Silicone Column Mold: This innovative 2-piece silicone loaf mold makes round soap that is amazingly easy to unmold. The mold design makes use of extra thick silicone to keep the sides from bowing out and distorting the round shape. The interlocking seal is simple to use, no clamps or bands are needed. And of course, since it is made of silicone, this mold is extremely easy to release your soap and wash. As with most silicone molds, your cp soap may need an extra day or two in this mold to fully harden since the flexible silicone sides do not allow air inside the mold, which results in slower evaporation of water and hardening of your soap. Works well with melt & pour soap, too!
Tip: If making Cold Process soap in this (or any) silicone mold we recommend adding Sodium Lactate to your recipe. This will help to harden up your soap so that there won't be any dents or finger marks from unmolding the soap.
Please Note: To avoid any leaking make sure the interlocking seal is fully pressed together around the entire edge of the mold. For an extra secure seal use bulldog clips on each side to keep the mold secure even while being jiggled and moved.
Care of your mold: We recommend hand washing your mold.
Cavities: 1Cavity Dimensions: 9-3/4" (length) X 2-3/4" (diameter)Cavity Capacity: 34 ozMold Material: Silicone
Check out a great tutorial on how to use this mold here.
I hesitated to buy this because the reviews were spotty but I'm glad I tried it! I made a batch of cp soap with a fairly high percentage of hard oils and poured it at thin trace. I had put the mold in a pot and wrapped it with a thick towel to insulate it for gel which gave it a little extra support so I didn't knock it over. I did not try to thump it or shake out any bubbles. I set a bit of cardboard on top and wrapped the towel around it and set it away for the night. When it was hard enough, it unmolded easily and washed up with a little soapy water. The soap has a few tiny air bubbles around the edges on the bars that were closer to the top (where the soap was starting to thicken and not pour so easily) but I think they will polish off with a little rub with a towel later. I'm eager to use this to crank out my shaving soap pucks. I've been putting them off because I hate wrestling with the PVC pipe!
I was so excited to get this mold, I bought two. After 3 soap batches, my enthusiasm was quickly tempered:
* The soap was somewhere between an oval and a circle, definitely not perfect circles. The bottom is the truest in terms of being circular, as you move towards the top it becomes more elongated. Maybe there's a way to reinforce the mold, ensuring it remains a circle?
* The soap has a distinct ridge caused by the mold's seal. It's not the end of the world, but will require shaving if you want perfectly smooth soap.
* The soap at the bottom of the mold stuck on two of my three batches, breaking off when unmolding. The end piece was not usable
* One of the 3 batches leaked, breaking open when I very lightly tapped the mold to get out air bubbles. I wound up with soap batter all over me and the floor. Tip: Put these molds in a pot or something in case they leak.
I don't sell soap, but if I did I would probably use a PVC tube w/paper lining instead of this mold
Order # 576710: Having read about failures, I filled it with very hot tap water and banged it with no issues and let it sit overnight with no issues. Feeling confident, I tried it with soap and heavy tapping caused it to split open. Fortunately, I was prepared by using a very thick trace to suspend embeds. I was able to capture the soap and transfer it to another mold so no loss. Next, I tried a very thin trace, but put binding clips on the sides and placed it in a deep stainless steel stock pot. The stock pot served two purposes: if it leaked, the pot would catch the caustic mess and it helped with insulating. However, it held together. The pot allowed me to wrap towels tightly AROUND the mold instead of ON TOP, further adding to the weight and risk of collapse. It worked great for this batch so I will be using it again in this manner. I suggest you try it.
Perfect for my project and I imagine I'll be using for others to come.
Just used this for the first time today to make some facial bars. I had no issue with it leaking. I used no clips. I could see how it could come apart (burst, as one reviewer put it) if you mess with it too much - just leave it alone, don't touch or move it after you've poured in your soap batter and it will be just fine. I put it inside the 4" silicone log mold which is PERFECT for holding this column mold upright. I plan to use this mold often - really like it!
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