Theresa's Mixed Nuts: Rainbow Fish & Nemo Necklaces

Monday, September 17, 2012

Rainbow Fish & Nemo Necklaces

The studded strawberry polymer clay necklace I made a few weeks back had me thinking about another kind of necklace I could make for my kids. Both of my kids loved Rainbow Fish when they were little. The nursery was all in that theme. They had all the books, puppets and toys. Actually, Allison still has most of her Rainbow Fish stuff, and still loves it to this day! As I was putting the studded beads on the strawberry necklace, I kept thinking how cute it would be if the shiny beads were Rainbow Fish's scales if I were to make him out of clay.

Out came the polymer clay again. It took me a little over an hour to make my fish. I was actually very impressed with my finished product. That is until my husband told me it was much too big for a child's size necklace.


Rainbow fish clay


So, I set off to make a smaller version, which I don't like very much. I didn't realize how much harder it would be to make once I scaled it down. But, Allison loved it and wore it all weekend.


Rainbow Fish Necklace



My 13 year old liked them as well and asked if I could make her a Nemo necklace. I admit, I grumbled about making one since I had worked on the other 2 for quite a while. I wasn't sure if I could even make a Nemo and told her so. "It shouldn't be any harder that the other fish" my husband tried telling me. But since she never asks me to make her anything, I agreed. 

Again, when I finished with the clay part, it looked fabulous. That is until I realized I had no white paint. How that happened, I will never know. I tried using a paint pen and the stupid thing leaked all down the side of my finished Nemo. I tried painting orange over it, but it didn't match, which resulted in many coats of orange paint, making it look like junk. I decided it would be quicker just to go buy white paint and make another one.

I finished my Nemo, and again, I am not very thrilled with the results the second time around. Not only that, but once I baked the clay, I realized I forgot to put a hole in it for the necklace hardware. It was now 1 am. I am so frustrated, I want to go round up every fish I can find and flush them down the toilet lol. However, I did manage to poke a hole through it, got the hardware inserted, and Mariah loved it. Yet, I think it is time to put the clay away for a while!


finding nemo necklace

finding nemo necklace


*updated- Yay, fixed the Nemo. I like this one much better!

Finding Nemo Necklace

Do you ever get frustrated by hobbies you tend to love?

22 comments:

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    1. Ours too! So much so we got suckered into taking them to the 3D showing even though we own the dvd lol.

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  2. oh my gosh! you made them?! wow! I think all kids would love them!!

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  3. You can't flush those kind of fish, lol, they just won't swim!

    These look great, and I have no doubt the kids love 'em. WELL worth any frustration they might have caused, yes? :)

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    1. Yeah, I don't think my husband would have been thrilled pulling these out of the toilet! LOL

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  4. These are so cute Theresa! I love them. You are very creative. I have not crocheted any thing in awhile but at times I have gotten a bit frustrated when pieces did not turn out as good as I had hoped. Take care and have a good weekend.

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    1. I have wanted to crochet for a while. I actually took it up as a kid, but got frustrated with it then and never picked back up on it. Thanks to all these super crafty blogs, I am itching to try it again!

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  5. i get frustrated for sure when i try craft stuff--i am not very crafty----i like your little fishy :)

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  6. I would wear it all weekend too!!! You are super talented.

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  7. Awww, those are so cute!! Like Lynn, I get frustrated mostly because I'm just not all that crafty. I like to try though!

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  8. Those are all adorable! I always seem to be missing some important piece when I begin a craft. Usually it's something I have JUST seen, but can't find at the time I need it. Probably because I put it somewhere "safe."

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  9. Those are beautiful! So expertly crafted. I don't understand why you're still frustrated :). I wish I had even half of your talent.

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  10. You did such a great job! Looks just like Nemo:) I know what you mean about frustrating craft projects.

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  11. Oh my goodness....so cute!! You did an awesome job on them! You should start up your own business :) I wish I was crafty, you're such a natural at it :)

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  12. I think they turned out wonderfully! There is no way I would have made them come out as nice as you did! I love them, great job

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  13. Oh I get frustrated ALL the time! It's so difficult when you run into trouble. I can't believe you were up til after 1 am working on the last one! Your girls will always remember that you made these for them :))

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    1. Well, we were going to see Nemo at the theater the next morning and I knew she would be disappointed if she couldn't wear it there. The things us moms do... lol

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  14. I get frustrated by too many things, including hobbies! Your fish, however, are adorable. What about making a fish pen topper or plant stick for an elementary school teacher gift, especially younger kids who read Rainbow Fish. I think you're on to something amazing with your little fish! Or, they could be keychains if they're not too delicate.

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    1. Such fabulous ideas! As soon as I get the desire to pull the clay out again, I am going to take up those suggestions! Thank you!

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