Creating a sculpture from a bar of soap is an activity that can be enjoyed by young and old. No experience is required and tools can be modified for age appropriateness. A sculpted bar of soap can be displayed in a soap dish to be used for hand washing or given as a gift.
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Things you need
- A large bar of soap
- A small paring knife
- Skewers or other pointed kitchen tools
Trace the bar of soap onto the paper and sketch a design within the lines. Make as many sketches as you need until you have one that you like.
Place the drawing on top of the bar of soap and trace back over the lines with the pencil. When you remove the paper from the soap, a groove should be left on the surface. These grooves will show you where to begin carving.
Scrape and cut at the excess soap by moving the knife or tool away from you. A potato peeler is an effective tool for this stage of the sculpting process. Begin gradually; you can always remove more soap but it's impossible to put cut soap back on.
Turn soap over repeatedly to carve every surface and edge. As your sculpture begins to take the desired shape, use pointed tools and toothpicks to carve details.
Leave your soap sculpture to dry in a cool place away from sunlight for 24 to 48 hours. Then rub it gently with a soft paper napkin to polish.
Tips and warnings
- Young children can use plastic knives and a nail file instead of a paring knife.
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