What are some traditional soapstone sculpture designs?


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Some traditional soapstone sculptures include the "Whales" carving, which is unattributed to an artist but was found in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, and "The Circle of Life," by Bruce Cryer, which features a river otter and a trout. Another soapstone sculpture is the "Fishing Scene" carving by Eunicey Shytoo Muckpah.

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Soapstone is one of the softest minerals available with which to work, and it makes an excellent starting canvas for beginning carvers and sculptors. Before beginning the carving, gather the tools, and take the necessary safety precautions, such as wearing a breathing mask over your mouth to avoid inhaling fine powder. Also, wear safety goggles and gloves to avoid shards and other pieces of rock from damaging your hands or eyes.

To begin the sculpting process, visualize the design you want, and transfer it to paper with a simple sketch to have some of the basic proportions and details down. Once you have visualized the pattern, transfer this to the soapstone with graphite or crayon to have a simple outline to follow when you start breaking off the larger pieces. Work your way down the stone, focusing on the larger sections and then the smaller ones to bring out the finer details in the piece.

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