Mini Perma-Pets 2011

Mixed Media Sculptures

Silver Squid

Silver Squid

Teal and White Nudibranch

Teal and White Nudibranch



Medium: Polymer clay, seashells, gravel,  bottles, acrylic resin.

A new tiny version of my Perma-Pets. These unique sculpted polymer clay sea creatures are suspended in clear acrylic resin inside a little glass bottle. Each Perma-Pet is a one of a kind (ooak) creation, hand painted with artist acrylics and sealed before being encased in resin.

The name Perma-Pet come from the fact that these are pets you can’t kill, for those who have little luck with aquariums.

Current Mini Perma-Pets can be found in my Etsy shop.


I'm a sculptor and jewelry designer from Maine, I sell my work at I work primarily in polymer clay and mixed media. My work is inspired by science, nature, and my beloved cephalopods.

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7 comments on “Mini Perma-Pets 2011
  1. John says:

    Hi, I want to learn how to make these on my own. Is it okay if you give me tips please? I really want to make one for my friend.

  2. Sheryl says:

    I sell my work for a living, I really can’t give you all my secrets and of course I would prefer if you bought my sculpture instead of trying to replicate it.

    If you are interested in learning to sculpt in polymer clay I would direct you to Katherine Dewey’s fabulous sculpting book Creating Life-Like Animals in Polymer Clay for a good introduction to the techniques involved.

  3. Morgan says:

    I’m not looking to make anything remotely like yours, but I’m a first time user of resin and it completely baffles me how you can suspend an object in resin in a bottle without getting a funky line in it or having the object sink to the bottom.

    Your work is lovely!

    • Sheryl says:

      There is a faint line if you look at it just right in the light. The best way is to pour the first layer, wait until it it mostly set but not 100%, put in the object, then fill it the rest of the way with resin.

      • Morgan says:

        Very cool, I appreciate any advice I can get! I’m also looking into something called a “Gel Promoter” that apparently causes your resin to reach a gel state MUCH faster and claims to be able to support heavier objects to suspend them. Maybe you should give it a try! If it lives up to it’s claim, it looks like it could be a perfect solution to your line problem. If you try it, be sure to let me know! Thanks again!

    • Nithya says:

      Hi Jen, I purchased your book a while back and I made stemohing by looking at your bird template. I posted about it on my blog and linked to yours. It was really fun…thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas. I love your artwork!!

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