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#1 2012-09-01 22:37:19

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Carving ponies in stone

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I know I have another thread with a pony sculpture, but I'm basically taking pony art to the next level here so I figured a new thread was in order.  I started carving Pinkamena in alabaster in early July and finally got her finished yesterday.  She weighs about 2.5 pounds, down from a rock that originally weighed about 8 pounds, and stands about 4.75" tall.  I left the raised eyelashes and parts of the eyes rough so they stand out better, but polished the rest with car wax after sanding it smooth.  To make her I used a hammer and chisel for the roughest work, rasps for more general shaping, and rifflers and diamond files for more detailed work.  The right eye hangs a bit further down than the left because I had a really hard time carving that side, due to her mane getting in the way of my tools.  Also, the muzzle is smaller than I originally intended it to be because I didn't like how the mouth was coming out so I shaved off all the rock around it.  Alabaster has a hardness of about 2.5, which is harder than soapstone, which has a hardness of about 1, and softer than marble, which has a hardness of about 3.5.  The bottom pick shows the rock before I carved it (the one on the left).  And here it is on Deviant Art: http://archiveit1.deviantart.com/#/d5dd0r8

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#2 2012-09-01 23:11:11

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Very cool man. I have done a stone sculpture before and kinda want to do it again now. I would just have to go out and buy myself a nice size of soapstone and get carving smile


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#3 2012-09-01 23:25:58

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Mkanke wrote:

Very cool man. I have done a stone sculpture before and kinda want to do it again now. I would just have to go out and buy myself a nice size of soapstone and get carving smile

Do it.  I found the whole experience quite fun and rewarding.

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#4 2012-09-01 23:38:55

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yikes
That's awesome!


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#5 2012-09-02 00:25:37

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#6 2012-09-02 02:21:22

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That is awesome, very well done smile


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#7 2012-09-02 04:01:40

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Very Awesome!


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#8 2012-09-02 19:24:19

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Thank you very much, everyone who likes it.

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#9 2012-09-02 19:30:30

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Yeah I carved an octopus thing a while back out of soapstone. Its pretty fun to use and cheap but pretty soft so you can't do overhangs to well. How is Alabaster? Really soft, hard or somewhere in between?


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#10 2012-09-02 21:34:13

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Mkanke wrote:

Yeah I carved an octopus thing a while back out of soapstone. Its pretty fun to use and cheap but pretty soft so you can't do overhangs to well. How is Alabaster? Really soft, hard or somewhere in between?

I've never really tried carving soapstone, or any other rock, but I know that alabaster has a hardness about midway between soapstone and marble, which does put it on the relatively softer side.  I wouldn't try anything too complex with it like one might do with marble, just because it may lack the hardness to really support it, but at my stage I don't think I'm capable of anything that complex anyway.  It seemed to hold up well enough in the finer details like the eyelashes.  Marble itself isn't even that hard compared to rocks like granite or onyx.  I was actually able to use wood chisels on it pretty well and didn't always need a hammer with them if I was just scraping the surface a little, though most of the work was done with rasps and rifflers, just because it isn't a very large stone so it didn't take too long before I got into the parts where details matter.  After I use up the next piece of alabaster I have (I bought two at once), I'd like to try marble and see how it compares.  I would definitely recommend having some good chisels, rasps, and rifflers at hand if you are going to try alabaster.  It's not too hard, but does require more work than soapstone.

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#11 2012-09-02 22:41:12

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wow that was a pretty coal idea and it looks really gneiss. Unfortunately I hit Rock-bottom recently otherwise I would talc to you about chiseling me a little pony statue ore something.


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#12 2012-09-02 23:10:50

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andapanda wrote:

wow that was a pretty coal idea and it looks really gneiss. Unfortunately I hit Rock-bottom recently otherwise I would talc to you about chiseling me a little pony statue ore something.

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#13 2012-09-03 00:32:19

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Yeah soapstone is ridiculously soft. I mean the tools we were handed to carve the stuff in class were broken hacksaw blades to use as handsaws and butter knifes. Both of which worked really well at cutting through it... How much is Alabaster. Is it that much?


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#14 2012-09-03 01:08:57

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It's not very expensive.  I got mine from here http://www.2sculpt.com/stone/alabaster.html.  This piece was the "salmon" variety and weighed about eight pounds to start with, so the rock was only $12. I had originally asked for the "peach", which is more of a purple color and I was going to carve Twilight, but he didn't have any in that was as small as I was looking for, so he suggested that stone to me and I took it, and when I finally got it in front of me I knew it had to become Pinkamena.

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#15 2012-09-03 01:20:49

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This is just so neat!!! Gah, so much awesome.


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#16 2012-09-03 10:28:43

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That's not bad at all! Price wise that is smile I favorited the site so I can go pick some up someday when I have the time and money big_smile


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#17 2012-09-09 03:34:21

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#18 2012-09-09 10:21:14

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it is pinkie an therefore i love it


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#19 2012-09-09 12:08:00

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I have to say, I was pretty shocked to come home from work last night to discover my work on the front page of Equestria Daily.

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#20 2012-09-09 12:29:17

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Midnight_Fyre wrote:

I have to say, I was pretty shocked to come home from work last night to discover my work on the front page of Equestria Daily.

You Deserved it! It looks amazing.

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#21 2012-09-09 12:46:20

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Midnight_Fyre wrote:

I have to say, I was pretty shocked to come home from work last night to discover my work on the front page of Equestria Daily.

Nicely done!


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#22 2012-09-14 04:35:09

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#23 2013-06-05 22:49:14

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Here is my second attempt at carving stone.  The stone is selenite, which is a form of gypsum (hardness of 2).  It didn't turn out as well as I had hoped because the stone was soft and had a crystal structure that broke apart easily, making it sort of crumbly and difficult to create good details.  It's about 3.5 inches across the longest side and took me 10-11 hours to do.

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#24 2013-09-25 16:02:06

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Here is my third stone sculpture and my first in marble.  Twilight measures about 9.25 inches tall and weighs 10 pounds, down from an original block that weighed about 20.5 pounds, and took about 85 hours to carve.  Marble has a hardness of about 3.5 and was much tougher to carve than either of the previous two sculptures in softer stone. 

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And here is a short video of me working on it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSwYmpktj3M

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#25 2013-09-25 21:33:17

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Wow... That is flat out amazing.That is a beautiful sculpture. I'm amazed with anyone who can make something like that. Keep up the good work!

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