I know soapmakers can be pretty creative and thrifty with items to use as soap molds. One that my honey had been wanting to try for a while was a Pringles can. I guess he just liked the idea of it. I had a small long piece of loofah that I wanted to use in a round soap, but thought it would look funny in my larger heavy duty round column mold, so I agreed to try it out in the chip can. We gave his teenage brother some cash to go pick up a tube of Pringles from the store for us, and he got to eat the chips, so it was a win-win for everyone.
We racked our brains trying to figure out how to line this can. It seemed that most soapers online suggested not lining at all, but there was a very high possibility the soap wouldn't come out cleanly. Some suggested lining with freezer paper, but we are bad at measurements..... So my honey came up with the brilliant idea to use a flexible plastic cutting board sheet. The idea is the same as the liner that comes with Bramble Berry's column mold. We didn't trim it to size, just let it overlap itself. A little soap seeped between in places, but not bad at all, even with a fairly thin trace. It actually worked really great!
|Can you tell a teenage boy picked this flavor of chips?|
We cut off the metal bottom, secured the top with plastic wrap and the lid, and wrapped it well for a really good gel. We waited two days to unmold, just in case, and it slid right out without a hitch. These plastic sheets are really cheap too, less than three dollars each, and easy to find at kitchen stores, dollar stores, etc. (Here's an example of what we used, in case you've never seen one or know them by a different name.)
The soap was a little difficult to cut, of course, with all that loofah in it. It was actually more like sawing a log. I left that job to my honey, and he did as good or better than I probably would have. He even beveled the edges with a veggie peeler. Definitely not the prettiest soap I've ever seen, but I think it will be really nice. The loofah was very soft, and we also used a new recipe with palm kernel oil and lots of cocoa butter, plus essential oils of lavender and tea tree. It was hard for me, but I left it uncolored.....
I know it would have been easier to slice the loofah up and use individual cavity molds instead, but I wanted to try this out. Not sure if maybe there is an easier way to slice through the soap and loofah without making such a mess, but I will definitely take any advice on the subject!