I am gathering my ingredients today to make some milk soap, not with my own goats milk, but that will come later. Anyway I read a rather cool idea to use a PVC pipe as a mold. Which seemed like a good idea to me. So I went to Lowe's but they could not cut my 2 ft. of PVC is half. So I have a 2 ft. length rather than 1 foot, which was what was recommended. Is that going to be a problem?
Post by rebelshope on Aug 16, 2008 13:15:55 GMT -5
Yeah I do, but I really put the "hack" in hack saw so it wouldn't be a pretty cut. Besides if it does matter why cut it? I was just wondering it would take too long to get semi solid in there or if there was a really good reason that it has to be only 1 ft long.
Post by Rose's Goats on Aug 20, 2008 6:56:08 GMT -5
I have never used PVC pipe for a mold. How do you get the soap out? I use a cardboard box lined with a garbage sack. I look for a box that is the right dimension to make my soap 2" thick or so. I don't like to fiddle around with pouring cold process lye soap in anything fancy because the more you mess with it the more chance you are to get burned by the lye. Good luck with your soap making!
Post by rebelshope on Aug 21, 2008 16:44:32 GMT -5
The pvc looked kind of neat because you can slice it as it comes out. You spray it or use Vaseline to coat the pipe. They said to use a cap or I saw one place she used palastic or wax paper or something on the end- rubber banding it. Then you can just push it out then the time comes.
I used a new kitty litter box. I think I made the bars too big. Plus I was so concerned about measuring the oils and lye that I forgot to measure the milk. So I used a whole half gallon where I was supposed to use only about 6 cups. It seemed to work, it formed bars and they are drying now. They are darker than I thought they would. I was very careful with the temp, too careful actually about letting it get hot, so it was a little on the cool side.
you can also line the pvc with wax paper and it will slide right out for you ...... seal with masking tape..... cover one end with the wax paper also and tape for all you are worth to make sure you have a good seal.....
firtst few attempts are the absolute worse!!! But it does get better...
Use the thin walled pvc pipe, it is cheaper and won't hold in as much heat.... the hardware store will cut it to length for you if you ask..
I have bought the pvc pipe, but haven't used it yet. My dad made me these awesome soap boxes. I went on-line and got plans on how to build them, went to Home Depot and got the supplies (spent $12.00) he made me two 3lb boxes with lids. They work great. I also use drawer organizers from Wal-Mart. The 15 x 6 x 2 and the 9 x 6 x 2 work really good and their cheap. You can also use the Lock & Lock plastic containers from Wal-Mart. I like the 1.7 qt. size for making small batches of soap. Just some suggestions.
From what I have read crocee you can use almost anything to make molds.
My pvc, was already cut which is why I got it. They would not cut it again at Lowe's. It is a thicker walled on so I think I got the wrong one. Maybe I can get that y join and make a small mineral feeder out of it.
Bluegoat can you post the link to the page with the box molds on it. I am sure that they are pretty easy to make, so I might give it a try. I am just not that good with saws.
Post by bugsy123in on Aug 24, 2008 14:02:57 GMT -5
Spraying with cooking spray or coating with vasaline wouldn't that change the (pardon my spelling) saponification (cause the soap to have more oil and not set up proper?) Read that on some site but beings as i'm still in the think about it phase haven't tried anything yet.
here is the link to the soap mold directions. The web site is called crabapple soap. When you click on the link it will take you to a search engine, click on the one that says "Build a soap Mold" from soapdishforum.com. This site has a link to crabapple soap. Click on that link and it should come up. Directions are at the bottom of the page. The link is as follows: www.crabapplesoap.com/woodcraft.html As far as using vasoline on the soap molds, I do not think it will make a difference in the soap making process wether your using hot or cold process. Once the lye and oils are mixed together the saponification process has taken place. There would not be enough vasoline to make a difference. Let me know if the link works. If it doesn't I'll put the directions on the thread.