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well.. it's a beautiful mold.. but

i think I'm fighting a losing battle.. first it was fragrance fail, now this mold. poured at medium trace.. leaked everywhere. then i could NOT get the sliding door off. struggled so hard that the knob popped off and the wood screw gouged my hand. 6 stiches later.. this time lining the mold with freezer paper.. can not get the inserts into the mold. this should not be this difficult. maybe it would have.been easier with the old style, with the wing nuts.. but this, in my opinion is just wasted money. I do not recommended.

Tina from Bramble Berry replies...
I'm sorry you had that experience. The freezer paper should work to prevent any leaking though it can be tricky to line, find some tips in our How to Line Any Mold blog post. If your soap does become stuck you can use a heat gun or hair dryer to gently warm up the soap / mold where the soap is sticking. This should loosen the soap enough to be able to wiggle it free.

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Love this mold

I'm so happy with this mold. I made black and tan beer soap in it the very day that I got it. It turned out fantastic. I didn't have any problems at all with the mold leaking. Not one drop. The only problem that I had (and it's minor) was getting the door to slide up when I went to unmold it. I covered it with a dishtowel (so not to damage the wood) and tapped the handle of the door upwards with a hammer and it slowly slid up. I think that when I poured the soap in, the heat made the wood expand a little bit and it made the door hard to slide. I used sodium lactate in my soap like others suggested and the soap came out of the mold easily. I'm so glad I got this mold...I really want another one.

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So glad I got this

I had been hesitant to try this mold because I was afraid it might be difficult to use. I have never used a vertical mold before and so this was my first attempt and I could not be happier with the results. I did give the inside pieces of the mold (plastic sides and bottom) a wipe with mineral oil before using it and had no problem at all getting my soap out. There was a tiny bit of leakage at the bottom but not enough to be a problem at all. I did the technique from one of the tutorials I had watched where you turn the divider 180 degrees as you are removing it and I love the result.


Actually my favorite mold. With sodium lactate and lubricant on the dividers it's perfect. I like that my bars are the same size every time. It's easy on the packaging and presentation. I think I'm going to buy another one as a matter of fact.

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Leaks and sliding panel doesn't slide out

Unfortunately I had a bad experience the first time using this mold. It leaked around the bottom (though I did have a pretty thin trace at pour) but not enough to bother me. However, when it came time to slide out the panel and release the soap, the sliding panel would. not. budge. I put the mold in the freezer for a few hours and it still wouldn't budge... even though I pulled so hard the knob broke off! :( I finally managed to wrestle the inserts out and release the soap, which was mercifully undamaged, but even after chiseling out the leaked soap and cleaning out as much as I could, the sliding panel is still completely stuck. I'm bummed, because I really like how the soap turned out, but I am afraid to use this mold again.

Kelsey from Bramble Berry replies...
Hi Shasta! I'm so sorry you had trouble working with this mold. We love the Vertical Wood Mold and the fun designs it can create, as seen in our Making Sunshine Cold Process Soap tutorial. It definitely helps to pour at a thicker trace than other recipes. You can also try lining your mold with freezer paper to prevent leaks and to prevent the soap getting stuck in the future. To find out how check out the How to Line Any Mold blog post. To remove stuck on soap, use a heat gun or hair dryer to gently warm up the soap/mold where the soap is sticking. This should loosen it enough to wiggle it free. Customer service has contacted you directly to help troubleshoot!