18 Bar Rectangle Grid Bar Tray mold specifics:
Measures 13.5 in. X 10 in. X 1.5 in. deep. Makes 18 bars measuring 2 1/4 x 3 1/4. Each bar is approximately 4.2 ounces. This tray mold is ideal for volume production. The grid makes cutting a breeze and ensures bars are uniform in size. Pouring temperatures should not exceed 145 degrees F. Pouring above these temperatures may warp or damage the mold.
Why are the corners of this tray rounded?
This has to with design issues that can get pretty complicated for the average person. In a nutshell, the rounded corners create a stronger mold that last longer as webbing issues do not occur with this corner design. Webbing issues have to do with the way the plastic extrudes and thinning of plastic can occur creating weak spots in the design. The depth and size of the mold are key factors. With smaller areas (such a smaller tray molds) webbing issues and extrusion issues are not a problem. If the corners were perfectly square on these large slab trays, the mold would be weakened due to webbing and the corners would readily crack when soap is released. We extend the corners to allow the soap maker to trim the corner into rectangular shaped bars that are the same size as the rest of the bars. Honestly, it's a pretty clever way to make sure there is no waste and the mold remains strong.
Mold Market designs and manufactures high quality plastic soap molds for all occasions. Our multi cavity custom molds designs are suitable for hot and cold process soap making, melt & pour soap making, candle making, and ceramic crafts.
Natures Garden is a distributor of Mold Market Molds. In the good ole USA. Mold Market is committed to providing jobs for American workers and to supporting domestic manufacturers and suppliers. Our molds are American made and we are proud of this fact.
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Mold size and pouring temperature of soap will determine set up time. It is imperative that you allow soap to cool completely before trying to remove from any mold. Depressions will occur in the top of mold if you try to release soap by force. Allow molded soaps to sit for at least 1 hour for best results. Gently pull the at the sides of the mold. This releases entrapped air between the mold and soap. Using firm, but gentle pressure, push on the top of mold until soap is released. If you are still having difficulty, place mold in the freezer for 10-15 minutes.
Mold Tips for CP (cold process) soapers: