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Needle-felted Goldfish by crocodiledreams Needle-felted Goldfish by crocodiledreams
Wool roving, glass beads, fabric, marker, November 2012. Body about 3" long, overall length about 6".

I've been trying to figure out ways to do fish fins for a few weeks. I didn't want to felt them, as I didn't want them to be opaque. Tulle was too transparent. Other sheer fabrics frayed too much on their own, and painting it made it too stiff and opaque. I finally got something to work, and although I'm still not completely satisfied it, I'm pleased enough to leave it alone. I have another idea I'll try another time, but that requires more materials!

He is suspended from a thread, which I edited out.

Edit 12-7-12: :O Well that was a nice surprise today! Thanks to *Gryffgirl and ^maytel for the DD!

Edit 6-21-13: Sold!
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Given 2012-12-07
The Suggester wrote: At first I thought that it was real when I saw the thumbnail. In the enlarged photo I was amazed by the realistic colors and details. Needle-felted Goldfish by =oneirosuchus ( Suggested by Gryffgirl and Featured by maytel )
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Kissaimee25 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
This is amazing!!
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Tammysoul Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have done some koi and I can't quit figure out what to use for fins. I was wondering if you could share what  fabric you used for the fins they look absolutely amazing!!! 
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crocodiledreams Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It was an unlabeled remnant, but probably silk organza, stiffened with clear acrylic spray.
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Tammysoul Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much I'll try that out for sure..yours looks very realistic!
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hazeltopaz Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
Looks so life-like!
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NocturnalItinerant Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Really pretty-the fins against the texture of the fish are almost heavenly!
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Bitofaninkling Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
So, how did you do the fins? Could I invite you to join the forum in my signature? We'd be honoured to have someone as talented as you showing off your work and talking with us. I'm a total amateur with needle felting but I enjoy it.
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LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my, he's adorable! :D
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crocodiledreams Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:heart: Thank you!
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LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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chika365 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Do you know if raw wool is available at Hobbylobby or Michael's, or some other store? I really would like to avoid ordering online if possible, and I've been wanting to try needle felting for quite some time now.
And do you know where I could get a felting needle?
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crocodiledreams Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
There is limited availability at Michael's and Jo-Ann stores. They just sell little teeny packets, and I don't really like the texture of it much. I did the same thing, though, bought wool for the first experiment there. They also sell needles, but not in any variety; there are different shapes and gauges you get for different things, and I believe the ones they have are all the same thing. I did get a multi-needle tool there, though. You'll also need a foam pad or a brush (which they also sell, little ones).

Not sure if Hobby Lobby has it; there's not one anywhere convenient to me, so I've only ever been there a couple of times. Etsy is my main source for felting stuff.
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chika365 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Student General Artist
Ok, thanks so much!!
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SpyKidKat Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013   General Artist
Wow, simply amazing! It looks really real! :eyepopping:
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crocodiledreams Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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SpyKidKat Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013   General Artist
:D Most welcome. Keep up the good work! :D
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demetyoubi Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wow,so cute!
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crocodiledreams Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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bobbybobbobist Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
god i thought that was a real goldfish for a sec XD
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crocodiledreams Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You are not alone, according to other commenters. ;)
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SwirlyEyesHypnotize Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sensational! 8D
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crocodiledreams Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :D
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SwirlyEyesHypnotize Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You are more than welcome, my dear! ^^
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:
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crocodiledreams Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
It's my pleasure! :)
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theSlink Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
LOVE! Congrats on the Daily Deviation too. :)
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crocodiledreams Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:D Thanks!
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BenyiHS Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student General Artist
Impressive! :omfg:
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crocodiledreams Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. :)
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OxydeG27 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
Am I the only one who thought that it didn't look real? Because of the smile XDDD

But still, this is a really cute work, the proportions are good enough to give a "real" feeling, and so are the detailed markings. The fins look really pretty as well. I guess why people would think that it looks real was probably due to the way you've mixed the colours together. Not too solid and rather unorthodox. The details you've carved in a simple plush simply awed me, great job!~~
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crocodiledreams Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! ;) The number of people who made the 'real' comments did surprise me, and as you said, it's the face and particularly the smile that makes him 'not real' to me -- but cute, which is what I was aiming for. I think I got it. ;)
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moonlitinuyasha1985 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
I love it!
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crocodiledreams Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks :)
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stealthyninja21 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student General Artist
cool! i thought it was real!
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crocodiledreams Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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thestjohnlady1 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
Wait... that's not real?
No way!
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crocodiledreams Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
He's real fuzzy. ;)
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thestjohnlady1 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Wow... that's so cool.
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RainyDayFun Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so neat! Great work and great creativity!
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crocodiledreams Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :)
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Donra Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
[link] is one of the most interesting things I have seen in a long time! What a great imagination!
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crocodiledreams Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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lylie-foak Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is beautiful! Is he just hanging in your home, from the ceiling or something? I think the fins came out beautifully gauzy. :)
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crocodiledreams Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
He was hanging from an open shelf in the sunroom for the photograph -- he's currently hanging off a pencil on top of my bookshelf next to my monitor. ;) There's a ceiling fan, so he swings back and forth, flashing that grin at me!
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lylie-foak Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
That's adorable, and a fantastic idea for decorations. :)
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kassieskatergirl98 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
awww cute. how do u make a needle felt goldfish?

i wanna do it to remeber my gold fish that died in 2005 his name was rambo he was 3 thick and 7 inch's long .
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crocodiledreams Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
He was a big fish!

There's not much to it -- wool roving, felting needles, and lots and lots of poking. Fabric for fins and glass beads for eyes.
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kassieskatergirl98 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
he was???

kool .

i dont know how maybe grandma can make me one for my birthday .

i have a phobia of needles called aichomphobia and im scared of sharp stuff even needles .
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BirdMan-Hwah Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Lovely!
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