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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:

  • 2 Long End (border) Pieces: 9 5/8" Long, 2 1/8" Wide, 1/4" Thick
  • 2 Short End (border) Pieces: 6 3/16" Long, 2 1/8" Wide, 1/4" Thick
  • 2 Long Divider Pieces: 9 3/16" Long, 2" Wide, 1/8"Thick
  • 2 Short Divider Pieces: 6 1/4" Long, 2" Wide, 1/8" Thick
  • Baltic Birch Plywood Lid: 8 7/8" Wide, 11 7/8" Long
  • Baltic Birch Mold: 8 3/16" Wide, 11 3/16" Long, 3 7/16" Tall

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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


Average Rating:
(based on 8 reviews)

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by victoria
on 5/22/2015
i don't know...
Do I like the mold? Yes i love it. Do I like the dividers? Yes makes my job so much easier!!! I don't like the size of the bar tho.... I still get the same oz with this and my loaf mold. So they're the same just with this mold they look smaller... but that's just my preference, there is NO performance issue and I'm sure I can make a wider bar if I leave out the dividers. thats why i rate 5 stars :)
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by Barry
on 11/30/2014
Great mold! Easy to make the swirling designs. I'm having a hard time separating the soap from the dividers when removing the bars. I'm having to cut them out. Any suggestions?

Reply from Bramble Berry
Hi 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!

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on 10/14/2014
9 bar birch mold with dividers
I love this mold! I use it for my crock pot soaps and cold process soap. It cleans up in a snap. The soap comes out very easily. I added the 18 bar guest size soap to go with this mold. The size is perfect also for samples
by Cheryl
on 7/11/2014
I like this mold, but...
every time I follow a recipe in the Soap Crafting book, there's too much soap. I wind up with bars that are as much as 6.5 oz. I know some of that evaporates, but even after that, I still can't get in the shrink wrap sleeves. I did the Firedrop swirl two nights ago, and measured precisely because I was teaching my daughter for the first time. The bars weighted between 5.75 and 6.55; mostly 6.30-6.40. I know much of that evaporates over 6 weeks, but they still won't fit in the shrink wrap sleeves. I'd like to know who much Bramble Berry oversizes the recipes so I can adjust. I'm a scraper; I don't leave soap on the bowls. I'd love to sign up for the Summer Craft Club, but this mold...hmmm.

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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by Krista
on 6/6/2014
Perfect for Salt Bars
I purchased this mold specifically for my salt bars. No matter when or how I cut them from my log molds, they crumbled. This mold made my salt bars look so much better as I didn't have to cut. They still crumble a bit when unmolding but that's the nature of salt soap. The sides can be tricky to take off as another reviewer said so don't pull straight off. I slide them and it helps. I usually end up using my wire cutter to run along the edges too. The dividers clean up nicely in hot, soapy water and look just like new, even when I make activated charcoal bars. The dividers arrived with a slight curve that won't bend out so my bars aren't perfectly shaped but I guess that just shows they're hand made, not machine made!
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