I have some fond memories of childhood soap carving attempts. Failed childhood soap carving attempts, but fun nonetheless.
Today, I was chipping soap shavings off a large block of old fashioned lye laundry soap that I'd bought from a local farmer, so I could melt those shavings into a gel by adding water. And before I knew it, I'd been inspired to get a smaller knife and have fun creating shavings.
So I did.
Here is the result:
A wildcat head. Or perhaps he's a dog. The photos look like a dog. I sort of looked at what my soap block was already looking like, and just went with it.
I think one difference is I'd never carved anything but commercial soap before, and it has something in it to make it much harder, more brittle. This stuff was much easier to work with.
And now I also have a nice jar of laundry gel sitting atop my dryer.