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Shawn Tucker 2014-02-13 11:23am

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.

pattycake 2014-02-14 2:10pm

where is the texture masher from, thanks and love it

AmorphousDesigns 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.

fusionillusionartglass 2014-02-15 9:29am

Thanks Shawn for the fun tutorial, I think there is one of your texture tools in my future!

SerendipityArtGlass 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!

Nighthawk 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 this

Nighthawk 2014-03-07 12:27am

thanks for the info Shawn, like the eyes too!

HannahRachel 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.

Nighthawk 2014-04-28 8:43pm

I love the eye on your fish Shawn, and the base is cool also. thanks for the tut :)

KFC89 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.

pittypat 2014-05-09 11:46am

Octopi??? My oldest daughter's new obsession!! Where can I find some Shawn?

KFC89 2014-05-09 6:39pm

This is the one that I bought.

pittypat 2014-05-10 8:31am

That is beautiful!! She would love that.

Mina 2014-05-10 8:49am

Hannah, the fish is super cool! By the way, did you make the base?

HannahRachel 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.

laserglass 2015-03-19 2:11pm

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this is not mine but a reference

HannahRachel 2018-11-09 9:00pm

We finally got a Youtube Video up on Shawn's channel of him making this boro fish...

Sandrose 2018-11-28 11:04pm

Nice fish.

Katerinoula 2018-12-18 5:38am

Wow! This looks sooo coooll!! Thank you for sharing! :-)

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