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

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.

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Old 2014-02-14, 2:10pm
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where is the texture masher from, thanks and love it
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Old 2014-02-14, 3:10pm
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check out Shawn's Etsy. He makes great tools!
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Old 2014-02-14, 5:57pm
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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.
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Old 2014-02-15, 9:29am
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Thanks Shawn for the fun tutorial, I think there is one of your texture tools in my future!
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Old 2014-02-17, 12:50pm
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I have Shawn's texture tools. Love them. The plates actually have DETAIL!
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Old 2014-02-21, 1:14pm
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Thanks Diana and Marie!
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Old 2014-03-07, 12:24am
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its a cool look, you can get close to that look with a counter clockwise spun glass spin. looks like this
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Old 2014-03-07, 12:27am
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thanks for the info Shawn, like the eyes too!
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Old 2014-04-03, 1:00pm
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Here are a couple of better photos of Shawn's fish made with that texture masher tool.
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Old 2014-04-28, 8:43pm
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I love the eye on your fish Shawn, and the base is cool also. thanks for the tut
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Old 2014-05-09, 3:38am
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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.
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Old 2014-05-09, 11:46am
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Octopi??? My oldest daughter's new obsession!! Where can I find some Shawn?
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Old 2014-05-09, 6:39pm
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This is the one that I bought.

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Old 2014-05-10, 8:31am
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That is beautiful!! She would love that.
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Old 2014-05-10, 8:49am
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Hannah, the fish is super cool! By the way, did you make the base?
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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.
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this is not mine but a reference
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We finally got a Youtube Video up on Shawn's channel of him making this boro fish...
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https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=eSZPwEyxqIQ
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