Soap Carving Project

The issue that I decided to show through my soap carving is mass incarceration by carving handcuffs. My sister rewrote the bill for mass incarceration and prison standards for her senior project last year, but before that, Shaka Senghor came to Latin to talk about the issue of mass incarceration, and as a result of that we watched the documentary 13 which is about the prison system and mass incarceration. There were a lot of facts and numbers that stood out to me, but the most prominent fact was the one about how 1 out of every 3 black men will go to prison. Mass incarceration is a huge problem in America, and although it doesn’t directly affect me, I care strongly about it and want to change it. A big challenge that I had was to make the handcuffs the right size to fit around my wrist. I tried to be as accurate as possible by measuring my wrist in wire and trying to carve the handcuffs around that. Another challenge was getting the mold big enough to fit my wrist in it, which meant having to do my casting twice. My last challenge in this project was my handcuff breaking in two and having to use wire to put the parts together. Overall, I had many complications with the project but I was able to take a picture and I was happy how it turned out.


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