My father used to say that it’s never too late to do anything you wanted to do.
And he said, ‘You never know what you can accomplish until you try.’
– Michael Jordan

Even though I missed this month’s entry deadline, I want to memorialize the experience in this blog entry. It all began in July, when I splurged and bought my very first slab mold. Before this challenge, I had always used a flimsy silicone brownie pan. Now, I’m a cool kid! I have a real slab mold and wooden case. Woo-hoo!

It was in July that a friend took a picture of our backyard and that unfiltered, untouched photo was my original inspiration for this project.

I had a vision of this sunset being revealed through the carving of the soap. I did an In the Pot Swirl for the sunset and then a strong “Key West Blue” for the icing. I thought I’d adopt Clyde’s Michelangelo approach and let the soap decide where to dig. The artist’s famous quote kept playing on a loop in my brain …

Every block of stone has a statue inside it,
and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it,
– Michelangelo

As I worked, I realized my blue soap was way too thick, and I was a long way from Clyde … let alone Michelangelo! I also learned that you don’t fill a slab mold. I had to cut these soaps in half horizontally to get the depth you see here.
So, it was back to the drawing board.

This time, I thought about our coquina sand beach and the waves. I poured a layer of the sandy brown on the bottom and the top of the mold so I could choose the better “view”. I also worked with half of the cover batter I had used in the first batch, forcing thinner layers. Even after spatula smoothing as much as possible, the top still had way too much action in the soap as you can see in the bars above. In between my coquina colors, I lay in shades of blue and shades of white to get the wave movement effect. The bottom turned out to be a great still canvas for me to create gentle waves like the ones we get on the days our sea feels gentle:

At the end of the road with many turns … the final masterpiece: