Hey! I wrote a tutorial! It’s 17 pages with over 40 pictures and it’s all about those little soft glass fish I make. In it you will find very detailed instructions that will allow you to create two different fish species, the Shovelnose and the lovable Underbitey. As an additional bonus, I threw in instructions for making eyelids that are compatible with either fish. Isn’t that super? Eyelids are essential for expressing anger or fatigue. Those are my two favorite expressions. Or the ones I use most. Whichever.
I believe that beginners who are motivated will be able to follow these step by step instructions just fine and intermediate people will be able to follow them even better. The absolute rock-bottom requirements for making fish: 1) You have to know how to make regular and encased stringer and how to apply them. 2) You do need to have some flame knowledge—where the flame is hottest and how to work the edges. 3) You also need to know how to make a round bead and do a little sculpting. If you don’t already know how to keep a large bead warm in the flame you will learn pretty quickly by holding a big bead with fins on it. We all have to learn that sometime. Might as well be now.
There’s not a huge tool list for this one—parallel masher, marver/graphite paddle, utility blade and tweezer. You can decorate the fish body however you want so bring along any extra things you can think of—reaction frit, rakes, enamels, copper screen, brass stamps, hallucinogenic toads, heck, I don’t know what all you kids are using these days. If you can decorate a round bead with it you can use it in this tutorial.
This is a 624kb PDF file that will beam to your electronic mailbox magically after you send me money. You will need Adobe Reader to open it. Please convo me if you want me to use an email address that’s different than your Paypal address. If you purchase the file during my normal waking hours, which is most of them, you should receive it right away. (Within a few hours, I would think.) Probably slower on the weekends, though.
Feel free to email me if you have any questions or need any technical support!