If you love sea life, mermaids, or sparkly things in general, these DIY magic mermaid tails are PERFECT for you! I take oven-bake clay and doctor it up with shimmery eyeshadow (a secret tip!), glitter and crystal flatbacks.
Mermaids are insanely trendy right now – not that I’m one to copy trends, but this one I’m totally on board with. An excuse to create something ultra-glitzy? Yes, please.Create these in a variety of colors and styles for your very own #MermaidSquad — follow along with my YouTube vid below – or if videos aren’t your style, I have a few step out photos under that. Enjoy!
Step 1: Gather materials. You’ll need polymer clay (oven bake, Sculpey brand or Fimo), crystal flatbacks or chains, shimmer eyeshadow, a paintbrush, an Xacto knife, clear gloss glaze (find this at craft stores, by the paint), and fine glitter. If making this into a chain necklace like I did, you’ll need chain, 6mm jump rings, a lobster clasp, an eyepin, roundnose pliers and wire cutters.
Step 2: Shape two small spheres of clay into mermaid fins. Try to keep them as even as possible! Keep the clay’s thickness a little less than 1/4″.
Step 3: With one more sphere of clay, taper the ends and place in-between the fins. Smooth any edges at the junction of the tail and fin, so that they become one piece.
Step 4: Use a small linoleum cutter (with rounded edge) or an Xacto knife to create scallops in the tail.
Step 6: Continue the scales up the tail.
Step 7: Press gems into the clay – this secures them better, creating indents where they will sit. Use glass crystals, so they can bake with the clay.
Step 8: Brush on a layer of eyeshadow and glitter to the tail. Rub in gently, adhering it to the surface. Yes, do this prior to baking!
Create a hole through the top of the tail with a sewing needle. Leave this needle in while baking.
Bake in a toaster oven at approx. 125 degrees for 30 minutes or so.
Step 9: Let the tail fully cool. Coat with clear gloss glaze, and add more glitter if desired. If any gems are a bit loose (meaning they didn’t fully embed in the clay, pry them out and re-inforce with GemTac. Let dry.
Step 10: Thread an eye pin through the top hole. Connect to two equal pieces of chain, and then add a lobster clasp and jump rings to the end of the chains.