How to Carve Soap Into Shapes
- Bars Of Soap
- Kitchen Utility Knives, or plastic knives
- Nut Picks
- 1 Buy some soap. Get some nice bars for the eventual finished product, but don't forget some inexpensive practice bars. (Ivory is perfect.)
- 2 Think of some simple designs that will not be impossible to carve: fish are always good, a simple bird, or perhaps just a shape, such as a heart.
- 3 Sketch the outline of the shape on the bar with a knife or other sharp instrument such as a nut pick.
- 4 Hold the knife in your right hand and the soap in your left (reverse this if you're left-handed).
- 5 Pay attention to the feel of the knife. How thick a layer can you take off at once? Where does the knife get stuck?
- 6 Use a sharp knife to gradually shave away layers until you achieve the shape you want.
Tips & Warnings
- Take a practice run on an inexpensive bar first.
- Choose a shape that makes maximum use of the bar shape and size to minimize waste.
- Make sure your hands are bone dry - otherwise the soap will slip.
- Try a potato peeler - some people prefer the control of a knife, but others swear by a peeler.
- Always cut away from yourself - your whole hand should be behind the knife or peeler blade at all times.
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