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Shawn Tucker
2014-02-13, 11:23am
Making A Fish Sculpture or Pendant Using a Texture Masher

Materials Needed:
Cobalt or Clear 1/2" rod
Clear 4mm rod
Amazon Lagoon, Butterscotch or Caramel Rod
Texture Masher Tool
Tweezers, Tongs or Hemostats
Knife Edged Tool


1. Heat & condense a 1/2" by 1" gather of cobalt. Crimp the gather with mashing tool. A dark color works well to show off the silver but using clear will produce a transparent fish with visible ribs.

2. Fume with silver and then rake the mashed design with 4mm clear rod. Rake at a right angle to the ridges until completely encased.

3. Apply enough heat to make surface smooth and pull into desired fish body shape.

4. Use Amazon Lagoon, Butterscotch or Caramel as a punty. Attach to future location of the fish's lips. Separate the fish from the cobalt rod.

5. Wipe on a bead of cobalt where the fins should be. Crimp cobalt with mashing tool and use a stringer or 4mm rod to pull the fins into a more graceful shape. Add eyes (milis work best). Hold body securely with prewarmed tongs or tweezers and remove punty off mouth, leaving a small amount. Heat that amount and make the lip shape by pressing into it with a knife edged tool.

2014-02-14, 2:10pm
where is the texture masher from, thanks and love it

2014-02-14, 3:10pm
check out Shawn's Etsy. He makes great tools!

Shawn Tucker
2014-02-14, 5:57pm
Hi Patty, Hi Elizabeth:

Thanks for the kind words. I do make my own texture masher. Its super easy to use for both soft and hard glass.

2014-02-15, 9:29am
Thanks Shawn for the fun tutorial, I think there is one of your texture tools in my future!

2014-02-17, 12:50pm
I have Shawn's texture tools. Love them. The plates actually have DETAIL!

Shawn Tucker
2014-02-21, 1:14pm
Thanks Diana and Marie!

2014-03-07, 12:24am
its a cool look, you can get close to that look with a counter clockwise spun glass spin. looks like this301350

2014-03-07, 12:27am
thanks for the info Shawn, like the eyes too!

2014-04-03, 1:00pm
Here are a couple of better photos of Shawn's fish made with that texture masher tool.

2014-04-28, 8:43pm
I love the eye on your fish Shawn, and the base is cool also. thanks for the tut :)

2014-05-09, 3:38am
Nice fish Shawn. I also love the octopi, you have made and been posting on FB. I was lucky enough to get my hands on one.

2014-05-09, 11:46am
Octopi??? My oldest daughter's new obsession!! Where can I find some Shawn?

2014-05-09, 6:39pm
This is the one that I bought.


2014-05-10, 8:31am
That is beautiful!! She would love that.

2014-05-10, 8:49am
Hannah, the fish is super cool! By the way, did you make the base?

2015-03-19, 12:10pm
Hi Mina. Shawn made them, not me. He did the base as well.

The eyes are now available on his Etsy site. Any of them can be cut into chips for you and they include a handy "user guide." Just follow the link to his store at the bottom of his post.

2015-03-19, 2:11pm
this is not mine but a reference

2018-11-09, 9:00pm
We finally got a Youtube Video up on Shawn's channel of him making this boro fish...

2018-11-28, 11:04pm
Nice fish.

2018-12-18, 5:38am
Wow! This looks sooo coooll!! Thank you for sharing! :-)