How many bars can I
stamp at a time using your Soap Stamper?
Starting out you should easily be able to stamp
5 or so per minute. Later you may be able to reach 8 or 10 per
minute. Much depends upon how efficiently you arrange you area
and work flow.
How long can I wait
before stamping my soaps and how difficult do you think it will
Your stamp will impress easily if timed
correctly. If the soap is cured to long, it will not stamp well.
If necessary you can keep it soft by covering it with saran
wrap. Best time to stamp is within a couple days to a week.
Comments from our
A Soap Stamper suggestion: I have stamped
approximately 250 bars of soap (I think the time it took,
collectively, was about an hour!) - and I still love the
Soap Stamper! On a few of my bars of soap I did notice some
pulling out of the E in Sundries, the F in of, and the U in
Paul. My solution
I took a damp sponge, put it on a plate, and
simply swiped it over the surface of the stamper before each
stamping (for those recipes where I was having some trouble). It
took no time, and completely solved the problem - there was no
sticking what so ever - the stamping was exceptionally clean (I
tried swiping with oil - but that didn't work very well at all).
In fact, I think I'm going to make this a part of my stamping
technique - the result was to clean. I'm actually going to go to
the crafts store and see if I can't find a "blank" stamp pad
that I can wet with water instead of ink, and use that with each
stamping. I felt that this might even have worked with smaller
fonts or stamps with intricate details. Anyway, just thought I'd
pass this along in case you were looking for helpful suggestions
for your customers. Thanks again!
I have heard that
around 24 hours is best for stamping. Is this correct?
You may be able to stamp
at 24 hours, it might be 7 days or even right out of the
mold. Cold Processed soap is very individualistic and much
of the, "Stamping Window" depends on the formula, amount of
water, mold insulation, herbs, clays or additives to the
soap formula, ambient air and humidity.
As you can see there are no set
rules. I always suggest, systematic testing of samples,
starting from right out of the mold to a week. Approach it
as though you were a chemist running a series of tests. The
beauty of CP soap is the unique characteristics that you as
the Soapmaker can impart to it. This does present
challenges, because it is not as predictable as milled soap,
forced through saponification, overcooked, mashed, crushed,
dried, ground and then pressed into perfect bars.
How long will it take
to pay for the Stamper and how much should I figure in cost per
bar for stamping?
Unfortunately there is no
standard or benchmark from which to give you a cost per bar.
All we can give you, is that one can easily stamp about, 5
bars per minute. If set up properly, with a good flow of
production, having trays to pull out of and to put stamped
bars into, you could possibly do, 10 per minute or more.
Since wages and hourly rates
vary from state to state, city to city, the best way to
figure costs, is to go by rate of production per hour and
divide that into your hourly rate. I would take a
conservative figure like 6 per minute to start, 360 per hour
and divide that by what your intended hourly rate is. For
example, labor at $25 per hour, would be about 7 cents per
How soon the machine would pay
for itself would depend on how many bars you will be
stamping and whether you have the extra time to spend hand
stamping. Is it is more profitable to spend that time
selling or producing more soap? It is difficult sometimes,
to calculate the labor savings in dollars for a tool. How
well the person uses it is a factor. How the tool is used in
conjunction with other tools and with the material being
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