Light green turtle large size original soapstone figurine carving direct by the artist. This heavy piece of new small sculpture was recently carved from Brazilian origin natural soapstone. The color is determined by the randomly distributed various shades of green flakes in the stone. It’s one solid piece, with no cracks or chips. Carved by hand using only traditional hand tools, and polished with standard water base sandpapers to a bright shine. Sealed and buffed with natural nondirectlytoxic bee wax. Signed and dated.
8″ x 5.5″ x 4″ 20 x 14 x 10.5 cm 4.316 kg.
I can personalize this green turtle by carving or engraving names or a short message to the belly for free of charge.
The sale price includes free shipping to Canada and USA. Overseas shipping is available at cost.
Other carvings from the same stone are available in the shop.
Even though soapstone is a metamorphic rock, it’s not hard at all. Measured by the Mohs scale where diamonds are the hardest 10, soapstone is on the bottom with 2. It’s a wonderful stone however with a variety of uses. Known as an excellent insulator for electrical and heat resistance, when grinned to the dust used for cosmetics like talk powder and as paint agent.
Because its intense and many available colors fund all over the world, one of the most favored carving mediums for armatures and professionals equally. Easy to shape it with basic rasp or file, and polish it with standard sandpapers. The variety of colors inspires artists to carve gleaming figurines and sculptures.
The cons are that it’s easily damaged, scratches with fingernails, and by rubbing it to other harder objects.
The pros, it’s easy to repair it. All it takes just sanding away the damaged spots, starting with 100 grit, then doubling the smoothness, 200, 400, 800. 1500, 2000. After 600 grit, the color comes back, just need to shine it a little more. A little bee wax or olive oil buff helps to seal the tiny pores and stays shiny for a long time.
This is an inventive and beautiful sculpture! I have a collection of bear carvings and sculptures, but I have never seen any quite like this one.