DIY Linux Fish (Ornament/Trinket)




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!



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    10 Discussions

    Although your welding/artistic skills could be a lot better...a's still a cool concept.I'd use a template of some sort next time to make everything neater/less wobbly.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Nice! Very simple to make! Anybody who likes Linux anyway has a bunch of soldering items lying somewhere, so this instructable is for the perfect geek I'd try printing out a template first then bend the solder thingy based on it. Try not to solder on the template tho, remember paper is flammable..

    Gene Hacker

    11 years ago on Introduction

    Now, you just have to figure out a way to convert those normal car fish into Linux fish. Think about that, booting Linux on a car fish!

    2 replies

    12 years ago

    That's alot of solder, perhaps I'll do something like this later with old wire coat hangers... there's always a bunch of those lying around :)

    1 reply

    12 years ago

    I politely disagree with HamO. He probably plays cards with Gates.


    12 years ago

    Your LINUX fish is backwards (sdrawkcab). The X should be at the head of the fish.