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AniaR
02-20-2012, 06:20 PM
New tail made by Raven https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mermaid-Ravens-Etsy/178589958863759

Me opening my tail:

http://youtu.be/51lCoTFYMmE

comparison:

http://i942.photobucket.com/albums/ad266/thefineart/skatinganftail099.jpg

http://i942.photobucket.com/albums/ad266/thefineart/skatinganftail098.jpg

http://i942.photobucket.com/albums/ad266/thefineart/skatinganftail095.jpg

http://i942.photobucket.com/albums/ad266/thefineart/skatinganftail094.jpg



Pictures of me in it, and a full review to come soon!

Mermaid Lorelei
02-20-2012, 06:45 PM
I'm happy just listening to how happy you are. XD That video was adorable!

meremily
02-20-2012, 06:52 PM
dont forget to post a vid on how you get into it, for me to understand the ''no lining thing'', as you said!!! lol
thanks

Alveric
02-20-2012, 06:54 PM
WOOT!

AniaR
02-20-2012, 06:57 PM
dont forget to post a vid on how you get into it, for me to understand the ''no lining thing'', as you said!!! lol
thanks

it's not pretty! I had to lubricate my legs with a lot of dry skin cream so they would slip in. Need to be really slippy to get in

Toxotes
02-20-2012, 07:00 PM
I am so happy for you, Raina.
It looks fantastic.

MermaidAubrin
02-20-2012, 07:01 PM
I watched the video on YouTube and needed to come back on the site to tell you how great it is :)


It looks amazing!!! You lucky fish. Woo can't wait to start on my new tail now

Mermaid Saphira
02-20-2012, 07:10 PM
I was smiling the whole time the video played! Congrats Raina! What an mer-mazing tail..wonderful job Raven! I'm so happy and I'm not the one who got the tail XD Can't wait to see more :D

Blondie
02-20-2012, 07:22 PM
So so beautiful!!! Oh my goodness! You're so ecstatic as you're opening it! Raven did an amazing job once again!

AniaR
02-20-2012, 07:44 PM
http://i942.photobucket.com/albums/ad266/thefineart/more016.jpg

just another night hanging out on mernetwork

AniaR
02-20-2012, 08:07 PM
http://youtu.be/ntGfrm_TQB4

Aquatarian
02-20-2012, 08:12 PM
So happy for you! Congrats to you and Raven, it looks amazing!

Mermaid Sirena
02-20-2012, 08:36 PM
Baby oil, that's what Doreen suggested to me to get my MVD tail on and it cut the wiggle time in half (if not more so). I almost can't put the tail on without Baby oil so I would suggest it to no end, slips on like a perfectly fit glove :) Though you'll want a rag to wipe your hands off on cause when your legs are oiled and your tail is then oiled and then your hands are oiled.... well it can be a bit hard to keep hold of the slippery fish ^_^

It is so beautiful and I think you of anyone on here deserve it!

Someday I want to own a Raven tail -dreams-

AniaR
02-20-2012, 09:00 PM
oil sounds better. Under my nails got soooo dirty from using cream and then you know, it starts coming off once you sweat sooo gross. lol

Theta
02-20-2012, 09:00 PM
It's stunning! Congratulations :) :) :)

Also thank you for posting the comparison videos!

Mermaid Saphira
02-20-2012, 09:48 PM
Aww look at you! Mernetwork ad with Raina anymer?? :)

Sirenade
02-20-2012, 11:56 PM
Pantyhose and baby powder is the best way to get in and out of tails. Oils and lotions will degrade the materials over time. :(

AniaR
02-21-2012, 07:51 AM
I dont think that would work with this silicone. It's impossible to pull it up over any fabric it was realllly hard to pull up over my panties! lol. I used baby powder with my latex tail because it was easier to get into if my skin was dry. I think this would darn near be impossible dry. I did give the inside of the tail a good cleanout once I got out of it. Very easy to wipe down the inside :)

Mermaid Jewel
02-21-2012, 09:15 AM
Try pouring water inside too? I know Mertailor suggests that for his tails, along with oil.

Mermaid Sirena
02-21-2012, 09:35 AM
My understanding is Doreen used Oil every time she put it on and it's a couple years old now I think, and it's still in mint condition with no degradation and I don't know if it's ever had a full scrubbing with how hard it is to get to the bottom.

Sirenade
02-21-2012, 01:50 PM
The pantyhose and baby powder method is what I have used for Thom Shouse tails (he recommends for both latex and urethane). I haven't tried silicone, but I'm not surprised it is hard to get into.

meremily
02-21-2012, 03:42 PM
so every time youll have to do this? wouldnt be easyer to put a zipper in the back , at least for the butt and hip?

AniaR
02-21-2012, 05:05 PM
The pantyhose and baby powder method is what I have used for Thom Shouse tails (he recommends for both latex and urethane). I haven't tried silicone, but I'm not surprised it is hard to get into.
I am thinking I may just buy silicone based lubricant. I can't see that degrading it :p Kinda a funny excuse to go buy lube hahaha


so every time youll have to do this? wouldnt be easyer to put a zipper in the back , at least for the butt and hip?
This was the very first tail Raven ever made with silicone. My tail was like her experiment to make sure she got the method down and to decide if she wanted to make them and sell them. We didnt order enough silicone for additional adjustments (extra fins, zipper, etc) and she was nervous about trying it in case she messed up since she knew how badly I wanted this tail. This stuff is EXPENSIVE. Not quite easy to "experiment" without wasting :(

Maybe down the road if she figures it out I may have a zipper put in... but honestly I can see how it would still be difficult with one. It just sticks to you and then refuses to move along anything that isn't smooth. Also I cant believe how much silicone stretches. It's perfectly tight and snug on me, but it slips around from sweat and sometimes the part thats wide for my butt will STRETCH to my legs! It's totally different learning to move, pose, and I'm sure swim in it.

I'll post a lot more once I swim in it, I am thinking of posting a thread "so you're thinking of a silicone tail..." with all these little things I've learned hahaha. Im just so thankful I get to go to Florida and see Raven and so many people in person who are going to help me refine my mermaid water skills!

koiboi
02-21-2012, 05:13 PM
Raina your tail is GORGEOUS raven did a truly amazing job on it. im so happy and excited for you!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sidenote:
iblondie- that gif of ariel is AMAZING.

Princess Kae-Leah
02-21-2012, 05:34 PM
Raina, it's so lovely, and looks so great on you! I especially love the raised scales and the shape of the fluke.

AniaR
02-21-2012, 06:13 PM
Just wanted people to know, my old tail was given away to a girl here in HFX today :) she's going to be a mermaid too. Since I was able to fundraise the money for this tail I wanted the good karma to keep going. Here's mermaid mimi putting some talc on the tail to wrap it up to take home!

http://i942.photobucket.com/albums/ad266/thefineart/mimi001.jpg

MermaidAubrin
02-21-2012, 07:25 PM
Not to be nosey but how much did the tail cost?

AniaR
02-21-2012, 10:50 PM
which one? I originally paid 1000$ for my mertailor tail, I gave it to her for free. Raven's tails start at 2000$+

SireniaSolaris
02-22-2012, 12:49 AM
Aw, I'm so happy for you :) And your excitement is infectious! I can't wait to see you in action with this! Woohoo. Just a few weeks ^_^

neonmermaid
02-22-2012, 04:59 AM
Your tail is soooo beautiful! I can not wait to see videos Raina. You are one of my favorites by far and with this new tail....I gush. :)

Theta
02-22-2012, 10:47 AM
Don't use silicone based lube with a silicone tail!!!!! Oddly enough, the silicone reacts with the silicone and can degrade the material. It goes against logic, but there you go O_o

AniaR
02-22-2012, 04:27 PM
Don't use silicone based lube with a silicone tail!!!!! Oddly enough, the silicone reacts with the silicone and can degrade the material. It goes against logic, but there you go O_o well thank you for that bit of knowledge haha :D

Mermaid Saphira
02-22-2012, 05:37 PM
^ Thats was SO sweet of you to give away your old tail! Good karma to you Raina ;)

AniaR
02-22-2012, 06:36 PM
off for my first swim! videos and photos to come later tonight

Mermaid Saphira
02-22-2012, 07:11 PM
Woohoo! Veru excited..I'm sure everything will go great :)

jukumerboii
02-22-2012, 07:19 PM
YAYYYYYYY!!!

Mermaid Star
02-22-2012, 07:33 PM
I can't wait to see how she moves!!! Enjoy the swim!!! I am going to stay home and work on my tail so that it is hopefully ready for when you come down. :)

taom
02-22-2012, 07:50 PM
SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!

AniaR
02-22-2012, 11:45 PM
I am going to post one mother loving review here later, but for now...


http://youtu.be/9uHNyxXc_08


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_30M-6_uYx8

I have another video but it's not uploaded all the way yet

http://i942.photobucket.com/albums/ad266/thefineart/1-1.jpg

http://i942.photobucket.com/albums/ad266/thefineart/18.jpg


http://i942.photobucket.com/albums/ad266/thefineart/32.jpg

http://i942.photobucket.com/albums/ad266/thefineart/11.jpg

http://i942.photobucket.com/albums/ad266/thefineart/7.jpg

http://i942.photobucket.com/albums/ad266/thefineart/12.jpg

http://i942.photobucket.com/albums/ad266/thefineart/firstswim010.jpg

http://i942.photobucket.com/albums/ad266/thefineart/firstswim015.jpg

http://i942.photobucket.com/albums/ad266/thefineart/firstswim031.jpg

Mermaid Star
02-23-2012, 12:02 AM
I love all of the pictures!!!! You look lovely!

AniaR
02-23-2012, 12:02 AM
http://youtu.be/uy7b60NXsV4

All my clips together!

Odette
02-23-2012, 12:44 AM
oh you look so happy!!! congrats! this looks great and looks like it stays on well. *fishy hug* this is so neat.

AniaR
02-23-2012, 09:09 PM
posted my review: http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?1474-Raina-s-tail-made-by-Raven-a-Review&p=14208#post14208

Mermaid Lorelei
02-23-2012, 09:23 PM
Wonderful review. Very professional.

Mermaid Sirena
02-23-2012, 10:42 PM
Wonderful review love! It truly is wonderful to see another tail be passed to a new mer. If it wasn't for wonderful mers like you, Alasea and all the others in the community there would be a lot fewer of us with tails.

Oh and the portfolio should work if it has good straps, I've been hauling the MVD tail around in a canvas duffle bag sense cristmass. Makes life so much nicer, though I eventually want to create a custom bag for it designed specifically for carrying heavy mer tails and accessories for jobs.

If you wait a little while on your stand idea I should have a post detailing the one my father and I have been testing to support/dry out the MVD tail.

MafaldaMermaid
02-24-2012, 06:29 AM
Gorgeous tail!! I saw your videos on YouTube, and I gotta say I do love themmmmm! :D
I love the colors, reminds me of Splash tail, and you swim very well! :D

Mermaid Photine
02-24-2012, 10:54 PM
You look like the tail was naturally there. :)

Lorelei
02-26-2012, 04:26 PM
Raina, you are so adorable! This practically brought tears to my eyes, you deserve this so much after all the crap you've had to deal with. So happy for you! :) Keep posting more videos, they're wonderful to watch.

AniaR
03-04-2012, 04:26 PM
http://i942.photobucket.com/albums/ad266/thefineart/mermaidparty008.jpg

http://i942.photobucket.com/albums/ad266/thefineart/mermaidparty070.jpg

http://i942.photobucket.com/albums/ad266/thefineart/mermaidparty079.jpg

http://i942.photobucket.com/albums/ad266/thefineart/mermaidparty118.jpg

Mermaid Lorelei
03-04-2012, 04:32 PM
Looks like it was a hit Raina!

Demi
03-04-2012, 04:41 PM
haha! it looks like all of you are having fun.. xD the little girl is so cute, she looks so happy! :D

AniaR
03-04-2012, 07:02 PM
it was so awesome, first water gig with it. Worked really well except I've never swam even with legs in a wave pool. Hahahaha. I basically couldnt stop and rest when the waves were on because if I did it would scrape me across the floor and I didnt want that! so it was go go go and now I'm sore sore sore, hahaha

lasserine
03-04-2012, 07:37 PM
I normally try and use a inner tube, when going into a wave pool.

Looks like fun was had by all.

How was the new tail with the kids?

AniaR
03-04-2012, 08:04 PM
they loved it :) only one boy told me it was rubber, lol cant fool him

MermaidAubrin
03-04-2012, 11:09 PM
Aw you are amazing with kids :)

Sea Pearl
03-05-2012, 07:06 PM
Loved the video of you opening your new tail! You were soo excited but I don't blame you. It's a wonderful tail.

ShyMer
03-06-2012, 09:22 AM
I know we're all excited about the Raven tail, but I was wondering when the Dr Seaweed tail would be ready. Any news about that?

AniaR
03-06-2012, 11:26 AM
I know we're all excited about the Raven tail, but I was wondering when the Dr Seaweed tail would be ready. Any news about that?

I was getting steady check ins, but he had a death in the family and hasnt been online for a while. Im hoping he's okay :(