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MermaidMichelle
10-07-2014, 02:53 AM
Well, thank you everyone for all your efforts! The link did work for me, but the pictures weren't quite so big! :mermaid kiss:

Mer-Crazy
10-07-2014, 03:10 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OZR4h_6fes

Oh my goooood, the flukes in action and look at those amazing hip and dosal fins on the blue one! And one of the flukes is new! One is the She Creature, the other I don't think we've seen before, but it looks amazing!
It kinda looks like a lion-fish tail (just from what I could see there). But oh my gosh! It's so great to see Raven in the water again <3 She really is one of the most graceful people I've ever seen in the water.

Mermaid Wesley
10-07-2014, 05:28 AM
I'm fairly sure they are both she creature flukes, but yeah this is stunning!


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Arella
10-07-2014, 09:31 AM
Wow! So cool so see some behind the scenes stuff!

AniaR
10-07-2014, 11:24 AM
Yes it's her new lionfish personal tail. I don't think it's quite finished like she'd like, she always makes her own personal tail as franken tails out of left over pieces. I know she's been working on this one bit by bit for 6 months or so. Just here and there. This is a behind the scenes video of some work she got to do at Weeki :) So nice to see her in deep water again instead of just the tank, she really shines.
And yes, that might be a new fluke, and yes there may be a few other mermaids in the future with that fluke ;)

MerEmma
10-07-2014, 11:33 AM
Ooooh! Sounds exciting, Raina. :D What a beautiful video--I could watch something like that for hours, LOL. Weeki looks so beautiful and Raven fits right in...

Sherielle
10-07-2014, 11:48 AM
Yes it's her new lionfish personal tail ;) Oof. I love it. I covet it. I want it.


And yes, that might be a new fluke, and yes there may be a few other mermaids in the future with that fluke ;) If I didn't know any better, I'd say that was a hint to Raina's new tail! :cool:

Yulia
10-07-2014, 01:28 PM
How do you do it? I screencap the images to save them (I have a "mermaid" folder on my desktop :P) but I'd like to know how to directly embed them! The share link is easy on my computer at least, I just click on them and copy the link and it goes directly to the image + comments page.
When you get to the picture like this:
http://instagram.com/p/t0OoUOIgYS/?modal=true

You rightclick the image and click "show code" (or source or something like that, my browser's in swedish so don't remember excactly)
"view-source:http://instagram.com/p/t0OoUOIgYS/?modal=true"

You'll see these bits of code:
http://puu.sh/c2hwV/9aa743358b.png

And here's the image link:
http://puu.sh/c2hxM/bb1bcea3c5.png

MermaidMichelle
10-07-2014, 07:00 PM
That video is lovely; I was hoping that Raven would do a lionfish tail and it looks very natural!

I just replied to an email Raven sent me in today's noonday hour; I think Raina's tail will be done before mine, because Raven is still perfecting her new dragon scales (she offered to do rounded or Merbella scales to get it to me sooner, but I always like to see her artistry at work). She also appears to have found a way to work the blended option into my tail, which I find amazing! I am patiently excited! :mermaid kiss:

AniaR
10-07-2014, 07:15 PM
Yes we were chatting about that and I decided to opt out of the dragon scales as much as I think they'd look amazing, I am so rough with my tails and using them so much I was worried I wouldn't be able to repair them on my own. My tail design is complicated for me- but not quite as complicated as yours ;) hehe so I do think mine will be whipped up first.

MerEmma
10-07-2014, 07:31 PM
I just wanna see some dragon scales!! are they similar to the belly of the sea dragon tail?

Mermaid Morgann
10-07-2014, 08:47 PM
I realized that I had never shown you guys a video of me swimming in my tail! So I pulled out the GoPro and had Nautia film a few shots. This was at the end of my swim so I was tired as all get out, plus the GoPro battery hadn't charged and was mostly dead. Still, these three shots made a decent short, short video of the tail. I promise I'll do a better one eventually!

P.S. MerEmma, the scales on my back underneath the dorsal are the Dragon Scales. c;




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fttvt765qEQ

Yulia
10-07-2014, 10:01 PM
It's insane how beautiful that paintjob is.

MerEmma
10-07-2014, 10:06 PM
Your tail is just SO amazing, JEEZE. STOP IT, TAIL. STOP BEING SO GORGEOUS. <3

AniaR
10-07-2014, 10:32 PM
her lionfish tail has dragon scales.

MerEmma
10-07-2014, 10:44 PM
I can't wait to see a full tail of them though, I've only seen little details of it from far away. :P

PearlieMae
10-08-2014, 12:29 PM
Merin, I can't stop staring at the tail!

AniaR
10-08-2014, 12:38 PM
yeah it is a full tail, it just has a variety of different sculpts intertwined to make it "dragon". That's her formally named calypso fluke. Only a few clients have it so far and I will have it too :) I'm excited. My scale sheets were curing yesterday :) I'm dreaming of mermaid tails. I am thinking my public event on Saturday will likely be my last public event with rapidash.

Sherielle
10-08-2014, 01:35 PM
That gold fluke is huge! I love it

MarkF
10-08-2014, 02:50 PM
You swim like a pro.

Ariel-Starfish
10-08-2014, 02:56 PM
Aaaaaaaargh So many new footage! I can't breath! :drool:

MermaidMichelle
10-08-2014, 02:58 PM
Merin, thank you for showing us the Peacock Mantis Shrimp mermaid tail in action; it is beautiful and you are beautiful in it! :mermaid kiss:

Raina, bidding farewell to Rapidash in lieu of something new is bittersweet, but at least it got to be the cover tail of a book (or two)!

I'm willing to wait for dragon scales, as my tail is quite complex as Raina said and I am not sure when I might make a public appearance in it; we'll see how things go with the Synod....

Ariel-Starfish
10-08-2014, 03:03 PM
Can someone make screencaps from the flukes? I need a lot of focusing to see them properly and the pause button is to slow :p

Mermaid Wesley
10-08-2014, 03:48 PM
Merin- wow. The almost giraffe-y spots look so cool underwater! Like the patterns on the bottom of a pool from the waves on the surface. Gorgeous.


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AniaR
10-08-2014, 04:25 PM
There will be official photos and videos from that shoot. This was just behind the scene.

Merman Arion
10-08-2014, 05:37 PM
I just found this :)

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MerEmma
10-08-2014, 05:50 PM
Both those tails are just so damn spectacular jeeze. I can't handle the beauty of them. o_o

Normally I'm not fond of huge fins like those on Raven's tail but they just...fit, so well.

Mermaid Isabel(:
10-08-2014, 05:53 PM
Wow those tails are seriously stunning!

AniaR
10-08-2014, 06:02 PM
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MarkF
10-08-2014, 06:13 PM
AniaR, I keep expecting to see you in these.

Starfrit
10-08-2014, 06:30 PM
Those fluke shapes are INCREDIBLE, I'm dying over the one on the golden tail! And that lionfish... :swoon: Karri and Raven both look amazing!

Mer-Crazy
10-08-2014, 10:22 PM
Raina I have a quick question, since you only said recently that Raven started your tail, but that it will be finished in the next month or so, does that mean that Raven does have like a 'line' and works on just one or two tails at a time before starting the next ones? Or does she work on many at the same time, working on them bit by bit?

I'm asking only because I was thinking since mine is so far off, at least 4-6 months, that maybe I should hold off sending her my measurements until she's closer to starting my tail in case I gain any weight between now and then. However if it is just bit by bit then there's no point in holding off sending them. :)

AniaR
10-08-2014, 10:49 PM
Raven works on them whenever she can manage. Sometimes it's a couple at a time, sometimes it's just one. Just depends. I only gave her my measurements in July I think. She'll tell you when she needs measurements.

MermaidMichelle
10-09-2014, 12:14 AM
Those pics are so gorgeous they look like Photoshops! That's a compliment; those tail shadows would be difficult to fake...lol

What really excites me are the large dorsal fins on Lionfish Raven; they suggest that my wings really will work! :mermaid kiss:

Sherielle
10-09-2014, 11:02 AM
Those pics are so gorgeous they look like Photoshops! That's a compliment; those tail shadows would be difficult to fake...lol

What really excites me are the large dorsal fins on Lionfish Raven; they suggest that my wings really will work! :mermaid kiss:I'm a huge fan of those fins! I can't WAIT to see your tail, Michelle!

MermaidMichelle
10-10-2014, 12:38 AM
Merci beaucoup, Aurelia! :mermaid kiss:

Chrissy
10-10-2014, 09:24 AM
Raven is a true underwater water beauty!!! Those new tails are stunning!!! And the Mantis tail is beautiful in the water!!!! The colors are awesome

Harpress
10-10-2014, 09:47 AM
Ahhh!!! Those new Flukes are Crazzzzzy Beautiful!! I want one!

Merley
10-10-2014, 09:53 AM
Got the email my fins are being attached and my tail is being painted this week. The wait is over...well, almost. I'm beyond excited. But ugh, I'm in love with the Calypso fluke on the gold tail. That is hands down, the nicest, most realistic yet fantastical fluke I've ever seen. I already want to order another tail because of it. Just take my money, Raven, all of it; it's yours.

Ariel-Starfish
10-10-2014, 11:59 AM
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SeaGlass Siren
10-10-2014, 12:10 PM
http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/img-thing?.out=jpg&size=l&tid=38490182

AniaR
10-10-2014, 12:12 PM
you all be spitting rainbows and I'm over here like

http://i.imgur.com/ALVTM.gif


I'm REALLY sorry I just wanted an excuse to use this epic gif. LOL

SeaGlass Siren
10-10-2014, 12:17 PM
i think i've seen that somewhere LOL...

Ayla of Duluth
10-10-2014, 12:19 PM
i think i've seen that somewhere LOL...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuOvqeABHvQ

SeaGlass Siren
10-10-2014, 12:23 PM
YES. THAT.

Ariel-Starfish
10-10-2014, 12:42 PM
you all be spitting rainbows and I'm over here like

http://i.imgur.com/ALVTM.gif


I'm REALLY sorry I just wanted an excuse to use this epic gif. LOL

Do mermaids have their periods? Lol haha awsome gif!

AniaR
10-10-2014, 12:43 PM
it's actually his bleeding bum haha it's from an old internet cartoon

Vrindavana Starfish
10-10-2014, 12:48 PM
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Ridiculously beautiful. That clownfish tail! Amazing!

Mermaid Wesley
10-10-2014, 02:40 PM
Wait the lion fish tail has the new fluke right? The gold tail has the she-creature. Doesn't it?



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MermaidMichelle
10-10-2014, 09:34 PM
I do remember that "my anus is bleeding" video from years in the past, and it goes surprisingly-well with drooling/vomiting rainbows, but I'm happy to let this thread go back to Merbella tails....

The gold tail looks a lot like the Angler, too....Is the She Creature a variant of it or inspired in part by it at all?

AniaR
10-10-2014, 09:40 PM
confirmed from Raven: the gold tail is the she creature fluke. Lionfish is Calypso

MermaidMichelle
10-10-2014, 09:59 PM
Ah, that is what I thought. Thanks, Raina! (That is at least the second "Thanks, Raina!" from me, probably more like 5 or 6th...lol) :mermaid kiss:

Ariel-Starfish
10-11-2014, 01:42 PM
Thanks dor conferming this Raina. :) I just wanted to ask. :p

Mermaid Isabel(:
10-11-2014, 03:05 PM
Did anyone get their tails or tops shipped out recently? Tyler asked for my address so he could give me shipping options. I sent my email but no reply back and it's been a week :-/.

MermaidAmestris
10-11-2014, 05:18 PM
Hey, didn't Finfolk just come out with a Calypso fluke? It doesn't look like Raven's, it looks almost exactly like their Loreena fluke with a few more spikes, but still, I think it's cool that two companies have come out with new flukes called Calypso flukes lol

AniaR
10-11-2014, 05:26 PM
Old conversation. Already discussed. Raven sold Calypso flukes before ff announced theirs. But Raven is changing the name to avoid confusion as she never announced the name publicly. Only on invoices with clients.

Ariel-Starfish
10-12-2014, 03:52 AM
Raven told me this fluke is not availabke for new clients (only existing before it even was publiched) becouse of the name. She loves the name (Calypso) so mutch that she won't be able to change it. So probably she will be using it for her personal tails?

Ariel-Starfish
10-12-2014, 04:25 AM
* As for the time being. ;)

MermaidMichelle
10-12-2014, 02:00 PM
I am reminded of a scene in the 1994 animated series The Tick:

Barry (trying to crush the Tick beneath his vibro-shield): "Give up being the Tick!"

The Tick: "No! IT'S ON ALL MY STATIONERY!" (2nd Millennium joke, from when people used to write/print messages on a non-electronic medium made of pulped, flattened wood and called stationery or paper....)

I remember seeing that twenty years ago and thinking, couldn't they just compromise? I mean, they're different colours; Barry could call himself the Red Tick and the Tick, whenever confusion might otherwise occur, could call himself the Blue Tick!

Similarly, since Raven has every right to call her fluke Calypso, she shouldn't just scrap the fluke as a customer option. She could keep the name and, when clarification is needed, give it a prefix such as Tropical Calypso, Moonlight Calypso, Paradise Calypso, Sands of Time Calypso, or even simply Merbella Calypso​!

Mermaid Kelda
10-13-2014, 11:51 AM
2nd Millennium joke, from when people used to write/print messages on a non-electronic medium made of pulped, flattened wood and called stationery or paper....
You're too much! :surrender:

Arella
10-13-2014, 01:53 PM
Does anyone have a video of one of Raven's personal angler tails in action?

Ariel-Starfish
10-14-2014, 01:47 PM
I'm curious! :) Also; i'm planning on giving my Performance tail a name. (My basic doe not have one) but i'm clue-less

AniaR
10-14-2014, 03:21 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LX5G8O3Xpk0

MerEmma
10-14-2014, 03:31 PM
She has a competitor in her tail, and it's gorgeous, but yeah, I couldn't think of a video with an angler that has a Foil...

Mermaid Enora
10-14-2014, 05:48 PM
Hylie is so beautiful and that video is just surreal!

AniaR
10-14-2014, 06:04 PM
it's the only video I could find online of an angler.

Vrindavana Starfish
10-14-2014, 06:49 PM
Is that the name of the fluke shape?

Yulia
10-14-2014, 06:53 PM
Is that the name of the fluke shape?
Yup.

Arella
10-14-2014, 07:19 PM
Thx Raina!

Mermaid Lorelei
10-14-2014, 07:49 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlhSwsGaO2E

Here's a video of Mermaid Ariadne borrowing Raven's tail. It doesn't fit her correctly, as you can tell, but it shows off the fluke.

AniaR
10-14-2014, 10:08 PM
yup and that one is raven's personal tail

Vicky Mermaid
10-17-2014, 10:13 AM
Gorgeous...

Mer-Crazy
10-18-2014, 09:28 PM
Just a quick question: Merbella scales? Are they an additional cost or just an alternate option?

MerEmma
10-18-2014, 09:34 PM
99% sure they're just an alternate option with no extra cost.

Mermaid Isabel(:
10-18-2014, 10:26 PM
They're an alternate option I got them and they were no extra cost

MermaidMichelle
10-19-2014, 12:58 AM
I can confirm that as well; Raven offered me either normal (rounded) or Merbella scales with no difference in price, and I hope I didn't make it too difficult for her when I asked that she take her time and perfect the Dragon scales.... :pearl:

AniaR
10-19-2014, 01:34 AM
I was going to do dragon scales but she hasn't quite perfected them the way shed like to. I put my tails through hell, so I decided to keep it simple with rounded. I know if I damage my tail I can easily repair rounded tail scales. Sometimes simple is just easier when you're going to be using them day in and day out :p as much as I wanna look fancy as hell lol

MermaidMichelle
10-19-2014, 02:28 AM
That is quite understandable; whereas I'm not sure how often I shall have cause to wear my tail, such is your livelihood! :mermaid kiss:

Mermaid Isabel(:
10-19-2014, 05:44 PM
Soooo I got this in the mail a few days ago http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/10/19/ae5850e5ef6583f1230e003a13242ae2.jpg and in all the excitement I forgot to post about it!

Mermaid Kelda
10-19-2014, 06:28 PM
Aaaah!! Pictures! :D

Mermaid Isabel(:
10-19-2014, 06:38 PM
http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/10/19/3dfbab2a2e80f33d4becbdefdb1c7475.jpghttp://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/10/19/181413de8e9919421e7dfc836d9718a0.jpghttp://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/10/19/ee9b23943a15d598d71687876299d896.jpghttp://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/10/19/0465418d22b28bf534c9c7977a65e0dd.jpg I haven't had a chance to take super good pictures with the right lighting hopefully these are ok....I'm still working on figuring out how to get into it and if I do I'll be doing a photo shoot tomorrow to get pictures of me in it :) Raven did an amazing job making my design come to life the colors are perfect!

Merley
10-19-2014, 07:37 PM
Aww, that tail is so gorgeous. Love the colors on it. Congrats! She told me mine was at the paint stage on the 7th, still no pics yet :/ I'm so ready for my tail.

MarkF
10-19-2014, 07:53 PM
The tail is fantastic and the octopus top is so real looking.
I'd thought you have it on the moment you got it out of the box.
The top will probably sneak away when your not looking.

MerEmma
10-19-2014, 08:18 PM
Beautiful tail! I like the waistline a lot, too. :D

Mermaid Isabel(:
10-19-2014, 08:25 PM
Thank you Merley! And don't worry it takes a long time for her to respond if you don't hear anything by the end of the month maybe email and ask how it is going :)
Thanks MarkF I put on the octopus top as soon as I got it but I'm so so scared to hurt my tail I got one foot in the foot pocket and couldn't figure out how to get the other foot in with such little space it's definitely harder than it looks on videos!

Mermaid Isabel(:
10-19-2014, 08:25 PM
Thank you MerEmma :)

MermaidMichelle
10-20-2014, 01:10 AM
The tail and top are both darling, and a fine example of the blended waist on a darker tail! :mermaid kiss:

Your difficulties make me a bit anxious about getting into mine, since it has so many fancy features...but if the Peacock Mantis Shrimp was doable (albeit tiring), mine should be too (within two hours, hopefully!). Have you tried lubricating your legs with conditioner?

AniaR
10-20-2014, 01:53 AM
It's so beautiful!!! Im so glad you finally got it :D yay!

Mermaid Isabel(:
10-20-2014, 02:16 AM
Thank you :) and I used coconut oil and was able to fit both of my feet into the foot pockets but I couldn't figure out how to pull it up all the way without hurting the tail it was also hurting my ankles because of the angle they were in I'm sure it just takes practice and it's something to get used to you'll do great with your tail I'm sure don't worry! I'm just a worry wart and am terrified of doing anything to chance ripping it.

Thank you Raina I'm glad it's finally here! I've been binging on your YouTube videos they've been very helpful :)

AniaR
10-20-2014, 02:48 AM
put lube on you and on the inside and outside of the tail. Makes it easier to get it all the way up. Then have someone wipe down the outside of the tail once it's on :) I do that when I'm in a pinch trying to put it on dry

Mermaid Isabel(:
10-20-2014, 03:01 AM
Ok thanks I'll try that :)

Mermaid Syaira
10-20-2014, 03:26 AM
how easy is it to get on in the water?

AniaR
10-20-2014, 12:19 PM
Easier

Vrindavana Starfish
10-20-2014, 12:21 PM
Wow, it's really beautiful. I love the blue ring octopus top!

Ariel-Starfish
10-20-2014, 01:38 PM
So pretty! I'm glad u finally have it!

Mermaid Syaira
10-20-2014, 04:21 PM
Easier
thanks =)

Mermaid Isabel(:
10-20-2014, 04:37 PM
Thanks to both Starfish's haha :) the octopus top is pretty comfy!

Mermaid Sirenia
10-20-2014, 07:38 PM
Just ordered a seaweed top of hers off of etsy[emoji16]


~Mermaid Sirenia~

MermaidAmestris
10-22-2014, 09:12 PM
I couldn't say anything when Raven's picture of the tail was posted, because I hadn't been on for a few days and we'd moved onto other subjects by the time I saw it, but Isabel, your tail made my jaw drop so hard to the floor that I had a bruise on my chin. The colors are amazing, the shimmer is beautiful, the fins are fantastic, and as someone who usually doesn't like Merbella scales very much, they look phenomenal on your tail. It's one of my favorite tails I've ever seen, and I fall in love with tails quite easily (that's why I'm having so much trouble designing my own lol).

Seraphina Suds
10-22-2014, 09:39 PM
That is quite possibly my favorite tail I've seen so far! I adore the color scheme and scales! I didn't think anyone else liked the textured scales since I haven't seen any tails come out with them in a while. I can't wait to see you in it and swimming!

Mermaid Isabel(:
10-23-2014, 12:40 AM
Aw thank you both so much! It means a lot :) I was afraid that since so many intricate designs were coming out that mine would be plain, I'm glad you don't think so! It's been cold and raining since I got it (it's also very heavy and hurts my ankles) but hopefully it will warm up enough for me to take some pictures and post them! <3

JaceAquarius
10-23-2014, 12:31 PM
You do an amazing job at making tails! I have done some looking/dreaming and Yours are definitely my favorite! Eventually (read as once I save enough money) I plan to get a full tail from you with Dorsal fin and UV thing. Though it may be a while. Isabel your tail looks Amazing!! I'm floored at how lifelike the Octopus looks! Again it's a great work! Good Job Raven!

MermaidAmestris
10-23-2014, 06:56 PM
Can't wait to see more pictures, Isabel!

Merley
10-24-2014, 01:41 AM
So...It's been 16 days now since my tail was supposed to be at the paint stage. Still no update or pictures and I sent an inquiry email. I'm losing it. I've been checking my email obsessively. My tail's due date was last month, now I'm not sure I'm going to have it before Halloween. :/ The waiting is excruciating.

AniaR
10-24-2014, 02:07 AM
I hear yah, I haven't heard about mine in a few weeks either. Havent seen much from Raven online either so I'm not sure what's up. I'll post updates if I hear anything.

polyhymnia113
10-26-2014, 02:20 PM
Anyone hear anything from Raven or Tyler lately? Tyler emailed me near the beginning of October saying they were begining my tail and needed my shoe size. I had emailed them months ago (and not yet recieved a response) with some answers and questions regarding the design of my tail and his email addressed none of those questions. I replied with my shoe size and a friendly reminder about the answers to my questions / a recap of the questions and asked they just confirm they got my questions and prior design info responses to their questions even if they were unable to answer presently. It's been a few weeks and I still haven't heard anything. I'm doing my best to remain patient but these are things that will impact the final outcome of the design so I am getting a bit stressed about it. I understand how busy they stay, but communication is a pretty critical aspect of any business, especially where it comes to creative design. I know it will be worth the wait but I do get stressed too.

AniaR
10-26-2014, 04:13 PM
chances are if they didnt reply to those questions, they aren't at the point of constructing your tail yet. They tend to contact everyone just as their about to construct to go over questions and double check measurements.

polyhymnia113
10-26-2014, 04:14 PM
Good to know! Thanks! It was just the "we're starting to work on your tail" part that freaked me out. We would all go insane without you, Raina. ;)

AniaR
10-26-2014, 09:41 PM
I get ancy like everyone else too. lol I'm waiting too just like all of you! Ordered Feb 2nd and can't wait to get my tail but I don't think it's been officially started yet.

My plan is though to photo shoot with it once I get it, so no one will see unboxing videos or anything until after the photo shoot. I'd like the photo shoot to be the way it's revealed online :)

Mermaid Wesley
10-27-2014, 06:31 PM
Aw you tease!! But it will be a great reveal!


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AniaR
10-27-2014, 08:09 PM
Raven is doing tank shows right now fyi

Mermaid Lorelei
10-27-2014, 08:12 PM
I wonder if we'll get any new cool tank videos?

Mermaid Cascada
10-27-2014, 08:26 PM
Omg, I love the tank videos. It's like watching a real mermaid.

MermaidAmestris
10-28-2014, 04:22 AM
Especially when that mermaid is Raven. She's so believable in her performances

MermaidMichelle
10-28-2014, 04:47 PM
Oh yes! I always like it when she curls up and pretends to be "sleeping" at the bottom of the tank when the curtain is pulled!

MermaidAmestris
10-28-2014, 05:31 PM
That was one of my favorite mermaid videos of all time! The one with the alien/piano tail?

Ariel-Starfish
10-29-2014, 08:40 AM
Oh yes! I always like it when she curls up and pretends to be "sleeping" at the bottom of the tank when the curtain is pulled!
Exacly! ❤️❤️

Merley
10-29-2014, 09:14 AM
I'm trying so hard to be patient. But I quickly feel my patience running out. It's been 8 months since I sent in measurements and even longer since I sent payment. I was supposed to get pictures Monday when Raven got back from her gig. And I get she needs rest and downtime between tail making and performing, but I don't like being told one thing and not having it followef through on. I even waited an extra day before sending a reminder email to give her some more time, but I still have nothing. I just want a picture. Even if it's unfinished. It seems each time I ask my date is pushed back even further. I went from being set to have it last month to still not having it three days until November and still don't even know what it looks like, much less have it. I thought 22 would be my year--the year I finally pursue my dream after much waiting and prolonging in my quest toward mermaidom--but in a few weeks I'll be 23 and still tail-less. The disappointment is overwhelming. Everyone I told about my tail keeps asking where it is and I have to shrug stupidly that I still don't have it like a year later. :( I feel awful for complaining but it's so disheartening.

-Annwyn-
10-29-2014, 09:36 AM
I'm trying so hard to be patient. But I quickly feel my patience running out. It's been 8 months since I sent in measurements and even longer since I sent payment. I was supposed to get pictures Monday when Raven got back from her gig. And I get she needs rest and downtime between tail making and performing, but I don't like being told one thing and not having it followef through on. I even waited an extra day before sending a reminder email to give her some more time, but I still have nothing. I just want a picture. Even if it's unfinished. It seems each time I ask my date is pushed back even further. I went from being set to have it last month to still not having it three days until November and still don't even know what it looks like, much less have it. I thought 22 would be my year--the year I finally pursue my dream after much waiting and prolonging in my quest toward mermaidom--but in a few weeks I'll be 23 and still tail-less. The disappointment is overwhelming. Everyone I told about my tail keeps asking where it is and I have to shrug stupidly that I still don't have it like a year later. :( I feel awful for complaining but it's so disheartening.


Thats the nature of the beast, unfortunately . But I'm sure the wait will be worth it!

Merman Arion
10-29-2014, 10:22 AM
In a way, Merbella Studios's customer service is worse (as even more challenging) that Mertailor's :eek:

I have respect for all her customers.


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AniaR
10-29-2014, 01:35 PM
I'm trying so hard to be patient. But I quickly feel my patience running out. It's been 8 months since I sent in measurements and even longer since I sent payment. I was supposed to get pictures Monday when Raven got back from her gig. And I get she needs rest and downtime between tail making and performing, but I don't like being told one thing and not having it followef through on. I even waited an extra day before sending a reminder email to give her some more time, but I still have nothing. I just want a picture. Even if it's unfinished. It seems each time I ask my date is pushed back even further. I went from being set to have it last month to still not having it three days until November and still don't even know what it looks like, much less have it. I thought 22 would be my year--the year I finally pursue my dream after much waiting and prolonging in my quest toward mermaidom--but in a few weeks I'll be 23 and still tail-less. The disappointment is overwhelming. Everyone I told about my tail keeps asking where it is and I have to shrug stupidly that I still don't have it like a year later. :( I feel awful for complaining but it's so disheartening.

I'm really sorry and I understand :( I wish I could wave a hand and make this work out faster for you. It's frustrating you've been waiting so long. Next month hits the 9 month mark for me and while I haven't been waiting quite as long as you have I want you to know there's no special treatment- we all seem to be in the same boat. I'm really hoping once they get through the current orders they'll be able to come up with a better system for dealing with the demand and the wait. My first tail I waited a year and that was hard too so when you say prolonging your quest I totally get it. :hug: I'm hoping I get mine in time for merfest.

But I do know for sure when you finally get your tail it'll be worth it and things will sky rocket for you :) I'm really hopeful you'll get your tail soon. Please post any updates when you hear !!

Ariel-Starfish
10-29-2014, 02:04 PM
I'm trying so hard to be patient. But I quickly feel my patience running out. It's been 8 months since I sent in measurements and even longer since I sent payment. I was supposed to get pictures Monday when Raven got back from her gig. And I get she needs rest and downtime between tail making and performing, but I don't like being told one thing and not having it followef through on. I even waited an extra day before sending a reminder email to give her some more time, but I still have nothing. I just want a picture. Even if it's unfinished. It seems each time I ask my date is pushed back even further. I went from being set to have it last month to still not having it three days until November and still don't even know what it looks like, much less have it. I thought 22 would be my year--the year I finally pursue my dream after much waiting and prolonging in my quest toward mermaidom--but in a few weeks I'll be 23 and still tail-less. The disappointment is overwhelming. Everyone I told about my tail keeps asking where it is and I have to shrug stupidly that I still don't have it like a year later. :( I feel awful for complaining but it's so disheartening.

I'm really sorry for you! :( Is your tail design more detailed/tecnical color sceme etc? Why is your orderbeing pushed back? As everyone say's already ; when ypu see your tail for the first time, it will be worth it! :hug:

Vrindavana Starfish
10-29-2014, 02:25 PM
I just found Merbella Studio on Tumblr (I quit Facebook twice now) and saw a picture of a swimmable LED tail! Seriously?! I want to see more of that. I have a feeling I'm late to this party.

polyhymnia113
10-29-2014, 02:30 PM
Merley, i have to admit that having everyone ask you when your tail is coming and watching their declining enthusiasm as the months tick by is disheartening. We just have to hope that when the tails come in they'll be as wowed as we are and have renewed excitement for us. ;)

polyhymnia113
10-29-2014, 02:33 PM
And don't worry about 22 vs 23. Some of us are *considerably* older than you and still getting our mermaid on. Right now just luxuriate in the feeling of still being in your early 20s.

AniaR
10-29-2014, 02:42 PM
I just found Merbella Studio on Tumblr (I quit Facebook twice now) and saw a picture of a swimmable LED tail! Seriously?! I want to see more of that. I have a feeling I'm late to this party.
Yes that was a few years ago. It's on their fB in a video showing it light up. I dont think she ever got to do much with it- too busy. But I loved it if I had the money I'd buy it lol.

Vrindavana Starfish
10-29-2014, 02:52 PM
Yes that was a few years ago. It's on their fB in a video showing it light up. I dont think she ever got to do much with it- too busy. But I loved it if I had the money I'd buy it lol.

It's amazing. It needs a movie. :)

MermaidAmestris
10-29-2014, 04:02 PM
I think it's sad that you have to keep assuring us that you don't get any special treatment, Raina. Do people really think/assume that about you that often?

Merley
10-29-2014, 04:47 PM
I'm really sorry and I understand I wish I could wave a hand and make this work out faster for you. It's frustrating you've been waiting so long. Next month hits the 9 month mark for me and while I haven't been waiting quite as long as you have I want you to know there's no special treatment- we all seem to be in the same boat. I'm really hoping once they get through the current orders they'll be able to come up with a better system for dealing with the demand and the wait. My first tail I waited a year and that was hard too so when you say prolonging your quest I totally get it. I'm hoping I get mine in time for merfest.


But I do know for sure when you finally get your tail it'll be worth it and things will sky rocket for you I'm really hopeful you'll get your tail soon. Please post any updates when you hear !!


Thanks for the support guys. It means a lot since no one else really understands. As soon as I get any updates you guys will be the first to Know. I also would like to go to merfest and have a tail to bring to the event. After the Mermaidsrus fiasco I was really excited to get this tail--I still am, but I keep becoming more and more skeptical about when it will finally get done. I told her to take her time because haste makes waste and I wanted there to be less chance for mistakes due to lack of time, but I don't know. Watching other people get beautiful tails from her when I feel like I ordered so much longer ago irks me.

My parents are probably the worst. Where is it, they ask. They're the most skeptical after the last tail buying endeavor which left me out $700+ and no tail to show for it. That and our pod here in Hawaii has meetup swims and I feel left out not having a tail to wow tourists with like the others. I didn't even go to the last one I was so bummed I still don't have one a year later. And yes, I know I'm considerably younger than some members in the community, but this has been something I'm sure I wanted since I was a small child, which was only solidified once I found out about Mertailor, Hannah and tank shows. So, this has all been a long time coming for me. I've never had any illusions or pretenses about what I wanted to do. I want to be a mermaid. I want to turn the ordinary into extraordinary everywhere I go with my own brand of mermaid magic. I want to dare people to entertain silly fancies of the imagination and not be afraid to turn them into tangible realities. And I want every little girl in a 2 mile radius to lose her shit when she learns mermaids do exist and they are very real indeed.


I'm really sorry for you! :( Is your tail design more detailed/tecnical color sceme etc? Why is your orderbeing pushed back? As everyone say's already ; when ypu see your tail for the first time, it will be worth it! :hug:

My tail is pretty elaborate according to Raven, but some of the more recent tails with custom fins and fluke designs seem more elaborate to me. I basically asked for a sea dragon tail since I really loved the double dorsal and shape/design of the fins. My only request was a pink and gold color scheme in which I gave her total creative freedom (Raven's choice) to be the artist that she is. I figured she'd make a better design than I would since my first tail was going to be plain pink with no frills or other trimmings.

Im still super excited to finally get my tail and see what Raven has come up with but the anticipation might literally be killing me.

AniaR
10-29-2014, 05:00 PM
Yeah I have a more complicated design too. Waiting sucks for sure.

And yes I get accused of special treatment all the time. I don't get things any faster or any cheaper than anyone else. I try to go easy on Raven because she is also my friend and I know she'll come through for me. But I def see people get loads of freebies, work done on their tail for free, and more updates.. And that same person got mad raven sent me a bracer as a Christmas present last year. Special treatment lol. I just get annoyed because like everyone else it takes me forever to save up and I wait too.

PearlieMae
10-29-2014, 05:10 PM
Wait...You're 22 (almost 23), live in Hawaii and getting an elaborate Merbellas tail?

:violin:


(it was that or the jellyfish.)

Vrindavana Starfish
10-29-2014, 05:17 PM
People tend to think that no matter what the situation is, whether it's mermaiding or not. If you're showing some level of success, people will claim it's because you got "special treatment," and dismiss any hard work or patience you had to do for your success. I've been following your blog for a few months, watching your videos, it's pretty obvious you work your tail off (haha I crack myself up. Where's my tip jar?) It sucks that you have to deal with people whining about it, but there are plenty of us who can clearly see what you do, and for all you give to the community, you deserve some bracers. So, we get it. Don't let the haters get you down.

Merley
10-29-2014, 07:50 PM
Lol, Pearlie. I'm from Jersey too. I came here for school (I got a scholarship and now have $30,000 worth of debt to pay off for my degree). My friend paid for the base of my tail (he lost a school related bet) and I've sunk another $2,000 in upgrades and a top, not including shipping yet by myself with money I've earned on my own. I pay my own rent and buy everything myself. I worked hard to get here. It wasn't just handed to me by any means.

PearlieMae
10-29-2014, 08:31 PM
I am so glad you took that in the spirit that I meant it! :) I was worried once I hit post!

Patience, grasshopper...good things come to those who wait! (I know, it pisses me off, too.)

Good for you! Well done! Where in Jersey? I'm not from here, but I've been here since 81.

Merley
10-29-2014, 09:13 PM
Haha, it's that Jersey sense of humor. Oh, neat where are you from? I'm from north Jersey, Bergen county area, directly across from NYC. But yeah I'm trying to be patient. All I can really do is wait anyway.

PearlieMae
10-29-2014, 10:05 PM
I'm in Ringwood, north central border, next to Oakland. Technically western Passaic county, just over Ramapo Mountain from Bergen.

AniaR
10-30-2014, 03:48 PM
WHOSE IS THIS THING OF BEAUTY (shared it because it's already watermarked) [this is also WIP it's not finished]

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polyhymnia113
10-30-2014, 03:49 PM
I would guess that to be Merley's anxiously awaited pink and gold sea-dragon tail.

PearlieMae
10-30-2014, 04:03 PM
That's a lot of pink and gold!

Are you next up, Raina?

AniaR
10-30-2014, 04:08 PM
Soon I think. Hopefully. I really hope this is Mereley's tail though she's been waiting so long, and it's so beautiful even if it's a WIP. <3

MerEmma
10-30-2014, 04:18 PM
WOW! So many fins. <3

MarkF
10-30-2014, 04:50 PM
That tail looks so incredible Merley, your going to be in a lot peoples dreams when they see you swim by in that!
Good for you!

Mermaid Neri Elvina
10-30-2014, 05:37 PM
WHOSE IS THIS THING OF BEAUTY (shared it because it's already watermarked) [this is also WIP it's not finished]

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Merley this is absolutely gorgeous!!

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MermaidMichelle
10-30-2014, 06:06 PM
That magnificent tail certainly does match Merley's description! It is a delightful combination of the beautiful fantasy of the more feminine tails and the tattered scrappyness of the darker, original Sea Dragon! I hope this is your desire fulfilled, Merley! :mermaid kiss:

Merley
10-30-2014, 06:13 PM
Aww, Raina you beat me to it. I got my update email today as you can see. There's still more blending and layer work to do for the colors. But I'm in love. I nearly cried. This is my face right now :lol::jawdrop: Raven told me she thought she sent it Monday but it got saved as a draft instead. I'm so excited. Like cry laughing it's weird and ugly but I don't care.

AniaR
10-30-2014, 06:16 PM
I was holding my breath hoping it was yours! Sorry to steal your thunder by posting it ahead of you. :hug: That was a dick thing of me to do as soon as someone said it was likely yours I realized that was dumb of me. But it looks so pretty and I know it'll be amazing when it's done. Yaaay!

Merley
10-30-2014, 06:26 PM
No worries. I wasn't even sure if I should post since it wasn't finished yet. I did want to share though. So thanks for that. I'm just excited for an image that's all I wanted. My curiosity is satiated. Thanks for all the support every-mer <3

Mermaid Neri Elvina
10-30-2014, 06:31 PM
Merley I am so so happy for you

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Mermaid Crystal Shimmer
10-30-2014, 06:32 PM
WOW! Merley, that tail is beautiful! And I don't even like pink ;)
I showed it to a friend of mine who likes pink very much, she almost cried! She loves your tail! :D

Miyu
10-30-2014, 06:33 PM
OMFG THAT THING IS BEAUTIFUL

I also adore pink/gold colour schemes, but I'm really in love with those tattered fins... <3

Merley
10-30-2014, 06:33 PM
Thanks Neri :3 I'm the happiest girl in the world right now. Woah, a lot of posts were made by the time I hit post. Thanks Crystal and Miyu, it should look even more amazing as she layers on the iridescent opal-y colors.

MermaidAmestris
10-30-2014, 07:42 PM
OMG MERLEY THAT TAIL!!! I gasped out loud when I saw it, and now I feel like crying too! And I usually don't like pink tails very much. They're beautiful, but I'm about more realistic designs. But I've reacted this way with your tail so far, Isabel's blue/purple/silver tail, and a few of Raven's original creations. And the sketches of Michelle's fire angel sea dragon tail.

Miyu
10-30-2014, 07:48 PM
Oooh, there's sketches of Michelle's fire-angle-sea-dragon tail??!? NEED TO FIND FOR REFERENCE

Mizuko
10-30-2014, 08:11 PM
Merley, that is without doubt one of my favourite tails! It's just incredible! (I LOVE PINK AND GOLD AND RAINBOWS) haha! So happy for you!!! :D

AniaR
10-30-2014, 08:45 PM
I'm really glad you got an update. I knew Raven had been working on your tail because we discussed it before, but she was busy with the tank shows so I didn't get a chance to check in with her. (Even though I ask people not to bug me to bug her, I will sometimes check in with her of my own choice just to see how her general work load is going) Isn't it nice to know it's so far along? I can't wait to see the finished product. You'll be amazing for sure! I just love those tattered fins and I think Pink doesn't get enough use in the mer world.

I did miss this comment though:

In a way, Merbella Studios's customer service is worse (as even more challenging) that Mertailor's :eek:

I have respect for all her customers.

I think that's a bit unfair. Does Raven need to work on wait times and finding time to update people? Sure. She knows it's a weakness, she tries to be upfront and is working on ways to improve. It's still an issue right now yes, but compare that to how Eric has acted for years (though to his credit I hear he acts a lot better now, so this isn't meant to bash him just point out the past) Raven doesnt mock her clients, she doesn't insult them, she doesn't publicly accuse them of things, she doesn't make up fake reasons why things are delayed, she's not cruel to them, she offers full refunds, free upgrades, she eats shipping costs all the time, gives freebees to compensate for wait times. I just think that's a really unfair statement and kinda hurtful honestly :( I know everyone sees me defend her and kinda thinks oh that's Raina. But I wouldn't allow that kind of statement about Jesse either (who is also struggling with wait times and communication right now too).

Merman Arion
10-30-2014, 09:45 PM
I'm really glad you got an update. I knew Raven had been working on your tail because we discussed it before, but she was busy with the tank shows so I didn't get a chance to check in with her. (Even though I ask people not to bug me to bug her, I will sometimes check in with her of my own choice just to see how her general work load is going) Isn't it nice to know it's so far along? I can't wait to see the finished product. You'll be amazing for sure! I just love those tattered fins and I think Pink doesn't get enough use in the mer world.

I did miss this comment though:


I think that's a bit unfair. Does Raven need to work on wait times and finding time to update people? Sure. She knows it's a weakness, she tries to be upfront and is working on ways to improve. It's still an issue right now yes, but compare that to how Eric has acted for years (though to his credit I hear he acts a lot better now, so this isn't meant to bash him just point out the past) Raven doesnt mock her clients, she doesn't insult them, she doesn't publicly accuse them of things, she doesn't make up fake reasons why things are delayed, she's not cruel to them, she offers full refunds, free upgrades, she eats shipping costs all the time, gives freebees to compensate for wait times. I just think that's a really unfair statement and kinda hurtful honestly :( I know everyone sees me defend her and kinda thinks oh that's Raina. But I wouldn't allow that kind of statement about Jesse either (who is also struggling with wait times and communication right now too).

I really apologize, Raina, because I understand now (much to my horror) that it was a wrong choice of word. Although I DID precise that it was just MORE CHALLENGING because of the wait for updates. I was just talking about the waiting phase for replies. That was all. Really. It was not to critize Raven negatively, nor to make an unfair statement. Like I said in the beggining, "in a way". I DO know and understand how busy she is and I respect that. A lot. But yeah, You're right. "worse" is too much of a strong word to be used for the comparison I just wanted to express as an opinion.

I have the same respect for all the mers who is waiting for a tail from her. I admit that's something I might not know because I did only wait less than 6 months for mine.

Again, I'm sorry because I did not mean to make you upset, neither any of you who read my post. I take back what I said.

Merley
10-30-2014, 11:05 PM
Gah I can't stop visiting this thread and staring. I just pulled it up on my computer for the first time today (had been using my phone) and it's just like woah. I'm in love guys, it's official.

Mermaid Harmony
10-31-2014, 12:08 AM
O my word, doll, that's amazing, I can't wait to see it, ohh it's soooo gorgeous!!!

polyhymnia113
10-31-2014, 12:09 AM
It really is a dream tail. Sooooo pretty and iridescent.

MermaidMichelle
10-31-2014, 12:23 AM
Thank you so much Mermaid Amestris! :mermaid kiss: I am honoured that the sketches alone have already garnered such a response!


Oooh, there's sketches of Michelle's fire-angle-sea-dragon tail??!? NEED TO FIND FOR REFERENCE

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I hope that helps, Miyu! :mermaid kiss: You are doing wonderfully thusfar!

MermaidAmestris
10-31-2014, 04:17 AM
You're very welcome Michelle! Your tail is one of the things I'm most excited to see in the mer world

Ariel-Starfish
10-31-2014, 03:42 PM
Got an email from Raven wishing me a Happy Halloween ^^ and said she would finish up my top and send pictured as soon as she can. <3

Mermaid Neri Elvina
10-31-2014, 04:42 PM
Got an email from Raven wishing me a Happy Halloween ^^ and said she would finish up my top and send pictured as soon as she can. <3
That's great news!! Looking forward to seeing pictures!!

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MermaidMichelle
10-31-2014, 05:10 PM
Congratulations to you, Ariel, and to you (due to your sig) Neri! That H2O song bit has been sung by me in many a distracted moment! :mermaid kiss:

Also, thanks again to Amestris! :mermaid kiss:

Mermaid Neri Elvina
11-01-2014, 05:36 PM
Congratulations to you, Ariel, and to you (due to your sig) Neri! That H2O song bit has been sung by me in many a distracted moment! :mermaid kiss:

Also, thanks again to Amestris! :mermaid kiss:
Thanks Michelle!

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AniaR
11-03-2014, 01:28 AM
Posted with Raven's permission:

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Merley
11-03-2014, 01:48 AM
Raven makes a beautiful mermaid and that tail. So gorgeous.

PearlieMae
11-03-2014, 01:48 AM
Wow! Stunning!

Mermaid Lorelei
11-03-2014, 02:14 AM
Is that Amy in the last one?

AniaR
11-03-2014, 02:58 AM
Yes

polyhymnia113
11-03-2014, 03:04 AM
So gorgeous!

Ariel-Starfish
11-03-2014, 03:14 AM
Sooo amazingly pretty! Why can't we post new pictures every week so it makes more fun waiting on your tail? 😁 hehe

Mermaid Syaira
11-03-2014, 03:35 AM
:jawdrop::drool::swoon:

MarkF
11-03-2014, 03:44 AM
Very gorgeous. I like that you can tell they are having fun!

Mermaid Neri Elvina
11-03-2014, 06:34 AM
Raven's tail... :jawdrop::swoon:

AniaR
11-03-2014, 01:09 PM
Raven's too busy to post pics. She tends to get a few up in a batch every now and then. I always post public ones here, or whenever she gives me permission so there's really no chance for there to be anymore or go any faster. It just depends on when she's able to post pics herself

Ariel-Starfish
11-03-2014, 01:59 PM
Well yes I know Raven hasen't got time for that! ;) Let's just start posting pictures from the early beginnings? (Public pictures) It's a suggestion ^^ Just see it as a fun game to ease the waiting.

MermaidMichelle
11-03-2014, 04:43 PM
In any case, those pictures and that tail are gorgeous, and we are grateful to you, Raina, for being so helpful to your friend! :mermaid kiss:

AniaR
11-04-2014, 07:48 PM
So I just caught up with Raven, she's got my fluke made but we mutually decided to change the design of my tail somewhat. Our original idea now seems like it wouldn't be as good a fit for the constant kid work I do so she's going to do up some sketches for me so we can make a final decision in terms of fins etc to make sure it's good and durable. :) Getting excited. I WISH I WAS MORE CREATIVE. Because you all come up with crazy tail ideas and my big thing was always wanting a splash tail and then I got one. LOL.

Merman Arion
11-04-2014, 07:57 PM
I WISH I WAS MORE CREATIVE. Because you all come up with crazy tail ideas and my big thing was always wanting a splash tail and then I got one. LOL.

I totally get that feeling.

MermaidMichelle
11-04-2014, 09:50 PM
Is it acceptable for a Carmelite Aspirant (who hopes to enter the convent) to point out how tu es tres chaud in that pic, Arion?

I feel you, Raina; I'm not sure if I can work with children with all the fins I've got, but then I designed it with the role of tank mermaid in mind!

Merman Arion
11-04-2014, 10:07 PM
Is it acceptable for a Carmelite Aspirant (who hopes to enter the convent) to point out how tu es tres chaud in that pic, Arion?

Hehehe I would say you're safe, Michelle ;)

Thanks!

AniaR
11-04-2014, 10:20 PM
yeah mine was originally intended for tank work too

MermaidMichelle
11-05-2014, 02:18 AM
Cool! So tank work might actually be a possibility here in Canada?

Ariel-Starfish
11-05-2014, 03:25 AM
Raven is finishing my top as we speak. :yay: Can get pictures any day. :D

MermaidMichelle
11-05-2014, 03:09 PM
Wooo! A top is being done as we speel! Congratulations and I look forward to seeing it! :mermaid kiss:

MermaidAmestris
11-05-2014, 03:13 PM
Can't wait to see your top, Ariel!

ShyMer
11-05-2014, 05:58 PM
I somehow accidentally posted here instead of sending a text to my hubby... Derp.


I love that raven had the opportunity to swim again. She's so amazing!

AniaR
11-05-2014, 09:20 PM
Eee keep getting messages from Raven while she works on things :) I am getting excited

Yulia
11-06-2014, 10:36 AM
THERE'S AN OPEN SPOT!!!

"Ladies and Gentlemen,
We have one spot open for a Performance Tail Order. Please email Tyler at MerbellaStudios@gmail.com with all the details of your desired tail. Fluke Type, Extra fins and placement, any drawing, digital designs or anything at all that will help us create you a Quote."

Arella
11-06-2014, 02:01 PM
Anyone know what current wait times are looking like? :)

PearlieMae
11-06-2014, 02:06 PM
I wonder who got the spot?

Merman Arion
11-06-2014, 02:59 PM
Wasn't she supposed to finish the last batch of tails first??


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AniaR
11-06-2014, 03:45 PM
she just about it it's me and Michelle the people after us are the next batch

Ariel-Starfish
11-09-2014, 02:55 PM
Well, if they where taking one more spot it means she is quite on scedual, right? I wonder who comes after me, now. :)

MermaidMichelle
11-09-2014, 03:17 PM
As I asked Raven to wait on my tail until the dragon scales are perfected, I assume that some other tails will be done ahead of mine, and I am cool with that. I don't want to keep any lovely merfolk waiting on my account!

Vicky Mermaid
11-10-2014, 02:29 AM
Day 168... And still no reply to any of my e-mails... The only mail i got from Tyler was About my shoe size. But i will be patient...

polyhymnia113
11-10-2014, 02:54 AM
@Vicky Mermaid...it is so hard to be patient when awaiting such a wondrous piece of art!! If it helps I'm at day 178 and also the only recent email exchange was tyler requesting my shoe size in early October. It is a little anxiety inducing at times but I keep myself calm by reading updates Raina gives us here as well as the posts from fellow merfolk here on the forum in line a bit ahead of us. When I ordered Raven had updated her wait times / production times to 200 - 300 days. I don't think there are too many of us with orders already in who are still waiting. I like to think Tyler's request for our shoe sizes indicated that monofins were ordered for our tails thus meaning the production of our tails is fairly imminent. We know she's working on Raina's currently, is finishing up or perhaps completed Merley's in the last week or so, Michelle has indicated she requested Raven to hold off on her tail until Dragon Scales are more perfected...then there's the two of us still on order and about to be begun soonish...I'm guessing there are a few we don't know about in the equation too, but we can't be terribly far behind Raina's if she ordered in February and we ordered in April.

AniaR
11-10-2014, 10:06 AM
Yeah I think there's still a few people ahead of you if I remember correctly from earlier posts on here. People who ordered right after me. I was Feb 2

Vicky Mermaid
11-10-2014, 07:06 PM
@Vicky Mermaid...it is so hard to be patient when awaiting such a wondrous piece of art!! If it helps I'm at day 178 and also the only recent email exchange was tyler requesting my shoe size in early October. It is a little anxiety inducing at times but I keep myself calm by reading updates Raina gives us here as well as the posts from fellow merfolk here on the forum in line a bit ahead of us. When I ordered Raven had updated her wait times / production times to 200 - 300 days. I don't think there are too many of us with orders already in who are still waiting. I like to think Tyler's request for our shoe sizes indicated that monofins were ordered for our tails thus meaning the production of our tails is fairly imminent. We know she's working on Raina's currently, is finishing up or perhaps completed Merley's in the last week or so, Michelle has indicated she requested Raven to hold off on her tail until Dragon Scales are more perfected...then there's the two of us still on order and about to be begun soonish...I'm guessing there are a few we don't know about in the equation too, but we can't be terribly far behind Raina's if she ordered in February and we ordered in April.

That is what i keep telling myself to stay calm. She told me the same thing About the production time. But it is Nice to read updates from Raina. Each day is a step closer

Merley
11-10-2014, 07:45 PM
If my tail is finished I haven't heard about it yet. I was really hoping to get it before my birthday in a week but I don't think it's gonna happen. :/ baw. I wanted my friends to wheel me around while I wear my tail to different bars.

MermaidMichelle
11-10-2014, 08:44 PM
That seems like a lot of fun, Merley! You should ask them to do it as a belated birthday present! :mermaid kiss:

AniaR
11-10-2014, 10:18 PM
My birthday is on Sunday Merley when is yours?

We changed the design of my tail quite a lot. Originally we had a plan for a tank tail but with Rapidash being retired after our busy summer she needs to be replaced. So my tail will be like a mega evolution of Rapidash which times perfectly with Pokemon oras coming out this month if you catch the reference ;)

Merley
11-11-2014, 12:09 AM
Oh sweet. I'm Tuesday, the 18th. Happy early birthday. I was really hoping my tail would be a birthday gift to myself.

AniaR
11-11-2014, 12:41 AM
yeah me too. I think you're ahead of me though aren't you? you're one of the people who has been waiting a super long time. Maybe we'll still get em in our birthday month!

MerEmma
11-11-2014, 01:08 AM
Hers was the pink one we saw photos of I believe!

AniaR
11-11-2014, 02:04 AM
Oh right sorry. >.> Sometimes I forget whose is who once the thread gets going.


Since we've changed the design of my tail so much I thought I'd share my sketches with everyone after all.

Originally when I ordered in Feb I had wanted a new tail as a tank tail with the potential of Halifax Mermaids gaining a tank within the next fiscal year. So we wanted something inspired by rapdiash, flowy and showy, with dragon scales. But, with the huge increase I've had this year with bookings, and the wear and tear on my tail we had to consider replacing rapidash all together as opposed to having rapidash for kids parties and the new tail for other things. Now I just really need a new tail. So I'll start saving for my "second" tail all over again, hehe and retire rapidash.

So this was the ORIGINAL idea back in February. A koi + splash hybrid. I'd still love to own it one day :)

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Instead my new tail will be a little less showy, a little more hard core functioning. Raven's going to use regular rounded scales, no top fins (that way I don't have to worry about them getting damaged when I do quick in and outs of my tail, or worry about them coming off), and a different style of heel and side fins, and a different dorsal. I'll be having a lovely new fluke style, with a smaller monofin this time. I love my competitor and I prefer competitor for swimming, but It is just so hard to fly with my wide stiff fluke, and I feel part of the damage I currently have on my fluke comes from the constant transport of the tail and pressure being put on the wrong spaces when it's carried or packed carelessly. This way I don't have to have a heart attack if the fluke folks a bit and I wont have to worry as much about the potential of a fluke snapping.

So as you can see it's a bit more modest than the showy koi idea ;) but Raven has some great ideas about colouring and little affects she's going to be putting in. I'm sort of known for the orange colours in Canada so they'll still be the base.

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So as I said earlier. It's the mega evolved form of Rapidash hehe (which is totally a thing now in pokemon) I expect there to be a learning curb for me with the fluke but Raven feels given her current fluke making technique combined with my years of experience I should be okay. One thing I'll say I am super excited to be able to do normal front and back flips. If you've ever seen my videos I was able to do flips in the MC tail but everytime I tried in Rapidash the balance would go halfway and the fluke would knock me to the side hahahaha. It's going to be new and different to have such a flowy fluke. I am looking forward to it.

I have two photoshoots for when it comes, one will be in a studio with a collaboration of local artists, and the other - my mers and I will be renting out a salt water pool for promo photos and video :)

I will be happy to receive my lovely tail, I know it's being worked on atm along with other tails. I think it'll be really cool to see the juxtiposition between for a short period of time what will be the first merbellas tail and the most recent.

Mermaid Syaira
11-11-2014, 02:42 AM
Raina, you should get Rapidash put in a glass case on display =)

AniaR
11-11-2014, 02:54 AM
I dont know what I'll do with rapidash. That sounds cool but she's so big and so heavy I dont think I could do it safely. Maybe when Im a rich and famous mermaid I'll have it professionally done

Vicky Mermaid
11-11-2014, 02:54 AM
Wauw Raina even without the extra fins i just love your new tail design ������. So excited for everyone!!!

Vicky Mermaid
11-11-2014, 03:03 AM
And just got a mail from Raven asking my bra size for my top! She also said she was making progress with my order. Excited ������

Ariel-Starfish
11-11-2014, 05:23 AM
It's so cool u have shared your sketches from Raven with us ! and I personally think you really should put Rapidash on display! Matbe in the cool shop where u well your handmade stuff and books? :D

Seraphina Suds
11-11-2014, 11:08 AM
Raina, you should get Rapidash put in a glass case on display =)


I dont know what I'll do with rapidash. That sounds cool but she's so big and so heavy I dont think I could do it safely. Maybe when Im a rich and famous mermaid I'll have it professionally done
Maybe a coffee table? I've seen all sorts of stuff put on display in/under a glass topped coffee table. The original Splash tail is on display on a wall I believe, so I'm sure with some strong brackets, you could do that too. Awesome new tail design and appropriate name. :p

Sherielle
11-11-2014, 11:26 AM
I love that first design, Raina! But I get where your thought process was regarding that. Your second design is just as lovely.

AniaR
11-11-2014, 11:28 AM
All credit to raven for both designs. She drew em :)

Yulia
11-11-2014, 12:03 PM
My birthday is on Sunday Merley when is yours?

We changed the design of my tail quite a lot. Originally we had a plan for a tank tail but with Rapidash being retired after our busy summer she needs to be replaced. So my tail will be like a mega evolution of Rapidash which times perfectly with Pokemon oras coming out this month if you catch the reference ;)
Haha, that's perfect!
Both the sketches are very pretty, the small calf-fins on the second one are shaped very cute!

polyhymnia113
11-11-2014, 03:33 PM
Loving it! The Pokémon reference was excellent. My tail that's in line not far behind is quite similar to the second one Raven designed for you. Love the double ankle fins, mine has those too but our colors are very different and my fluke is a slightly different shape but also one she's not previously offerred. ;) Oooh I am so excited for all of us. Can't wait to see Raven bring all these sketches to life!

Vrindavana Starfish
11-11-2014, 03:36 PM
Both designs are stunning!

Chrissy
11-13-2014, 09:17 AM
I found out who got the latest MerBella spot!! One of our mermaids from Louisiana go the spot!!! Very exciting, can't wait to see what they come up with

Mermaid Syaira
11-14-2014, 01:15 AM
does Raven charge to do a design?

Mermaid Wesley
11-14-2014, 07:35 AM
I'm fairly sure she only does tail design drawings for customers, but you also could mean "does she charge extra for a design on a tail" and that would be a no. And you ALSO could mean "does she charge extra to help you design your tail" and the answer is also no to that one.


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Mermaid Syaira
11-14-2014, 04:14 PM
Thanks for that =) I figured she only made them for customers can't wait to get one of her tails =D

Chrissy
11-14-2014, 05:56 PM
Does any one now if Raven is taking orders for just tops??? I would really love to order the purple octopus one she had on etsy??

Merman Arion
11-14-2014, 06:14 PM
Does any one now if Raven is taking orders for just tops??? I would really love to order the purple octopus one she had on etsy??

If it's still on Etsy, I believe you can do the order. Or else, she would have closed the shop for a short while, wouldn't she?

AniaR
11-14-2014, 07:18 PM
She's selling premade tops on her fb right now

Mermaid Evolet
11-15-2014, 02:59 AM
but only on her private fb and i'm not friend with her :-(
i would love to have another one

Merley
11-15-2014, 03:25 AM
I got some pictures today! Thought I'd share~ Hopefully it's okay since they're watermarked. 2542725428254262542525424

MerEmma
11-15-2014, 03:33 AM
WOW. OH MY GOSH. O_O

deepblue
11-15-2014, 03:34 AM
So beautifully done, I LOVE the pendant.

polyhymnia113
11-15-2014, 03:35 AM
Breathtaking.

Mermaid Neri Elvina
11-15-2014, 03:36 AM
Merley!!! That is so gorgeous!!

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MermaidAmestris
11-15-2014, 05:50 AM
:drool:

MermaidAmestris
11-15-2014, 05:51 AM
Merely, if your tail suddenly disappears, I swear it wasn't me...

Felicia
11-15-2014, 02:30 PM
Wow its beautiful

Mermaid Syaira
11-15-2014, 02:45 PM
:jawdrop::swoon::drool::eyepop:

AniaR
11-15-2014, 04:12 PM
looks amazing.

Looks like she's trying new stream lined designs to help the tails/fluke drain better which is pretty cool too! It's really something to see how she has evolved over the 3 years she's been doing this.

Sherielle
11-15-2014, 04:47 PM
Stunning. Absolutely stunning.

Vrindavana Starfish
11-15-2014, 05:14 PM
That is so beautiful. Those colors! And that sea urchin necklace, do you get that too?? So cool!

PearlieMae
11-15-2014, 05:28 PM
absolutely stunning!

annika
11-15-2014, 09:22 PM
I just got an update from Raven that my tail is completely built and getting its first primer coat! and I will be getting pictures really soon!!!! very excited :):):):):)

AniaR
11-16-2014, 06:49 PM
SNEAK PEEK

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Also, Raven just surprised the hell out of me.

For my birthday as a gift she made me ANOTHER tail, so I could use it for the gigs that are harder on my tail. (like dry gigs). It's a FRANKEN tail meaning it is made 100% from left over pieces of bad mold pulls. Recycled/up cycled. Stuff that clients wouldnt/didnt want. But she painted it like mad and it looks freaking amazing! I'll post a pic of that one when she watermarks one and finishes it, and I'll post a pic of my main new one when she finishes it too. YOU WOULDNT EVEN BELIEVE THE SECOND ONE IS A FRANKEN TAIL IT LOOKS SO GOOD.

It really makes me feel relieved, because I was never expected Rapidash to take such a beating this year. I am already saving for another tail because I knew once I get Flareon (the name I have for the new one) that it'll be put through the ringer. With the amount of work I do the whole reason I bought flareon was to have 2 tails I could rotate. But now flareon is replacing rapidash because rapidash is ready to be retired. So yeah anyway I have beensuper stressed out about my company and my new tail is heavy with a floppy fluke and I worry about the fins and stuff etc. And I worry about the stress of dry gigs that we do. Now I have a wet tail and a dry tail and it'll also fit mermaid mutiny so I can get her doing some stuff in it too.

This is her gift to me as a friend for my birthday and if any of you have followed my raina mer fb it has been a difficult birthday. I spent part of in the hospital, lost someone who I thought was a friend because they attacked another friend online and I tries to resolve it, and a few other things just kinda made it hard.

But today I did a gig and the little girl was amazing and loving, and I came home to this, and my heart is just so filled I feel like it could burst.

I am going to do my best to pay this forward to someone else, some how! You've never lived til you've done something for someone who can never repay you and I feel like Raven did that just now for me. I never in a million years expected this. I was so happy just with seeing photos of my new tail on my birthday. It makes my birthday present to her look not quite as amazing hahah (her birthday is one week after mine)

So yeah, this pic is a sneak peek of the tail I ordered. It'll be finished up this week, shipped out next week. I will post a pic of the franken tail when it's finished and watermarked. You'll be blown away by the paint job. It's obviously similar to what I already have, but it's so good it just makes the tail look like a real full performance tail.

Man I am like shaking with excitement lol

PearlieMae
11-16-2014, 07:02 PM
FUCKING AWESOME!!

annika
11-16-2014, 07:16 PM
Sooooo jealous!!! Gorgeous job

Seraphina Suds
11-16-2014, 07:19 PM
Amazing!! And how thoughtful of Raven! Happy birthday!

MerEmma
11-16-2014, 08:24 PM
I'm so happy for you! OMG! Incredible looking sneak peek and how sweet of Raven too! CONGRATULATIONS! <3

Mizuko
11-16-2014, 09:01 PM
Probably the coolest birthday present, hands-down! :D Happy birthday!

Mermaid Enora
11-16-2014, 09:10 PM
So amazing!! Happy Birthday!

Mermaid Wesley
11-16-2014, 09:11 PM
Awww best mermaid friends <3 happy for you!


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Yulia
11-16-2014, 09:17 PM
You deserve it Raina!! Happy birthday!
Raven is so amazing.

Mermaid Galene
11-16-2014, 09:55 PM
So sweet and so COOL!!