You can use just about anything for a soap making mold, just as long as you can pour and release your soap. A simple mold would be a lined cardboard box.
But without a doubt you will need to decide what your going to be pouring the soap into before starting out.
Soap molds come in all kinds of shapes and sizes so if your plan is to turn this hobby into a small or large business doing Craft Fairs, festivals, gift shows and selling to retail stores, then you will want to consider the size and shape of the bars you want to sell, and how many you will want to make per batch.
No matter what you use for a mold, make sure it is strong enough to hold your soap and flexible enough to remove your soap or lined.
Some things you may want to try for molds are:
These containers are relatively inexpensive and can be used over and over again, they are flexible so releasing the soap should not be a problem.
They come in many different sizes, so you can choose the size that best fits the soap your are making.
For the first time soap maker these can work well when learning how to make soap
These are available from most soap suppliers and can be purchased through Amazon.
They are becoming more popular with Soap Makers.
These molds are better for melt and pour soap, with cold process soap making the soap often has to sit for a week or so to get hard enough to be able to remove from the molds.
You probably have some old bread pans in your kitchen, or can find some at the local second hand store.
Bread pans are easy to line and once the soap has been poured and set, just flip them upside down and your soap will fall out.
I would recommend lining them with brown meat wrapping paper.
Wooden soap molds can be an old dresser drawer or a custom made mold.
Take into consideration the amount of soap you would like to make, depending on the size of a drawer, it can hold a lot of soap.
Wooden molds should be lined.
Drawer organizers can be used as well – they are pretty inexpensive – most dollar stores carry some kind of drawer organizer.
The down side would be the height of them, some are not more than 2 inches high, so it would depend on how big you want your bar of soap.
When choosing your soap molds think about the size of bar your want to create and how you are going to cut it. Remember if your molds are not completely square neither will your soap be, so to save yourself a lot of time trimming your bars keep this in mind.
Most soaps are at least 2 ½ inches tall and usually around 3 inches in length and ¾ to 1 inch thick.
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