I did the same as Shirley, and sawed the 3" diameter pvc in half, making it 12" high. Each one will make eight 1 .25" - 1.50" slices. Many people have commented that they like how the round shape fits and feels in their hand.
Could you discuss those "better and more versatile options" that you've discovered?When I first started soaping in '04 all the soapers were using pvc piping. I'm surprised there are soapers who still use it. It's such a headache. I tried it once because I was new at soaping and experienced soapers suggested it. But it only took one attempt to make me hate it. There are better and and more versatile options.
I second this!I still line my PVC pipe with freezer paper. I like to think the freezer paper protects the soap per se. A dab of Vaseline on the pipe holds the paper pretty good too. The caps seal them nicely on the bottom with saran wrap inside as well. I love my round Soaps!
Excuse my horrible photos and this soap is 2 years old castle oatmeal and gm.
Plastic Mailing Tubes.
The ones I use are measured at 18X3 and 18X2. However, they can be purchased at a longer length.
The best way to use them is to simply cap the bottom only and use the 18 inch freezer paper that is naturally coiled and fit perfectly inside. I've NEVER had a problem removing the soap as it pushes straight through. Ok, once there was a little bit of soap that rose slightly up the middle but it wasn't a big issue.
I make braces with sturdy cardboard boxes. I measure the round holes and cut out circles in the box and I place it on the floor and put my prepared molds in the box and pour my soap. I've also braced them in a sink.
I got my tubes from Uline.
I was determined to have round soap so I searched every possible option. The 2 inch rounds are so perfect for guests and gifts. You can even swirl a bit. I don't work with colors anymore. But years ago I did and was able to swirl in the tube.
Also, I probably don't have to say THIS- Do Not Cap The Top Of
The Tube! Be sure to put your tube wherever its going to stay after filling. You do not want to carry these filled with raw soap.
Ok. Now go yea therefore a tell everyone to toss out those horrid pipes!
HAPPY EASTER AND HAPPY EASY ROUND SOAP MAKING!