Crafting Saturday – Soap Carving Tadeo Turtle
I have always had the desire to do carving. From the time of a youngster I loved to play with mud – yup, mud. I would form and shape animals. When we first came to Mesa, Arizona I joined a pottery class. There we learned to form objects. It was called slab building. I enjoyed it. But watercolour called me and I changed back to that artistic endeavour.
But I have never tried sculpting something.
Today I thought I would try making Tadeo from a piece of soap. I used Ivory Soap – it carves very easily.
I only used a spoon to do the basic sculpting.
In order to finish the details I used a paring knife. I would advise caution for small children. Using a pumpkin carver or a small butter knife would be better.
To finish the final details I used a toothpick. A toothbrush cleans out the debris.
Here are the directions:
1. Go slowly (soap can break).
2. Draw a quick sketch of what you want your final object to look like.
3. Do the overall shape first. Then start to add the details.
4. Add the details.
5. Round the edges with your fingers.
6. The finished product ready to paint.
7. The Final Product
I would love to have children’s pictures of their treasured Tadeo designs.