Certainly, you can buy them online or at many retail craft shops. But, why don’t you just look around your home? You’ll be amazed at how many things you already have will make for some very neat looking soap bars.
You’ll find an almost infinite number of options. You could use old Christmas decorations, dishes, flowerpots, etc. While the simple rectangle is a serviceable shape for soap, the odds are good that once you’ve gone to all the trouble of creating your own soap you will want to display it as attractively as possible.
Here are a few suggestions of what make the best molds, as well as a few common household items you can use for molds.
O Microwave safe dishes, especially those with individual compartments
O Ice cream cups with fluted sides – those plastic gems often come with sundaes from the freezer section or from fast food restaurants
O Tin cans for hand milled soap such as tuna or sardines. You can then wrap your soaps with a nautical theme.
O Your craft shop will most likely have molds for making fancy soaps, and these come in many different shapes and sizes. Why not have Raccoon Removal shaped soaps or soaps that look like angels in flight?
O Plastic margarine containers make good larger soaps, which will decrease the amount of times you need to step out of the shower, dripping wet to grab a fresh bar of soap.
O Almost any mold may be used to make a soap-on-a-rope – just make sure you put the rope in far enough it can not be pulled out, and the hardening soap should hold it fast.
O Little wooden molds make for terrific soaps, and the wood grain provides a huge natural pattern. Wooden molds are also designed with removable sides, which makes removing the hardened bar of soap much easier. Wooden molds can also be used to create three-dimensional bars for the exact same reason.
O While pre-made molds are numerous and can be found from a number of sources, your imagination could probably dream up molds which others have not yet thought up. Therefore, let your imagination run wild and see what options you may create.
Here’s a few more soap mold hints:
O When you are looking for molds, remember that plastic and stainless steel would be the best substance to use. While you can use glass or ceramics, it may be more difficult to extract the soap from a glass container in 1 piece. The high and sustained heat (followed frequently by freezing) also often crack or break these kinds of molds.
O When choosing plastic molds, be sure they can withstand high heat. A good guideline is that if it is dishwasher safe, it may most likely be used as a soap mold.
O Thicker is not necessarily better! In your search for a strong mold, you may pick something rigid and thick. But it can be tough to remove soap from these kinds of mold. You’re better off selecting a material which can be bent or warped out of shape to split the connection between soap and mould.
O Unless you want to cut the mold open to get out the soap, make sure that the open end of your mould is larger than the remainder of the mold so the soap may be removed. If you wish to produce a three-dimensional soap, then consider using a two-sided mold, as described below.
O Be sensible – while little molds may be pretty, the resulting bar of soap might be too small to be of practical use. If you though wasting soap were irritating before, wait until that soap is the sum of your hard work and effort!
O Silicone is a new material for making soap molds. Soft and yet heat resistant, silicone is long lasting and withstand caustic lye well.
Thus, create some very unique and intriguing soap bars by simply looking around your house for items you can use as inexpensive soap molds.