Thursday, August 05, 2010

Mold Market's New 3-D Popsicle Mold...Lovin' It!

Well, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this new mold and give it a try. The final soap turned out great. I will have a pictorial tutorial on our web site very soon. Here's my take on this 3-D mold.

The front and back side of the mold come on one plastic sheet. We will be offering a cutting template so that you can cut out the two pieces. We used scissors to cut out the mold using our paper template. Once the front and back sides are cut out, you will need to trim the pour spout to enable you to pour the melted soap into the mold AND to insert the wooden pop stick. We used a small hand held Stanley hacksaw cutting saw that we purchased from Home Depot (for about $8.48). It's a worthwhile tool for your handyman or handywoman toolbox, so we didn't feel it was any wasted money.

The two pieces were secured together using standard "blue" painter's tape. Easy to apply and easy to remove. The most important part about working with this 3-D mold is making sure that the front and back sides are aligned. It's really not that difficult. We propped our taped 3-D mold between two coffee cups to keep it in an upright position. The wooden pop stick was inserted and held in place with two soap clips.

The one thing I would do differently: Don't insert the wooden pop stick into the mold quite as far as I did. I think it would be better to have the wooden stick to extend out about 1 3/4 inches from the popsicle. Our popsicle was just a bit top heavy because our stick was inserted too deeply into the mold.

It may seem like a lot of work to prep the mold. However, once you have the mold cut out and the pour spout trimmed, it won't have to be done again. This two-piece mold will be ready to go and other than taping the two pieces together, you will be good to go. You can use the mold repeatedly with no additional cutting.

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