Chrysalis in Ebony might be my favorite pony to date. (And I've had a lot
of fun on the ponies I've been doing since I've been gone. Especially a recent Vinyl Scratch, uploading later.)
Certainly I enjoyed working with the ebony, which takes engraving and detailing like no other wood I've ever worked with due to its hardness. Needless to say I ruined four scroll saw blades working on her, and the detailing took for ever, but she was incredibly fun. I wish my Luna had turned out as well. (also uploading later)
It should be noted that, in my mind, this particular pony is a miniature
figurine compared to my other works, her size constrained mostly by my limited stock of ebony. She's done to about an 75-80% scale of the others, but she's larger in the show, so, taking that into account, probably a 60% scale of my normal size.
I could tell lots of fun stories about working with this piece, but I'll keep it down to two. She did
originally have a crown, which I tried to make too elegant. And ebony, being very hard, is also very brittle. So I accidentally broke it several times while shaping the prongs until I gave up and decided to try again when I'm a better woodworker. Quitter
The wings, though, were a stroke of luck. They were just sticking straight out of her back, and I couldn't think of a good way to angle them after making the slots for them, so I just shrugged and thought, "Oh well, they look all right." Then I decided to epoxy them in; epoxy being my go-to glue for inserts/quick fixes rather than super glue or wood glue. Turns out the epoxy reacted with the plastic in the base of the wings, melting it just enough for me to shape it while it was gooey then let it cool down and set. Good times.
Any other interesting WIP stuff you can see for yourself. Check out the progress gallery
and the expanded gallery
over at My Little Woodcraft. (And keep an eye on her for spoilers, pictures usually go up there at least half a day early.)
Anyway, Chrysalis is part of an order for
, and here she is!
Queen Chrysalis and My Little Pony belong to Hasbro.