Owl Silicone Soap Mold

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I am seriously crushing on this silicone mold featuring twelve adorable owls! These would be so adorable as soap embeds within a circle, square or even a rectangular soap bar, don’t you think?

I am seriously crushing on this owl silicone soap mold featuring twelve adorable owls! These would be so adorable as soap embeds within a circle, square or even a rectangular soap bar, don’t you think? You can buy this owl silicone soap mold here.

The same company also sells a lot of different natural product stickers and handmade soap stickers as well as soap stamps.

Even better, all of these products are Prime Eligible via Amazon. (If you aren’t an Amazon Prime member you can get a free 30 day trial here.)

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Silicon Star Wars Soap Molds: Perfect for DIY Star Wars Soap this Valentine’s Day

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Want to make your own DIY Star Wars soap as gifts for Valentine’s Day? (Because who wouldn’t love Star Wars soap right?!) These silicone Star Wars soap molds are absolutely perfect for both cold process and melt and pour soap.

Want to make your own DIY Star Wars soap as gifts for Valentine’s Day? (Because who wouldn’t love Star Wars soap right?!) These silicone Star Wars soap molds are absolutely perfect for both cold process and melt and pour soap. Plus you’ll save a ton of money by purchasing these silicone Star Wars soap molds as a group of seven molds over purchasing each Star Wars mold individually. You can buy them from Amazon here. (Shipping is free if you’re an Amazon Prime member. If you’re not an Amazon Prime member you can sign up here.) Plus here’s a customizable DIY Star Wars melt and pour soap tutorial to get you started.

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How to Make Soap with Heart Shaped Embeds

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How to Make Cold Process Soaps with Embeds - DIY Homemade Soap with a Heart Inside - Soapmaking Tips and Techniques - Perfect as Homemade DIY Wedding FavorsEver wondered how to get shapes embedded into homemade cold process soaps? Basically there are two ways. I created the soap pictured here some time back. The red heart embed was scented with a red currant fragrance oil while the surrounding soap was scented with a red velvet cake fragrance oil.

The most common way to include shaped embeds in your soap is to use a tube mold in the shape you desire. To create soap with a heart embed you can use a Heart Shaped Bread Tube Mold – make sure it is stainless steel, not aluminum – or a Silicone Heart Shaped Tube Mold. To use a non-silicone mold, you will have to line your molds so you are able to easily remove your soap. Sometimes getting soaps out of these types of mold can be difficult.  While the size is perfect, you may want to opt for a silicone mold for easier removal.

To create this handmade heart embedded soap, simply make your first batch of cold process soap that will serve as your heart embed and pour into the heart shaped tube mold of your choice. You would then unmold the heart shaped soap after 24 hours. Once you have your heart shaped soap you can create your second batch of soap that you will be placing the heart into. Simply line a loaf mold and pour a small amount of soap along the bottom of the mold. Next, place the length of the heart soap down the mold on top of the freshly poured soap, then pour the remaining soap around the heart. Be sure to tap the mold onto the counter several times to make sure the soap is evenly distributed around the heart embed so there will be no gaps from air bubbles around the heart. Cover and insulate for 24 hours before unmolding and slicing into bars.

Alternately, if embedding hearts into your soap is an afterthought or you don’t have a mold handy, you can use cookie cutters. Simply use a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut out heart shapes from bars of soap you are reusing or from a square of handmade soap. Then you would simply line your hearts up in your lined mold one against the other then pour your fresh batch of soap on top.

These handmade heart embed soaps make lovely diy wedding favors. They also serve as a great homemade gift idea for Valentine’s Day or anniversaries. Also be sure to check out my tutorial on making decorative soap bars with random circles as well as how to make soap with an exfoliating strip. Looking for soap recipes? Try out my skin loving cold process handmade soap recipe!

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DIY Soap Cutter – A Simple Guide for Cutting Your Soap into Bars

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How to Make a Soap Cutter - DIY Soap Cutting Guide for Homemade Soap

If you’re looking for a way to consistently cut your homemade soap loaves into bars so that they the same size every time, then you need a soap cutter! There’s no need to purchase expensive equipment to do this, especially if you’re just starting out. Instead, craft your own handmade diy soap cutter.

How to Make a Soap Cutter - DIY Soap Cutting Guide for Homemade Soap

The measurements for this soap cutter are made to pair up with my tutorial on how to make wooden loaf soap molds. It can be used for both melt and pour glycerin soap and homemade cold process soaps. To get started you’ll need either craft wood or plywood that is 3/4″ thick, some screws, wood glue, an electric screwdriver and a saw in order to make your cuts. If you aren’t able to cut your own wood, you may be able to find a friend, neighbor or parent to give you a hand. (My dad made mine for me.) I have also heard that if you purchase wood from Lowe’s that they will cut to your specifications.

How to Make a Handmade Soap Cutter DIY

The two sides of your soap cutter should be cut to measure 6 1/2″ long by 5″ high. The bottom piece to your soap cutter will need to measure 6 3/4″ long by 3 1/2″ wide. The front stop – which keeps your soap from sliding out to ensure bars are all cut the same size – should measure 5″ long by 2″ high.

Assemble your soap cutter so that the bottom fits in between the two sides. The sides should rest flat on the surface with the bottom in between. Apply wood glue to hold the sides together and clamp until dry. Then put several screw into the side for extra hold. Now glue the front stop to the front of the soap cutter and screw in. Finally, use a saw to cut guides down the two sides and slightly into the bottom piece of wood. These cuts determine the size of your bars. About 3/4″ in make standard size bars in width. Make the cuts further out – 1″ or more – for thicker bars. Make sure the cuts are wide enough that the tool of your choice you’ll be using for cutting will fit into these slits. I use a Chef’s knife to cut my soaps with this soap cutting guide.

Making homemade cold process soap for the first time? Be sure to check out my DIY Soapmaking Tutorial as well as my Beginner Cold Process Soap Recipe.

How to Make A Wooden Cold Process Loaf Soap Mold

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How to Make a Wooden Loaf Soap Mold for Cold Process Soap Plus Where to Buy Lye

I’ve had some people ask me how to make a basic wooden loaf soap mold for cold process soap, so I thought I’d share a tutorial on how to make your own soap molds. This wooden cold process loaf soap mold is so easy to make and it will last forever. My dad is handy with wood and power tools so he made me a bunch of these, however, if you don’t own power tools, it’s possible to get the pieces for the molds cut at no charge.

DIY Wood Soap Mold for Cold Process Soap - How to Make Your Own Loaf Soap MoldsEach of these homemade cold process soap molds will hold approximately 2.75 lbs. of (cured) soap and will make approximately 10-12 4oz. bars depending on how large you cut them. If you’re having trouble figuring out how much your soap will weigh once cured, my average recipe for one of these molds uses 36oz.  in oils & butters (fats) prior to adding the lye/water, and fragrance.

How to Make a Wooden Soap Mold - Measurements and Instructions - Works for Cold Process and Melt & Pour Soap when Lined - Plus Where to Buy LyeTo create one mold you’ll need to use wood that is 1/2″ thick. I used craft wood from Lowe’s. I have been told that if you are buying wood that an associate at Lowe’s will cut it down into the dimensions you use if you ask. For the two long sides, you’ll need to cut two pieces of wood that measure 12″ x 4″. The two short sides should be cut to 3 1/2″ x 4″ and the bottom piece of the mold should be cut to 3 1/2″ x 11″. The final dimensions of the soap mold will measure (from the outside) 12″ Long x 4 1/2″ Wide x 4″ High.

You’ll need to use wood clamps and wood glue to assemble your mold as pictured above. The two short sides fit on the inside of the two longer sides to form a rectangle and the bottom piece of the mold fits on the inside bottom of the mold. Use glue and clamps to hold the pieces together until dry. If you don’t have clamps or want to add extra reinforcement, you can use a cordless screwdriver to place screws where the sides connect.

Making a lid for these is optional. Honestly I’ve never needed to use a fancy lid as cutting cardboard to fit on top of the molds works just fine during the curing process. I simply place cardboard on the top of the filled mold and then cover with towels to insulate during the 24 hour saponification period.

How to Line a Wooden Soap Mold for Cold Process SoapLining your soap molds before use is essential to being able to get your soap out of the mold. If you don’t line your mold, your soap will get stuck. I used to cut parchment paper to line my molds as demonstrated in this the same process that this tutorial by Inner Earth blog uses with contact paper. Basically you fold the paper in a way that is similar to wrapping a present but with an open top. However, parchment paper and contact paper can be expensive and the process for lining molds this way can be tedious and time consuming especially if you are making multiple or large batches at once. Because of this, and due to the stiffness and occasional pain in my hands from the fibro, I use trash bags to line my molds. If you’re practical and don’t mind a few minor creases on the sides and bottom of your soap, then this method may be the one for you.

I got this ideas from another local soapmaker who I used to sell alongside at our local Farmer’s Market. She used large 20 gallon kitchen trash bags to line her molds, then once she unmolded the soaps, she’d re-use the trash bags for actual trash. (Plus the soap gave them a nice, fresh scent.) What I use are thin, clear office trash bags. I bought a huge box of 1000 10 gallon light duty commercial trash bags to line my molds with as they a lot less expensive than parchment paper and can be used again for my office trash. (They are super cheap at Sam’s Club and office supply stores.) To line a mold I simply unfold the bag – but don’t open it – press it into the mold and then tape the outer edges where the bag folds over the outside of the mold to keep it in place. This method is gentle on hands and super quick. I can now line all nine of my molds in 5 minutes or less. Of course, how you choose to line your molds is personal preference. I recommend doing whatever works best for you.

Once your soap has set you simply lift the soap from the mold and peel off the liner, cut into bars and allow to cure a minimum of 3-4 weeks.

To use these molds for melt and pour glycerin soap, simply line with trash bags as indicated for cold process soap.

Looking for lye?

On a side note, I wanted to share with you where to buy sodium hydroxide (lye) for making your soap. You used to be able to buy Roebic brand lye from Lowe’s. 2lb. ran $8.99. Several months ago I noticed that their price for a 2lb. container of Roebic lye had gone up to $16. Recently, they stopped carrying it all together. I imagine this has something to do with the illegal meth labs that seem to be sprouting up everywhere. Therefore what I recommend is to look in your local yellow pages for a local chemical supply company. I am lucky enough to have one in my hometown called ChemSolv. ChemSolv sells 99% pure sodium hydroxide (which is suitable for soapmaking) in 55lb. bags. These bags with tax – in case you don’t have a resale license – runs $38 and change. They currently have locations in Roanoke, VA (my hometown), Colonial Heights, VA, Piney Flats, TN and Rock Hill, SC. I purchase what they call caustic soda beads.

If you don’t have a chemical supply store near you, you can buy 2lb. containers of Food Grade Sodium Hydroxide from Amazon. Even with shipping, these containers run cheaper than 2lb. containers of Roebic brand lye from Lowe’s – assuming your store still carries it. Plus, currently if buy 5 2lb. containers of lye, you receive $5 off your purchase. You can also find Potassium Hydroxide Flakes for liquid soapmaking available through the same company through Amazon with the same deal. Other brands of lye you can use include Red Hot Devil Lye Caustic Soda Beads and RED CROWN High Test Lye.

If you are just venturing into making homemade soap and want to learn how to make soap, be sure to visit my DIY Cold Process Soapmaking Tutorial. Or if you’re looking for skin conditioning bar of handmade soap, check out my Skin Loving Natural Cold Process Soap Recipe. (It will fit into one of the wooden soap molds described above but will make large square bars – about 5 1/2oz. – 6oz. each – rather than rectangular bars of soap.)