Today I’m going to share with you how I made the adorable Clay Fan Pulls for my daughters Mermaid Room. These are simple to make, and can be done in any shape you can think up!
Hard Bake Clay – I prefer Sculpey
Toothpick or Pointy Clay Tool
Fan pull chain
First, condition your clay until it is soft and malleable. (This means pulling, rolling and flattening the clay so that it is workable!)
Let’s make the body: roll a ball about 1″ in diameter and then turn it into an oval.
Now on to the tail: Roll a .5″ ball and press it flat, about 1/4″ thick.
Cut the tail into a “pacman” shape.
Press the tail onto the body.
Repeat the same process as the tail for the lips, but only make a 1/4″ diameter ball.
To make the dorsal fin: Roll another ball about 1/4″ in diameter and then shape it into an oval and add some hashmarks.
Press the dorsal fin to the top of the body.
Roll out 1/4″ ball, flatten and shape into a triangle shape for the bottom fin.
Press the bottom fin to the bottom of the fish.
To create the eyes: Roll out small white balls and press flat. Place on either side of the head.
Roll out tiny black balls, press flat and then place into the white circles to create the pupils.
Roll out tiny balls of clay, press them flat and add them onto either side of the fish for embellishment.
Lastly, create a hole through the top of the dorsal fin and into the body of the fish using a toothpick or other pointy tool.
Remove the ball chain from your fan. Remove the current fan pull from the chain using wire cutters or scissors. Press the end of the chain into the hole you created, making sure to get it all the way into the body. Gently squeeze the dorsal fin around the chain.
Place in the oven and bake according to the directions on the box – mine went in for 1 hour at 275 degrees. Once cool, attach to your fan and you’ve got yourself an adorable, custom fan pull!
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