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  1. #21
    Quote Originally Posted by Mermaid Wesley View Post
    Oh oh and this ads drag. Any sort of floppy extension will add drag. And DONT USE REGULAR DUCT TAPE. Nope. Gorilla tape only. The adhesive is stronger and the backing is more rubbery and stronger. You may have a little peeling after a swim or two but mine stayed really well. Also water gets in the crevasses and I'm not sure it ever really drys out. But it's cheap and I've gotten a ton of compliments


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    Umm what about 'Tarzan's Grip' tape? it seems like the best quality I can get here..?
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    Hm. You could try it but Gorilla!tape is sortof it's own thing. You can order it on-line I'm sure too. But you might as well test it.


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    Worth a shot I'll tell you if it works out
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    I've been really busy with exams, but now that they're over, I have more time to work on my first tail! I worked for an hour and a half and finished the scales on half of it and I think they look pretty cool Name:  IMG_2090.jpg
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  5. #25
    Oh! I forgot to mention that when I counted them, (I dunno why I wanted to, but I did lol) there are 600 scales on the first side LOTS OF PAINTING
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    OOO! Are you going to add more highlights? Other than that, its looking super!
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  7. #27
    Thankyou! It actually has *light* highlights on each scale, that's how I know how many there are lol. But it actually looks pretty highlighted in person, cameras don't show it haha
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  8. #28
    This is what it looks like unpainted (side I haven't done yet)
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  9. #29
    one side of the fluke is done! As I said, cameras just don't show the colors right - it's got dark/light blue, light purple and white
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  10. #30
    I added more white onto the fluke, as the spandex absorbs light colours really easily :P I also finished the little pectoral fins
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  11. #31
    I love that you added a few scales on the little fins! Nice touch!

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    Haha thankyou that's so when I sew them on, they blend a bit nicer
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    painting scales is addictive! Haha I've almost finished the outlines for all of the scales on the front side now
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  14. #34
    Done! Outlines are finished I have to wrap up for the night lol. This mermaid needs to get some Z's
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    admin- would it be possible to re-name this thread 'The making of my first tail' and move it to the 'tail making' thread please? Thankyou
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  16. #36
    Second side of the fluke is done! And the shading on the scales too I still have to highlight the scales and fix some of them up, test my monofin extension (duct tape+zip ties) for waterproof-ness, iron the tail and fins (to heat set the paint) and sew on some flowy material... Whew!
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    Love the scales and colour choice!!!

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  18. #38
    Thankyou
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    I had that thought too, but reporting is only supposed to be used for real issues? Maybe I could ask one of the new mods
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    I had just read what an admin wrote once. .but now there are mods that would be the same :P
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