Time Required : 52hr
Difficulty Level : Intermédiaire/Intermediate
- Soapstone 25x25x50mm
- Engraving scissors
- Small and large files
- Paper and water
Step 1 : Tracing the outline
Transfer the template below to your soapstone.
Step 2 : Outline of the character
Start by cutting the outline of the inuit, use a small saw and the files for that. This stone tends to break if you heat it too much, avoid power tools.
Step 3 : Roughening
Draw legs, arms, etc ... to help you during the sculpture.
Remove material step by step, take your time.
- First pass
- Second pass
The stone I use for the tutorial has a small defect, a harder stone vein runs through the block making it difficult to trim. The head in particular is going to be difficult to carve and the finish will not be as fine as wanted.
Step 4 : The head
Draw the contours of the eyes, nose and mouth then begin carving.
Step 5 : Polish
Take a sandpaper and water then polish the stone. Take a toothbrush and toothpaste then repolishing the stone. You stop when the stone is smooth enough and you are happy with the result.
Step 6 : Harpoons and Drilling
For the Inuit hunter harpoons take a toothpick that you cut at both ends at 1.5 and 2.5cm.
Then you have to drill two holes one in the hand and one in the backpack. Use a drill bit 2mm of diameter, you will expand the hole with a larger drill bit if you can't insert the toothpick.
Glue the toothpicks in the holes, then varnish the whole et voilà c'est fini!