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Avocado seed carvings
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Published: August 22, 2017
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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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LaughtonMcCry's avatar
LaughtonMcCry|Student General Artist
this  really grabs me :) such a neat thing to do!
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AAAHartvisen|Professional General Artist
Don't they change colour from exposure to sun?
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sandara's avatar
I keep mine indoors, so I'm not sure if they'll change color in the sunlight. Sorry!
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AAAHartvisen|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|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|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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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|Student General Artist
oh wow! never seen anything like that before! And want to try out this activity myself. 
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addictedhatter|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|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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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|Hobbyist General Artist
I wanna try this!
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ValeriyaSegal's avatar
Awesome! keep on doing that!
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Blackvegetable's avatar
Nice detailing! :D
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Draconicat's avatar
Wow -- very cool!
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CobraCatDragon2898|Student Digital Artist
Very beautiful!
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DarkEyedAssassin|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|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|Professional Interface Designer
Great work! (:
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samssavage|Hobbyist Artist
the dark patches add character 
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onisuu|Hobbyist Digital Artist
These are gorgeous!! And inspiring! I'd love to try it too~ ^.^ 
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AnchoredTether|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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MarsMellonEdited |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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Thank you!
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