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Building puffer fish
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Joined: May 14, 2002
Posts: 1290
From: Bangkok
Posted: 2003-04-14 1:36 pm   Permalink

Lacking in native puffer fish here in Scotland and finding the skin of the spiny-haggis do not allow enough light to through. I set about building my own big puffer fish out of wire, glue, tissue paper, cocktail sticks and this nasty thick recycled toilet paper that my flat mate bought.

It looks a bit plain before its illuminated


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Joined: Apr 21, 2002
Posts: 367
From: Phoenix, Arizona
Posted: 2003-04-14 2:27 pm   Permalink


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Joined: Mar 06, 2003
Posts: 385
From: Portland, OR
Posted: 2003-04-14 5:26 pm   Permalink


it's a sad story, but it came out looking so great!

What about the fabled Loch Ness Pufferfish, last seen with the entire clan McGarish clinging to his mighty needles?

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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Manor, Forest of Bowland,UK
Posted: 2003-04-15 05:05 am   Permalink

Wow, that looks great, particularly when lit!
Another project to be added to the list...

At the weekend I went over a freinds house and noticed a funny-looking blob dangling from his light fixture. When I took a closer look, I realised that he'd turned the fixture & lampshade upside down, and stuck a soft toy pufferfish to the underside, in a vain attempt to make a pufferfish lamp. It looked awful! Must try to get a photo just to show how badly wrong some people get it.

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Joined: Mar 31, 2003
Posts: 1795
From: Boise, Idaho
Posted: 2003-04-15 11:14 am   Permalink

Nice work!!

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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 559
From: Portland, OR
Posted: 2003-04-15 5:53 pm   Permalink

It's fun (and economical) to make your own tiki bar fixtures. I just did a string of coconut shell lights that I'm pretty happy with. I'll post a pic when I get the chance.
A tip: you gan get your hands on smallish (softball sized) coconut shell halves if there's a Trader Joe's market near you - they sell their coconut ice cream in them. My mom's hooked on the stuff, so she sends me half a dozen every couple of months. These are so handy to have around - I made the string of lights with them, and they also make great and stylish replacements for the little bamboo snuffer that comes with tiki torches.

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Joined: Oct 02, 2002
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From: The Coast of Kauai
Posted: 2003-04-15 7:29 pm   Permalink

That is pure GENIUS and low impact on our marine environment. Very nice and creative work, although, I would like to see the Puffer haggis, I bet that puffer fish you made would taste better!


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Joined: Nov 28, 2002
Posts: 712
From: santa monica
Posted: 2003-04-16 12:08 am   Permalink

too cool!, and to think i went on ebay for mine!. now if only you could make a pirhana out of a sheeps liver(free range only chongolio) you would be set!.i really do like it, it looks right out of a shag painting.

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Joined: Nov 26, 2005
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Posted: 2018-02-27 06:36 am   Permalink


Have you made others?



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Joined: Jun 17, 2002
Posts: 7699
Posted: 2018-02-27 08:20 am   Permalink

Building puffer fish

atomictonytiki it's been 15 years since you posted these photos. I wish you knew that it's up again. It would be fun to see what projects you did after the puffer. This was done so well. Cheers, Wendy

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