Okay, so most of us know about the amazing ways avocados can be turned into pieces of art. From edible spreads to gorgeous carvings out of the fruit’s soft, green flesh, it seems like avocados are often a blank canvas for people who are much more creative than we are.
But what about the actual avocado seeds? One Instagram user has been using these seeds to create amazing figurines instead of simply chucking them in the trash.
Avocado Stone Faces is an Instagram account run by Jan Campbell, a woman from Ireland. Her intricate carvings are available online, and have become so popular that they now ship all over the world — including Canada. Back in 2014, Campbell had sliced open an avocado and was struck by how beautiful the seed inside was. So she cleaned it off and carried it around in her pocket for a week or so until the seed became scratched. The orange hue that the scratch emitted inspired her to get to work carving it, and the next thing she knew, an obsession was born.
Today, Campbell sells both the original avocado seeds she’s carved as well as bronze pieces cast by hand from her original carvings. (The cost varies by piece, with the average pieces going anywhere from $120 to 200 CAD). The stones themselves dry out to resemble the characteristics of a dense wood, and should last as a pendant for as long as the user takes care of it. She recommends treating it with additional oil or varnish as needed.
My next shop update will be in the beginning of June and it will be solely figurines 🗿🗿🗿 I have a ‘Shop Update Alert’ mailing list for anyone who doesn’t want to miss it 😊 (link in my profile). I’m going on holiday to Cornwall tomorrow for a week! 🌊 My website shop will be closed until Tuesday the 30th 💛
Unfortunately, the artist’s work is so in demand that you really have to stay up to speed with her website in order to jump on a piece when she posts it. Because this is something Campbell simply enjoys doing, she claims she’s never actually timed how long a stone takes to carve.
Pieces I will cast in bronze over the coming months 💛 I decided to include not one but two of the Forest Guardians from my previous post. There were so many votes for 2 and 3 that I had to choose both 😊 thank you thank you thank you to everyone who helped me decide 💛🙏 you’re the best! I’m so excited to see these characters in bronze 💃 (PS: They are all pendants and there will be a limited edition of 20 of each design) 💛
If you can get your hands on one, it’d make a pretty unique piece of jewelry. In the meantime, you can drool over all of her stunning pictures online.