Swan Swirl Technique

handmade soap swirling technique

About a month ago I joined an absolutely fantastic Facebook group, Soap Making with Natural Ingredients Forum. Let me tell you how inspiring all of the soapers there have been—they are all so supportive and willing to share their knowledge!! They are fully to blame for the recent over-soaping chaos that my kitchen is being submitted to. Thank you ladies!

In my years of soaping, I never really got into swirling, or developing intricate color patterns as I was not interested in using chemical colorants in my soap. And then, I decided to play with natural color infusions—inspired by the soapers in the FB group of course! I also have a thing for round soap at the moment. Something about it just puts me in a happy place these days.

So, how to swirl round soap without individual molds? Hrmmmmm. Usually at this point I open up Google and start looking for inspiration. But instead, I had an AH HA! moment and came up with this crazy idea for a basic swirl. Well guess what? I loved it! My husband saw the soaps and asked “how did you get awesome swans in your soap?”… heck if he loved it, it’s got to be cool, right? =) I was also very flattered to have a few soapers in the group ask for details on how I did it.  So, without further ado, here’ are the details—complete with a snazzy video tutorial. Enjoy!


Swan Swirling with Cold Process, In a Tube Mold

  1. Prepare two dividers. I used cardboard.
    • Piece one width: same as the inner diameter of your tube
    • Piece two width: about 1 inch smaller than piece one
    • Length of each piece should be a few inches longer than your tube
  2. Tape them together just to hold in place – you will be removing the tape after you pour your soap, so don’t get crazy with the tap! A small piece of scotch tape works great.
  3. Insert divider into your tube
  4. Prepare you soap batter. I used a cold process batter, but I would love to see how this works with hot process. The batter does NOT need to be very fluid for this to work.
  5. Pour your batter down each half of your tube
  6. Carefully remove piece one (remove the tape first!)
  7. Rotate piece two about 180 degrees, and slowly pull it out
  8. Done! Enjoy your pretty soap!

Here’s the video with visuals, and be sure to let me know if you make your own swans. I would love to see pictures!

Not a soaper, but want your own swan swirl soap? Head over to the shop, and I’ll send it to you in a jiffy!


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    Great work, and thanks for mentioning the stellar crew in our group. Such and inpiring and respectful collection of makers.


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