Materials and Techniques
The beaded clown fish is made entirely from size 11 Delicas, which you can buy from me here.
You will also need beading thread.
You are going to be working in brick stitch. However, I used a little bit of square stitch to join the fish and create its dimensional feel.
I recommend this project for intermediate level.
When I wrote this design, I decided to sell it as three separate patterns, at £5 each (clown fish, turquoise fish and complete bracelet). But I wanted to give you the option to save money on buying all three. So, that is why you can choose just the fish, or choose to get all three parts for the complete bracelet.
Beaded Clown Fish
I designed this little beaded clown fish when I was creating a bracelet to enter into the Beadworker’s Guild Challenge in 2013. The theme for the challenge was ‘Underwater World’. When I was quite young, I was lucky enough to go to Australia and to see the Great Barrier Reef. It made quite an impression on me! I especially remember loving the Clown Fish swimming through the gardens of amazingly beautiful coloured coral. So, as soon as I saw the challenge theme, I knew I wanted to bring those childhood memories to life.
Strangely for me, I didn’t have a picture of the completed bracelet in my head when I started out. I had a vague idea of something resembling a coral reef sitting around my wrist… In fact, I think at one point, I thought of this project as a necklace!
I knew I wanted to make a beaded clown fish to include in the project, so I did plan this out. I used graph paper to design the fish. Then I researched a lot of photos to try and get the colouring and design just right. I really wanted my beaded clown fish to be totally unmistakeable!
So, I ended up with a pattern that works best in brick stitch, but I wanted to create a three-dimensional fish. So, I ended up also using some basic square stitch to add the dimensions.
The pattern instructions assume that you are already familiar with these techniques, but if you do need to jog your memory, or learn them, you can find a free tutorial covering the basics of each technique in the free tutorials section on here.
Origins of the pattern
I mentioned that my beaded clown fish started life as part of a larger project. I never actually intended to write up the pattern. Sometimes it is lovely to just bead something for the sheer fun of it, not thinking about how I will document or teach it.
However, my beaded clown fish apparently had aspirations to greater fame. Whenever I wore the bracelet (quite often!) I had requests for the pattern.
I was about to publish this when the Beadworker’s Guild contacted me to say that although my bracelet hadn’t been placed anywhere in the challenge, it had been so much admired that they wondered if it could be used as a project in the journal.
So finally, it is making its way onto my website! I am giving you the option to choose to make the whole bracelet or just the clown fish. Considering how organically this project grew, it is now one of my all-time favourites, so I hope you enjoy it too.