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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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Kapu-chan Featured By Owner 2 days ago  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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ReinsQueen Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Student General Artist
for your sewing, did you simply lay the two layers one on top of the other and overlock stitch? did the sewing give your machine trouble? 
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AngelaCheer Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
What monofin did you use, and how can you make it a tad bit lighter in the weight department. ^^'' I'm interested in making one, but I have never owned or even tried to make one until now. @.@ 
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darkshadowsgirl Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Student General Artist
How did you get in and out of your monofin without damaging the tail? Monofins come with straps and I can't find anything that explains how to get in and out of them with latex/silicone tails.
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missfit1023 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
There really isn't a way - but I promise it won't ruin anything! 
My method has been to use lotion on my legs, as it helps to slide into the tail easier, and stretch the tail as much as you can to reach the foot pockets.
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darkshadowsgirl Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Student General Artist
alright :) thank you for the help!
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Narwhalover101 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Student General Artist
i already own a fabric tail and you are my inspiration to make a partial silicone/latex tail just 2 questions do you think it would be possible to mix in the paint with the latex? and how long did it take you to make this? thankyou so much for posting this tutorial it has helped me so much
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