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Spindrift
07-13-2011, 08:37 AM
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12/10/10 23:00:01
Wanted to make a topic for tops that use bra bases. What bases to use, what you can do with them, how to best attach latex, fake flora, shells, netting, what ties work best, ect.

I'll start by talking about the bras that I know are some of the highest quality adhesive bras- Nubras. You will want to use the Seamless NuBra (http://www.nubra.com/NuBra_Seamless.htm), as if you tried to attach something to the original it would just damage the silicone, and the bra would be useless.

The adhesive on these bras do not last, even when just using for formal wear and taking proper care of them. I think they could be used for dry photoshoots for a while, but I am skeptical of them staying stuck in the water for long. The salt or chlorine in the water would most likely destroy the adhesive faster than normal use. I think it would be best to use these bras either for dry shoots only or to use them as a base for comfort reasons (even plastic shells are NOT comfortable!). I believe spirit gum would hold them on in the water, but I know that those have used spirit gum for this purpose said they needed several tubes (they're small) to get the tops to hold. It is up to you if you believe it is worth the investment! The other option is to add straps- you could use fishing line (as Hannah Fraser uses), or other more mermaidy things like netting.

To me, when you pay for a NuBra, you are paying for the quality of the adhesive. I have bought off brand adhesive bras- you get what you pay for! They end up being more like bra inserts. However, if the adhesive is just going to wear away eventually, and you're going to be using spirit gum and/or straps, why not go for a cheaper version? Before there were only the silicone ones, then yesterday at Target I ran across the equivalent of the Seamless NuBra- it's a brand called Fashion Forms, and the bra is the Ultralight (http://www.target.com/Fashion-Forms-Ultralight-Nude/dp/B003PAX8TC/ref=sc_qiu_pd_gwv_1). It's only $16.99, as apposed to the $40 (+s&h, $30 if you find a deal on eBay)! To me I think this would be a good alternative.

As the page only shows the top, I took a picture of the box so you know what to look for in the store:

http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc227/winged_mermaid/Photo12091836.jpg


I'm excited! What's your opinion on this?



So what are your ideas for bra based tops? Share designs, ideas, materials, ect! It's all about the boobie love in this topic- and not those uncomforatable shells!




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12/10/10 23:16:31
there is no way i could wear a adhesive bra.I wish i could but my bust is way to big and i need to much support. But i am sure it could work for girls with a smaller bust and maybe you could tie a string or something to hold it even if the adhesive comes off.




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12/10/10 23:55:24
Well the NuBra thing was more of a suggestion for a actual bra alternative for those who can wear it comfortably. This topic in general is for ANY kind of bras as bases :) How to decorate them, what materials don't get too waterlogged/saggy when swimming, what paint works best, all that kind of stuff! Also pics of any bra based tops are welcome and would be great :)

I see you made one! I like the tribal look that the stones give it- do they make it heavier though? The stone ornament in between also gives it that great tribal feel :)




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12/11/10 01:01:42
thanks you and i tried swimming in the top to see and it just felt the same. Sort of a challenge not to use to much of the pearls because it's the heaviest thing on the top.The purple circles are just beads i got at Micheals arts and crafts they aren't that heavy but, if they were it would be a big help for me so i will sink in the water easier i seem to have a problem with water it loves me.. yet it spits me out when i try to stay down longer. :( I was hoping maybe when i get the mer-tail i might sink more as well.
The fish stone i couldn't resist at micheals either it was too pretty xD But my top base was an old Wire Bra i had for about a year and a half i sew it up nice and decorated it to look mermaid-ish ^^





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12/11/10 09:33:07
You can get larger bottles of spirit gum if you can find a place that carries higher end theater make up and things like that,or at least I can here.The only complaint I know of is the pull on delicate parts( for lack of a better term) when removing and I can suggest if some one wants to try it useing one of the smaller pasties and covering the whole cup in spirit gum and applying it.It would protect parts and prob be enough to to glue hold it in place really well, just remember to use an cleaner on the skin to remove any oils before applying to everything so it sticks well :)




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12/11/10 11:14:15


Use spirit gum remover to get it off rather than pulling.




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12/11/10 11:54:29
Very true Nemo! If your not into the pain thing it's best to use to remover.Peel up the edge of the bra a bit, dip q tip into remover and run it along the seam where glue and flesh meets to get a fairly easy and painless removal :) It can be kinda repeditive but it's usually for the best.




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12/11/10 16:43:13
The tops I am making are all bra based as is the one Raven created for me. In my opinion, it makes it easier to attach things and gives support to those who need it. Plus it can be ANY size as opposed to just a regular seashell bra, because seashells just don't come in the sizes some of us need.

Mainly, the only drawback is that covering the entire bra to make sure none of the color comes through, becomes very tedious when working with small items. Otherwise, there is no other way I'd rather do it :)




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12/11/10 22:17:16

CydAdeTol wrote:Plus it can be ANY size as opposed to just a regular seashell bra, because seashells just don't come in the sizes some of us need.

Mainly, the only drawback is that covering the entire bra to make sure none of the color comes through, becomes very tedious when working with small items. Otherwise, there is no other way I'd rather do it :)
By the sound of things, you don't need seashells, you girls need giant clams!!!!

Couldn't resist! http://mer.yuku.com/domain/bypass/images/tongue.gif

Try coating with ALEX. You could lay down the first coat, then lay down a thin color coat. Then sew whatever you want to it.




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12/12/10 00:33:15
Lol @capt nemo
xD hahaahahaha cracked me up!!!




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12/12/10 11:51:44



CydAdeTol wrote:

Mainly, the only drawback is that covering the entire bra to make sure none of the color comes through, becomes very tedious when working with small items. Otherwise, there is no other way I'd rather do it :)

I can understand that in the world of costuming.The bra I'm looking at making is going to be very very tedious!But it's only really worth it if you put the work in it to make it amazing!

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12/17/10 16:08:18




Capt Nemo wrote:Try coating with ALEX. You could lay down the first coat, then lay down a thin color coat. Then sew whatever you want to it.
I do have a question health wise. Is ALEX safe for the body, I mean won't it eventually enter your body through the pores of the skin or something. I know that when I work with puppets, I have to use a water based contact cement type of glue because it is the safest on the market and is not toxic. Is ALEX the same or can it become toxic in time for the body?






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12/20/10 06:11:53

ALEX is a latex/silicone blend that acts like latex when wet, and silicone/latex when dry. I wouldn't use ALEX for direct skin contact, but for minor skin contact when cured I don't think it would be a problem, unless you're allergic to latex.





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12/20/10 07:51:56


Capt Nemo wrote:ALEX is a latex/silicone blend that acts like latex when wet, and silicone/latex when dry. I wouldn't use ALEX for direct skin contact, but for minor skin contact when cured I don't think it would be a problem, unless you're allergic to latex.
I see, thanks for the info CaptNemo. Well since my skin is higly sensitive, I will have to not touch to that stuff. So if I do end up making my own tail, neoprene will be the way to go. Unfortunately, I will have to find another way to making the fin and add some tubing inside for the excess water to drain out properly. Thanks again for the info.







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01/02/11 18:05:32

Hello,

I have tried using the self-adhesive bra from here http://www.asseenontv.com/prod-pages/deva_bra_a.html

I painted the outside of mine to resemble shells using acrylic paint. Dry, it works fine, but during the wet test, the paint started to peel. Anyone have any suggestions for water-proof sealer and/or paints?

Thanks!






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01/03/11 19:11:46



Almost finished with my seaweed top. Just need to cover the back and straps and a few more sea objects on the cups :)
I think this is definitely one option for those who want more coverage. It just takes a while to get everything where you want it!
:)

http://oi53.tinypic.com/iycsbd.jpg

http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=iycsbd&s=7



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01/04/11 12:19:15

That looks awesome CydAdeTol
I was planing to make another mermaid top but i really don't know where to start i want to have a top that isn't as shiny and looks more earthy, but it's kinda hard to find in Houston..i don't even know where to look. x.x





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01/04/11 14:22:32

Wow, that looks great!





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01/04/11 18:53:49

Thank you Winged Mermaid for posting it! I promise one day I will learn :)

SakurakoMcGinty: What kind of earthy things are you looking for; net, seaweed, shells, different fabric? I can search around here and see if there is anything similar to what you need. I'm always at some kind of craft store!





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01/05/11 01:14:50

No problem- sometimes hosters give out urls that don't work for posting directly. I don't mind jumping in and fixing things now and then ^_^ No worries!

Looking into making my own bra based top soon :) Perhaps even a tutorial! What's a good waterproof glue? I was thinking Gorilla glue but I'm not sure.





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01/05/11 03:04:11



I really wanted to make a top with sea grass on it but they have so such thing at the craft store near me.
I can't even find sea grass.

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01/05/11 11:04:49




I use gorilla glue for my shell bras.





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01/05/11 11:12:55

Gorilla glue is so great! Do you know if the gorilla glue keeps the shells on if the bra is worn in the water?





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01/05/11 12:20:54

yeah so far gorilla glue is the only thing that holds the big shells on I find. everything else I use hot glue, but for shells I use gorilla glue.





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01/05/11 13:19:24

I couldn't find fake sea flora in any craft store either, then when I was at Petco getting toys for my kitties it hit me- aquarium plants! I didn't see any I liked color wise, but I'm planning to go to Petsmart and look as they had a bigger aquarium section. Other than that, I have no idea.

For those of you who have used fake sea flora, where did you get yours?



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01/06/11 09:29:38



I got mine at Michaels and I use Fabri-Tac when working with fabrics. It secures whatever you are gluing down but moves with the fabric so it doesn't break. I used that for both my shell and seaweed bra and so far so good. I am not sure how reputable this website is but there are some plants and shells on it that some of you might be interested in, if not to buy, then for inspiration.

http://amads.us/shop/category.asp?catid=88





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01/07/11 01:06:41

There are a lot of fake aquarium plant sites out there that sell a plethora of different plants. They even have them on eBay! Just need to find the best looking and cheapest. The past several times I went to Michaels I couldn't find any sea plants.. is there a section? I really wish I could find some sea flora at craft stores- those would be so much more affordable for sure. Even online craft supplies, but no luck so far.





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01/07/11 06:48:03

i got some "sea plants" but they really arent but look close enough





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01/07/11 18:57:08

I Found a really cool tutorial you might like!!!
I found it by complete accident and it's a beautiful top too lol
http://www.firefly-path.net/?p=1272





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01/07/11 19:27:48

Indeed, that tutorial is giving me quite a few ideas for the top I will have to design to go with my tail. Thank you for sharing that precious bit of info Sakurako-san!





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01/09/11 19:47:18



I just made a new top this weekend. It kinda came out of nowhere really :) I used an old Fredricks of Hollywood bra. A few years ago they came out with a bra with a separate strap so you could use it as a bikini also with the matching bottoms. It was an amazing swimsuit and I came upon it last weekend since I haven't used it in years and made it into a top. Now these bras are on sale for less than $20 online and you can get them in the nude shade which would be perfect underneath your shells. They give great support and are push up so for those who are smaller, you will have great cleavage :) I highly suggest these and I'm hoping to buy a new one soon since I've lost alot of boobage from mermaiding. Remember to be prepared for that ladies :) I've had to buy all new bras.

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02/20/11 19:18:54



here is my first seaweed top - dry use only, because its made from real plant material (freeze-dried moss from michaels).

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(ps: i tried making them vertical, but it wouldn't work!)






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03/18/11 17:58:03

I'm a bra nerd, I have made several above water bras back in the days when I used to bellydance and I really had fun with those projects. I want to try to do something similar for a mermaid bra but I look awful in strapless stuff because of the way I'm shaped or because of my burly shoulders, and straps just seem kind of inauthentic to me for this purpose. I could easily craft my own fabric bra out of lycra but I'd need plastic underwires (or the hardware store equivalent if there is such a thing) and maybe rust-proof hook and eyes (obviously, for authenticity purposes these would be invisible). Anyone ever seen these things?



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03/19/11 09:40:14

got most of my mermaid top done.. gonn order the tankini w/ underwire suipport later and do the sam so that i have extra coverage when needed :)
I still need to add a few strands of beads to the shoulder area..
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03/19/11 17:36:15

Very pretty! I LOVE the color!





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03/19/11 18:50:26

it will match my tail perfectly :)

Just wish I had less.. of me.. :)

Working on that too :D

Gem Stone
02-03-2012, 12:37 PM
i am planning on using a nude color 'strapless' bra. the straps are removable and clear. i want to decorate it with two shells, and then real seawed to cover the sides and back, you know to make it as realistic as possible. the bra comes in different sizes (of course) and is good for almost anything you want to make

Mermaid Saphira
02-03-2012, 10:18 PM
^ I did something like that! Good luck :)

MermaidMermeron(Cameron)
01-16-2018, 09:49 AM
neat tops. i really like the seaweed one but im still scrolling and roaming the site for inspiration but im probs not going to be making anything for a while bc im very short of supplies and allowence maybe just looking for enjoyment like peace or something or maybe like window shopping basically getting all of the creative juices to my head and maybe i might draw a mermaid or something idk lol :swoon::pearl::rainbow::violin::mermaid kiss: