Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Making a DIY soap mold with Mold Builder.

Making a DIY soap mold with Mold Builder.

I bet you have a favorite mold that you like to use to make your soap in. But because you always have to line your mold with freezer paper, which means measuring and cutting the 
paper to fit, you opted to buy a silicone mold or two.

I have done the same thing. But what to do with the ones you have to line?  Do they sit on the shelf and collect dust? 
Did you, or have you, contemplated giving them away, or selling them?
And what if you really like them? 
I have two such molds, and because I had to line them every time I wanted to use one of them I bought a few silicone molds to save me some work. 

Thanks to Cathy McGinnis at Soaping 101 who did a video on making your own liner with 'Mold Builder' I now have an 'all ready to use' liner for one of my favorite molds!  

Mold Builder cost me less to buy than three Crafters Choice's 2lb, white
silicone molds. That is about how many molds I can make out of 
the container of this Mold Builder! AND the liner
I made can hold three or more pounds of soap! 

 It did take me a day to make it (I just made one so far): layering one layer at a time (about 12 layers total), and waiting the 15 - 20 minutes for each layer to dry before putting on the next layer, but it was worth it. 
I love using this particular mold, and I'm so
excited to use it again without making
a paper liner!

Don't get me wrong. I do love my silicone molds a lot! But sometimes I just wanted a bigger batch, and a different size bar that my favorite mold could give me.

Follow the link to watch Cathy McGinnis's Video on 'how to' 
to fill in my gaps on how to.

First I made the box form out of foam board that fit inside my
wooden mold. It has to have NO wiggle room!
I completely covered it in clear packaging tape. Much thanks
for that tip from Katie White at Royalty Soaps! She says:
Cover the entire box with tape! Follow her
link and you till see what happened to her mold by
not doing that one step!
 Place form for the mold on a  sheet of cardboard or another
length of foam board. 
Then the first thin layer goes on! 
   A few more layers later..... 
You brush on a very thin layer of Mold Builder every
15-20 minutes! That's about how long it takes to dry. 
If you have a book you've
been wanting to read and can never
find time to hunker down and devour's the time to get it out! 
other household chores are calling you that
you can do in-between layers. I Crush! LoL
The next two pictures I took after 12 or more
layers of Mold Builder, and 24 hours later.

You need corn starch or baby powder when 
you release the mold from the form, because the mold is kind of
sticky, but not to anything but to itself. Kind of
like Saran Wrap. Dust the outside, and then
the inside as you release it.
I really liked this part. The mold came off 
really easy! I was so excited to find it worked!!!
The mold will be pretty flimsy.
I was even more excited to find how great it fit!
You definitely have to secure the sides up.
I just used clear tape to hold it in place.
OK! Now it's time to soap!
If you too have a mold hanging around that 
you love to use, but like the easiness of
silicone....try making a liner out of
Mold Builder yourself!
Trust was VERY easy!

And again,
a big thanks to Cathy McGinnis
Katie White
for their tutorials and tips!

Thanks for stopping by!

Life it good!


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