Sunday, July 12, 2009

Soapstone Mold

I'm trying my hand at carving soapstone. I'm making a mold for soap out of one piece and a signature chop (stamp) out of the other. I'm using some rasps I got in Quartzsite AZ. The soapstone was some scrap from a roadside that my friend gave to me. It's white with gray stripes. Most people just buy soap molds from a store or online vendor, but I always wanted to carve my own so no one else has the same ones.


Joy said...

Ahh, is that how soapstone got its name? :)

Lady Arwen of the Silver Rose said...

Hi Joy.
I believe soapstone got it's name because when you run your fingers over a piece of soapstone it feels slippery like soap. Much like 'sandstone' feels like sand, 'soapstone' feels like soap. Then again I'm not a historian, so I'm not going to swear to it.