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Soapstone for casting

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I am looking to source some soapstone to carve moulds for pewter casting can or has anyone any leads?

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Suggest contacting Museum of London re their stone moulds, I think some are fine grain limestone amongst other things.
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yes, that's certainly the case G23
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Some of the craft magazines (Woodturners Weekly and that sort of thing) have suppliers of soapstone blocks for turning in their classifieds - probably quite and expensive way of buying it but I assume that you are looking for enough to do fairly small moulds.

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For sandstone. Try a floor tile merchant you might even get broken ones for free.
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Not being as stone person, is soapstone

a) readily available in Europe

b) English?

on the basis that stone was imported from Europe, certainly hones and others.

But soap stone?

Any ideas?
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Well a quick google seems to indicate soapstone was quarried in Norway during the viking era. Apart from that it seems to come from australia and the USA.
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Soapstone was very common in the early medieval period. There are several finds of it from scandinavian sources in the UK (native stone quarried there and brought through by trade), a lot of it nowadays comes from Africa- mainly Kenya.
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go for limestone.

It's not overly hard to work, holds great detail (providing you add enough vents) and you should be ablt to sweet talk your local monumental mason for some 'off cuts' to try out on.
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There are several finds of it from scandinavian sources in the UK


There are also steatite (the geological name for the stone) quarries on some of the Shetland Isles - several are Scheduled Monuments as the holes from cutting out vessel blanks (and partly cut vessel blanks in some places) are still visible on the rock surfaces.

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