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
This mold is a must have for all cold process soapers. It holds a great amount of soap and is easy to use. I highly recommend getting the silicone mold liner - trust me, it will make your life simpler. Here are my recommendations if you are on the fence about the mold:
1. After your fresh batch of soap has set for at least 24 hours, pull up the entire silicone mold (with the soap and dividers) and pop it in the freezer for a few hours. The soap will unmold very easily with nice clean edges.
2. Don't fill the soap to the top. If you leave a little space, you can easily slide out the dividers with needle-nose pliers. It is good to start at the edges.
3. The top does not fit snuggly with the silicone liner. However, don't fret. Simply flip the lid over and it will rest on top nicely.
I highly recommend this mold and its definitely my go to mold!
I was looking forward to getting this mold and being able to have bars of soap that were the same size. Unfortunately the dividers do not stay straight and result in several misshaped bars of soap. I followed Bramberry's suggestion to boil the dividers for a few minutes in order to bend the dividers back into shape, but it did not help the dividers maintain their shape.
I think this is a great concept, but due to the poor design of the dividers I regret the large amount of money that I spent on this mold.
Being lazy, I really appreciate that I don't have to line this mold. The bars are not the size I prefer (I like 2.5 x 3.25) but I can get used to that. I'm used to unmolding and cutting my soaps in less than 24 hours so I was not able to wait a couple of days as suggested - I just used a sharp knife to slide between the soap and the liners and that worked well.
The wood mold is very nice. The dividers are bent making my bars misshapen. I can't seem to straighten them out. I love the mold but not happy with the dividers.
Terah from Bramble Berry replies...Hi Claudia! I'm so glad you love our 9 Bar Unfinished Birchwood Mold! Though, I'm sorry you were disappointed in the liners. Our 9 Bar Divider Set is made from thin plastic so they can warp. They can easily return to normal by pouring boiling water over them so the plastic becomes more malleable. Then set them back into your mold as if you're about to make soap overnight.
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 :)
We’re a friendly group who love social media. See you ‘round the web!