739/
 

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February 2016 - Spin Swirl
Challenge: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/smf-february-challenge-spin-swirl.58404/
Entry: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/smf-february-challenge-entry-thread-spin-swirl.58607/

March 2016 - Whipped Soap

Challenge: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/smf-march-challenge-whipped-soap.58858
Entry: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/smf-march-challenge-entry-thread-whipped-soap.59019

April 2016 - Hanger Swirl, Petra Style
Challenge: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/april-smf-soap-challenge-hanger-swirl-petra-style.59287
Entry: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/april-smf-soap-challenge-entry-thread-petra-hanger.59538/

May 2016 - Interpretation, not Imitation
Challenge: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/smf-may-challenge-interpretation-not-imitation.59736
Entry: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/may-challenge-entry-thread.59920

June 2016 - Mosaic Soaps
Challenge: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/smf-june-challenge-mosaic-soaps.60097
Entry: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/june-challenge-entry-thread.60268

(see the links to each of the monthly challenges to find out how they are done :))


July 2016 - Clyde Slide
Heyyyyy! ... there was a prize for this one! (check out the entry thread - it contains MANY photo examples of the technique!)
Challenge: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/smf-july-challenge-clyde-slide.60423
Entry: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/july-challenge-entry-thread.60583

August 2016 - Pokemon/Hanger Circling Taiwan
Challenge: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/smf-august-challenge-pokemon-hanger-circling-taiwan.60707/
Entry: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/smf-august-2016-challenge-entry-thread.60854

September 2016 - Ribbon Pour
Challenge: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/september-challenge-ribbon-pour.60959
Entry: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/smf-september-2016-challenge-entry-thread.61130/

October 2016 - Spoon Swirl
Challenge: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/smf-october-2016-soap-challenge-spoon-swirl.61237
Entry: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/smf-october-2016-challenge-entry-thread.61369

November 2016 - Creative Color
Challenge: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/thr...oap-challenge-creative-colour-challenge.61553
Entry: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/november-challenge-entry-thread.61668

December 2016 - no challenge

January 2017 - Gradient Layer
Challenge: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/smf-january-2017-challenge-entry-thread-gradient-layer.62253
Entry: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/smf-january-2017-challenge-gradient-layer.62080

February 2017 - Ebru
Challenge: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/february-2017-smf-soap-challenge-ebru-soaps.62457
Entry: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/february-2017-smf-challenge-entry-thread-ebru-soaps.62610

March 2017 - Black background
Challenge: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/smf-march-2017-challenge-black-background-soaps.62721
Entry: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/march-2017-black-background-soap-entry-thread.62954

April 2017 - Stripes
Challenge: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/smf-april-2017-challenge-stripes.63132
Entry: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/april-2017-challenge-entry-thread.63324

May 2017 - Fluid Acrylic Cell Pour
Challenge: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/may-2017-smf-soap-challenge-fluid-acrylic-cell-pour.63463
Entry: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/may-2017-challenge-entry-thread.63681

June 2017 - Peacock Swirls
Challenge: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/smf-june-challenge-peacock-swirls.63797
Entry: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/peacock-swirl-entry-thread.63972

July 2017 - Mermaid Tail Soap
Challenge: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/smf-soap-challenge-july-2017-mermaid-tail-soaps.64104
Entry: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/entry-thread-smf-july-2017-challenge-mermaid-tail.64313

August 2017 - Rock and Gem Soap
Challenge: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/smf-august-challenge-rock-and-gem-soap.64456
Entry: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/august-2017-entry-thread-gem-and-stone-soaps.64691/

September 2017 - no challenge


October 2017 - Minimalism

Challenge: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/thr...oap-challenge-simple-minimalistic-swirl.65143
Entry: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/october-2017-challenge-entry-thread-minimalism.65392/

November 2017 - 1920's Theme
Challenge: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/november-2017-1920s-theme-challenge.65585
Entry: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/smf-november-challenge-entry-thread.65769

December 2017 - none

January 2018 - Hidden Heart Swirl

Challenge: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/january-smf-challenge-hidden-heart-swirl.68702
Entry: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/january-entry-thread.68898/

February 2018 - Soap Dough

Challenge: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/february-smf-challenge-soap-dough.69004
Entry: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/february-challenge-entry-thread.69254

March 2018 - unchallenge (music)
Sometimes we don't have a challenge ... (no voting, but we still soap!)
Challenge: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/the-un-challenge-march-2018.69452/

Earlene and her granddaughter made this wonderful soapy-music together!
https://www.soapmakingforum.com/media/20180325_173627.1098/full


April 2018 - Sous Vide (HP) Soap swirling
Challenge: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/smf-april-2018-challenge-sous-vide-hp-soap-swirling.69725
Entry: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/thr...-vide-soap-swirl-challenge-entry-thread.69969

May 2018 - Mica Outline Swirl Technique


Challenge: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/may-challenge-mica-outline-swirl.70028/
Entry: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/may-mica-outline-swirl-entry-thread.70230

June 2018 - sci-fi themed soap
Challenge: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/june-smf-challenge-sci-fi-themed-soap.70359/
Entry: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/june-smf-challenge-entry-thread.70588/

July 2018 - Mythological Creatures
Challenge: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/july-soapmaking-forum-challenge-mythological-creatures.70675
Entry: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/july-mythological-creatures-entry-thread.70837

August 2018 - Dancing Funnel Pour
Challenge: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/aug-2018-smf-challenge-dancing-funnel-pour.70976
Entry: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/aug-2018-smf-challenge-dancing-funnel-entry-thread.71221/

September 2018 - Carved Soap Designs

Challenge: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/sept-2018-smf-challenge-carved-soap-designs.71286
Entry: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/thr...llenge-carved-soap-designs-entry-thread.71503

October 2018 - Travel Soap
Challenge: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/smf-october-2018-challenge-travel-soap.71639
Entry: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/smf-october-2018-challenge-travel-soap-entry-thread.71898

November 2018 - December inspiration
Challenge: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/november-monthly-challenge-december-inspiration.72067/
Entry: to be continued ...
 
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You are a GEM, SaltedFig! Thank you for putting this all together!
Thank you Earlene :)

It took a little longer to translate from my document to the forum that I thought it would, but I'm glad I have finished this project.
(It's worth it to see all the challenge links together!)
:)
 

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Wow - thanks for putting this together. A wonderful walk down the SMF memory lane!
 

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This is fantastic! There were several from 2015-16 that I'd never seen before, and now it looks like a few new techniques need to be tried...

Thank you so much for taking the time to do this, SaltedFig!
 

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A couple of new challenges for the list!

November 2018 - December inspiration
Challenge: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/november-monthly-challenge-december-inspiration.72067/
Entry: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/thr...enge-december-inspiration-entry-thread.72275/

Dibbles first place entry: Created using Ebru soaping ... just WOW!
One of the things I like best about winter is how the snow will reflect the moonlight at night and being able to see into the wooded areas. In December, I am not yet sick of the snow, and there is something magical about the first few snowfalls. ...


December 2017 - no challenge

January 2019 - DOTS!
Challenge: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/smf-january-2019-soap-challenge-dots.73232
Entry: https://www.soapmakingforum.com/threads/january-2019-smf-challenge-dots-entry-thread.73381/
 

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