Many soap makers like myself, find inspiration in many areas, including art, music, architecture and cake making. Recently, I was watching a YouTube video of a cake artist who decorates gorgeous, but complex cakes. They were done in what I would have considered a baroque style. What is baroque, you ask? Baroque refers to a style of European architecture, music, and art of the 17th and 18th centuries, characterized by ornate detail. The Palace of Versailles in France exemplifies baroque architecture. At a very basic level, to me, baroque means ornate and elaborate, with a depth of richness and unabashed decadence. In particular, the leafy flourishes the cake artist created caught my eye and in part inspired this soap I have created for Design Mania. I used two techniques in creating this soap-using silicone molds to create embeds and using micas in an alternative way to color the soap.
Using Silicone Molds
Silicone molds can be a great way to create unique shapes and embeds that set your soap apart. You can purchase molds or make your own. Several mold making stores can be found on websites such as Etsy. If you are doing a search, look for cake molds.’ as well. You can also make your own silicone molds by using two-part putty, similar in consistency to play dough, which can usually be found online or in many craft stores. Another type is a two-part