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Soap Carving

If you want to make carvings that don’t get eaten….or that won’t eventually spoil, you can make soap carvings. Using the same techniques and carving knives that are used to carve fruits, you can make beautiful carvings in soap. They make for pretty gifts.

Here is a design I carved into a honeydew melon.

Carved Honeydew

And here is the same design that I carved into a bar of carving soap.

Soap Carving - 2 flowers

Here is a soap carved with 3 roses.

Soap Carving, three roses

You can also color your soaps by painting them with food coloring like I did with this soap carving of a carnation bouquet.

Soap Carving - carnation bouquet in pot

If you choose to color your soap carvings, dip your brush in the water and food coloring mixture and blot the brush on a paper towel to soap up most of the liquid before applying to your carved soap.

Carving in soap in one way to make lasting carvings using your fruit carving skills…. Well, that is until someone tries to use it to wash.

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15 Responses to Soap Carving

  1. karl May 24, 2010 at 1:36 pm #

    Wow…thats amazing! That would make a really unique gift. Does it require special soap bars or can you use anything??

    • Nita Gill May 24, 2010 at 1:45 pm #

      These were carved into special bars of soap hand carried back from Thailand. The brand is Chang Cheng if you want to find some online. I have nor yet found a supplier in the US. Anyone else know of one?

  2. Michelle May 24, 2010 at 4:35 pm #

    Beautiful, Nita! I’m amazed with your work. Warning: Beware of placing anything in front of Nita if she has a knife in her hand! Unless of course you wish to enjoy one of her carved masterpieces!

  3. Kat May 24, 2010 at 7:16 pm #

    Really? “hand carried back from Thailand” Wow. In my next life if I”m in Thailand…perhaps I’ll be able to carve soap!

  4. Celina May 24, 2010 at 10:02 pm #

    nice carvings, my mom uses different one but not into carving but pins and ribbons where she decorates them, nice and beautiful as a gift for someone special. any flat soap will do but bigger one is most applicable.

    • Nita Gill May 25, 2010 at 9:04 am #

      Send Photos. I’m curious. Thanks.

  5. Ana May 25, 2010 at 12:10 pm #

    I saw many soap carvings, but Your’s are very clean & beautiful.I will try too, but I don’t know where can I found that special soap bar.Thank you for photos.

  6. kenlloydhutchinson May 25, 2010 at 6:42 pm #

    these carvings are so beautiful . these pieceses are tobe showpieces thatis to put into a nice collection

  7. chandini June 1, 2010 at 7:02 am #

    i m curious plz send more pics and the process and also free videos to watch and learn!

  8. Nahed June 8, 2010 at 8:54 am #

    Do you offer any classes for that art

    • admin June 8, 2010 at 12:57 pm #

      Not yet. I’ll most likely be completing those lessons late summer or early fall. I’ll keep you posted when they are available.

  9. roohinakhalid June 9, 2010 at 7:01 am #

    wow they r so beautiful and uniqe. plz send some videos .thanks

  10. Hunter July 19, 2012 at 11:34 am #

    I am about to start carving soap. I am going to try to carve horse and people any suggestions.

  11. Silvio Peixoto de Souza November 26, 2014 at 3:08 pm #

    Para Nita Gill . Eu já estou esculpindo sabonetes,gostaria de saber se você tem ferramentas apropriadas para esse tipo de serviço e qual é o custo destas ferramentas. Desde já eu agradeço.

    • Nita Gill November 26, 2014 at 5:57 pm #

      The Thai Pro fruit carving knife is excellent for carving soap. If you don’t yet have one, you’ll love it. You can get one in my online shop at //www.vegetablefruitcarving.com/blog/shop/thai-pro-carving-knife/.

      A Thai Pro faca de frutas carving é excelente para esculpir sabão. Se você ainda não tem um, você vai adorar. Você pode obter um na minha loja online no //www.vegetablefruitcarving.com/blog/shop/thai-pro-carving-knife/.

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