- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Quarry Books (28 March 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1631597248
- ISBN-13: 978-1631597244
- Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 1.4 x 27.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 458 g
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Soap carving is the skill of carving figures such as beautiful flowers, cute animals, or even pretty accessories like sporty high-tops and handbags in soap using a few basic tools. There are some simple guidelines for cutting the soap to create the petals and patterns, but they’re easy to follow, allowing you to get started quickly.
Soap carving differs from sculpture because the patterns in the soap aren’t carved freely. Instead, you’ll use the templates supplied in this book to create your designs. You’ll start by carving the soap along the outlines of the template to create the basic shape and then fill in the details to bring the figure to life. Using these templates means that anyone can successfully carve the projects in this book. You’ll be amazed at what you can create with only a knife and a bar of soap—and how much fun you’ll have doing it!
Carving a shape, such as a petal, feather, scale, or leaf, between two of the same shapes is the most frequently used way to carve a pattern. Triangular patterns are the easiest shape to carve.
Circular Scalloped Patterns
This sweet butterfly design, which includes both single- and double-scallop patterns, is a great way to learn these carving configurations.
Delicate waves carved in soap look like edges of lace. This simple technique allows you to dress up your soap carvings with gorgeous, fancy details, as in these cute purse carvings.
Complex Floral Designs
Let’s try carving a flower with a center bud. If you can carve a center bud, you will be able to carve various flowers such as a dahlia, rose, zinnia, calendula, chrysanthemum, etc. The dahlia is carved using the center bud and the triangular petals.
Miniature Cake Slice & Doughnuts
Don’t discard small pieces of colorful leftover soap—use them to make these colorful soap desserts! If you make six miniature cake slices, you’ll have a whole cake. And the doughnuts are so cute, you won’t believe how easy they are to make!
Skill Level: Easy
These miniature sneakers are very cute. It’s so fun to personalize them with your own colorants and stickers.
Skill Level: Intermediate
This magical unicorn soap is perfect for unicorn lovers. A plain white unicorn is beautiful and traditional, or you can make your own magical unicorn by adding rainbow colors!
Skill Level: Advanced
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As shown on the cover, there are numerous fun small soaps with a surprising amount of detail. The author shows step by step how to proportion and carve all of the different shapes. The first 15% of the page content is given to a thorough introduction of tools and materials including specific appropriate carving tools along with a short safety sub-chapter and extra advice on carving with youngsters.
The second chapter (25% of the content) covers template placement, carving techniques, and some carving lessons which cover the techniques necessary for the project tutorials which come in chapter 3.
The tutorials are arranged roughly in order of difficulty in three sections: easy, intermediate, and advanced. I was surprised how intricate and beautiful the projects are. All of the tutorials are well and clearly photographed.
The end of the book includes all the templates for the projects (as well as a link to printable pdf patterns), along with a short index and author bio.
There just aren't that many carving books out there, and this one is quite good for beginners as well as intermediate learners. The author makes a very good point in the book that the skills learnt by carving soap can also be applied to carving fruits and vegetables decoratively as well as learning to carve harder materials.
Four stars. Well worth a look for the crafty reader.
Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes
After a brief introduction to the history and benefits of soap carving, the book is divided into three sections — Materials and Tools, Essential Techniques and Carving Projects (Easy, Intermediate and Advanced). I love that Sone presents these 8 Carving Lessons in order to learn and practice before jumping into the projects. These exercises teach techniques that will later be needed for specific projects, including circular scalloped patterns, delicate waves and triangular patterns. Sone also includes information about coloring and embellishing your carved soap.
Then there are 25 projects, divided into Easy (10), Intermediate (10) and Advanced (5). Since I’m new to soap carving, so I appreciate that between the lessons and the easy projects, there are a total of 18 that I will feel comfortable trying. Some of the Easy projects are a cactus, dachshund, cat, and sheep. In the Intermediate section, there is an umbrella, high-top sneakers, an orchid, etc. Finally, the Advanced projects include a unicorn, a mermaid and a gardenia, among others.
Ultimate Soap Carving is a fun and colorful book with an inviting and friendly layout. Sone goes step by step with text and both clear and large photos illustrating what to do. I can’t wait to get a carving knife and begin this fun craft. There’s always soap around the house that can be shaped into something beautiful.
Thank you to Quarto Publishing Group - Quarry Books and NetGalley for an advance reader copy in exchange for my honest review.
Easy, Oddly Satisfying Techniques for Creating Beautiful Designs--40+ Step-by-Step Tutorials by Makiko Sone is a book I requested from NetGalley and the review is voluntary.
This book is amazing! I loved just looking at the lovely art work! This book has everything from little cute animals, detailed dresses with pearls, unicorns and other fun stuff, gorgeous flowers that look real, to things like picture frames with delicate designs. So many projects and all with step-by-step instructions and lots of photos.
When I was looking at the book I thought I would never be able to do something like this! After reading the instructions, watching the close up pictures, I could understand easily what they were telling me! I think I probably could do some with practice!
Not only does this give you the projects, it shows and tells you so much more about soap carving. It explains what tools you need, what they are used for, how to paint on soap, melting, shaping, blending, adding adornments, and more. There is so much packed in here!
Yes, the patterns for the projects are in here too!
I adored the simple and easy approach to learning a skill that looks so intimidating. Thanks!
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