New Year, New Soap Molds
I’ve mentioned a few times how grateful I am to my customers and the stores they frequent. Because of you, my business is growing. And that means production needs to increase. There was a time when I used a 2 lb mold to make soap, and poured 5 lotion bars at a time. I used a 4 1/2 quart mixer to mix up Winter Balm (now renamed Ithaca Body Butter), and thought that doing 8 or 10 jars at a time was a lot.
Not anymore. I just made almost 100 lbs of soap, and need to make a few hundred tins of Body Butter. I poured 300 or so tubes of lip balm, and need to do at least that much more. Lotion bars are poured 40 at a time… and I really need more molds for those, to do more like 100 at a time.
The increased soap production is possible because of my new soap molds. Yippee! These big block molds from For Crafts Sake each hold over 25 lbs of soap, and make 8 loaves of soap each. That means 16 loaves of soap from one pour! Pretty exciting! (At least for me…) In fact, I like them so much that I’m considering getting two more. That would let me make 100 pounds (or a bit more) in a day with these molds, along with another 50 pounds in my slab molds.
I’ve used them already for several batches. They’re very well made and sturdy. If you’re a large batch soap maker, I can recommend them. And while you can’t do everything in a block mold that you can in a loaf mold or a slab mold, you can make some very pretty swirls.
Of course, if you’re making a lot of soap, you also need a big vat and a way to mix the ingredients. That 8 inch stick blender I had been user no longer cuts it. This is a Waring Big Stik, in the 12-inch version. The shaft is removable, and can be replaced with a 14-20 inch stick, or dual whisks.
I am a lover of gadgets, I have to admit. It’s one of the reasons I got into system administration many years ago (I had a long and mostly happy career as a sysadmin, running UNIX systems for a library system and a college). When I lived out in the country, I loved having a huge lawn mower, a chainsaw, a scooter, all my beekeeping stuff… And now I have my soapy-balmy workshop, a real little factory where I make practical, beautiful things.
Time to hit the shop!