Baltic Birch Wooden Mold (9 Bar): Bramble Berry adoringly calls this wood mold "The Best Soap Mold in the World!" This 9 bar wooden mold is made out of top grade Birch Plywood and holds approximately 2-3 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 9 bars of soap that are 3" long x 2" wide and up to 2" tall (depending on your recipe).
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:
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 no 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.
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 on the bottom of your soap, we recommend getting one. Get your insert for the 9 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 BerryHi Barry! I'm so glad you like this mold! When you're removing the bars from the dividers, you want to remember to push the soap out, rather than pulling the dividers up. Pulling can cause drag marks. No fun! To get your soap out, apply pressure on the bars with your thumb or palm. To avoid fingerprints, place a piece of freezer paper in between your fingers and the soap. Push that soap until it pops out of the mold. If it doesn't want to move, let it sit a couple more days. Using 1 tsp. of sodium lactate per pound of oils to your cooled lye water can help that soap pop out as well! You can read more in this Sunday Night Spotlight: Sodium Lactate. Also, rubbing the dividers with a little bit of cyclomethicone before putting them in your soap helps too. I'll be emailing you personally to discuss this!
Reply from Bramble Berry
Hi Cheryl! I'm really glad you're enjoying this mold, it's one of our favorites! Recipes in the Soap Crafting book have been tested various times in order to produce consistent results. I will be emailing you personally to help troubleshoot why your batches are a little larger.
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