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Feb 13, 2009

Sliceform Fish Bowl

sliceform fish bowl


I've been kicking around the goldfish bowl idea for awhile. There are a couple standard fishbowl shapes out there. The first one I tried was much rounder and it looked too much like an upside down hot air balloon. I like this flattened oval a lot better.

How to make a sliceform fish bowl

Make and decorate the pieces
Download, print and cut out two copies of each piece.

I colored my fishbowl pieces very lightly with a cotton ball dabbed on a blue ink pad.
Add plants or grass. I used the Martha Stewart branch punch to make coral.
For an SVG file of the branch (for Cricut with SCAL software) run over to Kristys Vinyl Kreations N More.

Glue plants to one or both sides of the base of the large ovals, avoiding slot areas. Glue pieces to only ONE side of the base of the smaller ovals. If you add plants to the side pieces you can put them on either side of the larger rectangle but again, only one side of the smaller rectangle. (The smaller oval and the smaller rectangle form the outer edge of the fish bowl. If you glue plants on both sides it looks like the plants are outside the fish bowl.)
Create a fish and attach to the top of one of the larger ovals. I made two: a goldfish and a clown fish.

I used two mirror-image fish and sandwiched clear fishing line between them. The thread is attached to the top with a piece of tape and covered by a small piece of card stock.
Or, if you are using thick card stock you can attach the thread invisibly using this method.
Assemble the sliceform
I tried several assembly sequences. This is the one I like best.
Slot together large ovals and large rectangles.

Add smaller rectangles. Be sure the plants are facing toward the inside.

Slot on smaller ovals. Again, be sure the plants are facing toward the inside. Slide the top tab of the smaller oval through the end slot on the small rectangle. Fold up the bottom tab and push it through the slot. Unfold.

Yes, it folds flat!


Margit Ammentorp said...

It is amazing.

Melody (lacyquilter) said...


Melody (lacyquilter) said...

Sorry, I had to laugh -- the word verification was bra test (well, all one word, but still...)

JulieHRR said...

wow. I mean WOW! That's a pretty doggone amazing design! TFS!

Molly said...

Love it! Another terrific tutorial!

(my word verification: itcholi. Doesn't it seem like someone's having fun?)

Juhi said...

wow, this is superb.......and the best part is it can be folded flat!!

Lisa said...

You are truly talented...thanks for all the you teach me...Lisa

[ t ] is tEdDie said...

1 word...gorgeous~!!

Crayola58 said...

Holy Cow...This is absolutely fantastic. What a design.

Azlina Abdul said...

Oh my goodness!!! You always come up with the best tutorials....thank you for sharing! Amazingly beautiful!!

Boozer said...

I found your blog because I have a google alert that sends me links to any website that mentions sliceforms. The first thing I saw was your goldfish bowl and I liked it so much that I spent the next 2 hours perusing your blog, and I put a shortcut to your blog on my desktop. I would like to make the fishbowl too, but I admit I don't want to spend $25(price plus shipping) on Martha's branch punch because I can't imagine me using it more than once or twice. Proposition: Would you be willing to punch out and sell me (I pay through paypal)enough "branches" for me to make the fishbowl? Email me at eula_mcpherson(at)yahoo(dot)com. Of course you replace the (at) with @ and (dot) with a . If you are already set up on ebay, you should consider putting up auctions for your patterns and instructions and alerting us readers.

Chrissy Foreman C said...

Ooh, very clever! What a lovely blog, thanks for sharing. I'll be sure to pop in and visit from time to time now I've found it!

Anne said...

OMG...never seen anything like this! So glad I stumbled onto your blog...fantastic project!!

Roshini said...

hey how do i do the corals besides the martha stewart brnch punch? i love the fish bowl and i tot of doing it for my mum's birthday..do lemme know how ok? i'l be waiting for ya reply

Beth said...

My sister and i are just starting to get into fish and she just bought two fish a few days ago, i havnt got any yet due to her getting gold fish and im looking at tropical fish, anyway and when i stumbled across your site looking for something i still havnt found i had to stop and look at your wonderful work. i am quiet a creative person myself and im under 15. I thought your work was fantastic, i love the way you used the clown fish (my favourite fish) i may even try this some day when i have the time.Great work 5 out of 5 from me!!!

Sonya said...

I have been enjoying your site and after seeing this fish bowl I am hooked and have to try it. Besides my love of aquariums and such, the coral reminds me of a "toy" that you could buy when I was a child. You filled up a fish bowl with water and then added the multicolored stuff that would grow into coral like pieces overnight or days. I loved it, but I can't remember what it was called!!!! Anyway, I love your site!

Kristy said...

WOW!!! This is so cool!!!
Thanks you for sharing!!
And thanks for the link to my Blog, I appreciate it so much.

MiaZagora said...

Hey! I love your web site - thank you for sharing these tutorials! I made the fishbowl as a Thank You card for an aunt and uncle that bought a membership to the local aquarium for my girls. I hung some foamy fish, cut seaweed and coral out of colored cardstock, and stuck in a starfish-clad sign that says "Thank You"! - too cute! I'm making some in red and green cardstock as Christmas cards for special friends. Will stick in a Christmas tree and a snowman.

BTW, for "boozer", I made mine with card stock, scissors, a box cutter, and a cutting board. Yes, it was a little tedious cutting it out by hand, but it didn't take me hours and hours to do it - and I have three kids!

Steph @ somewhatsimple said...

This is such a cool idea

I-tim said...

It's very cool!! I have to try with my kids! :) Thanks for sharing! love your idea <3