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Chrysalis in Ebony by xofox Chrysalis in Ebony by xofox
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 :stinkeye:
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 :iconesiewertjr:, and here she is!

Queen Chrysalis and My Little Pony belong to Hasbro.
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gor BLIMEY!!! CRIKEY and Worcestershire sauce!!! :omg:
I must say, Mikey, You're woodworking is a non-stop original and amazing find every time! Even better, is how you manage to add a bigger shine on the ebony wood than it actually is... or at least the ebony woodwork my father has in his collection! :D

Where to start....
The mane! Simply divine! You didn't hold back on this one obviously! And from a character like Chrysalis, it definitely was not an easy butter-slice! ;) I really admire how you managed to give her hairstyle almost identical to the show. more so her horn and *giggle* her Swiss-cheese feet

Definitely a plus how you managed to add her fly-wings too! A little different than wood-wings, but beautiful none the less!

Originality, pfft please!!! I can count how many chrysalis wood works I've seen in total on one hand!

After studying this woodwork... it makes me wonder if you will even push your borders even more by doing non-pony shapes... such as Discord or Spike... *ponders*

Excellent work and keep up the awesome job!
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Chrysalislover Featured By Owner 2 days ago
...wow! :O This... this is VERY nice :D You did a fine job bringing my queen to life, from that block of ebony X3 Ironically "ebony" is a color I often used to describe her coat >w<
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TSupirka Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
OMYGOSH! I LOVE IT!!!! :33333
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xofox Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw thanks! I'm glad you like her. :D
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TSupirka Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
I dont Like her, I love her xD
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SalyutSddW Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
She's a bit less skinny than her tv counterpart, but I love the way you did her horn and legs. Her hair and wings are also very impressive.
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xofox Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
She is at that, which I regret, the wood would have held a skinnier design easily. :| Something to keep in mind for the future! Thanks so much for the feedback!
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SalyutSddW Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
No problem. I just discovered your work and I'm looking forward to seeing more of it :)
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arkindal Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
Excellent work on this one Xofox, you had a brilliant idea in doin the wings, I don't know how hard is to work on ebony, but the details are very good it was worth it.
Horn, wings and mane are simply superb.
The only thing I think could be improved is the fact that she is actually very skinny, while your work here is more or less like the other ponies you make, the holes are right instead, right amount, nice positions. But yet again, I am not able to work with wood, so don't take bad what I said about her looking not skinny enough.
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xofox Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's true, and the ebony would have held a skinnier design as well, you are correct. Ebony is one of those love/hate materials. It's incredibly hard and tedious to work with, but you can make it do absolutely anything and put insane amounts of detail into it because it's so dense.
A note for the future; thanks so much for the feedback. :D
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arkindal Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
I'm always glad to help mate :)
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