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.
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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
More Details: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
This mold is high quality, the silicone is better than expected, the dividers are made of quality material but simply put....they are designed badly. The dividers warped with first use. ALL edge bars are now crooked and uneven. I have a shop so uniformity is important. I can't sell ANY bars from the edges because the dividers are small in the mold and warp. So I don't use this mold much. Not a smudge too small for ease of insertion...waaaaay too small. The warping is the biggest issue probably. I've tried the boiling water , no go.
Now.....I will say for those who don't mind all those issues and use this mold but complain of sticking....I mix a half and half solution of mineral oil and alcohol (the alcohol thins it making it sprayable) and simply spray down the dividers once assembled, before insertion. Easy to remove!
I absolutely love this mold. It is worth every penny. The soap is very easy to unmold. I bought the silicon liner also and it gives the bars a sleek finish. I would consider this a must have item.
Update: The mold and silicon liner are great. The dividers are really bad and produce misshapen bars, every time. Boiling them doesnt straighten them. I lose a good number of bars everytime I use the mold due to the dividers. Buying new dividers isn't the answer because these came this way and can't be made straight.
I was finally able to invest in this mold after wishing for it for a couple years. I could have gotten one for half the cost on Ebay or Etsy but I decided to go with a trusted brand name figuring on amazing quality. I am very happy with the wooden mold, lid and also the silicone liner I purchased in addition to the mold. I, like many other people have issues with the dividers. There are spaces along the edge where it simply does not fit properly. The soap does not get "cut" with the divider so when you try to remove the bars they end up breaking off at the ends. I only had 2 bars with chunks out of them but every bar on the edge had problems with the shape because of the issue and it took a considerable amount of time to clean up my soap. Also I find them flimsy and difficult to place despite going over video directions. They fall apart and bow as well making for irregular soap bars. Lastly they stick. I expected more considering the price. Bramble Berry You could do better and should.
I wanted to love this mold. I ordered it mostly for my salt bars as I hate cutting them. So the dividers were important. I liked my first batch. But there is a huge gap all the way around the dividers and the edge of the mold. So that damaged all of soap edges. Frustrating. Then the dividers are not even. They bow, and create uneven bars. Slight difference is one thing, but it's huge. My last batch I could not get my soap out, and found the dividers have actually broken. I hate the dividers. I need a new set but the thought of spending more money on them makes me cringe. I now have an expensive mold sitting and collecting dust. I wanted to love it. And I don't and it's really disappointing.
Terah from Bramble Berry replies...Hi Nicole! I am so sorry you were disappointed in the 18 Bar Divider Set for this mold. The dividers are made from a thin plastic so they can warp, which can easily be fixed by pouring boiling water over them, though they should not break! I will email you directly to resolve this issue.
Up til I received this mold, I was doing small batches (2lbs at a time). But, with this mold, I was finally able to step up my game! 5-6lb batches make things much easier when you are a small shop getting established. I also purchased the silicone liner, and that has been a blessing, too...much easier to unmold once it's ready. The only reason for the 4-star rating is that the bars come out a bit smaller than I prefer (usually make 5-6oz bars), so they've been largely unusable (I use the long pieces, but don't use the cross bars...a bit tricky, but I make it work). Thanks for a fine mold...I'll probably be ordering another soon!!
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