Small size original green bird abstract style soapstone sculpture, on a round shape Gneiss base. The stone deep green base color with some grown clouds. Carved the traditional way, only with basic hand tools, and polished with standard water base sand papers. Sealed and buffed with natural non toxic bee wax. Pinned and stone epoxy glued to the base. The Gneiss stone self collected in the Rocky mountains British Columbia. It’s a granite like native specimen, layered with white quartz. Polished as well al around, except bottom, to avoid slippage. The green bird sculpture signed and dated by the carver Gabriella (sagastone).
7.25″ x 4″ x 3″, or 18 x 10 x 8 cm. weights, 2.089 kg.
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Despite the fact that soapstone is a metamorphic rock, it’s not hard at all. Measured by the Mohs scale where diamonds is the hardest 10, soapstone is on the bottom of with 2. It’s wonderful stone however with a variety of uses. Known as an excellent insulator for electrical and heat resistance, when grinned to 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 medium for armatures and professionals equally. Easy to shape it with basic rasp or file, and polish it with standard sand papers. The variety of colors inspires artists to carve gleaming figurines and sculptures.
The cons, that it’s easily damages, scratches with finger nails, 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, than 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.