Beautiful Siam (Thai) Soap Flower Carvings: See How They Carve Them in Thailand!
The Ancient Siam Soap Carving Process
These Beautiful flowers come from Thailand. They are hand carved, from fragrant every-day soap bars, by a special set of skills that has been passed through generations of Thais. The final carved flower is actually very plain, so once they have finished carving the flower, they then paint them using the special batik process. Once colored and set, the flowers are then presented by setting them in a decorative wooden box. These boxes are normal either painted, engraved with an elephant or have a silver engraving top.
The benefit of creating these artworks from aromatic soap is that the sweet smell stays with the soap flowers for a long long time. This makes them a great fragrant decoration, gift, or wedding favor.
Impressively each Soap Carving process takes about 30 minutes from start to finish (excluding painting). The artist cuts away at the soap until an ordinary bar changes into a beautiful flower.
Watch how Delicately and Skillfully the Soap is Carved into a Flower ... it really is Amazing to See!
The Soap Carving Process
The artist starts from the center of the bar of soap and works outwards. He/She uses a small scoop shaped tool which cuts out the petal shaped and lifts them into place. however, thy need space, and so every now and again the artist will cut out an area of soap from around the petals, before repeating the process. This process is repeated until the artist is about one third of the way out of the bar of soap (with petals).
at this stage, the real skill comes in, as the artist uses a very sharp blade to hand carve each individual petal and delicately raise it into place. This process takes more time, but produces an amazing effect and some beautifully shaped petals/leaves. This stage is repeated numerous times, but, due to the cutting style, the artist must cut away more excess soap to allow a smooth surface to cut the next level of the flow from. However, at this point, you can already see the flower growing into something quite incredible.
Once carved, the flower needs to be painted. The artists hand paint these soap flowers using a special Batik process. Their detail is truly amazing and their final creations strongly resemble the real thing. This is just one of the crafts from the east that has deeply impressed me over the years, their ingenuity and skill is almost unbelievable!
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