Polymer clay beginners will love this easy goldfish pendant tutorial by Kupi-Fimo.  This tutorial covers 3 things.  Firstly a texture plate is used to make beautiful impressions.  The instructor deliberately used a bold pattern which suits the goldfish element. Secondly, the mica shift technique is used where the top layer of polymer clay is removed. What is left is a subtle pattern.

The cut out round shapes are then baked on a hollow bead maker mold. The tail cut by hand.  The good thing about polymer clay as you can rebake it as is necessary for the assembly of all the pieces.

The tutorial is in Russian. So either use Google Translate or follow my favorite method. For computer users, use the Chrome browser, right click and select translate to EnglishFor mobile device users, use the Chrome app (free) and agree to the translation when asked. 

I admit I succumbed and bought the hollow bead maker from Michaels.  You can also get it online. I am thinking of trying this with no bake resin clay.  If you do, remember to lightly coat the mold with olive oil or Burt's Bees Hand Salve before using it with sticky resin clay! Any crystal you add will be stuck without glue as resin clay is self-adhesive. Just remember to sink in the crystal for a better hold.

I don't know about you but I think this goldfish can also be a marvelous brooch if you add a pin finding to the back!

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