I've been making soap for about 15 or so years now. I began making Hot Process Soap and then evolved, last April, to making soap via the Cold Process method. The Cold Process method allows you to manipulate your soap "batter" much more because it is more fluid. There are a variety of techniques out there to produce patterns in your soap.
Recently, I joined Soap Challenge 2013 - an online soap-along hosted by Amy of Great Cakes Soapworks.
Soap Challenge 2013 includes four challenges. Each challenge features a special soapmaking technique.
The first challenge was Tiger Stripe. This technique produces horizontal lines in your soap. Amy posted great how-to videos and participants were off and running.
My Tiger Stripe soap was scented with Sweet Grass Fragrance Oil and includes shea butter and coconut milk. For the green, I used Chromium Green Oxide.
The bars you see in the pictures above have been placed on end. So, my horizontal stripes are temporarily vertical.
The pictures at the bottom were taken outside in natural light.
I really enjoyed this technique and will definitely use it again. In fact, I'm anxious to try it again soon to see if I can make my lines thinner.
Thanks, Amy, for doing this challenge!