Creating your own soap molds is a fun way to personalize your soaps. The process of making soap molds for melt-and-pour soap making is straightforward and in a short time you can make several customized soap molds that can be reused multiple times.
Things You'll Need
- Mold Builder liquid latex rubber
- Safety glasses
- Soft bristled paintbrush
- Object for mold
- Double-sided tape
- Disposable plastic plate
Purchase a Mold Builder liquid latex rubber product for use in making the mold itself. This product is available at most art supply shops as well as many craft stores (see Resources below). Two of the most popular products are "Cast N' Craft Mold Builder Liquid Latex Rubber" and "Mold Builder Liquid Latex Rubber by Environmental Technology." Other things to purchase include a small, soft bristled paintbrush, a roll of double sided tape, safety glasses and a disposable plastic plate.
Choose an object you would like to make your soap mold from. It should be a nonporous item of reasonable size, such as a plastic block, small vintage knickknack or antique metal mold. If you are feeling particularly creative and ambitious you can design your own object to turn into a soap mold by using Fimo or Sculpey oven dry clay and then laminating it with a clear varnish.
Locate an appropriate workspace such as a desk or table with ample space to lay out your supplies. It's important to work in a well ventilated area and to be sure that small children and house pets are kept away from the region.
Mount your object to the surface of a disposable plastic plate with double sided tape. Paint a thick layer of liquid latex directly onto the mold, and paint a 2- to 3-inch border on the plastic plate around the object because this will become the border of your soap mold. Cover the mold completely and allow it to dry for anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours. Repeat this process over the course of a day or 2 days until a thick layer appears over your object. Apply at least 10 to 12 coats of latex to your object in order to form a sturdy and flexible soap mold.
Gently peel the soap mold off of the object when all of the latex has dried completely. It should come off quite easily because it's been painted on a nonporous surface. Your soap mold is done and ready to use for your melt-and-pour soap making projects. The mold is reusable and can be utilized several times before it will need to be replaced.
Tips & Warnings
- Carefully read the instructions and safety information on the bottle of liquid latex before use. Always wear safety glasses when working with liquid latex.
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