Soap Stone Christmas Ornament

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Project by Stoneturner posted 12-04-2009 03:31 AM 1953 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a Christmas Tree Ornament that is made with a sea urchin shell. The shell has a large hole in the top and a smaller hole in the bottom. I made a large plug for the top and a smaller one for the bottom out of soap stone. I then made the top phenyl to accept a string to hang on the tree. The bottom phenyl was much harder to make as the soap stone will not tolerate much side pressure without breaking when it gets so thin. My only objection to this is that it is quite heavy to hang on the tree branch. It will bend it down somewhat.

I need to make some more as I have eleven more large shells like these and six smaller shells. The first one took me two days to figure out how to do it. Now that I know I can make one in about three hours.

This was a very fun project which resulted in a very unique item.

-- Wood Turning is communicating with the wood silently.

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#1 posted 12-04-2009 04:39 AM

Arthur, You are so right. That is a very unique ornament. Great job and very creative.

-- John @

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#2 posted 12-04-2009 08:21 AM

Fantastic ornament. Have seen these shells in “the Woodturners Catalog” and was wondering if any would show up here this christmas. Great job on both the top and bottom sections. How hard is soap stone to turn?(other then wanting to break from side presure)

Keep up the great work.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#3 posted 12-04-2009 01:51 PM

Soap Stone is quite soft so it is easy to turn. You can use wood turning tools but you have to sharpen them very often. The problem with turning soap stone and alabaster is the dust that comes with turning them. I will take some pictures of how I control a lot of the dust. My wife is always complaining about the dust coming into the house. I have replaced the furnace filter with a two inch filter that is designed to stop the fined dust particles. I just installed in this week so I will see if it really works.

-- Wood Turning is communicating with the wood silently.

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#4 posted 12-04-2009 02:43 PM

Very unique, and pretty.

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#5 posted 12-05-2009 12:01 AM

Very unique – I like it very much

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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