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loolee
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« on: May 28, 2012, 07:55:11 AM »

and please tell me why you like it.

The time has come for me to buy a mold or make one... so do you like the log molds better, or the large flat ones?

wood or plastic?

Also, what is the program that helps you to price your soaps for sale?
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« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2012, 08:23:25 AM »

I love my silicone lined, wooden log mold for 4lb. batches.  For smaller batches I like the 10" silicone loaf mold from Bramble Berry.
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« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2012, 09:04:43 AM »

where did you get it from? 

The prices of these molds is mind-blowing!
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« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2012, 11:01:45 AM »

There are threads within this forum that give extensive information on molds and preferences.  It is mostly a personal preference that evolves after trying different types.  Some prefer acrylic over wood and others the reverse. Same with slabs or loaf molds.  Most eventually find a need of a variety.  I recommend that you purchase something that suits your initial goals.  If you want simple and least expensive but good quality with a professional end result, I recommend a wooden loaf mold with the cutting slot that Steve sells.  Wooden molds are sturdy, insulate well, are easiest to repair, less expensive than acrylic to replace, easy to CPOP or freeze (provided that it fits in an oven or freezer), and if handy with a saw, drill or screwdriver or hammer and nails, making your own is easy and inexpensive.  In fact, some hardware/lumber stores will cut wood to your specifications so maybe all you need to do is use a hammer and nails to get a nice loaf or slab mold.  3-inch PVCs with knock-out endcaps are also easy and economical.  I invested lots of $$$ in an acrylic slab mold.  In all of its fanciness, I prefer the convenience of wood and it hurts to admit that I use the acrylic only occasionally.  It is not my favorite mold.  I don't find it durable (it needs special handling) or rugged and will never CPOP with it.  Of course, this is my opinion.

My soap pricing program is basic.  I price by the ounce.  Soap sizes vary and customers don't have issues with it.  We already purchase many cheeses, chocolates, produce, meats, herbs, etc. by weight.  Because soap is ever shrinking, after about 8 weeks, I weigh and wrap my bars with cellophane and label.  Some soapers weigh their soaps when fresh and figure the percentage their soaps will shrink by the percentage of water used in a recipe.  Happy soaping!
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« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2012, 12:08:59 PM »

I love my silicone lined, wooden log mold for 4lb. batches.  For smaller batches I like the 10" silicone loaf mold from Bramble Berry.
I got my 4 lb. mold from Silvermoon.  At the time they were selling wooden molds with the silicone liners.  Now all I see is the liners.
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« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2012, 12:58:14 PM »

I have 5-lb wooden molds made by my husband which I love. I do have to line them with butcher paper.

I also have a lovely acrylic 9-bar mold which I bought on sale from Steve. It is delicate but wonderful for milk soaps. As my husband is very handy he could have made me an acrylic mold but he felt that by the time we pay for materials and shipping to get them - the cost of a ready-made acrylic mold is worth it.

PVC pipe molds are easy to make and easy to use provided you line well. I use them all for different reasons and different results but the wood molds are most durable and easiest for me to use.

good luck
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« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2012, 03:36:40 PM »

I have homemade wooden loaf mold, a few different sizes. also homemade wooden slab molds.  I use a few plastic individual molds (Milkyways).  I also use silicon bakeware, PVC pipes, milk cartons, pringles containers, cardboard pop flats.  I started making salt bars in the single serve pringles container and in tetra juice boxes (toss em after use).  Your only limit is your imagination.
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« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2012, 04:41:02 PM »

My favourites are also the wooden loaf molds.  I line with freezer paper so clean-up is a breeze.  It is easy to control gel and I get consistently sized bars.  I have a few different sizes but really like the 5 lb size.
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« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2012, 10:07:43 AM »

Hi Loolee

In case you decide to go the same route as CeeBee and use  silicone bakeware, just know that you will never again be able to bake in it. Ask me how I know this.
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« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2012, 11:07:21 AM »

LOL TexasGal!  Did you notice a funny taste?

I have one of those expensive silpat liners and I just put some soap on it... it was fully cooked HP no less.  Then my daughter went and made biscuits on it and my son said he could taste soap.  I thought that was really odd b/c a)  it was fully cooked and b) we use soap to wash things.  I don't understand why it "flavored" the silicone when we use soap to clean things! 

Last night I found the best mold for my 1lb batches that I've been making!  I have one of the triple layer egg cartons and the top layer is plain plastic.   I cut that off and used it.  It was the perfect size and everything.  Although it wasn't very strong, it did hold in the soap well enough. 

But at some point I want to get a larger mold.  I really like the look of Steve's silicone lined ones.  I just have to get over the price!  Does he ever put these on sale?
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« Reply #10 on: May 30, 2012, 12:12:14 PM »

I have a wooden log mold and a silicone log mold, and I love my silicone one.  I would love to try a slab mold, though.
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« Reply #11 on: May 30, 2012, 12:31:08 PM »

I have a wooden log mold for 8 lbs and a rectangle wooden mold 4 lbs. I like them both and my husband is making a couple of 4lb log molds. But the best one I like is the PVC mold for 3" and 2".
They work great!
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« Reply #12 on: May 30, 2012, 12:41:34 PM »

The only molds I have used are the individual shaped silicone molds and the wooden loaf molds my husband has made. I love them.
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