Why Casting Resin In A Soap Mold Is a BAD Idea

casting resin in a soap mold
plastic soap mold
When it comes to using molds with resin, you might be wondering if you can use any mold with resin. Sometimes non-traditional molds work. Sometimes they don’t.

So what about casting resin in a soap mold?

I’m one of those resin nerds who’s always happy to try something new.  Even if it means I can fail.

mixing resin

What resin to use?

Whenever you use molds, you need to use a resin meant for molds.

Why?

It ensures you get bubble-free results.

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Mixing the resin

For the sake of resin nerd science, I didn’t include anything in the resin. That way, I knew I was only investigating one variable in this little experiment: clear epoxy resin.

 

casting resin in a soap mold
But, before adding the resin, I sprayed the soap mold with Ultralease epoxy resin mold release.  This is my go-to mold release. I used it when I cast resin into a gelatin mold, and I’m convinced it was the magic bullet to help me get out those castings.

I only added enough mixed epoxy to fill a mold cavity halfway. I wanted to make demolding difficult. Otherwise, I wouldn’t learn much about casting resin in a soap mold.

After removing bubbles with a heat tool, I covered it with a dome and let it cure for 24 hours.

demolding resin casting from soap mold
Demolding

The simple ‘twist and push from the back’ didn’t budge the cured casting. I had to pull the mold away from the side of the resin.

(The plastic is thin if you haven’t used soap mold. It is very similar in thickness and flexibility to a plastic, take-out food container._

getting resin out of a mold
With molds designed for resin, you can pull the mold away once you have a loose edge to lift the resin out of the mold. Unfortunately, doing that completely destroyed this mold.

resin casting from a soap mold
Finished resin charm

Here is the final epoxy resin project. While the resin cured, I couldn’t demold it from the plastic soap mold. In fact, most of the mold stuck to the resin.

I don’t think I will be casting resin in a soap mold again soon.

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27 thoughts on “Why Casting Resin In A Soap Mold Is a BAD Idea

  1. Try putting the mold in the freezer, that helps sometimes in de-molding but you need to be careful if it is a really thin mold

    1. Yes, have done that myself. Wanted to show what happens under what I consider ‘normal use conditions’ of a plastic mold designed for resin casting.

  2. The worst I have tried is a candy mold. I had prepped it with release (the Easy Cast spray was all I had at the time), but then still needed to freeze it and wrestle with it to demold the pieces. The mold didn’t break but it was a major task to get the cast piece out.

    1. That’s funny, I love candy molds. Especially when they are the dark colored ones–it makes it so easy to see what you are pouring. Have had no trouble de-molding. I have found baking molds to be terrible, however. My pieces all came out cloudy even with nothing added to the resin.

  3. Thanks for taking on the many challenges that exist in the resin field. You make it easier for all of us to know what to use, how to use it & what to expect. You’ve saved all of us a lot of experimenting on our own. You are wonderfully generous and much appreciated!

  4. I wondered if something in the particular mold release you used interacted with the plastic making up this soap mold being that it looks like it almost fused to the casting in the areas where you couldn’t get it off.

    1. Great question! I don’t think that is likely. I believe it has more to do with the plastic type used for the soap mold.

  5. I use Pam on molds that I have not made myself. It does not interfere, with the resin setting. I have never had a mold that I could not get my resin out of.

    1. Hi Melinda, you have been lucky! I have found Pam is too greasy and can sometimes interfere with resin curing.

  6. Can I pour resin into a wire frame? Will it stick to the wire well? Maybe I can even weave it through. But in that case what would I set my mold on? seeing as it would be only molded by the shape of the wire instead of a real mold.

  7. I once used a very decorative clear plastic carton that was used for rolls from the grocery store. I had leftover resin so what the heck?!! Demolding did not work. Tried freezing it but it wouldn’t budge. I ended up cutting the plastic mold away from the casting as close as I could (it was all clear with a star imprint in the center and scalloped edges). It actually came out pretty cool. I use it as a coaster 🙂

  8. So I’m just 17 getting into knife making and I want to make some micarta but need a resin mold I’ve only been here for a little bit but I need to know where I can get one please.

    1. Unfortunately, I’m not aware of where you can find a knife mold. Have you thought about making your own?

  9. I had a hard, thin plastic chocolate mold that I wanted to use for resin. I had a feeling this would be the last time I used it (and I was right). Once I cast the resin, I ended up having to tear the mold to pieces.

    However, I then turned right around and used the castings to make a flexible silicone mold. Now I can make many, many more without struggling to demold.

  10. Hello I’m new here and my little sister and I want to learn about resin as a shared hobby. We we’re looking into different molds and was wondering if a silicone chocolate mold would work.

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