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
I was hesitant in buying this mold, based upon a few of the reviews. I have had no issues with the inserts at all. The biggest thing I have found is that it takes a little more patience to wait for unmolding. Holding off until 4-5 days to un mold the bars come out easier, and more cleanly. The best thing is the size of these bars. They fit in your hand perfectly and due to the thickness, they seem to last longer than loaf style bars. I've had to adjust my packaging for these, but that's Ok. It allows me to offer more variety to my customers. BB does sell packaging for these if you want it. I would highly recommend this mold!
We started making CP Soaps in May of this year, we had been maing M&P for the past 4 years since we opened. We purchased this mold because it yields more and bigger bars per batch - we read the previous reviews about problems some people had unmolding the soaps with the dividers. Well, as always, if you have a problem, you look for a solution. We poured our mixture in the silicone liner that can be purchased for this mold, we made our swirls and placed the dividers in. We waited 3 days to unmold - we took the liner out of the wood mold with, we unmolded the complete slab on top of the wooden lid that comes with the mold and placed the slab in the freezer with the dividers for 2 hours. We took it out from the freezer, and started separating the soaps from the left end, once these three soaps were separated, we tok out the divider and separated the next three - we worked our way like this until we separated all the soaps. We had no issues of bars sticking nor cracking or loosing pieces - all our bars came out complete. I highly recommend this 18 bar mold, and remember patience is a virtue :)
I love this mold! I think the description should be updated.... it says it holds approximately 6 pounds of soap, but I just made a batch including the silicone lining and dividers that was 9 pounds and it still wasn't full!!
I got this mold in yesterday and read the directions about pulling the dividers out. I also read the reviews and many of them were not positive, saying the dividers bowed and their soap came out ripped when they divided the soap. So I was a little nervous to try it. I can attest that this mold is AWESOME. The trick, and what I think other soapers on here aren't doing, is that you need to get the bars to harden up. I use sodium lactate in every loaf I make, and I even water discount 10 percent in addition to that. I put my slab to bed at 7 o'clock last night, and this morning at 5:30 a.m. they came out beautifully! They were nice and hard and I just kinda slid them out of the dividers by gently pushing from the top and sliding them out. VERY AWESOME. The only thing I would say is this: The bar are nice and thick, but they are kind of small compared to my other bars. I wonder if there is another mold that has dividers that make more square-shaped soap? LOVE THIS THING! May invest in the 36-bar mold! Thanks Brambleberry!
I bought this mold many years ago and have never had a problem with it! I was surprised to see the reviews about the dividers. My bars have never come out crooked or misshaped. Unless Brambleberry has changed the quality of the dividers, they should hold up well. The only issue I had, which they corrected right away was one of my dividers didn't fit into the slat correctly and they promptly sent me another. I am going to invest in another one so I can make and mold twice as many as I need.
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