Soapstone is a soft metamorphic rock that is perfect for beginning to carve. (Metamorphic is a rock that changes from one type into another type of rock). It is made up mostly of talc, with some Magnesium mixed in. Soapstone is available in a variety of colors, including rose, green, turquoise, black, white, and grey. Grinding – this is the time to use Rifflers (files on sticks) and chisels to shape your stone. Sanding – smoothing and refining your sculpture. Polishing – applying a finish to your sculpture. Grinding is done with chisels (for large areas) and with Rifflers for smaller areas. Before grinding, it is a good idea to mark your stone with dots to use as guides for grinding off areas. Sanding can be done with coarse sandpaper at first, then with fine sandpaper as you get closer to finishing. Polishing can be done by applying a wax to your sculpture, then buffing it off. This helps seal and protect your sculpture, and makes it less dusty.