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my tail tutorial by missfit1023 my tail tutorial by missfit1023
i have been asked by many people, and here it is! this is the exact method i used for my tail.

**PLEASE READ COMMENTS BEFORE YOU ASK QUESTIONS!**
I did forget to mention the Spray Silicone in the first picture, which is $9 on Amazon.com. It is used for divers, and should be applied to the finished tail to prevent stickiness!
This tutorial was a collaboration from many of the mer community on Mer.Yuku.com
**DISCLAIMER**
Do not swim in a mermaid tail without supervision - This particular tail-tutorial makes a tail that is easily 40-50bls when finished. It will be weightless in the water, but will double in weight after being wet on land.
I suggest practice swimming with a monofin while in the process of making your tail - it will help you learn how to move with the fin and build the necessary muscles to swim with it.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN COMMISSIONING A TAIL:
read this first: [link]
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mermagic2014 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  New member Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with all of us. I have been all over the internet looking for a grate quality tail that I can make myself at home. I would also love to make a( Dragon skin 10 ) silicone/fiberglass fabric in place of the neoprene ? and if so were can i go to get the directions.
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CiRy15 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
Hello,  I love your costume it's very beautiful and realistic. I will be very happy if you could tell me more about how to make the tail. I don't unterstad very much how put the latex to the tail to look realistic.
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ajgriffey Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
ok, read through the comments- sorry! Question answered! Thanks!
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ajgriffey Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
If I wanted to create a tail for decorative/costume purposes only, would I need to use neoprene, or could some other stretchy fabric be used, like lycra or spandex? And  instead of purchasing a mono-fin, I'm considering making my own fin attatchement (again, just a costume, doesn't need to be functional) with latex and a flexible wire frame. I have done this once before with (many) layers of liquid latex. Any advice there? The metal grating technique is perfect for creating an authentic fish scale look! Thanks for sharing.
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Lorelie-mer Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  New member Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm still really confused on HOW exactly you sew it. Do you turn it inside out? Do you sew it before you add all the latex and paint or after? I'm just really confused on how that will work. Thanks for everything!
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missfit1023 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
Latex, then paint, then sewing/gluing the sides.
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Kapu-chan Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I loved this, it was so helpful. I 've never used the latex on my tails before (I have two), so I'll have a try me thinks :)
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Catesonskates Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
I'm amazed. 
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Clair85 Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
This was most instructive!! I can't wait to try this method on my first tail!!
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BuffnutButthead Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
THANK. YOU. SO. MUCH. for this tutorial...... i recently bought a nice fabric tail (magictail) but i really really want to upgrade to a latex/neoprene tail but since theyre really expensive...... I GET TO MAKE MY OWN NOW!! THANKS SO MUCH!!! <3
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