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Purple Heart – Wood Grain

When you think wood grain, you think brown, beige and black. Once you get a hang of the technique, its probably quite simple to achieve a wood grain soap with these colors – using Natural colorants.


But if you want to be a little hard on yourself, you choose to make a soap using the limited set of soap colors you recently won. (All thanks to the Amy’s August challenge – Dancing funnel)

My choice of colors were random contrasting colors because this was the first time I’ve tried them in soap. I had no idea what the end result would be.

Purple Raspberimg_20161006_094721ry, Rocket Red and Yellow Oxide. Scented with Burnt Wood fragrance.

The freshly poured soap did look vaguely wood-like and I was satisfied.

However, once the soap was cut and the ash removed, I couldn’t believe my eyes.

Rich, brilliant purple wood grain!

Would you imagine a tree on the planet Earth with wood grain in these copurple-heartlors? Well, you don’t have to imagine, because apparently they do exist.

Don’t believe me? Read more about the Purple Heart or Peltogyne tree

This picture reminds me of the Magical Faraway Tree in the Enchanted Forest! (who else remembers this tree?)

“The trees are prized for their beautiful heartwood which, when cut, quickly turns from a light brown to a rich purple color.” – exactly what my soap did 😉



Moral of the story – Just allow your soap to just do what it wants, because it will anyway! And you WILL love the results!!


31 thoughts on “Purple Heart – Wood Grain

  1. It’s just gorgeous!! I love that it’s not the traditional wood color. I had imagined what this technique might look like with something completely different – like blue, even! The purple is great though!

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  2. I had never heard of Purple Heart wood – I had to click on the link to check it out! (Thanks for adding that!)
    Purple is my favorite color and I really want to do a wood grain in that color…thanks for doing one for me to give me some great ideas!
    Yours turned out beautifully!!

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  3. Those colors are so stunning to me (then again, red is my favorite color and I’m highly partial to purple). And I thought it was so cool how your soap turned this color and you were able to find a reference to the heartwood. So neat!

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