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Pinkamena in Alabaster Stone by archiveit1 Pinkamena in Alabaster Stone by archiveit1
So after months of work (I really have no idea how much time I have invested in this, but I'm sure it would add up to quite a while) here she is, Pinkamena (AKA crazy Pinkie Pie from the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic episode Party of One) carved in alabaster stone. The pics really don't do the rock justice, which is filled with many beautiful lines and inclusions.

This was my first attempt at sculpting stone, and although it's not perfect, I am very pleased with the results. The rock I started with weighed about eight pounds. Now it is down to about 2.5 pounds and stands about 4 3/4 inches tall. To carve her I used a number of tools including a hammer and chisel, rasps, rifflers, diamond files, and sandpaper for finishing (before polishing).

I left the raised eyelashes and parts of the eyes a bit rough so they would stand out better. I also had to make the mane curve around her head a bit instead of hanging straight down due to imperfections in the stone. The muzzle is smaller than I originally intended it to be because I didn't like the way the mouth was originally coming out (I'm still not entirely satisfied with it) and the only way to fix it was to shave off all the area around it. Overall, this has been a good learning experience.

To give you an idea of the hardness, alabaster has a hardness of about 1.5-2, compared to soapstone which has a hardness of about 1, or marble, which has a hardness of about 3.5 or so.

I have more stone which I intend to carve eventually, but I'm pretty busy now so I'm not sure when that might get done. Maybe not for quite a while.

Edit: Wow, featured on the front page of Equestria Daily. Thanks guys.
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SilverWing27 Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This looks great, but at the same time when I first saw this, I was a bit like AAAAHHHHH!!! Cuz she kind of looked like Freddy Cougar. Not saying that as an insult. Just surprised me a bit. Heh heh. Nice. :)
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archiveit1 Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
Thanks again.
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SilverWing27 Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Your welcome :)
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calvinthedestroyer Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
This is insanely amazing! Nice work
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archiveit1 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
Thank you
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KopaLeo Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm reminded of Medusa's head.
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shonnythehedgehog Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
goos job
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..Snap. Your first attempt? This is amazing! I just can't help but be amazed by the level of skill in your gallery!
How on earth do you even /start/ something like this? I couldn't imagine ever being able to sit down and actually figure out how and what to do!

-Dash
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archiveit1 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
Thanks. I started by reading a LOT of info online about how to carve stone, and then looking at a bunch of pictures of Pinkamena from various angles.
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angelofrombelow Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
That's really cool (though the colour of the stone makes her look a bit melty, or as if she's made out of soap). Be interested to see what you can do with other types of stone.
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