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Nancy
11/10/2018
Leaky mess

I was super excited to use this mold, I whipped up a 4 pound batch of soap and got ready to pour it in at a thicker trace. The second I poured it in it immediately started pouring out the bottom, not leaking just a little but literally my entire batch coming out. Now reading through the reviews I see leaking is a issue that many people have with this mold; this wasn't a minor leak though it was a disaster:( I've always loved BrambleBerry products and never had a problem with any of their other products, I'm not sure I would try using this mold again even lined because I am too hesitant to have another batch of hard work and expense pour out the bottom.


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Stan
10/2/2018
Well Designed and Interesting Design Possibilities

I purchased this mold in order to start making different designs than is possible in a log or other non-vertical mold. While mold is well made and great to look at, the liners do bend a bit and while they fit “snugly” they can and do leak if not lined. However, knowing the minor problems with the mold, I am quite pleased with this mold and will continue to use it. Addressing the bent liners – I store the liners and the divider flat with the mold on top of the liners. This keeps the liners straight and any minor bends are addressed when using the mold by slightly bending the narrower side liners and sometimes the divider. To prevent leaking I line the entire wood mold with freezer paper prior to inserting the acrylic liners. I make sure the bottom is lined and enclosed by bending the paper up to the front, and I wrap the freezer paper around the front of the mold. Because the acrylic liners are now fully enclosed, any leaks will be minor and contained within the freezer paper. Sliding the acrylic liners off the soap is really not that difficult, and when done correctly yields a slick, shiny surface. I use .75 teaspoon Sodium Lactate per pound of soap with this mold and unmold after 48 hours. I first slide the bottom (grooved) liner off, and then use the bottom liner to push the side liners off. I am giving this mold 5 stars as the problems are minor, easy to work around, and the fact that the mold can produce some beautiful designs.


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James
5/24/2018
column mold

I DID NOT HAVE THE MONEY TO SPLURGE ON THIS MOLD BUT I DID.. AND I AM VERY UNHAPPY WITH IT. IMMIDIATLY THE SOAP STARTED POURING OUT.. ALL OVER MY STORE..COUNTERS AND FLOORS. IT WAS A MESS. EXPENSIVE FOR LOSSES.. I AM VERY UPSET. I WOULD LIKE MY MONEY BACK.. IT WAS A MISTAKE TO PURCHASE THIS MOLD. AND YET.. VERY EXPENSIVE. SHAME ON YOU.

Tina from Bramble Berry replies...
Using some extra measures like the freezer paper should help to prevent any leaking. It can be a bit tricky to line so fine some tips in our How to Line Any Mold blog post.


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Amber
4/11/2018
Stuck Soap, Broken Mold

As an avid rule follower, I read and complied with the suggestions given after reading the not so stellar reviews of this mold. I was not able to line the mold with paper due to its unique design, although I did try. I resealed the outer edges that were not on the sliding side before use. I used a thick trace and the mold still leaked although minimally. I oiled the plastic inserts and I heated with low heat gun when, alas, it still did not release. Like others before me, the handle broke off and I chewed up the edges of my plastic inserts trying to pry them out with a vise grip, which did eventually work. Even though the leakage was minimal on the interior of the mold, the front panel still warped to the point that I cannot get it to move and now that the handle is no longer attached, Im not sure what the point would be to use it again anyway. I wanted to try this mold because I had my heart set on making a certain style/design of soap and this is the mold Brambleberry recommended. I wanted to have all of the right tools for the job. Save yourself $60 and forego the purchase of this mold.

Tina from Bramble Berry replies...
Thank you for your feedback.


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Sabine
4/1/2018
Lovely in theory, needs sealant...

IMO, this mold needs to be sealed between it's base and it's body. I'm going to attempt to do this, as I can't return it, the P.O. is closed by the time I get in from work. Besides, I like the idea behind it,-especially the ability to rotate the center divider (along with a portion of your soap batter) On the other hand, I don't think I should have to "fix" a brand new mold, before successfully using it, you know? Especially an expensive mold; this mold leaked about a fourth of its contents out around it's base, when I made Brambleberry's"Sunshine Soap". That's a bit much, -I ended up having to set the entire mold in a brownie baking dish to catch the leakage; made soap balls from the leakage (about 3 cups batter)Then neither the sliding door to the mold, or it's white plastic sides would release, even though I used sodium lactate in the soap recipe, and lubed the mold with mineral oil.The soap leakage literally glued all movable parts of this mold in place; - I had to cut the hardened soap away from around it's base, to free the soap log inside. Then I had to painstakingly cut all the hardened soap from inside the mold, before I could free the door enough to open it, so I could cut away the interior leakage. I'm going to try making my next batch of Sunshine Soap, in a 5 lb log mold using Brambleberry's multi-pour tool, and get some silicone sealant for the vertical mold, before using It again. It's a great design; -just needs a little fine tuning before being marketed.

Tina from Bramble Berry replies...
Using thicker traced recipes in the Vertical Mold can definitely help keep the soap from leaking out the bottom, causing the door to stick. Freezer paper will help to prevent any leaking, though it can be tricky to line, find some tips in our How to Line Any Mold blog post. If the door 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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