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Old 2012-05-24, 5:25pm
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Default Seahorse Tutorial

I hope this helps someone out there
Tools used: marver, pick, razor tool
Glass I used in this one was silver beach but its up to you what color you use.
Clear rod to color and clear to use as punties. sizes I will have to come back and edit for.


Color your clear


Melt into a ball


Smash it somewhat flat but not skinny flat


Use your razor tool to cut a groove into it like you were making a heart.


Like so
Hold on more to come
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Old 2012-05-24, 5:33pm
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Punty to top lobe and remove bottom rod


Punty to side, it should look like this


Punty to side like this; then remove top punty and reposition to other side like this


Heat and stretch the lower lobe


Keep heating and stretching until you like the size
More to come stay tune
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Old 2012-05-24, 5:45pm
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Remove top punty and punty up to the side of top lobe we are going to pull his snout


Heat just the lobe and pull down and outward at the same time


Remove punty from his snout
Now you have the basic shape


Add color to top of his head for the top fin


Add color to back for back fin

Still more to come
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Old 2012-05-24, 5:49pm
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Add colored dots to both sides for his side fins


Heat the dot you applied for his fins till glowing and smash flat with marver


Like so


Use you razor to cut a fan pattern into the fins


Like so

Still more coming
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Old 2012-05-24, 6:03pm
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Heat the nose just a little and use your marver to flatten the tip just a little
Then heat again and use your pick to push up into the center of the flattened nose making a very small hole/poke into the nose. Sorry no pics of this

Add eyes


Punty to top of his fin


Heat the tail, stretch and curve at the same time for shape


Heat belly and using razor cut belly lines


Attach punty to tail and remove punty on head. Make a loop on either side if you want a pendant

Still more to come
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Old 2012-05-24, 6:10pm
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Like so


Holding him with your tweezers remove punty from tail
Flash him in the flame and pop him in the kiln
You can put as much detail into making these as you want by adding to his fins, eyes and cheeks. But since I was making him and photographing him I just did a basic one. I hope you enjoy making them and please post pics.
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That is fantastic Donna! Thank you for sharing with us. I really appreciate it.
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Old 2012-05-24, 7:20pm
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whooo hooo Donna! He's really cute!
Thanks so much for sharing!
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Love it! And Silver Beach...is that boro??? I think I have it!!! Woo-Hoo, it's pretty!!
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Old 2012-05-24, 7:54pm
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Fantastic!! I'm so glad you provided us with this cool tutorial. I'll give it a shot in soft glass and post my results here, if they aren't too awful.
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Wow, how cool! Thanks!
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Thanks for the tutorial! I wish I wasn't punty impaired. Angie, I can't wait to see what you come up with...
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That is so cool! I can't wait to try it. Thanks so much!
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Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing
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Very cool ! Thanks so much for sharing !
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Old 2012-05-25, 5:51am
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Old 2012-05-25, 7:32am
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That's fantastic - thanks for posting this!
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Thank you very much for the great tutorial!
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Old 2012-05-25, 10:57pm
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Placed the above tutorial into a PDF format that is 4 pages long. See attachments.

Once each page is downloaded the tutorial can be printed or saved.

It would have been best to post here as a single file attachment. However, the site limits file sizes. A single file is about 350 K in size and does not fit the site's upload size requirements.



The PDF was created in "Scribus" a free open source program that is similar to the old Page Maker or the newer InDesign for creating documents. Images were processed in PhotoShop CS4 and placed in Scribus along with the text that Donna supplied in her free posted tutorial.
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File Type: pdf seahorse_pg_3.pdf (146.2 KB, 183 views)
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Old 2012-05-27, 4:59am
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Thank you, thank you! That's awesome!
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Great tutorial Donna! Thanks so much for sharing.
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Thank you so much!! I just might be able to do this.
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Old 2012-05-27, 6:52pm
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Thanks everyone I hope that you enjoy this and make many of them. Thanks Alaska for putting this on a link so people can download and print it out and take it to the torch with them it is awesome. I know you put alot of time into it and I myself went to the link and printed out me a copy
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Thank you for taking the time to make the tutorial, Donna. He's a cutie!
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WOW Donna, he's Ssssweet!!! Thanks for sharing.
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Old 2012-06-10, 1:22pm
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I was just out in the studio, trying this for the first time today. Of course I didn't have the instructions with me and ended up winging it. Yech!

Now I've jotted the directions down and will try again.
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Old 2012-06-11, 7:48am
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Angie that sounds like me with any tutorial. I always leave them inside and after sitting down at the torch think " darn it ohh well I will get it when nature calls, but usually takes a couple of trips inside before I remember to bring it with me" I would love to see everyones little fellow. I hope everyone is having a wonderful time making them.
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Old 2012-06-11, 8:11am
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Donna-Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful tut.It is very kind of you. I do appreciate it. He is sooo cute!!!
Alaska - Thank you so much for do putting this tut in a form that can be printed and taking to the torch. You are awesome.
Soon as I get my studio set back up . I'm going to try this.
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Old 2012-06-25, 8:19pm
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I have yet to take pics but both of my attempts actually turned out pretty well, both the one before I took notes out to the torch and the one after. My biggest challenge is putting the eyes on in a symmetrical way; one of the seahorses looks like his head is falling off to the side. I'll post pics when I've got them -- this is a great tutorial!
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