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Lyrabon Miniature Woodwork by xofox Lyrabon Miniature Woodwork by xofox
This figurine is part of a series of miniatures for charity, and you can buy it here. All proceeds will go to the Ummu Salama school in Iringa, Tanzania.

(You wouldn't ask why when you're as desperate as I.)
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages! I give you the Daily Mini!

Honestly I think that todays little piece might be one of the trickiest ones I've done in ages. Not only are these ponies the size of the mini Twilight from a few days ago (which is to say really freaking small. About 1 inch at their tallest/longest point or to put it another way, half again as small as my normal mini-figurines.) but they have weird poses that I couldn't get right, even when I tried them with big ponies a year ago. They have a face on view that doesn't allow for scroll cutting the face silhouette, and their tails are goofy. Anyway, it all amounted to me sitting their with my second smallest engraver carving out the entire bust by hand from a lump of wood for about an hour and a half per pony.
So, no, they aren't really beautifully crafted and I ended up trying to use impressions rather than actual features in a lot of places, but I'm still pretty pleased with how they turned out, between the size and complications, and (not least) my deadlines. In this piece, Lyras was done in maple, Bonbon was done in sycamore, and the bench was done in walnut.

You can see a full gallery with more details here, and don't forget to swing by my etsy shop if you want to grab this piece and donate to a good cause.

My Little Pony belongs to Hasbro.
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thelastlonewolf Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool.
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heliodorh Featured By Owner May 11, 2013   Writer
Oh my gods, I laughed at Lyra she's so funny and adorbs and looks grumpy somehow haha.
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kalista-jones Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You can tell ^this^ person Is a Percy Jackson fan just by them saying "oh my gods"
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PrincessEbet Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah man...Lyra and Bon Bon. Almost one of my favorite ships, and no, there's no canon evidence whatsoever <3

I love this figure, and although Lyra's my favorite BG pony...Bon Bon came out way better in my opinion ^^; I personally wouldn't buy it, but I do sympathize that it's a tough pose(s) to carve. Though if I get the chance I'll certainly be looking through your deviations to see the big version.
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xofox Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah; I need to work on that seated pose longer if I try again. It's not much better; I did it way back when I first started doing posed pieces :)
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PrincessEbet Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, alright. Such is life. The more I look at it, the more difficult it appears ^^; though it would be no understatement to say that I'm looking forward to if/when you try this again, just so I can see how it turns out with improvements~
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Elder-Abe Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
Ha lyra and bon bon on a bench XD
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xofox Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
=D
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uBrosis Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
I can't help thinking Lyra looks like a grumpy old man xD

Looks great! :)
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xofox Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe, she does. I think I overslouched her. :P
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