Soapstone is a composition of talc (also used in baby powder), & minerals. Further, minerals are chlorite, micas, amphiboles, and carbonates. For instance, its soapy feel lends the rock its name “Soapstone”. It is found in Grey, Blue, Brown and Green colours.
This metamorphic rock is particularly suited for carving . This is because of its special properties. Further, attractive floral and perforated patterns are made. They are intricately designed handicraft items.
The word “steatite” is often used in place of “soapstone”. Further, “steatite” is also used for a fine-grained or 100%-talc exfoliated soapstone.
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Soapstone is found in Rajasthan Uttar Pradesh & Madhya Pradesh. In addition, it is also found in Mysore & Nullar in Karnataka, Salem, & Cuddapah in Tamil Nadu.
The rock is used to make Hindu Gods and Goddesses. In addition, replicas of Taj Mahal are also made. Other items include boxes, paperweights, coasters, photo frames & kitchen table tops.
It is also used in the creation of fireplace surrounds and cladding on metal wood stoves. As a matter of fact, it can absorb and evenly beam out heat. Hence, this material is also preferred in the making of wood burning masonry heaters.
Brazil has an abundance of this material. They are used to make pots & pans, jewel boxes, statues and vases.
Soap stone is used in the outer layers of the Christ the Redeemer sculpture in Rio de Janeiroare.