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Mike Jordan
« on: February 07, 2010 10:09:43 PM »

  I like doing fish skeletons. There is just something about having a fish that is head, tail and bones in between. Cheesy

The first ones I got into, I created using the Freeze N Fuse method.  Doing things by Freeze N Fuse (or FnF for short) is so simple and you can use anything for a mold that will hold water but works really well with candy, soap, candle and other types of plastic and rubber molds like this.  And it is especially good for those with small kilns.

Here are a few of the first fish I did:

And here is the mold I used and what they looked like right out of the freezer and before I put them in the kiln to fuse:

If that looks like a ice cube tray, you are correct.  It's one of those specialty molds you can get for making funny shaped ice cubes.  I packed the wet Bullseye powder frit into them, pack them down, put it in the freezer for an hour (see I really did make ice cubes Cheesy) then popped the now frozen stiff fish onto my kiln shelf and fused them solid.

Here are a few more fish that I did, but these where the first things I cut out with my ring saw when I got it (which is why they are not in the best shape. Cheesy 

These are about 7" long.

« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2010 03:20:19 AM »

 Shocked I love them!!  I'm not a glass person but the process sounds really interesting. 
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« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2010 06:20:20 AM »

Very cute! I've got to try both the frozen frit technique and the ring saw. I'm seeing awesome stuff done with ring saws.
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« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2010 07:52:36 AM »

I think I prefer the ones that you cut.  The molded ones look too perfect.  But that's just my opinion.  I love your work.

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« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2010 05:04:14 PM »

Fun.  I have to try that freeze and fuse business!

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« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2010 05:15:16 PM »

I love these! How fun and clever! They would be hilarious in an aquarium.

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« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2010 08:53:06 PM »

Grobarka, the fish out of the ice cube tray aren't perfect but they do have a more processed shape to them. I like them but I also like the cut out ones as well. I'd like to do a few more of them and create a sun catcher out of them or use them as part of a mobile or wind chime. Losts of posibilities.

Pinokeeo, It's really fun. I've done hundreds of FnF stuff since I started doing it. I've done things as tiny as a dime (little tiny frogs) all the way up to a 3 pound multi-colored frog.  I started to do a six pound stepping stone using a cement stepping stone mold but my senses caught up with me.  It would of worked, but the cost of 6 pounds of Bullseye powdered frit (after I'd already gone through about 50 pounds of the stuff making stuff) gets a bit steep just for me to have fun... even at Bullseye's semi-annual half price sale. Cheesy

There are a number of tutorials on the web for doing FnF. A couple of them is how I learned. I've also created one that is based on how I do FnF, which is a little different than how some of the others explain how to do it.  You can find it here: http://www.sitnprettyphoto.com/display/glass/fnf-tutorial.pdf

And thanks everyone for the comments.

« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2010 05:47:30 AM »

Wow. Not only a cool project but a nifty method to try. And I gotta say, while the ones you cute with the jigsaw look more like the classic fish bone items I've seen, the ones from the ice cube tray are freaking cute. Thanks!
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« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2010 01:57:43 PM »

Thanks, Syntaniel.  When I saw the fish cube tray advertised, I had to get it. But I couldn't find it in any store in the US. I did find it advertised on some sites in England but they didn't ship out of country.  I fianlly found a source in Hong Kong that sold them through Etsy. I was hesitant to buy over the internet from there, but I did and had it in 3 days. I then went back and ordered some more, so I have a number of these in case I want to do a big school or something. Or use them for ice like they are intended. Cheesy

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« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2010 06:12:51 PM »

If you ever need to get something from the UK, let me know, I dont mind shipping one to you in return for a little art Smiley I love the fish, I never really knew there was a powder you could use to make glas.. off to investigate now..
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