Nuart Soapstone

Soapstone is a dense, close-grained, natural stone with no stratification or cleavage thus resisting the tendency to chip, split or flake and lends itself perfectly to sculptural carving. No other natural stone can be worked in like manner and retain the smooth finish and detail that can be achieved with basic carving tools. It remains one of the least expensive yet most satisfying 3D activities. Soapstone is one of the softest stones available, rated at 1 - 2 on the non-linear Mohs Hardness Scale.

Our soapstone is sourced and imported from Brazil and India and is available in several colours. These are quality pieces of soapstone. They possess a homogenous structure (i.e. same composition throughout the stone), are easy to work by hand and rate between 1 – 2 on the Mohs hardness scale. It is easily sawn and worked with rasps, files, drills, carving tools. A great finish can be achieved with final smoothing using “wet’n dry” abrasive papers for a glass smooth finish and then polished to a high gloss. Our Soapstone is available in green, red, turquoise or a brown/white marbled colour

Semi-Finished Soapstone Pieces

We have a selection of semi-finished, basic shapes available so you can easily create beautiful, finished sculptures. These pieces provide a great introduction to the art of sculpture and present the opportunity for everyone to produce a sculpture they can be proud of. There are two types of unfinished shapes available – animals and amulets. The animal shapes include a Dolphin and Horse and measure approximately 10cm. The amulet shapes include a basic amulet shape, a heart and teddy bear. They come with a pre-drilled hole for cord to be slipped through and measure between 4 -5cm x 3cm.

Serpentine

Serpentine is an attractive green carving stone preferred by artists and sculptors alike. Our Serpentine is rated at 1.5 - 2.5 (medium/hard) on the non-linear Mohs Hardness Scale which means its absolute hardness is up to 2 times that of soapstone. 

Our Serpentine is imported from India and is one of the most commonly used carving stones. It possesses a homogenous structure (i.e. same composition throughout the stone) and can be polished to a glossy finish using 1200 grit wet & dry abrasive paper. Finished Serpentine can often be difficult to distinguish from Jade; a testament to the beauty of this fine material. This harder stone can be worked with a club hammer and chisel, scutch hammer and chisel, rasps and files before finishing.

Nuart Stone Finishing Wax

This high quality wax is made from 100% Beeswax and is perfect for polishing finished pieces of Soapstone and Serpentine. It is a soft, white wax that will bring finished pieces to a beautiful gloss.

Soapstone Board Rasp

This file is suitable for shaping stones that measure up to hardness 2 on the Mohs hardness scale. It is especially suitable for greasy type stone such as soapstone. Clean with metal brush after use. File measures 200mm.

Fist Rasp

This oval-shaped file is designed to fist around a closed fist or hand giving you more control for detailed carving. It is suitable for shaping stones that measure up to hardness 2 on the Mohs hardness scale. It is especially suitable for greasy type stone such as soapstone. Clean with a metal brush after use. The Fist Rasp measures 100mm.

Soapstone Chisel Set

This six-piece Soapstone Chisel set contains chisels suitable for shaping stones that measure up to hardness 2 on the Mohs hardness scale. They are especially suitable for greasy type stone such as soapstone but work well on drier type stones such as Serpentine, Marble and Alabaster. Clean with metal brush after use. Chisels measure 150mm.

Carbide Coated Hacksaw

This small arched hacksaw has a tungsten carbide coated blade making it suitable for cutting stone that measures up to 3 on the Mohs scale of hardness (Tungsten Carbide has a measurement of 9 – 9.5). It will cut through greasy stone such as Soapstone with relative ease and can also be used easily on Serpentine, Marble and Alabaster. Saw measures 300mm and features a comfortable plastic hand-grip.