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Ashton
02-01-2014, 10:46 PM
*shrug* if it's meant to be it will be.


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Keiris
02-01-2014, 11:21 PM
Actually Arion, that tail would look pretty awesome on YOU! Especially since you have a penchant for blue fins judging by your own tail. It's pretty exotic.

Mermaidmechanic
02-01-2014, 11:26 PM
That does make things a little complicated. Raina, I sent her an email to this address: merbellastudios@gmail.com ... I didnt know Ash was gunning after it too. I really want this tail though. I dont want to be selfish, but the moment I saw that first picture I just HAD to have it. If she sells it, maybe she should put it at auction so we all have a fair chance? I dont want to loose out on something I really want because someone saw the post before me, but I also dont want to push anyone down a flight of stairs just to get something I want, if you know what I mean.

AniaR
02-01-2014, 11:44 PM
you should ask her to put it to auction if she sells it :) good idea. great way to be fair.

Morticia Mermaid
02-01-2014, 11:52 PM
I think asking Raven to put it as an auction is a good idea :) That way Raven isn't having to choose who gets it

Mermaid Lorelei
02-02-2014, 12:26 AM
Where do you keep finding these pictures? I've only seen some of them, either on instagram or facebook. O.o'

Ashton
02-02-2014, 12:29 AM
Auction does sounds like the fairest way to do things.


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Ashton
02-02-2014, 12:37 AM
Then it will become battle of the bank accounts.


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Mermaidmechanic
02-02-2014, 12:40 AM
Haha, thats true, but at least Raven will get more compensation for her lovely work.

Merman Arion
02-02-2014, 05:08 AM
Honestly, I think priority goes to those who don't have a full silicone tail yet but if you all feel like an auction will be the solution, oh well, who am I to disagree?

*shrug*

I still hope for Ashton that she gets it though.


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Merman Arion
02-02-2014, 05:12 AM
Actually Arion, that tail would look pretty awesome on YOU! Especially since you have a penchant for blue fins judging by your own tail. It's pretty exotic.

I kind of agree with you but truth to be told, after some thinking, I'm not much of a fan of these white stripes and the angler fluke. This is very original and unique but I prefer something more classic :)


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Echidna
02-02-2014, 08:13 AM
That's the most gorgeous tail from her I've seen so far. Completely exotic.
She's just getting better and better.

Good thing I don't have the money, or I would be seriously competing with the other contenders :p

Ariel-Starfish
02-02-2014, 11:35 AM
eeeeeeh ! so pretty! Lovely side fins :drool:

Keiris
02-02-2014, 01:21 PM
Yeah, I know what you mean. I'm more of a classic merman myself. For some reason this ultra exotic design just reads a little more masculine to me. I guess because in nature a lot of times the males have more contrast in their fins, feathers and fur. It would still look great on you! :-)

Merman Arion
02-02-2014, 01:27 PM
Yeah, I know what you mean. I'm more of a classic merman myself. For some reason this ultra exotic design just reads a little more masculine to me. I guess because in nature a lot of times the males have more contrast in their fins, feathers and fur. It would still look great on you! :-)

Thanks but here's the thing : I don't think I'm the man for exotic things.
Most of the time, I like things to be simple and classic, it gives the best look without saying "trying too hard" or "cliché".
I'm not sure if I'm making sense... :thinks:

Ashton
02-02-2014, 01:27 PM
It's really pretty, I can emailed raven, I can only hope I get it. Granted it would help to know the mearsuents.


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Jeblily
02-02-2014, 01:41 PM
Since she said she might keep it for herself I compared it to the measurements of the other tail she recently sold, but that is just a guess....

top-ankles: 40, top-hips: about 9, top- knees:25, waist: 24, hips:34 , knees: 20, and ankles: 14

Keiris
02-02-2014, 01:42 PM
Arion, I get what you're saying. As I am in the process of designing my tail, I'm not sure where the boundary is going to be from classic to exotic. I much prefer a more classic fluke and dorsal. I guess in my clothing I tend toward classic with an edge but for a fantasy creature I may go a little more balls to the wall. Does that make sense?

Jessica
02-02-2014, 01:45 PM
It's really pretty, I can emailed raven, I can only hope I get it. Granted it would help to know the mearsuents.


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Thats right....the measurements might determine who can buy the tail anyway :) it's such a stunning tail...whoever gets it will be such a lucky mer :)

Merman Arion
02-02-2014, 01:48 PM
Arion, I get what you're saying. As I am in the process of designing my tail, I'm not sure where the boundary is going to be from classic to exotic. I much prefer a more classic fluke and dorsal. I guess in my clothing I tend toward classic with an edge but for a fantasy creature I may go a little more balls to the wall. Does that make sense?

It does make sense.
Yet, in my opinion, I don't think something has to be more exotic to look like a fantasy creature while we have the power to make it according to our character.

Keiris
02-02-2014, 02:00 PM
No doubt. The moment scales and fins obscure the look of two legs it's going to pretty much read fantasy creature no matter what colors, stripes or fin shapes are involved. Do you think you will alter the appearance of your blue tail in the future?

Merman Arion
02-02-2014, 02:10 PM
No doubt. The moment scales and fins obscure the look of two legs it's going to pretty much read fantasy creature no matter what colors, stripes or fin shapes are involved. Do you think you will alter the appearance of your blue tail in the future?

I don't think so. We don't have tailmakers that good in Europe and it would cost me too much to ship my tail internationaly for a new paint job.

This is why I have the pressure that it has to be perfect.

Keiris
02-02-2014, 02:28 PM
Hahaha self-imposed perfectionalism! I know THAT song and dance too well being an artist! I perfectly understand. Plus, if you're going to spend a big chunk of money it should be perfect. Who would you want to design it? The work out there does make it hard to choose.

Mermaidmechanic
02-02-2014, 04:34 PM
I understand thinking that it would be fair if Ash got it, but anyone could always purchase a tail if they have the money for it. I have the impression that Ash will get a tail, but this tail is clearly a very special tail and I want a shot at it too. Additionally, we don't even know yet whether or not measurements will be right for either of us anyway! Regardless, Raven said she's always wanted to put one of her original designs to auction and this is the perfect chance. If she sells it, she'll be auctioning it. Its fair for everyone who wants it AND Raven. The tail was $3,650.00, but with an auction she'll more than likely get a chunk more than that as compensation for her incredible mastery of her craft. After putting it on auction, there isn't even a way to guarantee Ash or I will get it. This is good for Raven though, and if I don't get it I'll just commission something similar (but not too similar) from her when she has some slots available. This isn't about winning, and although I do like to be fair I consider this more of an art auction. I apologize if any of that seems heartless, but it's quite the opposite for me. I love the way that tail looks and I would be doing a disservice to myself by not pursuing it. I would probably regret it for a long time, and regret sucks. If I loose an auction, then at least I know I tried and had shot just as fair as everyone else's. Or maybe i'm just a mean person in denial.

Merman Arion
02-02-2014, 04:54 PM
I understand thinking that it would be fair if Ash got it, but anyone could always purchase a tail if they have the money for it. I have the impression that Ash will get a tail, but this tail is clearly a very special tail and I want a shot at it too. Additionally, we don't even know yet whether or not measurements will be right for either of us anyway! Regardless, Raven said she's always wanted to put one of her original designs to auction and this is the perfect chance. If she sells it, she'll be auctioning it. Its fair for everyone who wants it AND Raven. The tail was $3,650.00, but with an auction she'll more than likely get a chunk more than that as compensation for her incredible mastery of her craft. After putting it on auction, there isn't even a way to guarantee Ash or I will get it. This is good for Raven though, and if I don't get it I'll just commission something similar (but not too similar) from her when she has some slots available. This isn't about winning, and although I do like to be fair I consider this more of an art auction. I apologize if any of that seems heartless, but it's quite the opposite for me. I love the way that tail looks and I would be doing a disservice to myself by not pursuing it. I would probably regret it for a long time, and regret sucks. If I loose an auction, then at least I know I tried and had shot just as fair as everyone else's. Or maybe i'm just a mean person in denial.

That makes sense. You're totally right. I apologize as well because I didn't mean to make you feel bad. Just like you, I like things to be fair so we actually are sharing a mutual interest. An auction seems a good idea. I wish good luck to anyone participating.


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Ashton
02-02-2014, 04:55 PM
I agree, auction. It gives everyone who would want it a fair shot at it.


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Mer-Crazy
02-02-2014, 08:51 PM
I think the auction is a good idea cause, just chucking it out there, I kinda want that tail too and I don't think it's fair at all to be calling dibs on it through a forum site that not all of her clients use. Email, slightly different matter and on that note you two won't likely have to worry about me too much because I'm on the larger side when it comes to tails. I love looking at all the pretty tails Raven is reselling but they're all miles too small for me. I would love it if it fit, and was within my budget but at the same time I doubt it will happen just because of the sizing.

Ashton
02-02-2014, 09:00 PM
Yeah, we really do need to know sizing. (If she is even selling it)


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AniaR
02-02-2014, 09:34 PM
I know she's planning on doing a shoot with it so I dont think you'll see any info til she does that

Mermaidmechanic
02-02-2014, 10:40 PM
Lol Raina typos. XD *She's planning on doing a photo shoot with it before she puts up any information about the potential auction.

AniaR
02-02-2014, 10:43 PM
omg whoops hahahah *goes to fix* hahahah whoops

Ashton
02-02-2014, 10:45 PM
I'm surprised she doesn't put other tails up for auction rather than announce them up for grabs on fb.


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drucilla
02-02-2014, 11:29 PM
I talked to raven about buying the tail already but i cant pay that much right now, so i wish you all goodluck with a fair battle of the bids lol. :)

AniaR
02-02-2014, 11:40 PM
she doesnt have time. she's been considering going this wya for a while now though, so hopefully she does.

MermaidKatia
02-03-2014, 01:46 PM
Eee!! So excited! Day 171 after ordering from Raven :3 updated my address with her and she's promising pictures soon! I think I might pop!

Good luck to everyone bidding on the tail if I goes up for auction (^^ that dragon tail is beyond gorgeous

Mermaid Lorelei
02-03-2014, 07:08 PM
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BfBAipaCAAERJ-m.jpg:large

P.S. She used two of my photos! :P

Mermaid Cecelia
02-03-2014, 09:35 PM
Ooooooo so cool Lorelei!!! I might have to do that at some point, it looks so fun! Cool how she used your photos! :)

AniaR
02-03-2014, 10:40 PM
Raven gave me permission to post these from her profile

https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/t31/1836871_10203089568499755_953037713_o.jpg

https://scontent-a-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/t1/1044120_10203089690582807_1624089440_n.jpg

Jeblily
02-03-2014, 10:42 PM
OOOOOOOH AAAAAAAAh!!!!! Meee Wannts!

Ashton
02-03-2014, 10:43 PM
Sooo pretty!!! I want to give her money and get a tail! Haha


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ShyMer
02-03-2014, 11:22 PM
I love the oval scales! They're a pain for making seams but I think that pattern is my favorite. Too bad it doesn't match the scales on the tail, though.

I look forward to seeing her develop these new designs further, it's a great start!

Mer-Crazy
02-03-2014, 11:40 PM
Raven gave me permission to post these from her profile

https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/t31/1836871_10203089568499755_953037713_o.jpg

https://scontent-a-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/t1/1044120_10203089690582807_1624089440_n.jpg
In that second photo it totally looks like she has the fins attached to her head/ears. I think it looks so cute <3

Fifi Tigg
02-03-2014, 11:51 PM
The tail, the top, the accessories & Raven!!!!! Aaaaah sooooo gorgeous! :swoon:

Mermaid Cecelia
02-04-2014, 12:23 AM
In that second photo it totally looks like she has the fins attached to her head/ears. I think it looks so cute <3
Haha that's just what I was thinking :P such a great shot

Mermaid Isabel(:
02-04-2014, 12:24 AM
She auctioning the tail as well as the accessories!

Mermaid Isabel(:
02-04-2014, 12:24 AM
She is* got a little excited there haha :P

drucilla
02-04-2014, 01:00 AM
What's her ebay page? I would like to watch this auction lol

Mermaid Isabel(:
02-04-2014, 01:20 AM
She's going to post the link on her Facebook page if you go to her page it shows all of the items she's auctioning off with the tail. I'm not sure when she's posting the link but I'd like to watch as well :)

drucilla
02-04-2014, 01:28 AM
lol yea seen the pics its all georgeous! Cant wait to see what the winning bid will be, im so going to be on standby with poppedcorn and mnms lol

Mermaid Isabel(:
02-04-2014, 02:46 AM
Mmm that sounds really good haha great idea! I wonder what the starting bid will be. I know a few people want it really bad so the winning bid (especially since she's selling the top and accessories with it) should be pretty high.

drucilla
02-04-2014, 02:59 AM
It's probably going to be started at the minimum price which will be the cost of the tail originally, so i can see it going up quite a bit farther though I don't know who has that kind of money on them at all times lol

Mermaid Isabel(:
02-04-2014, 03:29 AM
Yeah I know I was lucky to order a tail period let alone bid on one of her tails whoever gets it will be one lucky mer. The price for the tail was over 3000 plus it will probably be more since the custom top and accessories are included so that's probably $4000 as a starting bid

Merman Arion
02-04-2014, 03:31 PM
Girls, the auction is on! Go to the Merbella Studios page to get the link.

Good luck to everyone :)

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Mermaid Evolet
02-04-2014, 04:11 PM
i hope someone from mernetwork wins this auction. good luck! ;-)

Yulia
02-04-2014, 05:57 PM
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Merbella-Studios-SILICONE-PERFORMANCE-MERMAID-TAIL-OUTFIT-SEA-DRAGON-design-/191060787432#shpCntId


No bids yet!

Elle
02-04-2014, 06:08 PM
And there probably won't be til the very last minute. The whole thing is about $4300US (including shipping).
Ebay auctions usually don't happen until the last day, last hour, last 10 minutes, last minute, last 10 seconds. That's when the action happens.


Obviously shipping might be less the closer you live. if you live in Afghanistan shipping is over $1000

Merman Arion
02-04-2014, 06:09 PM
And there probably won't be til the very last minute. The whole thing is about $4300US (including shipping).
Ebay auctions usually don't happen until the last day, last hour, last 10 minutes, last minute, last 10 seconds. That's when the action happens.

Seriously??? :eek:

AniaR
02-04-2014, 06:10 PM
it's my size ahhhh

AniaR
02-04-2014, 06:11 PM
https://scontent-b-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/t31/1781052_658533847536032_1736967973_o.jpg

https://scontent-b-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/t1/1656211_658531177536299_1573478058_n.jpg

Elle
02-04-2014, 06:12 PM
Seriously??? :eek:

Shipping is dependent on how close you are. Shipping to Australia is a couple of dollars less than $650

Imogen Finnly
02-04-2014, 06:13 PM
She is so pretty its killing me-_- she is gorgeous, born to be a mermaid for sure.

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MerEmma
02-04-2014, 06:52 PM
But it says on the page free shipping?

It's a gorgeous tail. I also didn't realize how small I was when I look at my measurements next to that tail's. xD

Fifi Tigg
02-04-2014, 07:26 PM
My eldest daughter that was never interested in mermaid tails is now saying if you get one like that I will wear it to any event for you :) lol

AniaR
02-04-2014, 07:35 PM
I dont think it's free shipping I think it's included with the base bid

AniaR
02-04-2014, 07:36 PM
CORRECTION when I viewed it, it says: $288.71 UPS Worldwide Saver
I think it's calculated based on your IP.

MerEmma
02-04-2014, 07:48 PM
Maybe? Mine has this, with the little flag over the image saying Free shipping.

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drucilla
02-04-2014, 07:50 PM
Mine too I went to the shipping and payments tab to calculate just in case and it didnt do anything

AniaR
02-04-2014, 08:00 PM
Maybe it's free shipping inside the USA? 18189

the shipping actually INCREASED since I saw it last, lol. and this is about what I paid to get it back from Florida one way >.>

MerEmma
02-04-2014, 08:10 PM
I guess it's just within the US then.

Elle
02-04-2014, 08:23 PM
I guess it's just within the US then.

Also Emma, you live in Florida (and that's where they're based) so that might be why its free. Where I am this is what it comes up as

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MerEmma
02-04-2014, 08:30 PM
Ah, I guess that explains it then. Damn, I was really excited for everyone because I thought it was free for everyone. =\

AniaR
02-04-2014, 08:43 PM
Raven confirmed: free shipping in USA

Merman Arion
02-04-2014, 08:45 PM
Raven confirmed: free shipping in USA

I wish I could get free shipping for my Finfolk tail since i'm oversea but we can't have everything. Oh well...

*shrug* :p

Mermaid Dottie
02-04-2014, 09:04 PM
*Looks at pictures*
...
*passes out*

Fifi Tigg
02-04-2014, 09:15 PM
:jawdrop: The measurements fit my eldest daughter Jazzy perfectly! Now to find $5000-$7000 :confused:

Mer-Crazy
02-04-2014, 09:59 PM
Unfortunately this mermaid is a little too... 'voluptuous' for that little beauty. :'( Oh well. Happy bidding everyone else ^_^

Anahita
02-04-2014, 09:59 PM
One of the few times I'm cursing being so curved.... Ah, oh well.

Did anyone else notice the funny thing about the comments underneath her post of it with the ebay link?

She literally POSTED A LINK WITH THE PRICE ON IT.... And STILL people were asking in the comments "how much?" :doh:

Elle
02-04-2014, 10:28 PM
One of the few times I'm cursing being so curved.... Ah, oh well.

Did anyone else notice the funny thing about the comments underneath her post of it with the ebay link?

She literally POSTED A LINK WITH THE PRICE ON IT.... And STILL people were asking in the comments "how much?" :doh:

The same thing happened when she said they were putting it on Ebay. 1 person commented 7-10 times asking questions that were answered in the post and in her FAQ.
Stupid people be stupid. They're probably hoping they can get it cheap

Mer-Crazy
02-04-2014, 10:32 PM
The same thing happened when she said they were putting it on Ebay. 1 person commented 7-10 times asking questions that were answered in the post and in her FAQ.
Stupid people be stupid. They're probably hoping they can get it cheap
I saw that, and then someone told her off for it. It was beautiful ^_^

Ashton
02-04-2014, 10:38 PM
Hey I'm a bit confused why there are no shoe/feet sizing. Also is it a competitor monofin or something smaller?


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Ashton
02-04-2014, 10:39 PM
My feet are huge (10.5 USA /42 euro) that's why I ask lol.


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Jessica
02-04-2014, 11:01 PM
The same thing happened when she said they were putting it on Ebay. 1 person commented 7-10 times asking questions that were answered in the post and in her FAQ.
Stupid people be stupid. They're probably hoping they can get it cheap

I saw that too, but she's just a kid who really wants a tail. She's a member on here too so it's a good idea to try to remember how excited kids can get! It's a really beautiful tail so I do understand how it would be easy to get over excited at her age! :)

Elle
02-04-2014, 11:03 PM
I saw that too, but she's just a kid who really wants a tail. She's a member on here too so it's a good idea to try to remember how excited kids can get! It's a really beautiful tail so I do understand how it would be easy to get over excited at her age! :)

Yeah, I think it's a case of the excitement is the ruling emotion. nothing else matters

Mermaid Isabel(:
02-04-2014, 11:18 PM
Hey I'm a bit confused why there are no shoe/feet sizing. Also is it a competitor monofin or something smaller?


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That's a good question she never asked for my foot size when she took my order hmmm :thinks:

Mermaidmechanic
02-04-2014, 11:18 PM
They are medium foot pocket on a competitor fin.:)

Mermaid Isabel(:
02-04-2014, 11:38 PM
Thank you :) would that fit you Ashton?

Ashton
02-05-2014, 12:39 AM
I don't know, I have to look up the sizing online. I'm not home right now but I will when I get there!


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PearlieMae
02-05-2014, 12:47 AM
I feel ya, Ashton! I'm size 10 and my Rapid killed my feet and it was supposed to fit a Men's 10!

Echidna
02-05-2014, 01:52 AM
Ye, the monofin would be too small for me too I think.
And the tail too big in circumference, and too short in length.

But I wish all the chubby wee mers bidding luck!!
(jesting :p)

Mer-Crazy
02-05-2014, 02:15 AM
I'm a size 8, but I have very wide feet and I got a large and it's VERY comfortable. The Medium according to Finis website fits female america sizes 7.5-9, with the large going 9.5-11.

Ashton
02-05-2014, 02:18 AM
Aw, damn. that sucks :( too small :(

MerEmma
02-05-2014, 01:13 PM
Already a bid on the tail! anyone from here?

Ariel-Starfish
02-05-2014, 01:28 PM
it's my size ahhhh

Me to!! The tail fits me perfectly :cry:

drucilla
02-05-2014, 02:44 PM
lol Someone bid against themself

Sephina
02-05-2014, 03:52 PM
lol Someone bid against themself
My guess is that they just increased their bid to try to scare someone off of the higher price.

drucilla
02-05-2014, 04:51 PM
I think that the person just wants to drive up the price they did it 3 times in a row...

Mermaidmechanic
02-05-2014, 06:58 PM
No, it just hides auto bids from general view, so if someone is auto bidding (set a price and ebay bids for them) then you wouldnt see those bids.

drucilla
02-05-2014, 07:28 PM
Oh, ok I didnt know that.

drucilla
02-05-2014, 11:21 PM
I wonder if this bidding war will end up, making her rethink her prices for custom tails...

Mermaid Isabel(:
02-05-2014, 11:52 PM
I think she makes tails because its her passion and she loves making people happy. She did number crunching just to see how to give a lower price on tails so people could afford them. There's a chance she'll charge more for custom but I doubt she will raise the prices. Even if she does it's worth so much more than she charges right now.

Mermaidmechanic
02-06-2014, 12:09 AM
We're up to 5,000.00 on the tail.

AniaR
02-06-2014, 12:12 AM
The tail on its own would be at least 4k if someone commissioned it with all those extra fins and stuff but then the top and custom matching accessories plus one of a kind fin molds and scale sculpt

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drucilla
02-06-2014, 12:32 AM
If people start bidding towards the end, like usual on ebay, then I wouldn't be surprised if it went to 8k. I'm guessing it'll go for around 7 though, mainly because not a lot of people have 8 lying around.

Winged Mermaid
02-07-2014, 04:15 AM
Seriously want to go into the auction and just be like-


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l91ISfcuzDw

XP

Mermaid Isabel(:
02-07-2014, 05:48 AM
Seriously want to go into the auction and just be like-


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l91ISfcuzDw

XP

I am laughing so hard at this that is perfect!

Anahita
02-07-2014, 07:56 AM
Seriously want to go into the auction and just be like-


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l91ISfcuzDw

XP

Hahaha yes. I wish I could, too. :D

OMG, though, that reminds me of my first encounter with Austin Powers and Dr. Evil....
I corrected someone when they asked me some questions about muslims or islam or something by saying "I dunno, I'm Zoroastrian." They stared at me for a good minute or so before going "That's a real thing?" "Yessssss....." "Can I ask you a question? It's kind of bothering me now, and I really want an answer...." "Um....Ok...?" "Do you guys really ritualistically shave testicles? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OF7btbIVFF0)" :O_o:

Yeah. Thankfully they had the movie to show me, or else I'd probably be forever confused as to why someone asked me that. :thinks:

Sorry, totally went off topic there.

MerEmma
02-07-2014, 11:15 AM
Seriously want to go into the auction and just be like-


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l91ISfcuzDw

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OMG. Could you imagine what would happen after that? Lots would happen fast. xD

PearlieMae
02-07-2014, 01:21 PM
:lol ^:

:no-no:

PearlieMae
02-07-2014, 01:22 PM
Hahaha yes. I wish I could, too. :D

OMG, though, that reminds me of my first encounter with Austin Powers and Dr. Evil....
I corrected someone when they asked me some questions about muslims or islam or something by saying "I dunno, I'm Zoroastrian." They stared at me for a good minute or so before going "That's a real thing?" "Yessssss....." "Can I ask you a question? It's kind of bothering me now, and I really want an answer...." "Um....Ok...?" "Do you guys really ritualistically shave testicles? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OF7btbIVFF0)" :O_o:

Yeah. Thankfully they had the movie to show me, or else I'd probably be forever confused as to why someone asked me that. :thinks:

Sorry, totally went off topic there.

You rock my world. That is all.

Ashton
02-07-2014, 04:35 PM
Hahahaha!
But sadly for that amount of money I would rather get a custom tail made for just me.

Merman Arion
02-07-2014, 04:44 PM
Hahahaha!
But sadly for that amount of money I would rather get a custom tail made for just me.

No kidding! :lol:
For that kind of money, you can pay for a Finfolk silicone tail with all the upgrades you want :crazy:

PearlieMae
02-08-2014, 02:28 AM
That's the thing with ebay...prices can skyrocket because they don't do their research.

Ashton
02-08-2014, 03:10 AM
Yeppers, I am curious who is bidding.

AniaR
02-08-2014, 10:27 AM
whoa whoa folks. the tail, if you commissioned it, would still cost around 4k at least. Her tails are 3k plus several hundred dollars extra for all the extra fins and trimming. Plus you've got the whole extra custom ensemble there via top and accessories. I think that's actually an accurate price to what someone would pay and if anything she's only getting a couple 100 or more, (though it's free shipping in US so not really?). And still less than a MVD tail. :p If I had 5k right now, I'd be buying it. lol I was agonizing to Raven because I *was* expecting to have around that now, but it's running late so I couldnt bid ;)

PearlieMae
02-08-2014, 12:02 PM
The tail would SELL for over four thousand. Cost is a completely different issue. Materials cost is just part of the equation. One does have to consider the labor and the talent involved, artistic ability, years of product development, etc...but many of those considerations go into every tail she makes going forward. Make no mistake, though, 4k also represents a decent profit. Not a mere couple hundred bucks.

My comment was a comment on how people bid on things on ebay, or any auction, for that matter, not the thing being bid upon.

Ashton
02-08-2014, 01:10 PM
Im not saying it isn't worth that, Im just staying if I were to spend that much money on a tail I would want it to 100% fit me.

AniaR
02-08-2014, 06:18 PM
I'm not accusing you two of anything :p I'm just breaking it down for people reading the thread. By cost I mean "cost you" compared to her other tails, not her costs.

But I also know how much it cost Raven, because it was intended for someone else who backed out after putting all this extra work/time into it. So I'm glad she'll be compensated by whoever wins the bid after that whole ordeal.

Ashton
02-08-2014, 06:19 PM
ohhh ok then :)

AniaR
02-08-2014, 06:30 PM
also consider they pay rush fees and then back out :( gotta make up that too.

Mer-Crazy
02-08-2014, 06:52 PM
Hey Raina I'm about to send you a PM. If you could reply ASAP that'd be great thanks <3

PearlieMae
02-08-2014, 08:30 PM
Backing out of a Merbella...unthinkable! I certainly hope she has a kill fee built into her tail contracts!

deepblue
02-08-2014, 08:42 PM
Still at $5,000. 18 hours to go. The last few minutes could get interesting.

AniaR
02-08-2014, 08:50 PM
I certainly hope she has a kill fee built into her tail contracts!

I am going to strongly make that suggestion. lol

Winged Mermaid
02-08-2014, 11:31 PM
Yes! This has happened to Raven too many times :( There need to be repercussions if someone pulls out of an order. Especially one that's rush or has custom sculpting work.

PearlieMae
02-09-2014, 12:32 AM
Not to have at least a fifty percent kill fee and non-refundable deposit in place for a bespoke item like a performance qualify full silicone tail is not a good business decision. You have to have your materials costs covered at the very least before one lick of work even begins! Graphic design, tailored suits, wedding dresses, web sites... there's no reason custom mermaid tails shouldn't be included in that business model.

Mermaid Isabel(:
02-09-2014, 12:45 AM
Why would anyone even want to back out? Before spending money on a tail a lot of thought should be put into it and I don't see how after planning out a design and paying for it (especially with a rush fee) that someone could just say oh never mind forget all of that hard work you put into it I changed my mind I'd like a refund. That irks me.

Ashton
02-09-2014, 01:31 AM
Maybe something really unfortunate happened to someone and they have to pay hospital bills. :-/
I don't think they pulled out because they didn't want the tail, I'm sure they were excited to get a spot in line and are heart broken they cant fully pay for the tail anymore.

Mermaid Jaffa
02-09-2014, 02:21 AM
Beautiful tail! I wish my bank account had that kind of money...

Mer-Crazy
02-09-2014, 02:31 AM
I feel like no refund should be given at all. I didn't even realise she gave refunds if you changed your mind. You pay in full for your tail before it starts, if you decide you don't want it at the end, that's cool but you're not getting you're money back. Maybe a little brutal but it's about as much as they deserve. I understand that some people do undergo certain circumstances but if you may not have the money to get yourself out of trouble then you shouldn't be spending it on a tail.

Mermaid Jaffa
02-09-2014, 03:15 AM
Or go for, half now and the rest after its done. Cos I'm guessing all those materials to create a tail isn't cheap. At least she would get some money out of it even if the customer didn't pay up.

Mermaid Azira
02-09-2014, 12:32 PM
45 minutes! Currently at 6,100.

Ariel-Starfish
02-10-2014, 09:28 AM
So, who did win the tail? :)

@Mermaid Selene: I'm curious what happed with your tail after that acsident with that photoshoot? :confused: Did u send the tail out to get it fixed or?

AniaR
02-10-2014, 11:33 AM
Someone on the forum who is in Florida won it and raven threw in a photoshoot!

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Ashton
02-10-2014, 05:43 PM
Snazzy, I can't wait to see them in the tail!


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Mer-Crazy
02-10-2014, 07:20 PM
@Ariel Starfish- I didn't send it out to Raven because it would cost about as much as the tail did to ship it back and forth. I sent her an email explaining the damage but never got a reply so I looked through the forum/Internet about how to patch it up and did it myself. Right now I'm focusing on practicing with a monofin I got for Christmas though so I can swim in the tail correctly.

Mermaidmechanic
02-10-2014, 09:51 PM
I couldn't let such a grand opportunity pass me by. :D

MermaidHyli
02-10-2014, 09:56 PM
I couldn't let such a grand opportunity pass me by. :D

awesome!!!

AniaR
02-10-2014, 09:57 PM
congrats! I know you'll be happy with it. She told me it's a 1 of a kind tail she'll never make another like it. :) it's exclusive!

Mermaidmechanic
02-10-2014, 10:04 PM
Raven is pretty awesome. I'm excited to pick it up hopefully next week, weather permitting! :D

Jessica
02-10-2014, 10:19 PM
Congrats mermaid mechanic!!! I know you really wanted the tail and I'm so happy for you! :)

Mermaid Riia
02-11-2014, 02:05 AM
@Ariel Starfish- I didn't send it out to Raven because it would cost about as much as the tail did to ship it back and forth. I sent her an email explaining the damage but never got a reply so I looked through the forum/Internet about how to patch it up and did it myself. Right now I'm focusing on practicing with a monofin I got for Christmas though so I can swim in the tail correctly.

I'm sorry :/
what happened to your tail? And what kind of damage you have? Maybe someone from the forum can help you fix it

Mer-Crazy
02-11-2014, 03:42 AM
I'm sorry :/
what happened to your tail? And what kind of damage you have? Maybe someone from the forum can help you fix it
There was an incident involving a photo shoot, a boat and some rocks covered in oysters. The tail saved my butt, quite literally but suffered some damage to the silicone as a result. I've fixed it up already though, I bought some dragon-skin and put it in the cuts, so it's a lot better now.

Elle
02-11-2014, 06:53 AM
Yay Mechanic! I'm so glad the tail is going to a good home!!
Selene, That sucks. I'm glad you worked out how to fix it!

Mermaid Riia
02-11-2014, 07:30 AM
There was an incident involving a photo shoot, a boat and some rocks covered in oysters. The tail saved my butt, quite literally but suffered some damage to the silicone as a result. I've fixed it up already though, I bought some dragon-skin and put it in the cuts, so it's a lot better now.

Yikes :S close call. That's some bad luck there. Good that you and your tail are now ok

MermaidHyli
02-11-2014, 10:07 AM
Hey guys I finally got some footage of me swimming...after 8 months of having my tail..so here it is. I know its super pixely so we're working on fixing it but for now :
Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LX5G8O3Xpk0

MerEmma
02-11-2014, 10:47 AM
So graceful! Your tail has such a perfect fit on you, too. :D

Mermaid Kalliope
02-11-2014, 02:25 PM
Hey all! Been a while since I've posted....

So, Congrats to MermaidMechanic! You have one awesome tail now!!

And as for the "base price" of the tail, it isn't $4,000 instead it actually is $3,650. Raven said it herself on her page. After I ordered my tail (and probably a few others, too) she did a price adjustment and dropped her performance tail price from $3,000 to $2,600.

So, the tail alone would not have been a "$4,000 tail" as has been stated. and custom fins don't cost extra... just the fins are extra. And there wasn't a custom fluke, just the dragon part on the front, which would probably be extra.

All in all, yeah... wanted to clear that up. :-)

I might have photo shoots soon, but I need to do a temp fix on my fins... I can't afford to ship my tail to Raven yet. :-(

Ashton
02-11-2014, 02:40 PM
Congrats mermaidmechanic! I hope to see a flood of photos soon!


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Mermaid Nerinae
02-11-2014, 02:41 PM
Oh whoo! Congrats Mechanic!! Happy to see the tail go off to a good home.

As for your video, Kailani, it looks great! I seriously love the flow of your long fins in the water. <3

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Mermaid Nerinae
02-11-2014, 02:42 PM
Oh whoo! Congrats Mechanic!! Happy to see the tail go off to a good home.

As for your video, Kailani, it looks great! I seriously love the flow of your long fins in the water. <3

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Oops, meant Hyli, lol! ;;;

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ShyMer
02-11-2014, 09:52 PM
I might have photo shoots soon, but I need to do a temp fix on my fins... I can't afford to ship my tail to Raven yet. :-(

Do you have damage already??? I hope you can fix it easily enough on your own :(

AniaR
02-11-2014, 10:27 PM
You can fix em with silicone and pins I reattach mine all the time. Someone ripped my dorsal at nc merfest but its fixed now :)

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lynsea
02-11-2014, 11:37 PM
Mechanic, cannot wait to see photos and video of that thing! Definitely a must to post them here asap!

Ariel-Starfish
02-12-2014, 12:27 PM
@Ariel Starfish- I didn't send it out to Raven because it would cost about as much as the tail did to ship it back and forth. I sent her an email explaining the damage but never got a reply so I looked through the forum/Internet about how to patch it up and did it myself. Right now I'm focusing on practicing with a monofin I got for Christmas though so I can swim in the tail correctly.


Good to hear u fixed it. :) Did the silicone hold to the neoprene as well?

Mermaid Hyli: wauw! Lovely video!! <3

Mermaid Mechanic : congrats on winning the tail!

Ariel-Starfish
02-12-2014, 12:32 PM
Oh and something that is on my mind for quite a while, but never asked before: when swimming in my tail, the monifin squeeks everytime i do a 'flap'. Does anyoone eose has this? :eye twitch:


http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=j-qgCjXdyQs&amp;feature=c4-feed-u

Mermaid Lorelei
02-12-2014, 03:22 PM
@Ariel - You're not alone. Rubber on skin while wet tends to squeak.

AniaR
02-12-2014, 03:40 PM
Lol never had that happen!

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Mermaid_Dominique
02-12-2014, 05:39 PM
congratulations Mechanic! It really is an amazing tail. Mermaid Hyli you're video is awesome, can't wait to see more :).

Mermaidmechanic
02-12-2014, 07:20 PM
Thanks all! Also, my current tail squeaks too.

Sirena The Coral Reef Koi
02-12-2014, 09:10 PM
Hey has anyone heard from Raven regarding Client tails I've messages here about 4 times over the space a two months and nothing I currently 188days and I haven't seen any pictures! I hope she's not sick!

AniaR
02-12-2014, 09:51 PM
She checked in with me last night Namiko and she's nearly all caught up. She just made a post on FB about how she wouldn't be replying to anyone because she's going into hermit tail making mode. lol. So I'd take that as a good sign ;) I'm sure you'll hear soon.

Mermaid Kalliope
02-12-2014, 10:58 PM
Do you have damage already??? I hope you can fix it easily enough on your own :(

Oh, I can, but she didn't get a chance to do what she wanted with my fins. I was going to send it back so she can finish up the little things. :-) I know a bit of black has scrapped off my fluke. :-( Not enough for public notice, but when I was cleaning it I saw that. Overall, though, damn good tail and I love it with every fiber of my being. When Raven made that tail, she truly made a piece of me. I have felt so confident, amazing and just stunning. I have felt more myself than ever before. ^-^ Okay... I'm done. :-P

And yes, Raven did go into her hermit cave. :-) She's working hard!

Merman Arion
02-13-2014, 04:16 AM
she's going into hermit tail making mode. lol.

;)

http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m58ex6RuXH1r88nuk.gif

Mermaid Cecelia
02-13-2014, 09:00 AM
Yus! Doctor who gif!

Ashton
02-13-2014, 01:34 PM
Hahaha


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Mermaid Lilium
02-13-2014, 06:51 PM
merchanic and ariel - do you wear neoprene socks with the tail? Just wondering if using them or not using them might make a difference with the squeaking

Mermaid Kalliope
02-13-2014, 07:05 PM
I don't use socks or booties, but I don't squeak. O.o

MermaidHyli
02-13-2014, 07:53 PM
I just got lavacore booties and oh my god they work better than neoprene! Neoprene tends to cause rubbing (not enough to cause a blister) but a rash or rub mark so I switched to lavacore so not only are my feet way happier but also warm =]

Elle
02-13-2014, 08:22 PM
I've got Lavacore as well. They're so fuzzy inside!! They're very comfy :)

MerZodiac
02-14-2014, 07:08 AM
I've got Lavacore as well. They're so fuzzy inside!! They're very comfy :)

Wouldn't the inside of them get wet in a tail, or are they water tight?

Elle
02-14-2014, 07:24 AM
you don't really notice it.....They aren't water tight but it takes a while for the water to full soak in. They're water 'resistant'
like it says they have a water proof lining but the water can just come in through the top. but if you walking along the beach in them your feet don't get wet.....or sandy for that matter :D

but this is them..
http://www.lavacoreinternational.com/lavacore-socks/

shimmygoddess
02-14-2014, 12:30 PM
Hey has anyone heard from Raven regarding Client tails I've messages here about 4 times over the space a two months and nothing I currently 188days and I haven't seen any pictures! I hope she's not sick!

I am at 183 days today and was wondering the same thing. I had a terrible nightmare 2 nights ago and now am extra paranoid and dieing to see photos at least. LOL. . I dreamt I received my email from Merbella's with a sneak peak of my tail and it was the wrong color. It was light blue and pink stripes and looked awful. LOL I was so upset and tried explaining to her it wasn't right. Then in my dream, I realized I had been dreaming and contacted her again. Now it was red with some weird belt like thing. I told her it wasn't right and was supposed to be blue/purple, ect and that I needed it for a gig in April and she told me she would not refund me, not remake it, and told me to leave her alone. She totally looked like the Snow Queen in 'the lion, witch, and wardrobe' movie...LOL..I was so relieved to wake up. I woke up at exactly 5:55 am and made a wish quickly that my tail would be perfect :)

Mermaid Isabel(:
02-14-2014, 12:42 PM
Oh my gosh! I had a nightmare too! Haha I'm on day 229 and a couple weeks ago I had a dream that my tail was losing its scales and turned into a cloth tail instead of silicone. I guess we both have some tail jitters! I'm sure your tail will be beautiful though :) Raven would never let a client be unhappy with their tail ;)

MermaidKatia
02-14-2014, 01:41 PM
That's so funny, I do the same thing! I'm glad I'm not the only one who has Merbella's tails related nightmares xD

I dreamt that I received the tail, but I tore it putting it on! I was devastated and woke up all emotional.

AniaR
02-14-2014, 02:13 PM
Awww emotional tail nightmares!

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Ashton
02-14-2014, 02:14 PM
AW! I had a dream that she emailed me back and I could buy a tail from her :(

Merman Arion
02-14-2014, 02:42 PM
I am at 183 days today and was wondering the same thing. I had a terrible nightmare 2 nights ago and now am extra paranoid and dieing to see photos at least. LOL. . I dreamt I received my email from Merbella's with a sneak peak of my tail and it was the wrong color. It was light blue and pink stripes and looked awful. LOL I was so upset and tried explaining to her it wasn't right. Then in my dream, I realized I had been dreaming and contacted her again. Now it was red with some weird belt like thing. I told her it wasn't right and was supposed to be blue/purple, ect and that I needed it for a gig in April and she told me she would not refund me, not remake it, and told me to leave her alone. She totally looked like the Snow Queen in 'the lion, witch, and wardrobe' movie...LOL..I was so relieved to wake up. I woke up at exactly 5:55 am and made a wish quickly that my tail would be perfect :)

That's actually a typical Mertailor nightmare IMO :jester:

But I hear you. Tough dream! ;)

Mermaid Isabel(:
02-14-2014, 02:49 PM
AW! I had a dream that she emailed me back and I could buy a tail from her :(

At least one of us is having a positive dream haha :)

shimmygoddess
02-14-2014, 03:33 PM
That's actually a typical Mertailor nightmare IMO :jester:

But I hear you. Tough dream! ;)

LOL..I was so happy to wake up and realize it was a dream. LOL

Mer-Crazy
02-14-2014, 07:54 PM
When I was waiting for my tail I remember having those kind of nightmares, except mine was more that the tail was MILES too big for me, like you had to fold the top over ot was too long, and it was baggy and it kinda just didn't look very nice. Strangely it wasn't an overly bad dream though.

Winged Mermaid
02-14-2014, 08:53 PM
That's actually a typical Mertailor nightmare IMO :jester:

But I hear you. Tough dream! ;)

Haha, that's accurate :P


I had a few nightmares when I was waiting for my tail. I still have nightmares about my tail falling apart inexplicably or getting damaged irreparably. O_O After those I tend to go and check on it and make sure it's not stored in a way that will damage anything ^_^;

AniaR
02-15-2014, 12:28 AM
I have nightmares about the monofin busting ahhhh

Mermaid Kalliope
02-17-2014, 08:48 AM
I had nightmares that my markings were badly spray painted on and the fins were all wrong. XD I'd have nightmares of it being too small... one was really weird where I had to swim to her to get it, but then it was made out of a gelatin thing and was NOTHING like my tail. XD BUT more often than not I had dreams of just being in it. :3 My nightmares were usually size related... I was worried I was measured wrong! But everything turned out fine. :-)

So, don't worry little mers, no matter how long the wait, you'll get a dang good tail!!! ^-^

SeaNymph
02-17-2014, 05:30 PM
Hi Kailani, I think I've read somewhere that the blue color of your tail is fluorescent. I'm curious, did you ever test it out at a night swim? I can imagine that it looks phantastic...

Mermaid Kalliope
02-17-2014, 07:15 PM
My blue is UV reactive, but we only had a dinky black light to test it and it was really hard to tell. I could see it glow in spots, so I'm not sure yet. I know that the eyes on my octopus glow!! They are very reactive!

AniaR
02-18-2014, 06:21 PM
https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc1/t1/1002648_666120323444051_560289301_n.jpg

https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/t1/1779118_666117143444369_193964267_n.jpg

https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/t1/1653962_666096423446441_1370596006_n.jpg

Also, ETSY POSTINGS FOR THOSE WANTING TOPS
http://www.etsy.com/listing/179878561/pre-made-bluegreen-octopus-top?ref=shop_home_active_1

Ariel-Starfish
02-19-2014, 11:46 AM
OOooh pretty!

As for the squeeking thing : I don't wear socks in my tail: my feet are pretty wide for the monofin and I almost swim without pulling the straps over my feet. (it takes over half an hout to do one strap over my feet, and then I always struggle on punning on the second one! ==>> HORROR. So, squeeking it is! :D lol

And as for the weird dreams: I still have nightmares of my tail falling apart etc, it's just not fun :p

I did not get my top either and I hope not it's back at customs :( (I haven't got any replay after final payment)

annika
02-19-2014, 06:33 PM
hi,
i am looking for people who have purchased a merbellas basic tail with a competitor mono fin. i am ordering my tail soon and i just want people to tell me about the basic with competitors flukes. i have seen many different fluke shapes with the competitors and wanted to know if they paid extra or something can you give me some advice if you own one thanks. ;)

AniaR
02-19-2014, 06:52 PM
annika you should look back through this entire threads as there are loads of things posted, also check the review section.

annika
02-19-2014, 07:00 PM
annika you should look back through this entire threads as there are loads of things posted, also check the review section.
thanks raina

Elle
02-20-2014, 01:18 AM
18695 18696

This tail really is just so unique.

Mermaid Riia
02-20-2014, 03:43 AM
Omg! The sea dragon has awoken!!

Merley
02-20-2014, 03:53 AM
Hey Raina, if you talk to Raven can you ask her if she got my email with my measurements? I sent them a week or so ago and I haven't heard back from her. It took so long to get someone who would actually measure me. I'm eager to see her get started. Please and thank you.

Ashton
02-20-2014, 04:11 AM
WOW that is wonderful!

AniaR
02-20-2014, 08:25 AM
I dont know who you are beyond Waikiki mermaid. Is that the name she knows you as?

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Merley
02-20-2014, 08:56 AM
Ashley should be the name she knows me as. It should be under an aim email address I rather not post here.

Merman Arion
02-20-2014, 09:00 AM
Ashley should be the name she knows me as. It should be under an aim email address I rather not post here.

I think Ashley is a pretty name :)

Ariel-Starfish
02-20-2014, 09:01 AM
What a stunning photoshoot!!! :jawdrop:

Echidna
02-20-2014, 09:40 AM
This tail really is just so unique.

indeed.
It's a shame there will be only one like it.
She should totally make more looking similar, it's too good a design to be one of a kind.

Especially as so many people liked it, and it went to someone who already had another silicone tail.

Fifi Tigg
02-20-2014, 10:16 AM
Just stunning!! :mermaid kiss:

Arella
02-20-2014, 11:01 AM
This makes me uber excited for my photo shoot :D

AniaR
02-20-2014, 01:45 PM
K folks I post ravens updates here but I'm not her secretary. I can't make her read or do things any faster and often when you dont get replies neither do I. She will sometimes just hop on and tell me a blanket update for mernet.

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Arella
02-20-2014, 02:31 PM
Has anyone done a photoshoot with Raven before? I'm wondering what I should bring besides my top (she has my tail atm) like make up or anything like that?

Mermaid Lorelei
02-20-2014, 04:38 PM
@Arella - I just had a photoshoot with her last month. I suggest you take makeup (or apply it beforehand) as well as tights or leggings, a change of clothes, a couple of towels, and whatever jewelry, tops, etc you want to wear. She will provide some jewelry and tops at the time, but she is more than happy to let you wear your own stuff. Also, take a snack and lots of water!!

Mermaidmechanic
02-20-2014, 10:31 PM
indeed.
It's a shame there will be only one like it.
She should totally make more looking similar, it's too good a design to be one of a kind.

Especially as so many people liked it, and it went to someone who already had another silicone tail.

The fact that I have a tail already doesn't matter. There is no "only one tail" or "only one tail-maker" rule. I won it at auction and anyone willing and capable of paying had a fair chance.

OMG Riiarin, I loved that quote "The sea dragon has awoken" Lol! XD

Sephina
02-20-2014, 10:41 PM
Mermaidmechanic (http://mernetwork.com/index/member.php?1903-Mermaidmechanic) I think she just meant that Raven will never make that same design (the belly scales, and extra fins) again, making the tail one of a kind. Not that people should only have one tail. Though I don't remember hearing that Raven would never make another sea dragon tail again, I'm sure if someone paid the money she'd re-use the molds, but paint it differently.

Mermaidmechanic
02-20-2014, 11:31 PM
Well no. That's not correct at all. I mean there were tones of interested parties who had to back out because it didn't fit them and it's not as if everyone has a spare 6/7 grand lying around to spend on mermaid tails. So that 'had a fair chance' statement is entirely inaccurate.

Also I thought when she first posted a picture of the tail she said 'here's a sneak peak from my new "Sea Dragon" line coming soon" (directly quoted from the first picture of the tail she posted) which leads me to believe she would be making more like it... Of course not the same, because Raven doesn't do that, she encourages everyone to make their designs unique to them. To the general public (those not on the forum and didn't read Raina's post about her saying it's one of a kind) they will all be expecting to be able to order tails like this.


1) Anyone who it didn't fit, that's a situation that could have applied to anyone. If it hadn't fit me, I wouldn't have pursued it and I wouldn't think it was unfair if someone else ended up with it. I would accept that perhaps it just wasn't meant to be.
2) SPARE 6/7 grand? Absolutely not. That is money I've worked hard for and deemed that I desired the tail enough to spend that money on it.
3) If someone pays for a complete custom tail, she allows them to make the decision about whether or not they want that design available to others. Raven decided to make it exclusive to encourage people to bid on it rather than simply commissioning her to make one similar. There isn't much reason to spend so much if it isn't unique and one of a kind, its a sound business practice.
4) I love my new tail, it suits me perfectly and Raven deserves every penny I payed for it. Hell, if anyone wants to pay her the same amount of money I payed for it then go ahead and duplicate it. I refuse to feel "bad" about winning my tail. I'm going to rock it in happy mermaid bliss because after a day of toiling away at a demanding job that ranges from political panic to excruciating physical labor, I deserve to enjoy the things I have.

AniaR
02-20-2014, 11:35 PM
Raven told me there will not be another sea dragon tail. It was one of a kind, and there will be future one of a kind mermaid tails. The line typically refers to the type/style of top and accessories (like the Atlantis line) We can't resent people for buying a tail when they've already got one. I mean, I've got two tails from two different makers, 3 if you count my mermaidfx, and 4 if you count the mertailor one I used to have that I gave to mimi. Just be happy someone won it. it really doesnt matter that she already had a tail. There's no rule that tails have to be presented to the community in a fair way. I respect you all, but those comments just kinda come off jealous to me :/ and I'd rather not see the thread dissolve into bantering back and forth over someone winning a tail. I feel like this wouldnt be an issue if it was any other tail maker. In fact, a lot of things that come up here dont' seem to EVER come up with other tail makers. Kinda feels like Raven is held to a different standard that she didn't set for herself IMO.

AniaR
02-20-2014, 11:38 PM
Personally, I would have been in a bidding war for the tail had it been posted a few weeks later. I outright told Raven I selfishly wanted to buy it because I was worried someone would buy it who never had a silicone tail before and wouldn't know how to treat it. I'm glad mechanic has had silicone experience as I find many first time (not all) silicone tail buyers don't seem to have accurate expectations of what they can put their tail through and the wear and tear. People seem to think just because it cost 3k it's invincible. So I'm happy it's going to someone who will love it and preserve it, it's a work of art I'd hate to see ruined. And I'm not suggesting any of the other bidders would have ruined it (I dont know who the others were) just that it was a concern.

shimmygoddess
02-20-2014, 11:42 PM
It is a beautiful tail and you look absolutely fabulous ....awesome photos!! :)


1) Anyone who it didn't fit, that's a situation that could have applied to anyone. If it hadn't fit me, I wouldn't have pursued it and I wouldn't think it was unfair if someone else ended up with it. I would accept that perhaps it just wasn't meant to be.
2) SPARE 6/7 grand? Absolutely not. That is money I've worked hard for and deemed that I desired the tail enough to spend that money on it.
3) If someone pays for a complete custom tail, she allows them to make the decision about whether or not they want that design available to others. Raven decided to make it exclusive to encourage people to bid on it rather than simply commissioning her to make one similar. There isn't much reason to spend so much if it isn't unique and one of a kind, its a sound business practice.
4) I love my new tail, it suits me perfectly and Raven deserves every penny I payed for it. Hell, if anyone wants to pay her the same amount of money I payed for it then go ahead and duplicate it. I refuse to feel "bad" about winning my tail. I'm going to rock it in happy mermaid bliss because after a day of toiling away at a demanding job that ranges from political panic to excruciating physical labor, I deserve to enjoy the things I have.

AniaR
02-20-2014, 11:43 PM
I'm also planning on buying THREE merbellas tails in the next 6 months for my company. I hope I don't get comments like that because I happen to already own tails and people think I've got money lying around, because it's been a huge all encompassing piece of work to get to this point and planning with Raven for 2 years. I'm sure you girls didn't mean it as it came off, I'm gathering people just want a chance at a similar tail. but yeah. :/ those two points just sorta rubbed me the wrong way.

And just to point out, she said anyone capable of paying had a fair chance, not that everyone had a fair chance ;) as with ANY auction for anything, it's anyone capable of paying.

Arella
02-21-2014, 12:40 AM
@Arella - I just had a photoshoot with her last month. I suggest you take makeup (or apply it beforehand) as well as tights or leggings, a change of clothes, a couple of towels, and whatever jewelry, tops, etc you want to wear. She will provide some jewelry and tops at the time, but she is more than happy to let you wear your own stuff. Also, take a snack and lots of water!!
So what sort of makeup did you bring? I don't currently really have any kind of water-proof sealer so did you bring/use anything like that? And ya the clothes and towel and my tops and etc. I was planning :) So what kind of tights? I've used a couple different types but I'm curious if you found any sort were better for photographs? Thanks so much : )

MermaidHyli
02-21-2014, 12:48 AM
The fact that I have a tail already doesn't matter. There is no "only one tail" or "only one tail-maker" rule. I won it at auction and anyone willing and capable of paying had a fair chance.

THANK YOU for saying that! I get messages whenever I show interest in a used tail...I backed out on one of Raven's old tails because I was told that I should leave it for someone else's dreams to come true. While I want everyone to have a tail and be happy, I don't agree that just because we already have a nice tail we can't have another. But also if one plans on pursuing a business like aspect and hiring other mermaids you would need optional tails. I am truly happy for Mechanic and if any one can pull of how BA it is, she can! one shouldn't pull out assumptions or call unfair statements based upon emotions.

AniaR
02-21-2014, 12:58 AM
Yeah good point Hyli I am realizing its impossible to work as much as I do without a back up tail. I live in constant fear of my tail breaking mid gig :(

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Elle
02-21-2014, 01:33 AM
I'm also planning on buying THREE merbellas tails in the next 6 months for my company.

I can't wait to see that!

Winged Mermaid
02-21-2014, 05:36 AM
The fact that I have a tail already doesn't matter. There is no "only one tail" or "only one tail-maker" rule.


I refuse to feel "bad" about winning my tail. I'm going to rock it in happy mermaid bliss because after a day of toiling away at a demanding job that ranges from political panic to excruciating physical labor, I deserve to enjoy the things I have.

Well said! :highfive:

Your photos are amazing! I hope you'll be taking video of you rocking the sea dragon look sometime :)

Merley
02-21-2014, 07:01 AM
I think Ashley is a pretty name :)

Thanks, Arion. I've never been a fan of my name. Too common. It gets annoying. Also congrats on the Finfolk Tail. I'm excited for you. I've been in love with them since they made Syrena's.

Merman Arion
02-21-2014, 07:08 AM
Thanks, Arion. I've never been a fan of my name. Too common. It gets annoying. Also congrats on the Finfolk Tail. I'm excited for you. I've been in love with them since they made Syrena's.

Alexis is a common French name as well but I don't complain much about it because I know there are worse French names out there like Eugene, Hubert, Adolphe, Alfred, and so many others. Fortunately, my parents like classic names but not too old so I got this one. At least, I didn't get bullied because of a name ;)

As for Ashley, I love it and the sounding isn't annoying to me. I hope you will appreciate it more in the future because it's really a beautiful name.

Thank you for your support, I'm very excited as well. The girls behind Finfolk Productions are super sweet. :)

Echidna
02-21-2014, 09:14 AM
I respect you all, but those comments just kinda come off jealous to me :/

Just FYI, I've never been jealous/envious of anything or anyone in my life.

I feel sorry for the mers though who would have loved this particular tail, but didn't have enough money to win the auction.

Because of the big interest, I'd like to see more tails with a similar design.
To me, a pod of sea-serpent or sea-dragon mers is so much more awesome than just a single one being a special snowflake.

I don't expect you to understand this point of view.
That's alright. It's a cultural difference.

I rather see nice things shared and spread instead of being exclusive to only one or a few people.
That's all.

shimmygoddess
02-21-2014, 09:43 AM
THANK YOU for saying that! I get messages whenever I show interest in a used tail...I backed out on one of Raven's old tails because I was told that I should leave it for someone else's dreams to come true. While I want everyone to have a tail and be happy, I don't agree that just because we already have a nice tail we can't have another. But also if one plans on pursuing a business like aspect and hiring other mermaids you would need optional tails. I am truly happy for Mechanic and if any one can pull of how BA it is, she can! one shouldn't pull out assumptions or call unfair statements based upon emotions.

I have experienced that as well. Over the years I have spent thousands on professional Bellydance costumes. My favorite designer is "Bella" located in Turkey. For any dancer to have a Bella is a dream. I have bought all of mine used on a forum similar to this and I have received negative comments at times because of it and b/c the number of costumes I own. I worked hard saving my own money and if I want to spend it on costumes, or tails, or photography gear that is what I chose to spend it on. Even if I already have costumes, camera gear, ect. it is my choice. If I want a costume and it is my size then I will buy it. If someone else really wants it too then, it is first come, first serve. LOL. I can also understand the point of the others, and it is hard to get past your emotions sometimes. When I found that forum, in my beginning performer days, I have felt the same way. I have wanted a costume and lost out b/c someone else got it first, and they already had a ton. I would be mad, feeling like I missed out. I have learned though that if its meant to be, then it will come to me. Otherwise, I just learn patience and eventually I find the perfect one. Hang in there ladies!

AniaR
02-21-2014, 11:32 AM
Yeah I see what you're saying it was more the comment of since she already had a silicone tail and the comment about fairness

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PearlieMae
02-21-2014, 12:56 PM
What needs to be remembered is that:

A: Raven is running a business. Her business is not a democracy or a charity, nor is she a benevolent ruler deigning to grant a boon to a loyal subject;

B: That particular style may have been a bitch to produce or Raven has other reasons not to make another...and never say never! She might change her mind!;

C: If it's not your size or you don't have the money, it's your tough luck, whether or not the winner of the auction has no tail or a hundred tails.

Being jealous, or crying 'unfair' is petulant and inappropriate. No one ever said life is fair. But don't worry...if you keep the faith, the tail you are meant to have will come to you!

ShyMer
02-21-2014, 01:10 PM
^ Thank you Pearlie.

MerZodiac
02-21-2014, 05:33 PM
Can't we all just be happy someone on the Network got the tail. At least we know it's in good hands, so I don't see what all the fuss is about. Of course it would be awesome to see more tails of this same design, but it's up to Raven, and we as a community don't have a say in her business because we aren't shareholders. Plus, as has been said before, Raven is incredibly talented, and I'm sure we'll be seeing other new designs to be excited about. :3

lynsea
02-21-2014, 08:12 PM
I am so psyched just to see a tail like that. Keep in mind, while Raven is not going to copy this tail again, she has said she'd be willing to put double flukes on, etc. If you are creative, an artist will love that and will love to work with you.

Mermaid Cecelia
02-21-2014, 08:39 PM
Double flukes?

lynsea
02-22-2014, 10:09 AM
The sea dragon tail has two flukes slightly offset from the centerline. I was just pointing out one of the many unique features of this tail.

ShyMer
02-22-2014, 03:53 PM
Oh you mean the dorsal fin? I love that look.

Imogen Finnly
02-22-2014, 10:38 PM
Totally agree pearlie gurl. Preach!

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lynsea
02-23-2014, 12:20 PM
whoops, yup that's totally what I meant.

Sirena The Coral Reef Koi
02-27-2014, 07:54 PM
18884
New pics up <3

Ashton
02-27-2014, 07:56 PM
Looking good, reminds me of my koi pond outside :)


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AniaR
02-27-2014, 08:42 PM
you beat me to it! I'm really excited because I'm considering a koi design after Raven's recommendation for my next tail. But I'm letting her have full control and make whatever she wants colour/style wise. A lot of people try koi and while I think people have come up with some great ideas, to me personally a lot of them remind me of the colouring and markings of COWS just with orange thrown in. LOL. Everything is so big and blotchy. So I love that she went small with the pattern on this! And I love the fins. All just my personal preference of course.

I hope the new owner is super happy, and keep in mind the above photo is a WIP it's not done yet!

MerEmma
02-27-2014, 08:48 PM
I LOVE the way the fluke kind of tapers inward before outward. I've been drawing flukes like that--SO gorgeous.

Mermaid Azira
02-27-2014, 09:04 PM
I see what you mean Emma. That fluke shape is just great.

After her clownfish tail I have been waiting for a koi.

Mermaid Kalliope
02-27-2014, 09:44 PM
LOVE this koi design! So much that I didn't even notice that the fluke is very familiar. ;-D

That's my fluke cut down! It looks so cool!

Mermaid Dottie
02-27-2014, 10:18 PM
OH! Yup. I love it. Simply Beautiful.

Mermaid Mhara
02-27-2014, 11:16 PM
That koi design is gorgeous <3 saw it earlier on facebook and I nearly fainted <3 deffo going with Raven when I have the monies...and if she's available by then of course!

Aziara
02-28-2014, 10:37 AM
18884
New pics up <3
OMG, this makes me want a koi tail so bad--Gah! Decisions, decisions... I had finally come up with a design I like, then I see this! I actually have a comet goldfish right now with this exact pattern. And wow, I totally didn't know that was Kailani's fluke until she said so!

Ocean-Borne
02-28-2014, 03:20 PM
Ah, it's so beautiful!! <3
It amazes me that someone can make something so realistic! Now I want a koi tail, lol!

Ashton
02-28-2014, 06:51 PM
I would agree it's hard to make/see accurate koi fish tails. They do sometimes really look like cows with orange spots thrown in there.


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Sirena The Coral Reef Koi
02-28-2014, 09:32 PM
Anyone know who the koi tail belongs too????

Ariel-Starfish
03-01-2014, 05:11 AM
This is the first Koi tail I actually like! So realistic <3
I wonder where it go'd to? :)

*Celine*
03-01-2014, 06:51 AM
love, love, love looove the koi tail!!!

MermaidAmestris
03-01-2014, 04:56 PM
Question: are you allowed to order multiple tails at once? Would you get them at the same time, or could she finish one and send it, then start the other and send it seperately?

Also, when she sends extra goodies with your tail, do people choose them, or does she just send whatever she thinks you'd like?

Mermaid Kalliope
03-01-2014, 06:22 PM
I don't know about the multiple tails, but I know the extra goodies are usually a surprise. Like my scale bracelet. I had no idea she gave me one. :-) I love it though! ^-^

Mermaid Isabel(:
03-01-2014, 07:51 PM
I'm pretty sure you can order multiple at once. Wasn't there already that order of two golden tails she uploaded a photo of?

AniaR
03-01-2014, 07:55 PM
Question: are you allowed to order multiple tails at once? Would you get them at the same time, or could she finish one and send it, then start the other and send it seperately?

Also, when she sends extra goodies with your tail, do people choose them, or does she just send whatever she thinks you'd like?

Extra tails = yes, but only when she's able to. She's done clients who have ordered several tails for their companies. But it all comes down to timelines. The goodies are free goodies she gives when she *has* them and generally to say thank you to a client for being extra flexible or patient. Don' expect them, but if you get em, yay!

MermaidAmestris
03-02-2014, 01:20 AM
I figured the little extras were random, I was just checking. I don't necessarily expect any, I was just wondering what the deal was with them.

I love this community. Everyone's so helpful. just saying :)

AniaR
03-02-2014, 12:23 PM
I only say it because people have gotten angry with her for not giving extras without realizing she had no time for extras and none to give.