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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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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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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 6 days ago  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 6 days ago  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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