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How to use 3D molds

In these step by step instructions you will learn how easy and fun it is to make your own professional 3D soap, using our two-part 3D molds.

The 3D Soap Molds will cast a double sided, three dimensional bar of soap, just like commercial store bought bars.

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Prepare your mold

Make sure the mold is clean. Align both sides and secure with the included rubber bands. Place one near the top and the other near the base as shown above. Also, be sure that both parts of the spout are at the top of the mold assembly.

Pour Your Soap

M&P - After preparing your M&P soap base, check the temperature with a thermometer, and verify that it is below 165°F, optimally 130-140°F. Pour the soap slowly and steadily into the mold.

CP - After preparing your CP soap base, pour the soap at a light trace, slowly and steadily into the mold.

Tips

  • Overfill the mold cavity by pouring an excess into the funnel. This will act as a reserve and eliminate any large air pockets from forming at the top of the bar.
  • Lightly tap the mold onto the table to release any trapped air, and if necessary, refill the funnel reserve.
  • Set your mold in a tray before pouring - this will catch any leaks.
  • If your mold leaks makes sure the buttons are perfectly aligned and try using more than 2 rubber bands.
     

Unmold & Trim Your Soap

When the soap is ready to release, gently separate the two halves, until one side separates from the other. To release the soap from the remaining half, lightly and steadily twist the mold (ice tray style).

To trim your soap, score the cast on both sides with a small knife, where the funnel meets the bar. Then bend the funnel excess, back and forth until it breaks away from the bar. Lastly, trim the excess material or "flashing" from the bar.

Tips

Unmolding M&P Soap: Most M&P soap can be unmolded from our two-part molds in 4 hours at room temperature. To expedite the unmolding time, after the soap solidifies, chill it to 55-60°F within the mold by placing it into the freezer for 15 minutes, or into the refrigerator for 1 hour. This will make the soap much easier to unmold, and in a fraction of the time at room temperature.

Unmolding CP Soap: It is recommended to let the soap set in the molds for as long as necessary, usually 48-72 hours, until the soap has sufficiently solidified.

Cleaning Your 3D Molds

To clean the 3D molds, you can wash them in warm soapy water, or in a dishwasher. If using a dishwasher, run the cycle without detergent, as this will etch the plastic over time.

Our 3D molds are manufactured from thick ABS, which has a continuous operating temperature of 194°F. This makes them dishwasher safe.

Please note: Not all soap molds are dishwasher safe, and therefore should only be washed in warm soapy water.