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Zecora Minifigure in Zebrawood by xofox Zecora Minifigure in Zebrawood by xofox
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:iconzecoraplz:This is why I can't have things good,
I went and ruined the color of my zebrawood.
I thought "I'll finish this in oil"
But her lovely coat the finish did spoil.
Her stripes so bold in contrast to-
The lighter stripes were lost from view.
And when I took her out for pics
Dust like glue to the oil did stick.
I suppose I learned a lesson:
"If something's fine, then don't go messin."


So yeah; I'm pretty miffed at the way trying to finish this piece really hurt the overall look. Zebrawood, of course, has lovely dark stripe offset against light tan ones, in very zebra-y colors. I've been having such fun finishing these teethers, though, that I thought I would give it a go. And obviously it darkened and reddened the lighter stripes disproportionately, which makes her lovely stripes hard to see.
Anyway she was done while I was waiting on some purpleheart to laminate for tonight/tomorrow's Twilight Sparkle, and I've been itching to do something in zebrawood of late. I've had a big blank lying around since last spring, and done nothing with it, which is a shame, but I didn't want to make it a big personal project, so I thought I would do another little mini. And she is quite mini, at less than 1.5 inches from hoof to mane and tail to forehoof. (About 1/3 the scale of most of my ponies.) And I've got to say, after the fun here I might do another and kick the profits out to Ummu Salama as a charity. What do y'all think would that be a worth it thing?
Well, we'll see; I seem to be pretty busy, but she only took a couple of hours and not much wood, so it couldn't hurt.

Check out a WIP gallery and an expanded and detailed gallery over at My Little Woodcraft.

My Little Pony belongs to Hasbro.
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Faehl Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Unmistakably Zecora and very lovely at that. To be able to hold her in your hand for comparison must also make her extremely adorable! I really like the textured, pock-marked effect that you have here.
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xofox Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sand as I might I don't think I could get a different effect if I tried; the figuine is just too small and zebrawood has huge honking pores =P
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Essieh Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
Well people seem to think else because it got sold before I could even look at the price. x)
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xofox Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I s'pose so, it just goes to show I guess.
Eight bucks. =P
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Essieh Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
Darnit, if only I was in time. Ah well, maybe later? =P
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xofox Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, given that she was a fairly quick and easy little thing, I think I might make half a dozen of them while other pieces are gluing, and then do a zebra blitz as charity for a school I know in Africa.
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Netikras01 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
Looks fine. If you think you might mess things up next time, just take a photo of the before and after. It is fine do not worry.
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xofox Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Too right. :)
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schneelocke Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
:iconzecoraplz::iconsaysplz:

There's nothing wrong with making mistakes - it's how you grow;
And wouldn't art be boring if every piece you made
Came out just like intended? Be bold! Don't be afraid
To try new things the next time again. (I know, you know!)

And this Zecora mini, despite the dust and oil
Is still a lovely sculpture, a sun-tanned shaman mare
Whose magic and whose wisdom, whose mystery and flair
Are rooted in her land, savannah's grass and soil.

But still, I'd like to see her done just the way you planned
In zebrawood, unoiled, with stripes of dark and light
I'm sure she'd be a looker! A most attractive sight.
But until then, a +Fave - and now my rhymes must end. :)
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xofox Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I enjoyed that rhyme scheme, vur nice.
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