I was on the SoapDishForum this week and saw these great looking Oatmeal, Milk & Honey soaps by hobby soapmaker Wayne in Indiana. Their CP soap turned out great in the Heavy Duty Molds with crisp, clear details. I will admit, I’m a ‘pour into mold and let it sit for a week and the pop out’ kind of soaper but I do like how super crisp their soap turned out. They said: “We do lightly coat them [the molds] with mineral oil (PAM type sprays don’t seem to work here), then put them in the freezer for an hour after an overnight sit. They usually pop out fairly easy.” Thanks for the tip, Wayne!
i like rubber
rubber is good!
that sounds wonderful to put rubber in the molds. makes sense!
recently i made a boo boo on flip flop soap. this will go down in my annals of Kelly Taylor 1,000 Dumb Things I Did list.
i put the molds into the microwave to fix the problem. don't don't don't do this!
so they got all bent out of shape and fell in the middle. the flip flop molds rest on the little flower. when the flower collapses, so does the mold!
so i took the heat gun and tried to re-fashion it back into a reasonable facsimile of the original. NOT! that particular mold which i love dearly is a delicate balance when it comes to being level. any variance at all or warping causes all kinds of unseemly problems in the soap.
oh well. maybe for this particular mold which is one of the cutest i will get some flexi fast and forever be done with this problem forever. or, consider putting out the money to have a custom 4 shape mold made. i dearly dearly love silicone molds. They are Kelly Taylor Indestructible and child safe 🙂
Kat – Just drop me a line and I'll email you the rough draft. It's not complete yet but I think you'll like it.
The ELF molds are made out of a thicker plastic with 5% rubber that allows them to have some give and flex while lassting for a long time. They are a different plastic than the clear soap molds and it's a personal preference thing.
What issues are you having with the flip flops?
BTW, congrats on having a busy day making orders! That's a GOOD thing.
I missed a day on the blog, making orders, etc etc.
I would LOVE to get a copy of the homeschool curriculum lesson that you offered Tori. (Did I mention that i am homeschooling my daughter this year? yes, madwoman that i am) (and her little tweenie bopper friends ALL want to learn soapmaking 🙂 )
Can you tell me what makes the new ELF Heavy Duty Molds heavy duty?
I have had many many unpleasant experiences with my molds. (mold market) Particularly my beloved flip flops.
My material of choice is the silicone.
What makes ELF so different? Is it the mil thickness, or the materials used? What is the use and care of the molds? etc etc.
Hi Tori –
Are you thinking Cold Process or Melt and Pour? What age?
I have a rough draft of a full week of a homeschooling curriculum around soap that I'd be happy to email you. Toss me a line with your email (info (at) brambleberry (dot) com and I'll email it to you. It might be helpful … or it might be too much.
Back to the age thing, I don't recommend CP soaping for children under the age of 12 so if there kids younger than that, you might want to have two groups…
Hey Mrs. Faiola, I'm a freshman in high school, and am thinking about teaching some soaping classes to the older elemetary kids in my homeschool co-op. Any suggestions/tips for teaching kids- or teaching at all? And yes, I'm planning on using all Brambleberry products. I love your company!