What is a pencil line?
A pencil line is a thin line made in soap by using a powder, like mica, clay, or cocoa powder.
|Wild muscadine soap with a pencil line made of cocoa|
Most of the pencil lines that I have seen are made with sparkling micas, but I have had success using both cocoa powder and clay, both of which I had on hand at the time. If you use a loaf mold, the process is straightforward. However, if you use a mold like the one I use (which is the 9 bar birchwood mold from Bramble berry), you can either make the pencil line and omit the dividers, or place the dividers, then make your pencil line, like I did in the video below.
Pencil lines are gorgeous details in soap! I cant wait to try it out again!