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Avocado seed carvings by sandara Avocado seed carvings by sandara
So I picked up a new hobby recently - carving avocado seeds! As you can see... they are far from good carvings! I'm just muddling along, trying to see what works and what doesn't. There's not many seed carving tutorials out there. If anyone has ever done this, I'd love to hear some tips from you! :)

As it is, it's hard to control what color the carving ends up. Some have these dark patches here and there and I can't get rid of them no matter how much I sand. Some seeds are pale, some are almost 100% reddish.. @_@;; 

I'm just using lino carving tools for these, as I carve the seeds when they're still "wet". I can't get very fine details this way, so if you have any tool recommendation, let me know too! :)
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:iconlaughtonmccry:
LaughtonMcCry Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2018  Student General Artist
this  really grabs me :) such a neat thing to do!
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AAAHartvisen Featured By Owner May 22, 2018  Professional General Artist
Don't they change colour from exposure to sun?
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sandara Featured By Owner May 22, 2018
I keep mine indoors, so I'm not sure if they'll change color in the sunlight. Sorry!
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AAAHartvisen Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2018  Professional General Artist
I'll check it out.  Another interesting seed is the old horse chestnut.  I keep meaning to dry some and carve, but other things happen.  I did some work (carving) with dried burdock root recently.  It came out surprisingly well for what is more typicly a garden vegetable.
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AAAHartvisen Featured By Owner May 22, 2018  Professional General Artist
I see my rats carve  crap in them all the time, but I can't understand their esthetics.  Now I see this, I want to give it a try.  I'll let you know if I discover some amazing technique by accident.
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Heromi-Chan Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
This is really cool! I don't think you should feel self-conscious about the color. That's just part of the seed's personality! ;D These are wholesome and precious. Looking forward to more!
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Dunderlunke Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2017
I will absolutely steal this idea. I'm having a hard time avoiding cursing, to show how impressed/thankfull I am that you uploaded this giving me ideas on new materials. 

So far I have just tried different kinds of wood growing in our yard, and mangrove, mangrove is fun, but horrible to work with, it's hard and.. It really loves to split, and it's very sneaky when "splitting" it's like it waits until you're halfway done, and then like a soft whisper, sending chills down your spine, the whole piece splits in two...

Also I tried avocado for the first time this year, I was very dissapointed, but I will buy them again to work with the seeds, and maybe, depending if my neighbours are reading this, I absolutely won't fling the fruitflesh to see if I can hit their roof with a wooden spatula.
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catiche Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2017  Student General Artist
oh wow! never seen anything like that before! And want to try out this activity myself. 
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addictedhatter Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Dremel's are awesome tools for sanding and carving, you can get small tips for them too
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Pezito Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
This rocks! :o Especially if you've come up with the idea by yourself (I thought maybe this was a new artistic trend ^^)... This seems like a very good material to practice carving, with lots of space for improvement. I'll make sure I give it a try as soon as I buy a couple of avocados ! :)
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MariaEnzianiaKober Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2017   General Artist
I have never heard of that! But - they do look quite good, and in my eyes some already have a nice amount of details. Maybe you could try working on them when the seeds have dried? Could be that they are more suitable then for finer details, though I'm not sure if your lino carving tools will be sufficient then (but shouldn't lino-tools also be sufficient for woodcarvings? I have something like that in my mind, but I'm not sure).
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Kayclau Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I wanna try this!
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ValeriyaSegal Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2017   Photographer
Awesome! keep on doing that!
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Blackvegetable Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2017
Nice detailing! :D
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Draconicat Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2017
Wow -- very cool!
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CobraCatDragon2898 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Very beautiful!
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DarkEyedAssassin Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow these are so cool! I've never thought to carve avocado seeds but these came our great.
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MakenMeister Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Well I really like them :) I especially like the expression of calm or even a silent happiness, no a contentedness, to their faces. 
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kshitij-earth Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2017  Professional Interface Designer
Great work! (:
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samssavage Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
the dark patches add character 
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onisuu Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2017
These are gorgeous!! And inspiring! I'd love to try it too~ ^.^ 
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AnchoredTether Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is soooo creative! And I think your carvings are great! I'd imagine this would be very difficult, considering it's easy to slip and cut your hand open. Hopefully you haven't hurt yourself! But these look amazing. Keep up the great work!
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MarsMellon Featured By Owner Edited Aug 29, 2017  Student Interface Designer
Don't be so amazing at everything you do! Aargh! Nah, just kidding. I love how peaceful and happy the characters look like.. I feel like your positive energy transferred to these carvings. They would make great good-luck charms.
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sandara Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2017
Thank you!
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FractalCaleidoscope Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2017   Digital Artist
I agree, I think you can easily sell them.
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sandara Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2017
Do you think it would be better to just have them as little wooden charms? Or if I should drill a hole into them so I can attach a string so it can hang somewhere?
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FractalCaleidoscope Featured By Owner Edited Sep 12, 2017   Digital Artist
Maybe as a choise or on request? 
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sandara Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2017
Thanks! i'll consider it. :)
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SerenityRoseArt Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2017   Traditional Artist
Wow this looks cool. Now I want to try it!
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ikustang Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
I think they're very nice no matter what!
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PonyCool42 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2017  Student Digital Artist
They're adorabe! It has a real rustic feel to it. :) 
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MehrzAuchtyra Featured By Owner Edited Aug 27, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really cool. I'll definitely give this a try the next time I make guacamole. These are very charming, I'd love to see how detailed you can get! Have you tried a razor blade or a sharp paring knife?
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sandara Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2017
Yes, I am using a razor blade sometimes. :)
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MehrzAuchtyra Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm...Other than that, I've seen a lot of people using X-Acto knives and possibly a wood burning tool. Have you noticed any change in the texture since the seeds have dried?
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AoiKita Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2017  Student General Artist
Neat idea :)
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imke14 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2017  Student Filmographer
I don't have any carving tools otherwise i'd go try it out too. This looks so fun!
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CashWolf14 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Are you sure these are avocado pit carvings? The look more like wood
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sandara Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2017
Yeah they are! After the pit dries, it becomes very hard and dense, like wood.
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CashWolf14 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good to know. They only problem is, will you be able to wear it around your neck or will it just rot after 3 days?
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sandara Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2017
It shouldn't rot so quickly...I have some from about 1-2 months ago that I treated with beeswax after they have dried and there's no change to them so far.
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CashWolf14 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, So they're good as long as they are coated with a good sealent
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:icondexteri:
Dexteri Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
-5000 Years later some future archeologist are talking about the socio-political and economical meaning of carved avocado seeds in the past-
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MehrzAuchtyra Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hahaha! XD
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OctopusGames Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2017
These look cool - and practice practice practice! :) I think I'll give that a try.
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MatthiasHaltenhof Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
super cool!
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BahamutDeusModus Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2017  Professional General Artist
Waaa these are adorable and really clever, I love it! :D Please continue! <3 I sadly don't have any tips to give but I'm sure you'll figure it out as you go along! ^_^
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photorip Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent ..... :heart: :clap:
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creamy-moon Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh theyre so pretty pls make more!!
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charactermaker27 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2017  Student Artist
This is inspiring!
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robertskitch Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2017
I wonder if they're about the right size for Japanese netsuke.

I've got a book on how to carve netsuke but I've never gotten around to using it. ^_^; 
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