Charles Rennie Mackintosh was a Scottish artist famous for his unique art deco architecture, stained glass, furniture, paintings, household items, and more. He designed the architecture of a Glasgow Art School building that was sadly destroyed in a fire. The rebuilding and restoration of the building is in progress. When I read that this month’s challenge would be to create stained glass window soap, the only choice for me was to make a Charles Rennie Mackintosh inspired soap.
If you’re interested in learning more about Charles Rennie Mackintosh please check out the Wikipedia article Here
- Cold Process Soap base
- Diamond Clear Melt & Pour Soap Base
- Activated Charcoal for creating dark piping lines
- Titanium Dioxide for whitening the cold process soap base
- Colorants (I used liquid colorants)
- Fragrance (I made a custom essential oil blend that I am calling “Wooded Rose”)
- Transfer pipettes
- Digital thermometer to measure the temperature of the m&p soap. If the soap boils or steams, it becomes cloudy and will ruin the design.
Create a cold process soap base and piping. Add melt and pour soap to create a stained glass effect. Cover in a final layer of clear melt and pouren: Document steps with pictures to show freehand work.
To start, I made a small batch of cold process soap to experiment with the technique. I made enough soap to make two small slabs and allow extra soap for piping. I recently heard a theory that batch painting makes your more efficient and improves your skills faster, so I applied the theory here as well.
After finishing piping the first practice slab, I started in on a second “window pane”
Next I made a small and medium slab with a finer piping tip. My goal was to make a 4 count slab and a slab with random CRM roses. I also went with a simpler color scheme to keep the design more simple and clean, and allow for the iconic negative space found in CRM designs.
Creating the window pane dividers in the small soap