Ever dream of making beautifully swirled soaps? Well now you can in this Intermediate Soapmaking class featuring many popular swirling techniques. You will learn about the different types of swirling and see step by step demonstration videos walking you through the process.
This is a comprehensive, course consisting of slideshow presentations, videos, downloadable PDFs, and quizzes to highlight important information in a professional format. You’ll be able to learn everything you would in a traditional classroom and ask any questions along the way all from the comfort of your home.
Includes: Intermediate 2 Manual PDF
Our classes are unique in the industry. Each course is designed in logical sequence in a well thought out curriculum. Classes are very comprehensive and cover small details that are often overlooked in other courses and books, but make life easier for soapmakers (things we wished we had learned as a new soapmaker). The class is built on a professional platform, where you can learn at your own pace on your own time, anywhere in the world. You just need internet access and a desire to learn.
Welcome to the Class! This slide show gives a brief overview of what we will cover in the class. Feel free to post questions along the way. We are here to help!
This tools and safety visit is included in all of our courses. Lye handling safety is very important, therefore we review this point every time.
This is a walk through of soapmaking. It is meant as a review. If you are new to soapmaking, we recommend you take our Beginner CP Soapmaking class for in depth learning.
Knowing the difference in your trace consistencies and when to use them is necessary for intermediate techniques. This slide show reviews this information.
The classification of swirling techniques was created by Bath Alchemy Lab to assist students in learning techniques. Pouring technique guidelines are reviewed in this lecture.
The pot swirl is the easiest swirl and therefore the best technique to start with, therefore this video is provided first. Learn to create this Apple Cider pot swirl soap using 4 colors with a simple linear swirl on the top of the soap.
The funnel swirl is the only pour technique that requires a special tool. This video creates a tri-colored Americana Funnel Swirl with a linear swirl on the top of the soap.
The faux funnel eliminates the need for using a funnel. This video shows you how to create the Irish Tweed tri-colored Faux Funnel swirl.
One of my all time favorite techniques is the drop swirl. This video includes a demonstration on creating a drop swirl with a paint splatter or Jackson Pollock inspired soap top.
Manipulation techniques encompass the second portion of swirling methods. This video gives a brief overview.
The first in our manipulation techniques is the linear swirl, which uses side to side and top to bottom swirling.
Marbling takes the linear swirl one step further in this dramatic design.
This concludes this course. If you like swirling and want to learn more, check out some of our other swirling classes.
Erica Pence is a soapmaker, teacher, author, and blogger. She is the founder and CEO of Bath Alchemy Lab providing soap, bath & body, and candle making classes, and Herban Apothecary (formerly The Bonnie Bath Co.), her own line of bath and body products. She is author of the blog, Soap-Blog, where she provides information for those in the bath and body industry. Erica is a long-time columnist for The Saponifier magazine and a speaker for the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild 2014 Conference. She holds a BA in Education, and combines her love for teaching and researching with her passion for soapmaking. Erica is a native Floridian, who now resides in North Carolina with her husband, daughter, 2 dogs, and an old cat.