This is a tutorial making your own Linux Fish, as seen on Think Geek. It's perfect for the Linux fan on your list, and can also be easily made into a geeky Christmas tree ornament. I made this because my brother is a big Linux fan and I was in need of a sweet Christmas present.
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Step 1: Get Your Supplies & Heat Up Your Iron
For this project, you will need:
~A Spool of Solder
~A Soldering Iron
~Needle nose pliers to bend the solder into shape
~A Dremel, sander, or sandpaper
Heat up the iron and get ready to go!
Step 2: Bend and Solder the Basic Fish Shape
We want this part to look like the original Linux fish made by Think Geek, so use the pic as a template and start.
You want to have a continuous source of heat on the point of the connection until the solder is liquid. This makes for a stronger connection, but watch your hands because it gets HOT.
Step 3: Add LINUX and the Fin
Now, make your letters with the needle nose pliers so as to accent the curves and bends. Make sure to do a test fit before taking the time to solder them in!
Next, add your letters to the fish. I did the soldering job on the back so as to keep the front nice and tidy.
Step 4: Finish!
Bust out your Dremel and sand those pointy parts down! Then you're good to go.
This makes a great tree ornament also, so add some red or green string and tie it on the fin. Now you have a perfect gift for the Linux fan on your list!