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Sculpting With Soap

What you need:

  • Bar of soap
  • Plastic knife, craft sticks, 
toothpicks, paper clips
  • Paper and pencil

What you do:


1. Brainstorm sculpture ideas.
2. Then sketch your design on paper, including different angles.
3. When you have settled on a design, use a pencil to draw it directly on a bar of soap. Remember to draw on the front and back of the soap as you did with your concept sketches.
4. With a plastic knife, scrape away the soap around the outline of your design. Soap can break easily, so work slowly, carving away a little bit at a time. Remember, you can always take away more, but you can’t add back. (Younger artists may require assistance from adults when using implements 
to sculpt.)
5. Once you have carved away the soap around your design, use toothpicks or the tip of a paperclip to add the smaller details to your sculpture. Carve very gently; otherwise large chunks of soap might break off.
6. When you’re finished sculpting, dip your index finger in water and gently rub the surface of the soap to create a smooth finish. 

7. Allow your sculpture to harden for a day before displaying or using.

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