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Old 06-27-2007, 06:29 PM
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Here Fishy Fishy... New Newbie Tutorial... Flat Fish Made Simple

Here is a flat fish in a whimsical design. We like halibut here in south east Alaska and being that I tend to be such a goof-ball... well you will get the idea when you see the following.


This is what you will try and shoot for. A flat fish that is dark on one side and light on the other. As in nature the bottom of the flat fish is almost white because of it being a bottom feeder. LOL... when I think of bottom feeders... it's not often of a fish!



Supplies needed.....

Dipped mandrel of size choice
1 rod of dark ivory glass
1 rod of light ivory glass
1 rod of white glass
1 stringer of black glass
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radial cone shaper... (not mandatory but really helps with the shape of the fish body)


1 Choose your mandrel and a rod of dark ivory glass. (I use soda lime) Make an egg or oval shape on it then flatten it. If you would like you can add a bit more dark ivory glass at the tail section of the fish to make if a bit longer. 1.(a) Next take a piece if silver foil or leaf that will fit the whole size of the flat bead. Put it on one side only of the oval and then marver. Make sure that you do not get any on the back side of your flattened oval. If you get a little on the side it will probably be ok. Don't worry about trying to remove any glass.



2 Now take the light ivory and place a longish dot at the base of the side that you will want to be the tail.


3 Do the same with the other side of the "tail" section. You can flatten the tail dot's now if you wish with a pair of tweezers to give it lines or just a plain pair of mashers.


4 Now run a line of light ivory down each side of the fish. Use a full size rod for this. Try not to go over it again. You can go all the way to the tail or stop short of it. What ever you prefer will look great I am sure!


5 Next place a white dot where you want the eyes to be. I like making my eyes cross-eyed so I place them closer to the middle of the top of the head of the fish.


6 Put on second white dot. Warm the dots and flatten them (leave slightly raised) both at the same time. This will give it the start of the cross-eyed look.


7 Now you will want to add the black dot but do not melt it in, just make sure it is well attached so they do not pop off.


8 Here is where I add the fishy lips. Yup, my fish have lips and I am proud of them! Run a full rod line of light ivory around the lip area. Take a sculpting tool and give a little crease at the sides of the mouth. Smile lil fishy!


And there you have it... Flat Fish Floozy! (try saying that 5 times fast!) Remember these are your new whimsy-fish pals. Don't make them feel bad just because they have platypus lips!
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Old 06-27-2007, 06:45 PM
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Re: Here Fishy Fishy... New Newbie Tutorial... Flat Fish Made Simple

Ruth, You are fantastic! Thanks so much for making us this tutorial. I'll post my bottom dwellers when I make some! Love you!
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Re: Here Fishy Fishy... New Newbie Tutorial... Flat Fish Made Simple

Cool. Will be trying this soon. Thanks.
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Old 06-27-2007, 07:05 PM
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Re: Here Fishy Fishy... New Newbie Tutorial... Flat Fish Made Simple

LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT

Thank you, Ruth. Fabulous tut, and I'll give it a whirl next week.
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Old 06-27-2007, 07:14 PM
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Re: Here Fishy Fishy... New Newbie Tutorial... Flat Fish Made Simple

Hey, Ruth! Another great tutorial! You rock, woman.... off to give you a 5 *

Ruth gifted me the most wonderful hollow fish that proudly sits on my windowsil! Thanks, Ruth!
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Re: Here Fishy Fishy... New Newbie Tutorial... Flat Fish Made Simple

hahaha, that fish is too funny, and the drawings are great too! thank you so much for the tutorial, something new for me to try this weekend!
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Awesome fish Ruth!!
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Way cool Ruth!
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Re: Here Fishy Fishy... New Newbie Tutorial... Flat Fish Made Simple

At last something to do with my silver foil, Thanks I'm sure it is bound to give me many strange creatures
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Re: Here Fishy Fishy... New Newbie Tutorial... Flat Fish Made Simple

This is great - I love the tutorial, great fish, wonderful drawing and directions that I think even I can follow! I bet something like this could easily be turned into any number of critters- hedgehogs, porcupines. (Oh no, my twisted mind just came up with adding tire tracks and doing a whimsical road kill bracelet!)
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Re: Here Fishy Fishy... New Newbie Tutorial... Flat Fish Made Simple

Thanks for the cool Tutorial Ruf! Now when my lil tweezer mashers come in, I'll see if I can make them work for this! I don't have any big mashers yet! You know, we newbies don't have all of the great tools yet....or at least I don't! Thanks for doing this just for the "Hal i but"! Love the lips!
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Re: Here Fishy Fishy... New Newbie Tutorial... Flat Fish Made Simple

Very cute. Thanks Ruth.
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Re: Here Fishy Fishy... New Newbie Tutorial... Flat Fish Made Simple

Oh, that´s really qute, and you´re so nice to share it!! Thanks!
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He's so much fun! I want to try one of these!! Thanks Ruth!!
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Re: Here Fishy Fishy... New Newbie Tutorial... Flat Fish Made Simple

If you all really like the tutorial, don't forget to post a rating for it! You can do so by going up to the rating section in the top right hand of the post.

It seems like a 5 star tutorial to me!
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