Unfinished Baltic Birch Wooden Mold (18 Bar): Bramble Berry adoringly calls this wooden mold "The Best Soap Mold in the World!" This 18 bar wooden mold is made out of top grade Birch Plywood and holds approximately 6 lbs of soap. The wood on the sides and lid is nicely sanded but completely raw and unfinished. The base of the mold has a lacquer finish. You can add a wood finish yourself or just use the mold as is and allow it get that lovely, used patina as it ages. Each wooden mold is custom made and locally hand crafted here in Bellingham, Washington. All of the joints are glued and nailed together. Makes 18 bars of soap that are 2 7/8" long x 1 15/16" wide and up to 2" tall. Our 4 1/2 pound batch of Cold Process soap made 1 inch tall bars of soap.
Silicone Liner: Make using this mold even easier with our custom made silicone liner. This will replace the side inserts and you will never have to line your mold with paper or plastic again. The bar divider inserts fit in the mold perfectly. But we have found that the lid needs to be flipped over to the flat side for a close fit.
We love this mold for making beautifully swirled soap. Learn the secrets of making perfectly swirled soap in this 13 minute online video.
Each mold includes:
2 Long End (border) Pieces: 13 1/16" Long, 2 1/8" Wide, 1/4" Thick2 Short End (border) Pieces: 9 3/16" Long, 2 1/8" Wide, 1/4" Thick2 Long Divider Pieces: 12 1/2" Long, 2" Wide, 1/8 Thick6 Short Divider Pieces: 9 3/16" Long, 2" Wide, 1/8" ThickBaltic Birch Plywood Lid: 12" Wide, 15 1/4" LongBaltic Birch: 11 1/4" Wide, 14 5/8" Long, 3 1/2" Tall
About the Dividers: The liners and dividers are made from a flexible plastic that can withstand constant temperatures up to 200° F (but please do not subject them to temperatures over 200° F). There is a top and a bottom to each divider. The top is slightly rounded with an even rippled texture. The bottoms are cut flat with slight angled cutting marks. All of the flexible, plastic dividers are slotted to easily slip together. If any of the dividers appear to have taken a curve to them, you can easily bend them back straight. About the Lid: Made from the same beautiful Baltic Birch Plywood as the body, the lid has an inset piece of plywood allowing it to fit perfectly snug on top of the mold. Lining Your Mold: We suggest lining your mold not matter what type of soap you're making. For cold process, we recommend lining the entire mold with freezer paper. If you're making melt and pour soap, we suggest lining the entire mold with plastic (plastic drop cloths work great!). Line your wooden mold before adding the insert pieces.
Silicone Liner: A silicone liner is available for this mold and is sold separately. The silicone liner is a single unit lining method meant for use in place of the plastic border pieces and plastic bottom insert while still being compatable with the plastic dividers. The silicone liner is compatible with both melt and pour and cold process soap making. It is not necessary to line the mold with freezer paper or plastic when using the silicone mold. Get your silicone liner for the 18 bar mold HERE. Using the Dividers: You can insert your dividers before or after you pour your soap depending on your preference (Anne-Marie likes to put them in after!). Before adding your dividers, make sure that you have lined your mold. The end pieces slide in first- match the long pieces with the long sides of the mold and the short pieces with the short sides of the mold.. Then put the dividing pieces together and place into the mold as a complete unit, using both hands. Use your thumb and forefinger to squeeze the long dividers together slightly so they will not drop apart. Then gently place the unit into the mold. Bottom Inserts: Bottom inserts are sold separately and go into the bottom of the mold before all of the divider pieces. Anne-Marie likes to use the mold without the bottom insert but if you would like a perfectly smooth finish on the bottom of your soap, we recommend getting one. Get your insert for the 18 Bar Mold HERE.
Free download: Tips on successfully using your Birchwood mold. To download the PDF, finalize your order (you must be signed into your Bramble Berry account). Then click the little download button with the green arrow. You will need to have the free software program Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in order to view and print the PDF file.
We recommend hand washing all of your molds and pieces to make sure they last a lifetime
Reply from Bramble Berry Hi JoAnn! I'm sorry you found the inserts hard to use. We love using the dividers with our 18 Bar Unfinished Birchwood Mold to make already cut soap bars! To get the soap out of the dividers, we recommend pushing down on the soap rather than trying to pull on the dividers. This prevents your soap from tearing or leaving drag marks. I will email you personally to discuss this further!
Reply from Bramble Berry Hi Cath! I'm so glad you love our 18 Bar Unfinished Birchwood Mold! Though, I'm sorry you're finding the dividers difficult to remove. To get the soap out, we recommend pushing down on the soap rather than pulling on the dividers. That prevents your soap from tearing or leaving drag marks. After you've removed your soap from the liner, press gently on the soap with your thumbs or the heel of your hand. You can use a piece of freezer paper to prevent fingerprints. Adding 1 tsp. of Sodium Lactate per pound of oils to your cooled lye water helps as well. You can read more in this Sunday Night Spotlight: Sodium Lactate. Thanks so much for your suggestion about the silicone coating! We will definitely keep that in mind! I will email you personally to discuss this further.
Reply from Bramble BerryHi Karen! I'm sorry the dividers were giving you some trouble. To get the soap out, we recommend pushing down on the soap rather than pulling on the dividers. That prevents your soap from tearing or leaving drag marks. After you've removed your soap from the liner, press gently on the soap with your thumbs or the heel of your hand. You can use a piece of freezer paper to prevent fingerprints. Adding 1 tsp. of sodium lactate per pound of oils to your cooled lye water helps as well. You can read more in this Sunday Night Spotlight: Sodium Lactate. I'll be emailing you personally to discuss this!
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