Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Rudimentary Soap Carving

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.

3 comments:

Has said...

Pardon my ignorance, and please don't respond if no time ... but what are the benefits of this kind of soap and laundry gel?

Your carving looks great! Talent!

Alana said...

Well, lets see...no toxic chemicals in this laundry soap. Locally handcrafted. Supports a local farmer. Gets clothes clean. Does not cost much money.

Mimi said...

Good job!