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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:
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:iconmagic-i-am-543:
Magic-I-am-543 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Student Artist
how much would you say all the supplies cost?
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Traubenzucker Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can you maby send me you tutorial on PN too becaus i cant red it. I am sorry but it is to little for me :)
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Traubenzucker Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for that. It looks so wonderfull you tail
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Carabosse1 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015
Hello! This is beautiful. How many millimeters thick was your neoprene? A full 4 mm? Thanks!
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SomeonesParamore Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So I'm on a budget (Like all of us) and I was wondering if using Acrylic or Fabric paint may be wise because sadly I cannot find the same deal on the airbrush and compressor :( 
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missfit1023 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
I would do a swatch test with acrylics/fabric paints. More than likely, that paint can and will scratch off while swimming, but maybe you can mix the paint in the latex? Try some small experiments before testing it on a tail. 
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BloodyeyedWitness Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial! It is extremely helpful. But how did you make the fluke "scales". Like the lines on it. 
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BloodyeyedWitness Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh so that makes the lines. Thank you!
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:iconmissfit1023:
missfit1023 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
Expanded metal grating (listed in the image)
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courtneybarron Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014
You are so creative!!! Thank you so much for sharing this with me! How much did everything cost all together for all the materials? (For the tail, not the bra). :)
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mermagic2014 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  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  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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:iconkapu-chan:
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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:iconclair85:
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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CelestialElement Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Student Digital 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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CelestialElement Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Student Digital 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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MinxMermaid Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you know if the 100% silicone caulk will work for this?
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RachelGrayPhoniex Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

are you able to substitute neoprene for swim suit fabric or is that too light and not durable enough?
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missfit1023 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
You cannot use swim suit fabric with this method.
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HamoZeon Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
 i want to ask.....if i don't have any createx paint, can i paint it with fabric paint or else?

and what is caulking gun? is that like hot glue?

thank you
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ReinsQueen Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Student General Artist
I have one last question, if I may :) The latex for the tail gave you no trouble? It did not crack, fall apart, loose color, or anything, right? And can the latex stand without a base (like, if I was to make a separate part with a mould filled with the latex, would the shape hold?) Thanks!
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missfit1023 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
For the first part of your question, no the tail's latex didn't crack - However, if left in a hot environment (direct sunlight or in the car) it would stick to itself. It would come undone, but with effort...Also, the paint did scrape off on the fluke wherever it touched the cement.
As for the second part, I honestly couldn't say as I've never tried it. I do know that for mold-making you CAN NOT use the caulking latex that I used here, what you need is a liquidy version of the latex (like in mask-making kits, which can be found online on some Special Effects websites).
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CorinnaHerden Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hi, Do you have photos of you in the tail? How much did it cost to make it in total? Thank you.
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spicks-and-specks Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
is the whole fluke a monofin  that has been cut? or are the corners not part of the monofin
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missfit1023 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
i cut some of the hard edges of the monofin, it makes the fin look less obvious.
i had a video, but it was taken down because of the music. i havent have the chance to put it back up yet.
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spicks-and-specks Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
do you have a video of the tail under water?
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cookiebaby722 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so cool
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katahati Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
Thank you so much for posting this! You are awesome!
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missfit1023 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
aw thanks!
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ReinsQueen Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Student General Artist
Question! When putting on the thicker layer of latex for the scales, do you put the latex down in sections to fit the mesh? Or put it all down and just press the mesh down in one place, let the scales set, then press it down in the next spot?
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missfit1023 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
I did it in sections, since I only had one piece of the mesh to work with.
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:iconreinsqueen:
ReinsQueen Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Student General Artist
'Kay! thank you!
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CaptivationRequired Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Student Filmographer
Thank you so much for your tutorial. This has given me os much more insight to how I'm putting my tail together. <3
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fritzieHG Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
do you have to use neoprene because it is quite heavy and i cant seem to find it in my country. any other fabrics possible? 
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missfit1023 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
No. Only neoprene can be used.
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fritzieHG Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
Thanks so much
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Ramlabay Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist
Great work.. I love it!! Did you made also a monofin inside?
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missfit1023 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
thank you! i purchased the monofin from Finis, but i've been researching making my own.
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Ramlabay Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist
Hi!!! Thank you for the answer, for making a different shape of fin, I also thought to creating a monofin by myself and i was searching pictures that shows how can i make it !!! In any photos of MerTailor is possible to see the shape of the monofin inside the tail.  Maybe i can made it in fiberglass.. using the shoes of normal fin :D
It s my first tail project but i cant wait to create one !!!

Greatings
Lucia
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DolliePaige Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
How much did all of that cost you?
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