Today I finished sanding my soapstone carving of the 'Buddha Bomb' and sealed it with a few coats of linseed oil. I could keep fiddling with it forever but I think I've done about as much as I care too. This particular piece of stone is softer than the green portion I had to practice with and I understand that makes it much less suitable for glossy polishing. I sanded it in stages to 1200 grit wet and dry but it still looks leathery and I've had to be very careful with it, a stray fingernail will leave a mark. The next stage is to make a mould and cast a bunch in plaster. Should look hot in glossy black paint.