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Friday, March 14, 2008

Mold Choices For CP Soap

Mold: m-w.com definition 2: the frame on or around which an object is constructed 3 a: a cavity in which a substance is shaped: as (1): a matrix for casting metal (2): a form in which food is given a decorative shape b: a molded object

A mold can be made of anything with sides and a bottom...and slightly flexible or with movable sides. My first batch of soap was in a
silicone pan, the second batch I used a sturdy Batmobile box that housed a very fancy collectible Batmobile (collectible for a seven year old? Nope. Just a very heavy metal car that has tons of cool detail and fun to smash into my new baseboards-ouch!)

Anything really can be used: tupperware, shoe boxes, Pringles cans, lucite (more on this later...), silicone muffin pans, REAL wooden break-away soap molds, stainless steel, plastic...anything, really, except for aluminum.

There are so many interesting choices, but if one wants to make a consistantly uniform soap bar, for selling, than an actual soap mold may be in order...

What do you use?

6 comments:

Heidi said...

My husband bought me wood molds on ebay years ago. They make a perfect size bar. I just wish I didn't have to fuss with lining them every time I need to use them. I did find linerless molds that are exactly like mine on ebay...soooo tempting = )

http://cgi.ebay.com/4-5Lb-LINERLESS-SOAP-BAR-MOLD-with-WOOD-WOODEN-LID_W0QQitemZ150197423956QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item150197423956&_trksid=p3286.c62.m20.l1116

Trisha in Portland said...

My husband has made me 6 molds so far, two 1#'s, two 2#'s, and two 3#'s. Eventually he will build a non log one for me. I too hate to line the molds, but until he can cut my lining (1/8" HDPE sheet) into the appropriate sized pieces, I will continue to line.

Carrie ~ Gigi said...

I have used molds from Brambleberry, Creekside, heavy box lids, flexible, plastic, etc... and too would love to find a great mold that wouldn't need to be lined. Lining a soap mold is the worst thing about soap making... I haven't purchased a large silicone mold yet, but am thinking about it for the future.

And oh- one of my sons has built me several molds that work well.

Creekside molds came with a liner in place (nice), and directions, etc...

Heather@Twin Birch said...

I am crazy about silicone molds!! I just got two of the square ones from AM at Bramble Berry and I love them!
I also have a silicone bundt pan that Betty Crocker will never know!!

I adore Creekside molds as well, although I agree with the girls that lining them is a pain!

Donna said...

I've used tupperware and another 'leftover' container. I was looking at silicone molds today and wondering if I could use them. I guess now I know.

dcyrill said...

I use two wooden molds. One for 24ozs of soap and the other for 48ozs of soap. I will have to look into the silicon molds.