Monday, 13 January 2014

Easiest Mould in the history of Mould making - A tutorial

Easy Wooden mould  

As a soap-maker who makes a lot of soap I am always on the hunt for an easy mould to use that is quick to line and can come apart to be packed way, therefore not taking up too much space. In December I was given some wood that is used for making cupboards so I thought I would use this for making a mould.

Easy Wooden mould-001   Easy Wooden mould-002


  • Drill
  • Screw diver
  • Thread bar, washers and wing nuts
  • Hacksaw
  • Nail and hammer


  • Make a box out of all the pieces with the base sitting flat and all the sides on the outside of the base piece.
  • The two longest sides should overlap the two shorter sides.

Easy Wooden mould-007   Easy Wooden mould-003     

  • Take your washer and use it to measure where you want your holes to be on the two longest pieces and how big your hole should be. See the top picture.

Easy Wooden mould-004   Easy Wooden mould-005

  • Use the nail to make a small indentation to stop the drill bit from slipping on the shiny wood and then drill your holes. You will drill each end of the longer pieces only as this is where the thread bar will feed though.

Easy Wooden mould-006   Easy Wooden mould-008

  • Take your thread bar and measure how long you need to make it. i.e. make sure it will feed through the holes and you still have enough space to thread the wing nuts on. See the top picture. Using the hacksaw cut the thread bar to the correct length. You will need two cut pieces - one for each side of the mould.
  • Assemble the mould by making the box as per top picture and threading the bars though the holes. Place the washers onto the bars then the wing nuts and screw them tight.

Easy Wooden mould-010

That is it. Easy mould to make and hopefully use. it neatly flat packs away.Next week I will show you how I line and use it.

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Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Column Swirl - A soap club challenge

This month Amy Warden from Great Cakes Soapworks arranged for us to learn the column pour/ swirl. This is my effort. Not what I was expecting but I think I like it. What do you think?

Column Swirl Nov 13-022 

Column Swirl Nov 13-002

Column Swirl Nov 13-019

Column Swirl Nov 13

You can see the YouTube video here

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