Finally finished my DIY HDPE soap mold and a 20+ bar wire cutter!

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  1. Feb 18, 2019 #21

    Marilyn Norgart

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    I had enough issues with mine that I just started lining it
     
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    Do let us know how it unmolds!
    Edited to add: Warming in a 170 degree oven for a few minutes helps to release.
     
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    There is a large local business that sells all kinds, colours and thicknesses of HDPE. I cannot call it a store, really, it is like a lumber yard only plastics. It is also called "puck board." The stuff that stops hockey pucks from going in the crowd. Mine is rough on one side and smooth on the other. That's O.K. for the outside to be rough.
     
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    I'm liking your cutter and log mold! :)

    Luck! :)

    *edited to add extra text, including quote - otherwise it might not look how I meant it! :oops:

    The G-string is about the right size ...
     
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    I have one HDPE mold and have to line it with freezer paper. Perhaps if I wanted to take the mold apart every time I soap with it, I'd be able to get the slabs of HDPE off of the soap, but for me dismantling the mold is more work than lining it. I did dismantle it once, and that was enough.

    I do believe some HDPE is smoother than others, and that may have something to do with how much work it can be to get the parts off the soap.

    You did a lovely job on your mold and cutter. Very nice.
     
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    Thanks - I appreciate the info!
     
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    Harharharhar :cool:
     
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    I had to take it apart every time and it never came off smoothly. Not worth the hassle. If I let it sit in the mold any longer I wouldn’t have been able to cut it with my soap cutter. Tried the oven gig too. It was just too frustrating with the volume I made.
     
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    @hungryhawaiian Wow! They look so profesional! Very neat job.
    This mold looks so hudge. When you will make a soap loaf, can you post its weight?
    We are waiting for the news from first run experience!
     
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    Funny you should ask.... I made a batch of Pine Tar soap last night. The mold perfectly fits a 5lb recipe. I’ll take pics tonight before and after I cut my bars =)
     
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    in Saudi we say "Mashallah" :winner: for the great/pretty things. Nice job!
     
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    I have a video of the unmolding but SMF won’t let me post videos. I’m still new to SMF and figuring out all its quirks... anyways, here’s the before and after pics =)

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    That's a lot of soap! Looks like giant fudge bars on my screen lol

    How'd unmolding go for you?
     
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    Mmmm fudge!!!

    Here’s a link to the unmolding. =)
    https://imgur.com/gallery/OUElEYF
     
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    I would love to see a video of the cutter in action...my poor husband spent a weekend making one (which he insisted he didn't need my thoughts on)... aaaaannnd it was an epic failure
     
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    Did you spray with silicone or do any prepping of the hdpe?
     
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    Loaf come out smooht and quickly even without lining.
    Very satisfying video, I watched it ten times in a row :)
     
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    No sprays or anything. Straight pour in.
     
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    Hope I'm not bothering you...did you gel? and how long in the mold?
     
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    You’re not bothering at all! =) As for gelling, I honestly don’t know if I did or didn’t. I’m still trying to learn about it. I left my soap for 24hrs in the mold.

    I’ll take a pic of the cut bar itself and post it up for a comparison maybe... I’ve only seen gelling in pics on sites I read about it on.
     

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