Soapstone has an appearance similar to marble, although it is extremely soft. The talc in soapstone gives the smooth feeling of rubbing a piece of dry soap; thus the name "Soapstone" was derived. It can be carved with conventional woodworking tools and using Wet 'n' Dry Sandpaper, a highly polished finish can be achieved with ease. Soapstone can be finished with oil, varnish, beeswax polish or even with clear shoe polish. Always use a dust mask (or respirator) and saftey goggles when carving the stone.
Pendants are possibly one of the easiest things to carve and very suitable for younger students. Create beautiful and uniques pieces of jewellery which will be treasrued forever. Great gift idea with a handmade touch!