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« on: August 06, 2003 07:38:29 AM »



Enjoy the zen-like environment a fish creates but don't enjoy scooping poop out of the water? Then this is the project for you!

Fake Fish Vase

Materials:
  - vase
  - tattoo paper for your printer
  - varnish
  - paintbrush
  - fish image

Instructions:
1. Print out the fish image on tatoo paper. Here's the image I used:



2. Carefully cut out the fish and even more carefully, pull the paper backing off the tattoo.

3. Trying to prevent as many folds as possible, stick the tattoo on the back side of the vase. The tattoo paper is extremely fragile so take your time. Don't worry if small pieces tear or rip off. It will just look like your fish has battle damage!

4. Since these tattoos usually come off with water, you're going to want to protect your little fishy. Gently apply your paint-on varnish, going just barely out side of the fish edge. Let dry.

5. You're done! Add water, put the vase on your desk, and laugh when people ask if they can feed your fish.
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« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2003 02:23:55 PM »

Vanessa this is the coolest project ever ! i recently tried doing this (we do have a fish .. but my daughter said that he's lonely and needs a brother  -- well my dumb printer (or the person behind it  Tongue ) couldn't get our little fishies to print right..and my daughter was so disappointed!  this inspired me to get my  some more paper asap  !!
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« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2003 09:47:50 PM »

Where oh where does one find tattoo paper? I've only been going on and on for months about how this stuff should exist... and it really does?! Shocked
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« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2003 06:06:53 PM »

I found my tattoo paper at Office Depot but I think I've even seen it at Wal-Mart. I did this project about a year ago and the tattoo paper had just come out. It was pretty expensive for the four 4x5 sheets you get. I think the price has gone down a bit (I hope!).

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« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2003 06:31:07 PM »

I love this site!!!! I've had really good luck going to Staples for stuff like this... One note of caution. The paper is sorta expensive per sheet, so be really sure that you follow the printer settings sheet they include in the package the best that you can. It'll make a big difference. I've used tattoo paper from a company called "International Paper" and it works just great.

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« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2003 01:39:31 AM »

What a fab project!
Here's an alternative to that tattoo paper.
Try Golden Polymer Medium.  You paint 5-6 coats of it (reversing direction of brush with each coat) to build it's durability.  Then you soak it in water for a few hours until you can rub off the paper.  Only the image will remain in a plastic-y kinda way.  You can take that sheer image and apply it to the vase. Wink
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« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2003 06:33:10 PM »

a simple search on "tattoo paper" shows a number of places that sell it online (e.g. http://www.beldecal.com/tattoo_paper.cfm , http://www.railwayshop.com/tattoo.shtml ) but it does seem to be expensive.  I wonder if ink-jet printing on tissue paper or some other thin paper and then decoupaging onto the glass would work?
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« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2004 11:45:54 AM »

Hey, I live in the dorms at my college where we aren't allowed pets (GRRR!) so I used your fish image, some window cling computer paper (available at Wal*Mart), some flat-bottomed blue marbles, and a large candleholder...the result? ]http://photos.yahoo.com/estherbunnyw25You can't see the fish very well in these pictures, but Nemo looks great! I'm just waiting for the RA's to come in and try to write me up... Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2004 11:58:24 AM »

This is so cool! (runs out to buy window cling and tattoo paper) And this is the answer to the tricky "Fish Bowl Blender discussion"   Fake fishies!  I love it! 

EstherBunny - did you "cling" your fish to the bowl or just drop it in? And if it is clinging - to the inside or out?

bumblev - by the back you mean the inside opposite wall from the "front" of the vase (the side you'll be looking through)? thats where I got confused  Embarrassed
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« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2004 01:06:37 PM »

I "clung" Nemo to the outside of the back of the fishbowl. However, if you get a round bowl or vase, then I would suggest not making your fish too large if you use the window cling stuff...it's hard for it to fit around a curve. Also, I printed the fish onto the paper twice to make it darker so it wouldn't be so see-through. You'll have to experiment and see what works best for yourself!
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