Soapmaking for Beginners: How to Make Large Batches of Soap in a Slab Mold

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Hello, everyone. It's Saturday. It's normally a soap shipping Saturday, but today we are completely out of our number one soap, which is a triple butt blend for that dry skin yo. My name is ZaKia. Ringgold of .LiveSoapSchool. And a lot of you have been asking about the triple butter blend and how I do such those really large loafs. So this video is going to show you just how I do it. So I do use a mold that kind of loops in. And this is a 30 pound slab mold, which allows me to pour £30 at one time and then be able to cut them into individual loaves that then go into different bars. You are in our subs studio, which has all of our fun ingredients, tools and ingredients and supplies and other stuff. Hello, Jawahu. I'm sure I'm saying that wrong, but welcome to the broadcast. Let me grab a paper towel. And then what I'll do is I will walk you through kind of what we do. Now, I do not have a pot big enough to hold £30. So what do we do? We divide that into two.

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We make 215 pound batches, and we pour them into a single mold. So, like magic, we end up with a 30 pound batch. So this is hey, Marlene. This is our number one soap. This is what puts natural soap by Zakia on the map. A lot of soap makers that you will see, they'll do fancy colors, fancy swirls, fancy designs. And all of that triple butter blend is none of that triple butter blend is 100% natural. There's no extra colors. There's no extra scent. It's just really, really good for your skin. So as you can see, you'll get a beautiful glow with or without an effect on social media. And then it also gives you a squeaky clean. So if you are someone who has really sensitive skin, really dry skin, eczema prone skin, you want to eliminate all of the excess chemicals so that you're getting a nice, clean surface to begin with. And then you're able to add on all of your lotions and potions and shower gels, if you so choose. So let's talk about this mold here. Ow. So this is the slab mold. I have three of these. I typically will do three batches at a time.

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My nephew comes a week earlier. He'll measure out all of the recipes for me so that I don't have to spend a lot of time, because that's where most of the time comes when it comes to making soap, where you have to measure everything out. So he will measure all of the oils. And then the night before, I will measure out all of the live solution, which are sitting right over there on the counter. So, as you can see, I have one of them here, because you'll see in a minute, I'll show you that. But this is for the other 15 pound batch. And then we have four 7.5 pound batches that we're going to be doing today as well. We're not going to have a whole lot of time because we do have a play date planned with the girls. So hopefully you will at least get a feel for that. Now, you can never pour soap directly into a wooden mold because you'll just have soap stuff onto a wooden mold. So we use this exclusive liner. You can't get this anywhere, but you can get it everywhere. $5? No, I don't have $5.

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I didn't win the mega million, but this is what we use a brand sync, a new trash bag to line the mold. You don't have to worry about anything fancy over here. It does the job. It lines the mold in order for us here, I'll show you there. So in order for us to be able to pour the soap without it, like, melting through or anything like that, and line it just like that. And we try and get all of the corners because we don't want, like, any empty spaces going on with our soap there, right? All right. And so what we then do is we push down just to try and get it as smooth as possible. We're not worried about a few minor imperfections. If it's a perfect bar, it probably didn't come from me. I'm just telling you now. But we do want to try and get it as smooth as possible so that we don't waste the soap. Because if it's not smooth, then what you'll find is it doesn't necessarily go in as planned. And so what I try to do is I get everything prepared before I start mixing the batch up, because by doing that, I ensure that if my soap starts to go fast, which it does with all these fragrances, you never know.

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It's like a box of chocolates, which are going to get once you start mixing things in the pot. So I like to have my molds ready. Anything that I'm adding to it, all ready to go. Good morning. Dura. That works better than something like parchment. The only reason it works better than something like parchment, which we have plenty of, is I don't have to spend all of the time trying to get it evenly lined up. As you can see, this trash bag went right in, and now it's kind of just laid out, ready to go. So I used parchment in the smaller wooden molds, which we did have a disaster. Since we're talking about disasters, I use the brand new fragrance oil. Oh, my gosh.

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Why would you do that without testing.

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It in a small £1 batch like you tell everybody to do in life? So cool. Well, do as I say, not as I do. This is when I use the parchment paper for lining the mold. But as you can see, that baby was like, no ma'am not going to do it today. And it got rock solid as soon as I poured the live solution in. So you asked about the parchment paper. If I'm using a smaller mold, Nyla will line me. She's teaching my nephew how to do it, because Nyla is going off to school in less than two weeks, so she is teaching my nephew that. And then I also have these seven and a half pound molds that have the silicone liner already in there. So it's really up to you and your preference and the amount of time that you want to spend. As you can see, the parchment paper, it works well, but you have to keep replacing that with the silicone. Sometimes I do notice that it does stain a bit, which isn't really good when you're trying to do, like, an overhead shot, because instagram may be judging, like, oh, my God, she's not even poured in a clean mode.

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No, that's not what it is. But they do stain. However, you just wash them, you can push the soap right out, and it's ready for another use. The trash bag, on the other hand, it just saves time. So there are several options when it comes to lining the mold. I have used parchment paper for a very long time, and it is my preferred method. But when I'm doing a 30 pound batch, it's just a little bit easier to do it with the trash bag. I la. Soup slab liner.

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That's what we call it.

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It's not a trash bag. Once it's in here, it's like a soup slab liner. Got it. All right. But don't spend money on things you don't have to. When you are making products, most important ingredients that you're using, like, the equipment is great, the equipment is fine, but what really matters are the actual ingredients that you're putting into the soap. That's where the money gets spent, because, like many things, it really comes out in the wash when you put it into the soap pot. So that's where choosing high quality source ingredients comes in. I think I told you all before. It's a secret. Don't tell anybody. It's just between you and I. But I infuse all of my oils with herbs, right? So it's not just an olive oil or castor oil. So this particular recipe is coconut oil, infused olive oil, shea butter, mango butter, cocoa butter, castor oil, and palm oil. Seven wonders of the world when it comes to skincare. And we, again, don't use any color or essential oils for this one. So I'm just trying to wipe my goggles off because there was a little funky. So we got a suit up for soap safety, which includes goggles check gloves.

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We're about to check it all now. We should really be using or wearing long sleeve shirts. However, this is one of those do as I say, not as I do portions of the broadcast. So if you are making soap at home. You absolutely, positively want to be wearing long sleeves and clothes, toe shoes. I'm wearing flip flops, but you all can't see that on the broadcast. So afflike I have on some sneakers. All right, so now let's get that going. Always test that your six blender is actually turned on, because there have been several of these particular broadcasts where I was all ready to go, and then magically, there was no power. Now, I did allow my line solution to sit overnight, and I did end up with some crystals in there. I'm not too worried about it. However, I don't want it to go into my soap. So I'm using this strainer to ensure that only the Lye solution goes in. Now, there is a potential problem with that, right? So as you can see down there at the bottom, maybe some of the lie is trapped up in there, but I'm not as worried.

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What we're going to do is we're going to push that through the strainer like so, and then that way we don't have those chunks of the lie in there. So I can't tell who's watching because I'm not using any of the fancy broadcasting software today because we have a play date that I'm supposed to be getting to. I said, well, let me get this broadcast done and then we'll do a fancy one later. So I slowly start to stir. It is going to come to Trace pretty quickly. Let me see if I can get you a better shot into the port. So I give it just a little bit of a stir. Trying to think where you guys remember a moment ago I picked up that parchment paper and now I'm looking all over the place to see where the heck it went. Hi, James. Good to see you. Now you can kind of see that it is starting to do its thing. So what I'm going to do is put that off to the side. And now we'll use the magic wand of all soap makers, aka Stick Blender, and we'll give it a whiz just so that everything is incorporated.

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I want to bring this just to trace, so it gives me time to go ahead and mix up the second batch so that they can be poured at the same time. And what we are making, if you are just watching, number one, my name is Zakia by Zakia, as well as live soap school, and we are restocking our triple butter blend. This is the soap that everybody who purchases from me always adds this to the part because it's just a different kind of clean. And that clean is really coming from the infused oil there. It's 100% natural. I think I said that. But you might be late to this party there. And so if that's the case, it is 100% natural. So if you're someone with really dry skin, acne prone skin, eczema prone skin, you really want to try and eliminate any of the chemicals that you are adding to your skin care. Remember, every single thing that you put on your skin goes into it. So why not make it natural? Soap by the pea. Start there. You got to start with the clean surface, right? All right, so let's keep on blending.

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And again, I don't want to do too much, but I don't want to get a false free. So I just want to see that everything is emulsified. I'm not too worried about the air bubbles and all of that. All of that stuff is aesthetic. It really means nothing. I mean, it could all right. And I'm going to stop there and you guys are going to see the first pour, which is magical. Now, first of all, let me get my at least a paper towel or something. You got to get something over here. Amateur. I'm making like an amateur. All right, let's get it. I want to try and keep as much of that soap in the soap pot as possible. Yep, I'm satisfied. I'm just looking to make sure I don't have any kind of like an oil slick because that means that everything has not been combined and I'm not seeing that. So we're going to go here and four. All right, ready for the pour? Let me see. Let's get you guys from here. You guys could see that, right? Yes, we could see the geo. We could see just go ahead and pour.

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I'm going to sport it on myself. That is so satisfying. Cheese, will we? And what this will do is it will get rock hard overnight. Hey, Doctor Tawara, listen, you had just posted the day before.

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How did we meet?

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And then my memory came up from when we were at Bullycon. I mean, we met on Periscope way before Bullycon, but then when that memory came up, I said, oh, that's where I saw her in person. All right, so now what we're doing is we're just getting the rest of the because again, we don't want to waste the oil. We're getting the rest of the batch into the mold. But my coach Tawana, in case you guys don't know, she is the LinkedIn professor and so she really helps her clients to really unlock the power of LinkedIn for their professional setting. Their professional. All right, so as you can see, this 30 pound batch is halfway, kind of halfway full. So now we're going to do the same thing. We're going to get our other 15 pound batch of oil here. You guys can't see that it starts out just the oils and the butters that have been melted down. Then we're going to get our live solution just like we did a moment ago. We're going to go ahead and add that and you guys will see the process all over again. So the magic really happens in the port and then we're going to wonder where in the world is our spatula.

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And if you've ever been on a broadcast with me, you know, I always say if you have a salt maker in your life, anyone, the best thing that you can get for them is a steak blender. I'm telling you now, you will be like on the top ten list. Get it for birthday, hashtag, Leo season. Get it for Christmas gifts, mother's day, Father's day. I mean, don't just get them spatulas, but they'll know that you are thinking of them if you get them a bachelor. I'm going to give it just a light stir. Initially you guys can't see in the pot, but it starts to go through like a transformation almost like instead of all of the oils being just there, it's starting to combine with that live solution and it's converting those fatty oils into the salt that's going to become the soap. And so it's kind of magical to watch. I actually prefer doing it off of camera because I don't have to kind of talk. I can kind of just be in the Zen moment, give myself a little bit of extra love. That's the second secret ingredient, in case you are wondering.

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First ingredient is the infusion of those oils. And the second one is just a little bit of love. Sometimes I'm in here with the music playing. I had that going. I'm dancing to the soap. I'm singing to the soap. I'm like. Please behave. Mr or Mrs. Soap in here. I really don't want to waste all these oils and butters and all of that. So now what we'll do is we'll go ahead and mix her up because this is starting to solidify and we want to be able to pour this so that it feels like it was uniform. You don't want to have like one layer of soap that's like a different shade and then another layer because it looks like it's separated. So I'm going to stop talking. You guys are going to listen to the smooth twos of a thick blender and then you'll see the final four to finish off this 30 pound batch of triple butter blended. And it's called triple butter in case you didn't pick up when I listed out those ingredients because it's made with cocoa butter, mango butter and shea butter, a lot of you know that I actually had a chance to travel to Ghana.

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I met the women who make the shea butter and the cocoa butter and the coconut oil. I got a chance to actually make shea butter with them. I brought home some, although I had to use it because shea butter has a two year lifespan. I always call the lifespan, but it's two year shelf life. So I had to use it. I couldn't hold on to it forever. But I am planning to go back to Ghana in 2023 to meet those women and see them again. More to come on. That one.

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Dr. Kumana life changing. Absolutely life changing. Like, I'm American, born and raised, lived here all my life. There was nothing like stepping off the plane in Ghana and actually feeling like you were home. And when they meet you for the first time, they don't say hello. They don't say hi. They don't say, how you're doing? They say you are welcome. You are welcome to our home. You are welcome to interact with us. You are welcome to anything. Right. And it was just an amazing experience. You looked up on the billboards, everyone looks like you. Right? It was incredible. One of the best experiences. And when I go back, I am taking my doors with me. I'm taking them with me. Yeah, but it was heartbreaking, too, right? It was heartbreaking because the poverty is real. It's still poverty stricken. There are some areas that are doing extremely well, but there are others where the women have to and the kids, they don't have water, like running water inside of their home. Right. So I don't know if you're on my Instagram. I have a video of a young girl, even older, before she carries these really big bowls, like the mixing bowls I'll show you on her head to go to the water well, and she carries it, and she goes very carefully, because if she wasted, she's going to have to make another trip.

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But beautiful people, beautiful country, and an amazing experience that I think everyone should experience at least once or twice or three times. All right, now, let's see. This is the final pour for the remainder of our 30 pound batch here. So if you guys are just joining, we are pouring. Anna, did you say you wanted to join me? I'm going to approve you. Come on up. There you go.

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I'm adding to the broadcast, and it says it's adding you, but you might have just pushed the button wrong. All right, so we'll go ahead and pour this one. I over poured or over measured because one side is higher than the other. I went to Nigeria in 98 and had a fabulous time, even in not so good stuff with an experience. And I kept that mindset. Yes. Especially seeing how hard they work for the shea butter.

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Here's a prime example.

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Before, there would be a little bit of shea butter left on the spatula or the spoon. Now I completely script. I don't waste a drop of it. Yeah, for sure. I would agree with this is not pouring. Right. Something is off.

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Shouldn't be doing that. Look at that.

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Trash bag. You let me down.

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Trash bag.

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That looks great. All right. Maybe I should stop pouring. I'll just stop pouring. Why don't I? Yes, I will. All right, so like I said, we have a mommy and daughter play date with some of Paige's track team members, which starts in about 45 minutes. And so hopefully this gave you a chance to see just how simple it is. Well, you saw the in process. All the ingredients were already measured out. The live solution was ready to go. All of that was like you're in good hands, right? So now this will sit overnight, 24 hours, probably closer to 18 hours because I do a very heavy water discount. And so this is going to be a pretty hard bar within about twelve ish hours. So I'll give it the 18, I'll cut it and you guys will get a chance to see that. I love your soap live. Thank you so much. Drya. So hopefully you guys got a chance to see this. If you have any questions, mention them in the comments below. If you were watching on the replay, enter hashtag replay. Love all of you that were here live. Thank you so much for being here.

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Let me pull you up. Kind of reminds me of periscope days. We will never get those days back and I miss them dearly. Periscope was a whole different animal in a great way. But I think a lot of people saw what was possible with Periscope. Now what I will do is once I got to back up so I can end this, once this gets a little bit harder, what I'll do is I'll just take a spoon and I'll texture the top so it's not a completely flat surface. And when I texture the top, it'll something it depends on which way I decide. So I can either do that kind right there, but that's more with color. This one is just a little bit of a texture right on the top. I'll probably do more so something like this so that it has a peak. Let me know what time you will be back home, please. I will probably be back here around four. Anna, have a wonderful day. All right everybody, so good to see you. Thank you for joining me for our triple better blend. I would say Super Soap Sunday, but it doesn't work because it's Saturday.

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But if you're watching this tomorrow hey, thanks for coming and watching Super Soap Sunday. I am Zakia of Byzakia.com, as well as Live Soap School where it is so much more than soap. And I'll see you. Awesome. Bye everybody.


Are you ready to scale up your soap making production? If so, then you’ve come to the right place! In this blog post, we’ll discuss and demonstrate how to increase your capacity without breaking the bank with expensive equipment. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced soapmaker, this post will provide you with the guidance and tips to create large batches of soap in a slab mold. Let’s get started!

Gaining Familiarity with Soapmaking

Before diving into scaling up, it’s important that you have a basic foundation and comfort level with soapmaking. It’s important to become familiar with the ingredients, supplies, and techniques needed to produce soap. Doing so can make soap making more enjoyable, reduce soap-making mistakes and inefficiencies, and help you as you begin to create larger batches. With the right knowledge and materials, soap makers can easily up their soap production without breaking a sweat. If you need training on how to make soap, consider enrolling in our online beginner soap making class.

Learning how to scale a recipe up or down can help maximize the amount of soap produced with each batch, as well as minimize waste caused by over-estimating or under-estimating demand for a certain kind of soap. Understanding the science behind saponification and properly calculating lye amounts can ensure that each batch of soap is well balanced and safe to use—essential components for increased production size.

Zakia making soap in slab mold

Next, it’s time to start thinking about scaling up production to expand the reach of your business. Investing in a slab mold and understanding how to work with larger batch sizes is essential. Once you are confident in your soap making techniques and you have the demand for more than a 5 pound batch, its time to start scaling up.

Preparing to Make Large Batches of Soap

One of the first steps when it comes to preparing to make large batches of soap is to evaluate your current space and supplies. Determine if you have enough room for large soap molds, stirring tools, and where you will store the soap to cure. A larger scale production can be the difference between running a hobby-level soap business and a full fledged operation. The key is making sure that you have adequate space and materials to support the larger batch size. That means, if you’re not quite ready for the large molds, mixing bowls, and packing materials needed for larger production, it’s time to start expanding!

Click here to see our demonstration and discussion of making Turmeric Soap in a slab mold.

Here is another video of when I first started making soap in my slab mold. I have continued to use this process as it saves time and I am able to keep up with the demand for byZAkia.com

Choosing a Slab Mold for Soap Production

To increase your production size for homemade soap, creating a slab mold is the ideal solution. WHen it comes to choosing one that is right for you, consider how much ingredients it will take to fill it, how you will cut it and how you will store the finished bars.

This combination slab mold and log splitter is a great starter for increasing your production size.

Slab mold and log splitter

The benefit of a slab mold is that it will allow you to create large batches of soap in a single pour, simplifying and streamlining the process. The benefits are obvious—no more melting and pouring batches of individual molds for hours on end! By using a slab mold you can create large batches in a fraction of the time, freeing you up to do the fun stuff like experimenting with new designs and ingredients. Plus, you’ll save money in the long run!

A simple homemade slab mold is easy to make from plywood and lined with food-grade silicone, a trash bag or parchment paper. The slab mold can also be angled so that gravity helps move the soap out of the mold, further reducing your workload and increasing batch sizes Thus, soap making just got a lot more efficient with the use of your very own homemade slab mold or purchased mold! With this handy slab mold, your soap production sizes increase substantially, allowing you to produce soap faster and with less effort.

Final Steps for Incorporating a Slab Mold into Your Soapmaking Process

Once you have your desired slab mold you will need o adjust your recipe to fill the mold. Be sure to adjust appropriately to ensure you don’t have too much or too little batter. Next you will need to determine what supplies you will need to mix larger quantities of your ingredient. In the video above, I demonstrated using two stainless steel pots. Each pot held 15 pounds of soap mixture. This allowed me to scale up and fill my 30 pound slab mold.

You would make your soap using your normal process, pour the soap into the slab mold and allow it to sit for 24 hours. Once it sits you will need a log splitter and soap cutter to go from a slab to a log to individual bars. After you have cut your bars the last step is to let it cure normally.

With the right tools and ingredients, anyone can increase their production size for homemade soap with ease. Simply combine the oil and lye, mix and stir until it reaches trace, add scents or herbs as desired, pour into slab molds, let sit until hardened, then cut and allow to cure. It’s that simple!

Conclusion

In conclusion, making large batches of soap in a slab mold is a great way to make soap both economically and quickly.

So go ahead and give it a try—your soap-production dreams are just one slab mold away.

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22 Comments

  1. BAME WORLD

    And is it silicon mold?

  2. BAME WORLD

    Pls where did you buy the large soap mold?

  3. I-D-M-System.

    love it, great job.

    • Zakia Ringgold

      Thank you

  4. LaTasha Earl

    How did you donyour formula? Did you double or triple your formula?

    • Zakia Ringgold

      I create all of my recipes from scratch. When you enter a recipe in soap calculator you are able to identify how much soap you want in the final batch in my case I was making 30 pounds of soap

  5. Terri Hart

    I have found you!? I was lovingthegk on Periscope.

    • Zakia Ringgold

      Yayyyyyy hey if you are on FB send me a request there

    • Terri Hart

      @Zakia Ringgold will do

  6. Miah Ro

    Thank you!

  7. lisa walker

    Looks Great!

  8. love one

    Can you tell the names of what u use word for word ? I would like to make my own soap but I don’t know how to start

  9. ZiegenVine Homestead - Allison & Randy

    Wow!!! That was amazing. The largest batch I have made was yesterday – 17 lbs (total) it was Honey Oatmeal – I didn’t pour it into a large mold but 2 loaf molds and then some trees and snowflakes for the coming holidays. Glad to have stumbled across your channel! Happy Soaping!!!

    • Zakia Ringgold

      ZiegenVine Homestead – Allison & Randy that was such an interesting and misbehaving batch I was just happy to get it all into the mold

  10. Leslie Uzelac

    What did you line your mold with?

    • Leslie Uzelac

      @Zakia Ringgold Would you share what brand and size? Did you have to cut them? Yours look lined really well in the corners. Did you have to do anything special to achieve that? Thanks for responding.

  11. 2Insightful Sistas

    Where did you get the 30lb mold from?

    • Maldives Baby

      Look on Etsy. Google 30lb wood molds.

  12. Sweet Kitty Club

    I was hoping you would have cut the soap.

  13. ParadiseofDarkness

    You should look up how candy makers on youtube make their huge batches with big pots. Maybe the cabdy industry has things to help you for your soap making.

    • Zakia Ringgold

      That’s a great idea. Thank you for the tip

  14. DopestCaliKisses

    did you make that mold?