Molds: Not Just a Tool, but a Passion!
Soap molds. They come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and materials. Some need to be lined; others don’t. You’ll find fancy molds and plain jane log or slab molds built with scrap wood in just a few hours. Molds aren’t just a tool, but a passion!
We soapmakers love our molds. For some of us, a walk through the grocery or hardware store is more of a mold-finding expedition than it is securing food for our families or tackling our next diy project. Every empty container is eyed as a potential soap mold. We even have our families trained to save containers that appear to be suitable for soap. This was especially true for me as a beginner making melt and pour soaps. I used empty juice cans, plastic packaging and bottoms of soda bottles, to name a few. In doing so, I also learned what didn’t work. The plastic packaging had to hold up to hot soap being poured into it and a rigid plastic would be next to impossible to remove soap from. Yes, every soapmaking session was an adventure in resourcefulness and creativity, and it was fun.
This kind of behavior isn’t conducive to production soapmaking, yet many of even the most seasoned soapmakers engage in the practice at least once in awhile. And why not? It keeps us on our toes and renews our creativity. It might even lead to the Next Big Thing in our product lineup! If you think about it, we might not have round soaps had it not been for some clever person in the hardware store who took a gander at pvc piping, or upon emptying his cylindrical can of potato chips wondered, “Hmm. . . can this be used for soap?” What’s even better is how soapers share their discoveries so that all might benefit from both their successes and their failures.
What about you? What is the most unique container you’ve ever used for soap?
Until next time,
May your days be filled with bubbles and wax.