Step 1: Materials
- Polymer clay (I used orange for my fish, various shades of green for eyes and seaweed, and a tiny amount of black for pupils. I also used a toothpick for shaping
- Bag of small pebbles. Bought for $1 at the Dollar Store. Next time, I'd definitely consider using sand or colored pebbles.
- 1 small flat pebble
- Paper clip
- Mod Podge
- Scotch tape
- Small sewing needle
- Thin string, or clear thin string
- Some sort of adhesive, like Loctite or Duco
- Small paintbrush
Step 2: Make Your Fish
Slightly tricky- around the middle section of the fish, push the sewing needle through the fish. This will make the hole where the string runs through the fish. My hole was made a little more towards the front, and as a result, my fish appears to be swimming upwards instead of parallel with the tank. Place your hole depending on how you want your fish to balance when hung.
Step 3: Make Your Algae, and Bake
The armature for the algae is made from a paper clip- bend the outer wire of the clip outwards, and then cut off an L-shaped piece. Use the pliers to bend the cut end of the wire back on itself. Slide the algae onto the non-doubled end of the wire, and shape as desired.
Bake both in the oven for 10 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. I ended up turning off the oven and leaving the fish in for 5 minutes more.
Step 4: Make the Bottom of Your Bowl
Add some rocks to the bottom of your jar, until there's about two layers of rocks, enough so you can't see the bottom of the jar. Push aside some of the rocks to clear a space for your algae. Put in the algae first, then cover it with the rocks again.
Step 5: Swim, Fishy!
Time to test fit! Lower the fish into the jar until it's at an optimal height. Make a mark or tie a knot in the string at the point where the string needs to be hung. Tape your string onto the lid, then apply Mod Podge to seal the tape. It's definitely best not to leave loose ends, so I cut the leftover string so tape could completely cover it. Taping all the way around where the string hangs helps to prevent the tape from stretching! The picture only shows the string taped down without reinforcement, and it stretched a bit.