I’m not sure you are aware of this, but I LOVE Disney. Love might even be an understatement. In fact, most of my family loves Disney. When my little cousin turned four, she wanted only Ariel stuff for her birthday. I thought I would take the opportunity to make her something special and original. This isn’t really a full tutorial as much as it is Polymer Clay Little Mermaid Tips to assist you in making a mermaid.
We also have a helpful infographic: 10 Tips for Polymer Clay that offers some very useful insight on working with polymer clay.
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Polymer Clay Little Mermaid Tips
- Red Clay
- Peach Clay
- Dark Green Clay
- Green Clay
- Purple Clay
- Satin Polymer Clay Glaze
- Iridescent Powder Glitter
- Paint Brush
- Black Acrylic Paint
- Wilton #7 Cake Decorating Tip or Small-holed Straw
One: The scales on the tail were very time-consuming. I used a #7 Wilton icing tip to make the scales. I rolled the clay out as thin as I could without it sticking, then used the tip like a cookie cutter. I used the small end of a paint brush to pick up each “scale” and place it on the tail.
Here is another way to make scales, too!
Two: For the face, I simply used acrylic paint to paint on the eyes and the mouth. The mouth is a heart with a rounded bottom.
Three: For the cheeks, I used Heidi Swap’s Color Shine in Hot Pink. I sprayed a little on a palette and then applied it to the cheeks.
Four: For the shell bra I just shaped them with my hand and rolled out a cord for the bra, but if you have a small shell mold (like these) that would look even cuter!
Five: Once she had baked and cooled, I glazed the fins and sprinkled, very lightly, white powder fine glitter. Then I rubbed it so the glitter was flat against the clay. After that layer dried, I glazed the entire figure.
If you have any questions about making this Polymer Clay Little Mermaid project, let me know!
If you want to make even more Ariel specific crafts, check out Cricut’s Disney Dreams Come True cartridge. Or if you happen to be craft with a crochet needle, this Crochet Mermaid Ornament, which is so ADORABLE!!!!
Now if your passion is mermaids in general, you can find some very cute mermaid cards over at P.S. I Love You Crafts.