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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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:iconlordpendragonofcaria:
...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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xofox Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad it's up to snuff! :)
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LordPendragonOfCaria Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014
Yep :D
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FreckledBastard Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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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FreckledBastard Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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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valleyviolet Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist
Very cool. I love what you did with her wings.
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xofox Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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BB-K Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice, I suppose the wing is quite unique to get it to work right. :)
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xofox Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It was fun to figure out, I know that for sure! I hope they hold up in the mail. :D
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BB-K Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I sure hope so, but I'm sure you'll find ways to protect it from shock. You don't want the package inside get damage when the delicate parts like the wings get break off from the body, right?
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affiejay Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
oh wow.
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xofox Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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Max-F1 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Is there a reason you didn't drill straight through the legs?
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Max-F1 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Sorry, being dumb, saw my mistake on my bigger screen -_-;
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esiewertjr Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
O.O ... You captured her perfectly! As soon as I saw those pics I could just feel her character emitting from them! I say this every time, but every time it's true; every piece gets exponentially better. You are so friggin' talented. I can't wait to put her on my desk with some of my other little faves =D. When I get all of 'em you can look forward to a pic of their new home =D.
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xofox Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sure she'll enjoy the sunshine! (I just hope the wings go through the post ok. :)
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Hai-Ahan Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
This is lovely - not just in the woodwork, but in the color scheme as well. :) You're improving in considerable leaps, at this point! ^^
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xofox Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, thanks. I dunno about considerable leaps, but I do think I've gotten better overall, with, of course, the occasional setback. :D
And, of course, I'de have to credit the color scheme to StudioB :)
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CrowbarTK-Hullo Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This has gotta be my favourite of your ponies to date, too, hehe. Her stance is really forward and powerful, and I really like how her mane flows back instead of flopping over, it adds to that forward direction.
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xofox Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
Thanks, I'm glad you like her!
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SandwichDelta Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow, she looks incredible. I love those wings, you did an excellent job on those.
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xofox Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :)
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Rattlesire Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You have my greatest respects for taking on that of Ebony wood. Even I don't have the strength to tackle that wood. *salute*

Fantastic work as always. I cannot wait for you to get some more open slots. I have a few ideas in mind about the next set for you to complete!
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xofox Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
*salute back*
Well, I'm mostly a machine worker; too scrawny to do much otherwise ;P
Still, it is a pain; I'll give you that, but it's so nice and heavy when you're finished; I've always found it work the trouble :D
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bizibit Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy bananagans this is FANTASTIC! My favorite parts have to be the wings and the horns. She seriously looks amazing! I'm really excited about this one!
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xofox Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, oh that horn. Ebony is super hard and takes detail fantastically, but it snaps easily. I must have gone through three horns before getting one to stay together. :D
Glad you like her!
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MintyStitch Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
aaaa you've really outdone yourself with this one, dear! I adore the wings and the details on her legs <3
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xofox Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, thanks, the details are always my favorite part of the ponies, if the most tedious.
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Netikras01 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
Amazing work! The specific details of the hooves, midsection and horn are vary good and accurate. Really good job, and the color is perfect for the hair and body. Nothing but praise for you work!
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xofox Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Why thank you. It's always fun to go stand in the embroidery section of JoAnne's with a block of wood trying to imagine the right shade of hair to match the wood. =P
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thatrevmans Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is glorious. Beautifully crafted =)
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xofox Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. :)
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thatrevmans Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
your very welcome ^_^ Im still waiting for your commisions to open up. I would love to have one of your pieces in my garden. Heck even in my room
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xofox Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Note incoming.
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thatrevmans Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
caught it. ^_^ thank you
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AstraIKitsune Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Student General Artist
FFFFFFFFFFF
YOU IMPROVE SO MUCH BETTER AND BETTER AND....... LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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xofox Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, thanks. That's all I want; to get better. :D
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AstraIKitsune Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Student General Artist
:'3 Well you certainly have! :meow:
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xofox Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, and a pet calico kitten who I will name tiddles.
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CeeNova Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my... That's amazing! Maybe your best yet!

Wonderful woodwork. :) It's beautiful.
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xofox Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's definitely vying for my personal favorite, although getting that crown like would have been nice. ;)
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CeeNova Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed! Regardless, it's still rockin'. I love how you made the holes in her legs too!
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