Discussion in 'Beginners Soap Making Forum' started by Dennis, Dec 31, 2018.
Ok perfect there is a big roll there or maybe I will talk to my butcher
There was a great guy here with that user name. I haven't seen him in some time though.
There are many that are no longer with us.
I am happy for the ones that are here
I just use baking paper which works very well and is probably way cheaper that the freezer paper of which you speak.
I use the craft foam on the two short ends and one piece of freezer paper for the bottom and up the two long sides. Years ago I bought a mold that as a selling point didn't need to be lined because it came with the craft foam - 4 pieces total. No fussing with paper, removable and washable. It's easy enough to do - just buy craft foam sheets and trim them to line the inside of your mold. I would use foam for all 4 sides but I don't like the reduction in bar size so I just use the ends.
I am also the one who enjoys doing it, It takes me like 2 minutes to line my log mold. No template
To me, there is something so satisfying when you pull back the paper from the soap. I don’t get that same feeling wrestling with a silicon mold and see smushed corners.
I know, right? I feel the same.
At this point, I probably don't need the template any more but I enjoy the process. I like the preciseness of the template so I'll continue using it for now.
If you are getting smushed corners you are probably unmolding too soon. I only get smooshed corners if my soap somehow didn't gel, or and I try to unmold too soon.
I agree, I had more smooshed corners using freezer paper than I've ever had once I switched to silicone molds.
Pictures of how I line my log mold - the end is craft foam and then I use one sheet of freezer paper for the rest.
Well that IS clever. And you don't get any leaks from the corners?
If I line up the freezer paper correctly, it covers the ends with the craft foam and no leaks. Even if I do get leaks because I was being lazy and not lining up the paper as well as I should have, they don't do more than fill the crevices. I can wash the craft foam and reuse it over and over again which I like. Some people line their entire mold with the foam and then don't need to mess with the freezer paper but I prefer doing it this way.
Thanks for that @SoaperForLife . I notice you have a white(ish) piece of craft foam, do you know if the colour would bleed if you used coloured foam?
Sorry, I do not...
Lining a wood mold is next on my list.... I've already tried the silicon loaves but I'm still a bit partial to my recycled molds haha
@Dennis, I thoroughly enjoyed reading that.. And all your other posts in this thread lol
@Misschief, thank you for the video.. Your hands are very pretty
Can I just say how much I appreciate this thread. I am now using a combination of @Misschief's template and Elly's Everyday video with not cutting the freezer paper, I get a great lining with no leaks.
I used to do the whole wood mold and lining with freezer paper. I finally spent some money and tried a acrylic mold I purchased on Etsy. I loved it so much I now own 4 of them. My soaps have perfect corners and no wasted bars from paper not being folded perfect. Plus clean up is easy, I just clean them under warm running water, let try and ready to use again.
I have two acrylic molds. I've tried using them without lining them; the first time, it was fine. No issues. The second time (second mold), I couldn't get that soap out easily for love or money. I ended up putting the mold on the floor and stepping on one edge while pulling the other side. The soap came apart before it came out of the mold. I will never use unlined loaf molds again.
When I started I purchased acrylic molds. I grew to hate them and sold them to someone who liked them. I couldn’t get my soap out for nothing. I had a log and a slab. Went back to lining then finally purchased silicone and never looked back. It’s a personal choice for what works for each person.
The acrylic gets eaten up (fairly slowly) by the alkali, so after the first go it has tiny little pit holes and microscopic crevices ... all the better to catch your soap with
(Eventually acrylic gets cloudy, so the caustic damage becomes obvious over time)
Awesome video @Misschief!
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