Although I must currently mind my pennies ever more tightly, I still had enough oils & lye for another loaf, and enough colorants on hand to try the "hanger swirl". I had been wanting to try one for some time, and an idea beamed into my head about trying to make a heart shape, which seemed like simple shape & good learning project. I love to try new things, but don't so much love to work on perfecting them. Ahem.
The hanger swirl is so named, I take it, because people bent wire hangers to the shape they needed. I could only find plastic hangers, not of the size that would fit. I stumbled on some floral wire, & made my "hanger" out of that.
Next, I mixed the oils, lye & fragrance, putting some in a seperate pot so I could add the mica, Brambleberry's Merlot Sparkle. I poured the colored soap in the bottom of the loaf pan in an even layer, then spooned the uncolored soap in on top. I'm not mentioning the fragrance oil specifically, because it ended up discoloring quite badly, but it is wine scented. I then attempted to draw a heart in the middle of the soap loaf with the hanger, straight down through the middle then up in a diagonal, curving up & down the middle again several times on each side. To make a long process short, when I cut them in the morning, this is what I had.
As you can see, it almost worked. Much like Johnny & Winona. Since it's partly not there, I give you the soap's title.. Wino Forever.