Soap Carving

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This activity allows YP to be introduced to using a knife also allowing them to be creative


Some cheap bars of white soap
Scrapers and peelers – use lolly sticks, teaspoons, potato peelers and similar objects


1. Choose a bar of soap. Any soap will work, however, a larger bar is easier to hold and gives more material to work with.

2. Choose a knife to use. Soap is fairly soft, so a sharp knife is not absolutely necessary. Plastic knives, spoons, or popsicle sticks would also work. This is especially important to note if younger children are doing this
project, to prevent any accidents from sharp knives.

3. Decide on what subject to carve. A turtle or fish are frequent choices for a first carving, as they are similar to the shape of most bars of soap. You can also choose other subjects such as birds, hearts, boats -- anything
that tickles your fancy.

4. Draw an outline of your carving on one side of the soap. You can either draw the outline first using a pencil, or directly use a knife, orangewood stick, or toothpick to scrape the outline into the soap.

5. Remove the soap outside the outline using small slivers or chips. Make sure to scrape away only small portions at a time, as it would be easier to remove than to put back an overscraped portion. Cutting off too much
would cause the soap to break off into chunks.

6. Add detail to the inside of the outline to refine the design further. When the carving is finished, wet your finger and rub the surface of the soap to create a smooth finish. Allow dry and harden for a day before using.



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