Using 3-D Molds – Unmolding, Part 2

This is what the unmolded 3-D soap looks like. Because the soap naturally squishes out over the edges, the finished soap does need to be trimmed. Thursday’s posts will touch on trimming and coloring your soapy 3-D creations.
If the soap does not fully harden, it will leak all over. It is difficult to see inside the mold and impatience is easy to give into. If you do accidentally pry open the soap mold too early, leaks will happen (hopefully not over carpet).

In this case, the middle was not full set up and liquid soap poured over the table and side of the mold. Thankfully, this error was easy to correct.

After scraping the soap off the sides of the mold, I snapped both sides of the mold back together and poured a new bit of soap through the open spigot. The soap turned out fine in the end.


6 Responses to “Using 3-D Molds – Unmolding, Part 2”

  1. Tami says:

    Hi there,
    I know you’re working on M&P molds this week, but I have a question about bombs that I didn’t find an answer to on your site, hoping maybe you could answer? I have made small ones that I’ve had no problems with, but in making a larger batch and making 10 larger size bombs, am experiencing most of them cracking. They are very firm and not crumbly, but have large cracks in them, my daughter is devastated, as she was planning to sell them since (we) made them. I know that we compressed them as much as possible, what could be other causes for the cracking?

  2. Anne-Marie says:

    Hi Tami -

    It sounds like the bath bombs might be expanding – and the top is already hard – and this ends up making the larger bombs crack. The smaller bombs, with less volume, don’t expand as much and so don’t crack.

    Of course, this is all an educated guess since I haven’t seen your fizzies.

    You’re using witch hazel and not anything water based, right? That would be my first suggestion – make sure everything is totally non-reactive with your fizzy mixture.

    A little bit of oil will also keep the swelling to a minimum. So, less liquids overall, no water based prodeucts and a tiny bit of oil should do the truck for you.

    In the meantime, take heart. Your bath fizzies will work wonderfully. Maybe breaking them into smaller bits, selling them in a bag and calling them something creative (Fizzy Rocks, Bag o’ Fizz, Bubble Rubbles, Bag o’ Bombs) might help your daughter feel better about your cracking bath fizzies.


  3. Diana says:

    These molds look interesting as I have a customer who is interested in the retro soap on a rope!

  4. Jeannie Pace says:

    HI Anne Marie,

    I always loved the idea of the 3D molds. Looks like a great idea for Christmas gifts.

    We made lotion bars this week…with your shea butter, your honeysuckle fo and your sweet little honeybee molds. They fit perfectly in little round 2 oz tins…Now I need a creative name to put on a label…something other than “lotion bar.”

    Have a fun weekend!

    Jeannie Pace
    South Georgia in the heat and gnats

    P.S. The daisy cupcakes are awesome!

  5. Katie Benefield says:

    I’ve had a 3-D mold for about 6 months and still haven’t used it. This has inspired me to go dig that thing out of my soap closet and give it a whirl! Thanks!
    The daisy cupcakes are adorable! How could you eat something so cute?! lol

    :) Katie

  6. Anne-Marie says:

    Hi Jeannie -

    Ron says to call them “Cream Bricks.” I’m thinking that he might be on to something with the smart and sassy name. MoistureBrick?

    =) Anne-Marie

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