Ivory soap and plaster
In just three years, more than 100,000 elephants were killed for their ivory. There are only about 200,000-300,000 elephants left in the world. My project is a decorated piece of ivory and the hand, that it sits on, which shows the importance to stop the trade of elephant ivory.
Ivory is taken from these elephants by killing them first. Elephants are already endangered and killing them for the ivory is decreasing how many of them are left in the wild. From the casting and sculpting that was required for this project, I have learned many skills. I learned how to make my a mold from alginate and cast a hand in plaster, and probably other objects. I also learned how to carve what I choose into a piece of soap.
From the carving experience that I had, I can try and carve a sculpture into wood, or any other malleable material. Before I started this project, I found it had to picture an image into a piece of soap and to carve it out. I also don’t have a lot of patients, so working with soap and being careful with it really challenged me. If I did a project like this again, I would probably plan more of how the displaying of the sculpture would look and I would carve a little slower and change tools often to get more detail into my soap.
This link shows what is being taken to stop poaching.
Statistics are form…
While working, my sculpture looked like this…