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From GreatArt's online magazine
This is an excellent material that all artists and sculptors should try. Very simple to use it allows you to create shapes and sculptures quicker than with any modelling or sculpting material!
Sculpture Block was created by a Dutch artist with the aim to make a sculpting material which would appeal to all artists, particularly those who find it difficult to obtain wood or stone due to cost, or physical constraints...
Forming a Shape in Soapstone
One of the most crucial decisions when starting your piece is selecting your stone. It is important to make your choice based on the final piece you want to create. Be sure to observe the stone from every angle to comprehend its volume.
Observe the veins that mark the stone as they can easily crack open during sculpting. You can also wet the stone initially to get a sense of the true colour when finishing and how your finished pieces will look...
Starting with Soapstone
Soapstone is already a popular choice amond sculptors due to its easily workable softness, and beautiful appearance.
The stones themselves are found in Brazil, India, China, Canada and even Australia and the first traces date back over a thousand years. It is a good alternative to marble, sandstone or granite, as it is 10 to 20 times cheaper. Its ability to be shaped by filing also means that anyone can give it a try, and there is less waste and potential for ruining your work than when working with a hammer and chisel...
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