While there are plenty of different soap molds available, many people take pride in the fact that their soap creations are 100 percent homemade. Some soap makers also enjoy making their own molds so they can completely customize the size and shape of bars. Many of them are very simple to make, too.
If you’re interested in building your own soap molds, here are some ideas to get you started:
“Some glues can react with the chemicals in the soap.”
Wooden soap molds
The most common homemade soap mold is made with wood. The simplest way to make this mold is to use nails to fix a bottom piece to four side panels of wood? Specify more. Steer clear of using wood glue, if you’re not using a melt-and-pour method. The chemicals in the soap could react with the glue, causing your mold to fall apart or even cause a dangerous reaction. You can make a lid too, if you’d like, or you could cover the top with another slab of wood when you’re finished.
In order to get your hardened soap out of this type of mold, line the inside surface with contact or parchment paper. Never pour your soap mix directly into a wooden mold, unless you want to build a new mold every time you make a new batch. If you already have a silicone liner that you’ve used with other soap molds, consider making your own mold in the same size so you won’t have to line with parchment paper.
If you’re feeling crafty and want to make a soap mold that’s a little more high tech, you can fix your boards together with steel nuts and bolts instead of screws or nails so they’re easy to remove. This also allows you to customize the size of each batch of soap you make.
Round soap molds
Whether you want to make round bars of soap or just want to use a round bar in the center of a large one, you can do this with a PVC pipe. Determine how big you want your soap to be and choose a pipe that’s the proper width. Cut the pipe down to a foot long – any longer will get unwieldy. Seal one end with a cap or tightly attached parchment paper, and line the inside with parchment paper as well. Let the paper hang out a bit so it’ll be easy to grip and pull out when the soap has hardened.
When you’ve made your soap mixture, it can be tough to pour it evenly as to fit into the small hole at the end of the PVC pipe. Try putting your soap mix in a pitcher with a spout, or fixing a funnel to the end of the pipe. Fill it up as high as you can and seal the other end. When the soap has hardened, all you have to go is pull the parchment paper out of the pipe and the soap will come along.