The Friesen Project: Polymer Clay Fish Tutorial
Posted on March 22, 2013 in 2013 Friesen Project by Katie Oskin
Are you ready to swim away into a world of underwater adventures?
It’s a Polymer Clay Fish … Tutorial!
STOP LAUGHING AT MY FUNNY FISH! Okay, seriously, I know she looks funny … but there’s a reason this fish looks this way. You see, I wanted to recreate the “flying fish” from the Flying Fish Market (Pike’s Place Market) in Seattle. So this fish is made to look like she’s just been “flung” through the air and of course you can’t be flung through the air without your tongue falling out of your mouth, I mean really, I don’t think that’s possible … do you?! Okay … never mind, onto the polymer clay fish tutorial then, shall we?
As with all the tutorials in the Friesen Project, please remember that these tutorials are done in an abbreviated format, with Christi Friesen’s expressed permission. These tutorials are written and designed to be used in conjunction with the Beyond Sculptures Book 3, Under the Sea.
Make Your Own Polymer Clay Fish
As I stated above, there’s a reason my fish looks the way it does, so stop laughing at it. Although, I must say it is a rather comical looking little girl, isn’t it? Moving on …
Here’s the supplies you’ll need to make your fish:
These tutorials are written and designed to be used in conjunction with the Beyond Sculptures Book 3, Under the Sea and can be found on pages 32-37.
Please note that for my fish, I made it very differently from Christi’s instructions as I wanted a completely different look for his fins, more like a whimsical “flying fish” than a real fish.
- Condition Your Clay
- Roll out a ball
- Sculpt the ball into a teardrop type shape
- Flatten it on your work surface a little & make a slit in one end for the tail
- Shape into a rough fish shape
- Pull out fins
- Choose and add your eye to your fish
- Add Christi style embellishments
This is one of the easier projects, as you can tell by the brevity of my description; however, with this concept, like the Dragon before it, you can have LOTS of fun making yourself a sea filled with flying fishes, dancing fishes, fishes with hairdo’s (or hair don’ts), and even balding fishes (gasp!).
THIS WEEK’S STUDIO TIP:
Your projects can be anything you want them to be. Initially when we began this journey I was teaching you the same as Christi’s book did, however, as time goes on you will notice that I may vary my tutorials every now and again. Make sure what you are making is something that YOU want to make! Don’t make it just because it’s this week’s project. If you don’t like fish … make a Turtle instead, or another Dragon … whatever you want.
My strongest and best advice is to make what you are inspired to make.
FRIESEN PROJECT PARTICIPANTS – I NEED YOUR HELP:
I’ve have gotten mixed reviews from everyone participating on the Friesen Project. Please leave your thoughts, comments, ideas BELOW in the comments section. I need to know from you what kind of tutorials you’d like me to do.
Here are your tutorial choices based on several of your inquiries to me:
- Shorter, less involved tutorials (like last week’s and this weeks)
- Very involved, step by step tutorials
- Projects that are spin off of Christi’s, but use my version (like today’s)
- Straight from the book with oodles of pictures.
The Friesen Project
The Friesen Project is done in conjunction with Christi Friesen. All tutorials are retaught here with her expressed permission. Please make sure to read about the project here, and get answers to the most common FAQS here.
See you next Friesen Friday,
Until then, Happy Claying,