7.19.2013

cocoa butter bars and new 6-bar molds

I wasn't expecting to get any new molds for awhile, as I've been doing fine with the ones I have.  Then about a month ago, I found out my neighbor is a woodworker!  He used to teach it, actually.  My husband was talking to him one day and mentioned that I make soap and use wooden molds for pouring the soap into.  The neighbor offered to make me a mold (couldn't pass that up!), so I showed him my 9-bar slab mold and said I would like it to be similar but smaller.  I'd be happy with a 6-bar mold because sometimes the 9-bar mold seems too big for my needs. 

I ended up getting two 6-bar molds...perfect!  They're made of aspen instead of pine to "step it up a bit" and they're even varnished.  I like how he made the lids too..they're fitted instead of just sitting on top. I'm just so impressed!  He did an amazing job!! These should last me a very long time. :)

6-bar mold


the cut bars measure 2.25" x 3.25" and are 1.25" thick


the molds with the lids on


the first batch made in one of the new molds, 
with a cocoa powder swirl

I did an unscented batch and put a little more cocoa butter in it than I normally do.  It also has sweet almond oil and sunflower oil and it took a long time to reach trace.  Maybe I'll use this recipe for when I try techniques that require a good amount of working time!

20 comments:

  1. It looks great! Actually they both do, your soap with amazing swirls and your new mould. What do you use as a lining? Can't think of anything, because whatever you put in, you couldn't insert the dividers!? Don't use lining? Hmmm,puzzled!

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    1. Thanks Maja! I use freezer paper to line the mold, no dividers. In the second picture, I had peeled the freezer paper off and then put the slab of soap back into the mold. Then I used my cutting knife that came with the 9-bar mold to cut the bars...it fits nicely in the slots! Hope that answers your question? :)

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    2. Sure it does,thanks! Great stuff,I really need one similar! My unscented soaps are great hits,so I have come to love those unfragranced!

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  2. Wow! Diva Soap just took the words out of my mouth, I thought the same thing. New mold looks very good and I love the look of those soaps, colour is so natural and swirls are very beautiful.

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    1. Thanks so much Signe!! With it being an unscented "plain" soap, I wanted to make it a little more pretty by doing a cocoa powder swirl. :)

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  3. That is the perfect mold I´m looking for. I like to try out new things and make small batches.
    Can´t stop admiring those delicate colors and swirls in several of your soaps. Don´t know why, but I always put almost too much colors in my soaps. And if I use cocoa powder it looks almost black :)

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    1. Thanks Kirppu! I usually make small batches, so the 6-bar mold is perfect for my needs right now. I don't think 6-bar molds are common, as I didn't seem to find any when I was searching for some online.

      That's interesting that you say that, because I'm the opposite, lol. I tend to underestimate the amount of color needed for swirls...that's why they look delicate. This time, I knew that I needed to add more color though, and it turned out just the right amount! :)

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  4. What a cute mold! I love the size of the bars too. Also six bars are perfect for testing too. What a great neighbor! Great swirls on that one too. cute!

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    1. Thanks so much! This is my favorite size of bar...I like them a little bit smaller and a little bit chunkier! :)

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  5. Those molds are awesome Kalla, what a great job your neighbor did! I looove your cocoa powder swirls too, so pretty!

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    1. Thanks Christine! I'm so thrilled to have two new molds...wasn't expecting them at all, and here I have them! :)

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  6. Pretty soap Kalla! Perhaps your neighbor would think about maybe selling his molds.....I would love a six bar slab LOL!

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    1. Thanks Gloria! Ha ha..well, I kinda joked that he should sell them because he does such great work, but then he gave me a "look", lol!

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  7. You are so lucky, Kalla, to have a woodworker neighbor!Enjoy your new mold!
    The cocoa bar is so lovely swirled!

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    1. Thanks Natalia! I'm so thrilled to be able to get a quality mold made so "close to home" if I ever need another one! :)

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  8. Beautiful moulds, great neighbour, great soap!
    I'd like to have a neighbour like him.
    Petra

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  9. Your soap is so pretty, Kalla - I love those swirls! And how great is it that your neighbor is a woodworker! He did an amazing job with the 6-bar slab mold. It's nice that he made it with cutting slots, too.

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    1. Thanks so much Jenny..the cutting slots make cutting so much easier. I'm glad he was able to do that too! :)

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