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Todd_in_Minnesota

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So this year I'm working on a stone theme. Here are the four I've got so far:
Lapis Lazuli - Frankincense/Orange
Limestone - Bergamot/Frankincense/Basil
Marble - Limon/Peony (this scent combo is a keeper!)
Sandstone - Rosemary/Lily of the Valley

I'm still tinkering the best process for even and 'random' pencil lines.
And - the hardest part is deciding what each stone should smell like!

Enjoy.
Todd

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Love all the mica lines but your sandstone is sticking it's tongue out at me!
In the nicest possible way, I'm sure :>

I'm also trying to find a way to get speckles in the limestone.

Ideas?
 
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Maybe a salt bar? Or salt added to the batter to create a white halo effect. Maybe confetti...
 

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Would adding an exfoliant give you the effect you're after? Something like pumice perhaps?
 

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Maybe a salt bar? Or salt added to the batter to create a white halo effect. Maybe confetti...
Hmmm.... I did add some sparkle to the sandstone - just a hint. I didn't think of salt. That could be fun to try!

Is that how you got the effect you posted at http://www.soapmakingforum.com/showthread.php?t=61527?
Your yellow/white/black swirl has exactly the speckle effect I'm after.

Would adding an exfoliant give you the effect you're after? Something like pumice perhaps?
An exfoliant could - I hadn't thought of that. Maybe pumice, or maybe something small and color-able, like if I soaked apricot seeds in water to make them absorbant, then mixed them with black pigment?
Thanks for the idea!
 
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Hmmm.... I did add some sparkle to the sandstone - just a hint. I didn't think of salt. That could be fun to try!

Is that how you got the effect you posted at http://www.soapmakingforum.com/showthread.php?t=61527?
Your yellow/white/black swirl has exactly the speckle effect I'm after.
The speckles in that soap are ground poppy seeds. Salt will have an effect like this: http://auntieclaras.com/2014/04/silver-dapple-bespoke-soap/

This is one with activated charcoal, but it might take some experimenting with salt/charcoal amounts to get the look you want: http://www.farmtopeople.com/products/sea-salt-activated-charcoal-complexion-soap
 

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An exfoliant could - I hadn't thought of that. Maybe pumice, or maybe something small and color-able, like if I soaked apricot seeds in water to make them absorbant, then mixed them with black pigment?
Thanks for the idea!
You can get jojoba beads in all kinds of colors as well
 

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The speckles in that soap are ground poppy seeds. Salt will have an effect like this: http://auntieclaras.com/2014/04/silver-dapple-bespoke-soap/

This is one with activated charcoal, but it might take some experimenting with salt/charcoal amounts to get the look you want: http://www.farmtopeople.com/products/sea-salt-activated-charcoal-complexion-soap
Hey Dibbles,
Thanks for all the ideas. I've definitely got some experimenting to do.
I haven't ever used salt, so probably the next step is ground poppy seeds, or the apricot seeds I already have.
If it works, I'll post an update.
Todd
 

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You can get jojoba beads in all kinds of colors as well
Hey Kchay,
I didn't know about jojoba beads until you mentioned them.
I've been googling around and seeing lots of colors (like you said), and also found ground walnut shells.
So many possibilities.
Thanks!
Todd
 

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