With the recent release of Pixars Finding Dory in theaters, I thought it would be a lot of fun to do something related to that lovable and forgetful blue fish! In the first movie, Finding Nemo, Dory and Marlin come across a tiny little jellyfish which Dory names squishy. So for this weeks geeky DIY lets make a tiny jellyfish!
If you’d like to make this, here are the things you will need:
- Polymer clay in your choice of color
- Small glass bottle with cork
- Head pin
- Clear elmers glue
- Green and blue food coloring
To start, take a small ball of clay and shape it into a dome shape. Make sure it’s small enough to fit into the opening of your bottle. Next, take a toothpick or something pointy and make little marks all around the bottom edge of the dome.
Now for the tentacles. You can’t have a jellyfish without stinging tentacles! Roll out a small thin snake of clay. Cut it into different sizes pieces. You don’t want them to be the same size because it gives it a better looking flow to the tentacles. Now you will want to slightly flatten all of the pieces. To give them that tentacly (it’s a word..at least now it is 😉) look, take each end and twist them in opposite directions to give it a twist effect. Take the twists tentacles and gather them together to form the stingers.
The next part can be a bit tricky but I believe in you! Take the head pin and put it through the tentacles and then up through the bottoms of the jellyfish bell. Now to get cooking! Your oven should be preheated to 275 F. Bake your jellyfish for 10 minutes with the head pin still attached to the jellyfish.. Let it cool completely.
While it is cooling down, let’s make a little ocean for this squishy to live in. Put some glue in the bottle and add a little bit of blue and green food coloring. Mix until you have the color that you desire.
Your squishy should be nice and cool now so it is time to release him into the big blue! Carefully insert the jellyfish into the bottle and then push the other end of the head pin through the bottom of the cork. Glue the cork down and use some round nose pliers to create a loop so you can turn this into a fun little charm!
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