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Mermaid Aurora
06-27-2012, 04:07 PM
Part one.

You need:
2 lionspaw shells that about cover your breasts
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white oven-bake polymer clay
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toothpicks
fake netting (I like this brand)
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old strapless bra (nude, if available)
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to make:
1. using the clay and toothpicks, make a sea creature/shells/starfish/barnacles. place them on the shells, shaping them to the curves of the shell. As you can see, I made an octopus and a starfish.
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2. bake the clay (on the shells) according to the clay instructions.
3. cut the sides of your bra so you are left with the connected cups and the clasp.
4. use the gutted sides to measure the netting, and go a little bigger than the sides (because the sides are stretchy and the netting... not so much.)
5. find a thread that matches the colour of your bra.
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6. sew the netting to each side of the clasp. (this is just a picture of the clip side. no hook picture)
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7. sew the netting to each side of the bra, on the inside.
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8. See part two! (coming soon!)

Here's the finished bra(:
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SORRY FOR THE DELAY GUYS, I WAS REALLY BUSY AND DIDNT GET A CHANCE TO FIX THE POST UNTIL NOW. HERE YOU GO, ENJOY! XOX
PART TWO:
After I finished the bra (part one), I cut out two pieces of a swimsuit top that I no longer use. It was the white inside lining that I used.
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I glued this on using E6000 glue which is basically a god-send lol. I painted the fabric gold after the glue was dry, with DecoArt Glamour Dust, in "Gold Glitz".
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In the middle of the bra, to test the E6000, I glued a row of gold sequins along the bottom, to mimic fish scales. I like how it turned out.
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Also, to test the paints and sealants, I painted/sealed a shell and sewed it on.
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I used DecoArt Americana in "Milk Chocolate" and "Warm White" mixed together, then coated in a few layers of "Gold Glitz".
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I moved on to my clay next, painting the octopus.
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I used DecoArt Americana in "Desert Turquoise", "Ocean Blue", and DecoArt Glamour Dust, in "Sapphire Blue". The eyes were "Gold Glitz" and black.
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The starfish was painted the same colors as the small shell.
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The small shell, starfish, octopus, and large shells were sealed with Gloss Mod Podge and Plastercraft Acrylic Gloss Spray finish.
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Using the same netting from the side straps, I cut a pattern to get progressively smaller towards the end of the straps so I could tie them easily, and i sewed on the straps.
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I glued the scrap netting to the gold fabric in order to 'hide' it.
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I used the E6000 to glue on the shells and let them fully dry.
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I love it! It's waterproof, cute and fun. It was fairly easy to make and turned out well for a first try. If I did it again, I would have added some elastic somehow to make the sides stretchy. I'd also probably do a mold in silicon or latex for the octopus/starfish because the shells and clay are HEAVYYYY. I might venture towards that next(: enjoy, guys.

Mermaid Fenicia
06-27-2012, 04:09 PM
Here is on other tutorial on making a shell-top ;)
http://users.telenet.be/the-mermaid/tutoral/schelptopje/sheltop01e.htm

Mermaid Lorelei
06-27-2012, 04:09 PM
I am unable to view the attachments...

Mermaid Aurora
06-27-2012, 04:12 PM
I think i fixed it now

Mermaid Lorelei
06-27-2012, 04:20 PM
Yep, everything looks good. And I love your little octopus! He's adorable. :>

Mermaid Aurora
06-27-2012, 04:21 PM
Yep, everything looks good. And I love your little octopus! He's adorable. :>
aw thank you! it took FOREVER lol

Mermaid Lorelei
06-27-2012, 04:22 PM
I can imagine! He looks great though. :> Are you going to paint him?

Mermaid Aurora
06-27-2012, 04:24 PM
yup! coming in part two of the How To.

Mermaid Caidence
06-27-2012, 04:28 PM
Can't wait for part two! I love the octopus. :D

Mizuko
06-27-2012, 08:42 PM
This looks so cool! :D

NewYorkMermaid
06-27-2012, 09:47 PM
Awesome I love it, ive been trying to forever find something awesome to do with my shells..

Mermaid Aurora
06-27-2012, 10:47 PM
Part two coming along swiftly! can't wait to finish and show you guys :D

Mermaid Sirena
07-05-2012, 10:19 AM
This looks interesting! I can't wait to see part two :)

Mermaid Annariea
07-07-2012, 04:54 PM
oh good, i need a mermaid top, haha.
will it be swimmable or no? the clay i mean...

Mermaid Saphira
07-07-2012, 05:12 PM
Looking good! I wish I was that handy with clay, your octopus rocks! :)

Lyna
07-10-2012, 05:57 PM
how much would you charge to make one of these for someone?

Mermaid Dottie
07-10-2012, 06:35 PM
What awesome sea critters! I'm excited for you to finish!

Mermaid Hamant
07-10-2012, 08:26 PM
Thanks for the tutorial! I am wanting to do this soon! :)

Mermaid Aurora
07-16-2012, 08:02 PM
how much would you charge to make one of these for someone?
I'd like to refine my technique but for this with small adjustments and the octopus in latex, i'd charge around $35 to $40. plus shipping of course.

Nyx
07-16-2012, 09:23 PM
Oh wow awesomeee,
i cant wait for part two

Spindrift
07-17-2012, 08:45 AM
This is awesome! You are amazing!

Mermaid Marissa
07-20-2012, 10:10 PM
I still can't see the picture... you can't post it here?

Winged Mermaid
07-20-2012, 11:47 PM
I can't see the pictures in part two. By the way you can go back and edit your original post and copy and paste your part two in there so it's all together. If you're uploading them directly as attachments, try hosting them elsewhere and uploading the pictures via URL. You can use tumblr, photobucket, even use FB to do so. For FB just tell your browswer to open the picture in a new tab and right click and select "copy picture location" to get the direct URL.

Mermaid Aurora
07-26-2012, 11:07 PM
boosting this thread, i edited the tutorial so that it's all in one post now. the top is finished andi hope you guys liked the tutorial(:

Winged Mermaid
07-27-2012, 02:41 AM
Great tutorial! I LOVE the octopus- super cool, so cute! Does he make you feel lopsided? :P If I may make a suggestion, try painting the bra excess I after you attach the shells and such. Just use fabric paint (or even acrylic) and it should stay put! On my top I colored the bra that was poking out with green fabric marker (you could probably even use sharpie), so that will work for nude/white/light colors well!

MermaidSarah
11-11-2012, 05:43 PM
Cute! <3

Mer_Adella
01-22-2013, 08:50 AM
I love that you did something so cool and so original. How hard was it to work with the clay and did you look at something and go "i can try it" or were you a major in clay art? lol just curious is all

love it