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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...
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:
Hypnogoat-666 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
yo las conozco con el nombre de "Chivas"
ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
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..
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!
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.
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. ^_^
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
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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