How to carve a super cute hamster and an apple out of
  a bar soap.

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  What You Will Need
   :Yellow or white soap is recommended to make
      a half apple.
  This yellow 3 pack soap is a normal store-bought
  soap in Japan, called "Shokubutsu Umare no Yasasii
  Sekken (Mild soap made from plants)"
  Yuzu citrus scented.    weight: 3oz/80g bar,
  size : 7.6cm(3-1/8") x 5.5cm(2-1/4") x 2.5cm(1")

 Carving knife
 Paring knife
 5mm  plastic safety eyes
 (Download the free template here)
 Short piece of  Alminum wire  
 Food coloring(or soap colorant)
 Paint brush

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 Instruction Video

How to carve the Hamster

1.Cut out the hamster template,place the template on
  the soap,trace the shape onto the soap with a toothpick.
  Then cut out the shape of the hamster and the apple
   with a paring knife and a carving knife.

2.Holding the carving knife at a right angle,cut the side
  of the hamster as below(around the pink line),then
  cut off the soap around the cut.

3. Trim the edge of the hamster as below.

4. Trim and shape the apple,and trim the muzzle.

5. Do the same to the other side.

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6. Carve the nose.

7. Trim the edges of the hamster's back and the ears.

8. Carve the tail as below.

9. Cut off the soap between the ears.
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10. Trim the sides of the head and ears.

11.Holding the carving knife at a nearly horizontal angle,
   carve a circle indent in each ears.

12. Carve the eyes. Use the template as needed.
    (or put the plastic eyes )

13.Cut off the bottom to create the hamster's feet.

14.Cut the mouth.
    Put the short piece of the wire on the apple.
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(Optional Step : Carve the half apple)
15.Cut off the side of the apple.

16.Carve two pointed indents in the apple.

17.Carve two seeds.
   And I carved another apple using the rest of the soap.

18.Paint the apples with food coloring. Done!
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 I recommend to paint the apples 2 to 3 times.

It's very easy to carve the sunflower seeds out of white soap.

     I resized the hamster template to make mini hamsters.
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