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Devil's Claw by ART-fromthe-HEART Devil's Claw by ART-fromthe-HEART
This is a seed pod called a Devil's Claw. They are grown from a weed called a Unicorn Plant. The plant itself is rather large with 5 inch thick stems and ever growing leaves. It's covered in a sticky substance that attracts and kills bugs (minus worms, which love to eat the fruit). The Unicorn fruit will dry and make the dramatic transformation from green, smooth horn to rough, sharp devil claw. The seed pod is dangerous for its two sharp horns, or claws. The points are sharp enough to draw blood! They have been outlawed in states with lots of cattle because these wild weeds can injure the hooves of livestock. I have been pricked many times with them while sculpting. Thier unique wood like look makes them great for sculpture. They are thick, durable, and bendable. They can be cut with wire cutters and used for everything from natural sculpture to dream catchers! Please look at my Devil Claw sculptures to see what I have done with them. Interested in making your own or experimenting with them? I'm selling them for $1 each. Leave me a note if you're interested.
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AZDesertWolf Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
Can also be shaped by steaming or overnight soaking..
Also known here in AZ desert as Grapple Plant and Wood Spider... Harpagophytum procumbens
We grow them here for artists and homeopathic practitioners
Some photos here of the green pods and transformation...
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:o Really?! I knew the claws were flexible on their own but I hadn't thought of steam and soaking. I gotta try that! I love growing devil claws (minus the bug issues, ugh). This year I had 6 plants give me 600 pods! :faint:
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Hypnogoat-666 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yo las conozco con el nombre de "Chivas"
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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OverLordNim Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
o.o that.... is a plant seed?... that thing looks scary as hell O.o no pun intended..
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:D LOL, you're kinda right! It's a seed pod (and inside them is many seeds.) They do look creepy at first. And they have two "horns" that are VERY sharp at the end and can be painful if you get stabbed with them. :o Ouch!
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RenRay Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
When we were kids, we'd collect these, spray paint them and sprinkle with glitter. Believe it or not they were an annual fixture on our Christmas tree. I don't know where to get them now. I live in Washington state, USA.
I'd like to buy the pods.
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I've never thought of doing that! That's awesome! I have tons of pods, $1 each. Note me with how many you want and I'll tell you shipping cost. ^_^
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DonRob1 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I would be interested in buying a few if you still have some available at $1 each
Don R
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:nod: Sure thing! Note me your address so I can give you shipping cost.
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TheShadowDragoness Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
where do they grow? its a cool looking plant :D
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:D They grow in the southern USA and Mexico, and were imported and have invaded Australia, and a rare kind is in South America (which I'm growing, they are weird). They're naturally a desert/hot climate plant.
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TheShadowDragoness Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hmmm i wonder if i could grow theme here, it gets hot here in the summer but it also gets cold in the winter, :shrug:
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
If you have hot summers then they'd do fine. They're annuals, so don't expect them to live beyond a season anyway. ;)
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TheShadowDragoness Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool :D i should ask my mom if i can order some :)
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:D They're interesting to grow, you'd enjoy it! I have lots of seeds if you ever want any. $4 (shipping included) for 30 seeds :)
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DaikiTheWolfTIC Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
looks a lil like a facehugger o.o :iconfacehuggerplz:
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL!
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DaikiTheWolfTIC Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
:giggle:
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kamunt Featured By Owner May 20, 2011
...This thing looks terrifying.
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:D LOL, and if you get poked by one they are! They're fun to sculpt with though :nod:
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ranmov-of-the-night Featured By Owner May 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
are you still selling these? if so, how much would it cost for two? cost+shipping? :3
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
yes. :) standard pods are $1 each, large pods are $2 each. Shipping varies on location (tell me your state or country and I can tell you shipping.)
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ranmov-of-the-night Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm in california :) I'll probably take 2 standard pods
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
okay, shipping to California is typically $3...more than the pods themselves. ^^; If you're in a position to grow them yourself, seeds could be a better option. :)
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ranmov-of-the-night Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
$3 isn't too bad ^^ I've never used the pods before so I want to see what I can do with them before attempting to grow the entire plant. they look very interesting and I want to see if I can incorporate them into my jewelry some how. If I can make jewelry out of them and get enough interest in the pieces, I'll probably be back for seeds :)
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
^_^ okay! I'll note you.

There's another breed of devil claw (that's harder to grow and I'm trying, but it's not been good...)that'd be PERFECT for jewelry. They're little, barely an inch long, and look like snake heads! I don't do jewelry, but if I did I'd go nuts with them. Oh, and would you be interested in jobe tears? They're for jewelry too and I have thousands of them. ^^; [link] They're naturally glossy and hollow plant seeds. :D I have them prepared and ready to use if I knew what to do with them, besides make necklaces strung with dental floss.
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ranmov-of-the-night Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
ooh, well if I can work with the larger ones, and you have luck with growing the smaller breed, I'll be back to give them a try :) as for the jobe tears, how much are you selling them for? I don't need them strung or anything ^^
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:) Okay! I have thousands of unstrung jobe tears. Never really considered a price *researches* and I just noticed that just half a pound of jobe tears = 800-1000 beads. ^^; Wow, that's a lot. I guess $8 for half a pound then? Formal sellers ask for twice that. I'll sort as many unusable ones out as I can (the ones that have holes, are too small, or deformed...it happens :shrug:) I'll have to calculate shipping again once I bag them up. ($5 max shipping)
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Total-Yaoi-Lover Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
Sweet jesus that's a plant seed?!! I thought it was some sort of weird creature like a crab or something!! I took one look at it and went WTF! Lol and you make art out of em :P cool stuff, I learnt something new about crazy plants
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
ROFL, your reaction is priceless. :lmao: Glad to inform, and thanks! :D
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grygon Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i paint these but have had a difficult time getting them to GROW. one just magically appeared in my field one year so when i harvested the dried claws i extracted the seeds before baking the pods and tried to plant them for several years with no success whatsoever.
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
They can be stubborn to grow. XD Before you sow the seeds, soak them in water for atleast a week and in sunlight. That way, the outer shell of the seed will soften and let it grow. :3 Once they get growing, they're real hardy thank goodness! Hope you can grow some this year!
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grygon Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I started three soaking today. :) Do you just sow them or start them in a pot first?
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:) Good. Start them in a pot first so you can control them better. They take about a week or more to sprout, but once their two starting leaves open you can go ahead and plant them.
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grygon Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
they are finally getting a few inches tall! took their sweet time, lol.
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL, w00t! Once they get growing, they grow pretty fast. :meow:
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grygon Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks again! already pulled 2 totally dried pods off the 3 plants that managed to grow. :D
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Woohoo! :la:
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pjjam Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Student General Artist
I'm interested in buying some if their still up for sell
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Yep, I have tons! I have the standard and the large ones. ^_^
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Vivienne-Mercier Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I had never heard of these. They look really interesting. I can imagine all kinds of sculptural possibilities. How big are they?
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
They're very neat and tough to work with! They're not very big, the average length is 3-5" (for the body of the pod, not the claws.) The claws can be the same length or even twice the size! :D
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Lochingbird Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010  Student General Artist
xD I loled, you want to know why? 'cause one of my characters heads*when she sticks her tounge all the way out) has the exact shape as this. x3

That's one EPIC seed pod. though I've never seen one before, nothing even close. Though judging by the fact that they can make you bleed, I'm kinda glad we don't have any around. x3
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL, that' is funny!

They're pretty strange, but wierd is Gooooood. :D I've hurt myself on them many times, but if you handle them right they aren't too bad. Avoid the pointy horns! :doh:
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Lochingbird Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Student General Artist
x3 I'll have to color her like the devils claw just for the fun of it.(after I draw her as a guitar though, 'cause I already promised that to one of my friends. xD ) Yeah, I just have a habit of at least poking myself on everything and anything sharp. x3
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Soulnova Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010
Huh, "that" pointy...interesting.
Sounds like some dangerous plant from an RPG video game. XD
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL, and it's quite dangerous in the dried form too. ;) The plant is outlawed in most southern states with cattle because the sharp points can injure livestock. But as a fruit, they're very medicinal. :)
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Soulnova Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010
Yeah, I've read the whole description with the livestock and all. Good idea by the way, providing a text with some info. ;)

Medicinal? Huh, interesting. For what medicinal purpose? Just if you know it by heart.

Also...how do you make those special red parts that look like flesh and such? Or rather, what are they made of?
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
;) Hehe, thanks!

The fruit (which makes the seed pod) can be eaten like okra and is supposed to be good for joints. They can be compacted into pills for joint supplements and such. Quite frankly, the fruit looks downright unappetizing. Bleh!

The red parts are dried flowers, specifically dried cockscomb celosia flowers. They dry nearly exact as when fresh, minus some color dulling and shrinkage. Haha. Shrinkage.
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