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Vrindavana Starfish
11-16-2014, 10:41 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

Holy shit that fluke is freaking beautiful and that top is amazing!!! Also, happy birthday!

polyhymnia113
11-16-2014, 11:21 PM
Oh wow, Raina, that tail is fantastic. :D what an incredible surprise! Happy birthday!

Green Tea Mermaid
11-17-2014, 12:16 AM
I am hoping this means my tail is coming shortly. I know you ordered your tail in June. I ordered my tail July 10th not sure if there is anyone between us. Either way congratulations that's very exciting news. I can't wait to see your tail.


AND OMG Raina! That's an awesome tail. I am very glad your birthday ended on such a high note. Raven could not have given this gift to a better person. Happy Birthday Raina! =)

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 :):):):):)

Mer-Crazy
11-17-2014, 01:52 AM
Mine was ordered on 2nd July but I don't have any of my sketches done nor measurements sent off, so I doubt my tail is anywhere near as far along as Annika is. However I am also aware mine has a new technique incorporated into it, so it will take longer to be ready than normal :)

Green Tea Mermaid
11-17-2014, 02:15 AM
Mine was ordered on 2nd July but I don't have any of my sketches done nor measurements sent off, so I doubt my tail is anywhere near as far along as Annika is. However I am also aware mine has a new technique incorporated into it, so it will take longer to be ready than normal :)

Mermaid Selene, thanks for commenting. It's nice knowing how many are in front of me. It's nice watching everyone get their tails because it gets me pumped for mine and also let's me feel one step closer. =) I ordered tops in December/January. She finished them at the end of June/beginning of July. Which is when she confirmed on making me a tail. My tail is going to match the color theme. She's still holding on to them for reference. I can't wait to see the finished product, as I love my tops.

Ariel-Starfish
11-17-2014, 02:54 AM
I've been folloIng your IG and seen your pictures in the hospital. Sending warm hugs to you Raina! Your new tail looks freaking AMAZING and I can't wait to see the Franken tail!! Ymu are blessed to have Raven as a close friend! <3

annika
11-17-2014, 07:35 AM
Yes, mermaid Selene I ordered mine on June first and got an email last week that mine is done but needs to be painted still. She also said I would be getting pictures really soon.

Chrissy
11-17-2014, 07:59 AM
That is a stunning tail and what a great friend you have in Raven! I can't wait to see your surprise tail too!! You are very lucky to have such a great friend!!!

AniaR
11-17-2014, 12:03 PM
The franken tail...
Is on my fb pic is too big for the ap to upload.

Sherielle
11-17-2014, 12:04 PM
I saw it, it's lovely! And I adore the top!

Mermaid Wesley
11-17-2014, 02:07 PM
Aw!
Lovely!


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MermanOliver
11-17-2014, 02:14 PM
Wow! That's what I call a birthday present! :jawdrop: Absolutely stunning, and from the pictures you wouldn't guess it's made from leftover bits. Raven is truly amazing! That goes double for the main tail and the top!
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MerEmma
11-17-2014, 02:40 PM
WOW! It's gonna be so weird to see you in a different tail, but I love the colors so much. Raven's done such an awesome job. <3

AniaR
11-17-2014, 04:56 PM
got the pic to work, so this is a franken tail, made of recycled pieces

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Mermaid Aika
11-17-2014, 06:19 PM
Both of these are beautiful!
That is the best birthday present ever, Raina!

annika
11-17-2014, 06:25 PM
Does anyone know typically how long it takes Raven to paint a medium difficultly paint scheme? :)

Mermaid Leira
11-17-2014, 07:22 PM
Gorgeous Rania :) you must be so stoked! Your new fluke tooks like it's going to be to die for, beautiful top too! xx

Arella
11-17-2014, 09:22 PM
Love it <3

polyhymnia113
11-17-2014, 10:00 PM
The frankentail is beautiful too! What an incredible birthday surprise!

MermaidBonnie
11-17-2014, 10:44 PM
gorgeous!!!!!!!!!

Vrindavana Starfish
11-17-2014, 10:48 PM
You're right, no one would ever in a million years guess that was a frakentail. I LOVE the spotty fluke!

Mermaid Neri Elvina
11-18-2014, 05:23 AM
From Rapidash to flareon... I have a feeling you like fire type Pokemon

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MermaidMichelle
11-18-2014, 04:45 PM
Oh I am quite miffed at my email inbox for falling dead silent about thread updates all this time! HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY MY DEAR RAINA! :mermaid kiss: :mermaid kiss: :mermaid kiss: It looks like we were on a strikingly similar page when we were independently coming up with our tail designs way back in February; though mine remains showy and I'm not sure when I'll be able to use it.

If you ever desire the services of a flashy Ancient Fire-Gold Sea Dragon for the Halifax Mermaids in your tank or wherever, I volunteer as tribute!


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.

Ariel-Starfish
11-19-2014, 02:04 PM
It's amazing this tail is just made of recycled pieces....just wow!

Mermaid Evolet
11-19-2014, 04:06 PM
just a quick question: does someone know if there is a reason why raven is selling premade tops only on her private page?
i would love to buy another one but i'm not friend with her private fb (and i really respect her privacy) but i think its kinda unfair for those of us who arn't friends with her. :-(

Mermaid Lorelei
11-19-2014, 05:28 PM
just a quick question: does someone know if there is a reason why raven is selling premade tops only on her private page?
i would love to buy another one but i'm not friend with her private fb (and i really respect her privacy) but i think its kinda unfair for those of us who arn't friends with her. :-(

Agreed. I've been hoping to snap up another of her tops, but even as one of her friends, I don't see these posts. Her privacy settings are set really high, which makes sense, so even some of her friends aren't seeing them.

Chrissy
11-19-2014, 06:09 PM
I would love to get another top, if anyone sees an octopus top come up for sale, please let me know

Meronica
11-19-2014, 06:16 PM
I wish she would post the tops on her Merbellas page. :( I'm in love with her starfish tops and would jump at the chance to buy one. They're just perfect.

If any of her friends see one, screenshot it for me or something! xD

AniaR
11-19-2014, 06:56 PM
she gives friend's first dibs before going onto etsy to avoid all the extra hassle and etsy fees. it's pretty much her prerogative. From what I see most of them sold anyway. They were all just extras, cancelled orders, and used ones. If you want something custom it's best to tack it into your tail order, or request on her etsy once she has it up and going again. I think the whole point here is she sells to reliable people- not saying you arent all reliable but when she posts anything to the merbellas page she is bombarded and a huge majority of people dont follow through and it takes a LONG time to get through it all with extra back and forth that just doesnt have to happen when she posts stuff up on her fb and says "who wants what". You probably dont see any on her page because they were only up for a hot minute before selling. The post had been set as "friends" and clicking through them all I see they're all sold now aside from a few small used ones and shell ones. I can see how you'd see it as unfair but really they were never intending to sell the batch to the public.

When all else fails, just send her an email and ask when she'll be doing tops again. But be warned, her birthday is in a few days and she's off for her first actual vacation (only for a few days) pretty much since I met her. LOL

MermaidMichelle
11-19-2014, 08:26 PM
A happy birthday to her! At least I'm early for this one! :mermaid kiss:

Mermaid Lilium
11-20-2014, 07:39 PM
Raven going on vaction? I'm glad I'm sitting down! lol 'Tis much overdue for her, and she needs to do it more often <3

Felicia
11-20-2014, 07:41 PM
Good for her, she needs a break from time to time

Merley
11-20-2014, 11:17 PM
I'm not trying to be a bitch but I will cry an ocean into existence if she doesn't mail my tail out before leaving. It was supposed to be finished two months ago and now that it is I still don't have it. I even offered to pay for shipping up front so I could get it shipped ASAP once it was finished. I've mentioned it in nearly every email I've sent. Especially recently. I'm glad Raven is going somewhere and getting time off for her birthday. I can't think of anyone more deserving. I would even send her some cool mermaid stuff for the occasion, but it's so hard to get ahold of her and I really (multiple by a billion) want my tail. I think I've waited long enough.

AniaR
11-20-2014, 11:20 PM
she;s only going for a weekend folks ;)

Mer-Crazy
11-20-2014, 11:42 PM
I have somehow missed the 'Raven is going on vacation/ Birthday' memo. Either way, Happy Birthday to her and I am most glad she's taking some time off, even if it is only a short while! What day is her birthday anyway, if I may ask?

Ariel-Starfish
11-21-2014, 10:04 AM
I hope Raven has a fintastic time on her Birthday and her days off! :)

AniaR
11-21-2014, 01:08 PM
Tomorrow I believe :)

Mer-Crazy
11-21-2014, 05:30 PM
Haha. My Birthday's on the 23rd (not sure if that matches up because of the time differences but it is tomorrow where I live) That would be the coolest thing to have the same birthday as Raven <3

Rogue Siren
11-22-2014, 12:43 PM
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Weird question, but do you happen to know what she uses for her sketches/designs? Markers, watercolor? I love it and need to get me some..... Haha.

polyhymnia113
11-22-2014, 12:56 PM
When she sent me my colored sketch she mentioned not having added the metallic accents as the don't render well in the colored sharpie markers she was using. The saturation and style of color blending was much like this sketch (different colors) but I don't know if that is what she consistently uses.

polyhymnia113
11-22-2014, 01:16 PM
Also, I often use concentrated liquid watercolor (like Dr. PH Martin's which comes in dropper bottles) as an ink for the same level of color saturation and blending colors.

Green Tea Mermaid
11-22-2014, 02:36 PM
My birthday is Nov 24th. Seems to me a lot of mers have November birthdays.=)

Seraphina Suds
11-22-2014, 03:46 PM
It looks like she might use copic markers. They're great, but can be expensive.

PearlieMae
11-22-2014, 04:41 PM
My birthday is Nov 24th. Seems to me a lot of mers have November birthdays.=)

Because you were all conceived on Valentine's Day! Isn't that romantic?

AniaR
11-22-2014, 04:44 PM
I was 4 months premature :p

PearlieMae
11-22-2014, 05:23 PM
Okay, MOST of you were conceived around Valentine's!

Yulia
11-22-2014, 05:29 PM
Because you were all conceived on Valentine's Day! Isn't that romantic?
In Sweden there's a remarkably big rise in babies being born in the end of april, because it's 9 months after we celebrate midsummer.
Many people get drunk and fool around in bushes. ;)

Mermaid Syaira
11-22-2014, 05:54 PM
I was 4 months premature :p
I was 3 months =D

polyhymnia113
11-22-2014, 05:55 PM
Raina and Samantha couldn't wait to be part of our world. Ha. Sorry, couldn't resist. ;)

AniaR
11-22-2014, 06:47 PM
Hahaha

Mermaid Syaira
11-22-2014, 08:03 PM
Damn right =P

Anahita
11-22-2014, 11:46 PM
I was born in Tir, which means apparently the Mehregan celebrations got my parents all frisky. Not surprised, all the sharbat, noghl, frankincense, and gift-giving really puts anyone in a good mood. I also suspect bathtub wine played quite a role, as well..... Bathtub alcohol is a family tradition. ;)

(When we were in Iran, Mehregan was kind of like Christmas, but a bit earlier. It's actually the holiday Christmas comes from... But I'm not going to derail the thread with that, I just was laughing at the idea of my parents getting drunk and had to share.)

Sirena The Coral Reef Koi
11-23-2014, 12:09 AM
Hey everyone


i wanted to post this on the forum before posting it anywhere else but unfortunately I am having to sell my Merbellastudios hybrid tail! Due to personal and health reasons I can no longer use my mermaid tail and it is with great sadness that I will be selling all of my mermaid set! I'm asking $2300 for everything as I have only used my tail and couple of times!


The set includes:
Silicone hybrid merbellas tail; features extra hip fins and a competitor monofin upgrade
a seashell mermaid bra
a blue silicone scale mermaid bra
2 x mermaid netted belts
1 x blue silicone scale wrist brace
2 x nude silicone scale wrist brace
3 x assorted seashell/seaweed hair clips


The measurements of the tail:
measurements


Waist 31inches
Hips 39 inches
Thighs 35 inches
Knees 22 inches
Ankles 15 inches
Vertical distance between
Waist to ankles 37 & 1/2 inches
Waist to knees 20 & 1/2 inches
Waist to hips 9 inches
Waist to floor 39 inches


The tops are a size 14B but would fit a small C!
For anyone intrested I'm happy to send detailed pictures of all the accessorise!
And you can contact me though facebook "Tiana Samantha Jade"! 25585

Sirena The Coral Reef Koi
11-23-2014, 12:20 AM
Ps; I forgot to mention that I live in Australia. For those of you living outside Australia you will also need to pay for shipping as international shipping is expensive an I'm happy to calculate the shipping before hand! And got those of you within Australia your shipping won't be as expensive but I just wanted to let everyone know!

Winged Mermaid
11-23-2014, 12:41 AM
So so sorry to hear that Namiko :( :hug: If you post this in the classifieds section I'm sure someone will take interest! It might get buried in this thread.

AniaR
11-23-2014, 12:44 AM
yeah best to stick it in the classifieds and if you make a FB post we can share it

Ariel-Starfish
11-23-2014, 03:57 AM
So sad if hearing this Namiko! :( Good luck selling it! ❤️

Mermaid Neri Elvina
11-23-2014, 05:34 AM
Namiko that's sad news x

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Merley
11-23-2014, 05:52 AM
Aww didn't you just get that tail not too long ago. :/

Mer-Crazy
11-23-2014, 06:40 AM
It's scary how well that tail would fit me. And I'm in Australia! But I'm saving for a holiday in February and I've already bought a new tail from Raven this year :(

Mermaid Aika
11-23-2014, 10:18 AM
I'm so sad after reading this. Namiko, I wish that you didn't have to sell it! I hope it finds a good home. Good luck!

PearlieMae
11-23-2014, 10:51 AM
I was born in Tir, which means apparently the Mehregan celebrations got my parents all frisky. Not surprised, all the sharbat, noghl, frankincense, and gift-giving really puts anyone in a good mood. I also suspect bathtub wine played quite a role, as well..... Bathtub alcohol is a family tradition. ;)

(When we were in Iran, Mehregan was kind of like Christmas, but a bit earlier. It's actually the holiday Christmas comes from... But I'm not going to derail the thread with that, I just was laughing at the idea of my parents getting drunk and had to share.)

I was conceived during Beltane, a Robinson ("Robin's Son"), but its not hard to imagine teenagers getting busy on the first nice day in May! My mom told me I was the result of her last act as a virgin! ;)

Anahita
11-24-2014, 12:24 AM
I was conceived during Beltane, a Robinson ("Robin's Son"), but its not hard to imagine teenagers getting busy on the first nice day in May! My mom told me I was the result of her last act as a virgin! ;)

I feel like I need to give your mom a high-five while say "Nice" with the Borat voice. I'm not sure why, but I want to. :lol:

PearlieMae
11-24-2014, 12:51 AM
She would love that! But, the way she says it, it's not nearly as noble sounding..."First time I got laid, I got knocked up."

:rollover:

Green Tea Mermaid
11-24-2014, 03:38 AM
Haha...this conversation. I think it is romantic. =)

MermaidAmestris
11-24-2014, 04:03 AM
Namiko, I'm so so sorry to hear about your tail situation! I'm also extremely sad that I don't have any money. I wiuldnt fit into your tail for another few pounds anyway, but it was one of the tails that I've fallen most in live with, and I'm so sad that two people will have owned it soon and I won't be one of them :(

Mermaid Jessica Pearl
11-24-2014, 04:41 AM
So sad to hear that Namiko. I loved watching you in your tail but understand what life is like. It is almost exactly my size but I can't afford it right now otherwise I would snap it up. Good luck!

Merley
12-02-2014, 01:12 AM
MY TAIL IS IN THE MAIL!!! :dance:UPS says it should be here Tuesday the 9th. -commences hyperventilating-

Merman Arion
12-02-2014, 04:39 AM
Has anyone heard about that beautiful tail made by Raven and the mermaid who got it from the auction??

I believe her name is MermaidMechanic but she seems to have gone completely MIA ever since. I ask because I would love to see new pictures and the tail in action.

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annika
12-02-2014, 06:40 AM
Congrats merely can't wait to see pics!!!!!! :):)

Marlin
12-02-2014, 08:19 AM
@ Arion- I got to meet and swim with her at one of our meet-ups. She's in the Coast Guard down here in Florida and from what I could gather it keeps her pretty busy. Although, you are right, I haven't seen her on in quite a while.

MermaidAmestris
12-02-2014, 01:51 PM
Oh, the sea dragon tail! That's another of my favorites <3 lol, pretty obvious that I like blue tails

MermaidMichelle
12-02-2014, 11:19 PM
Congratulations, Merley; I hope it is everything of which you dreamed! :mermaid kiss:

I'm sorry that Mermaid Mechanic is kept too busy to offer photography of her swimming as the sea dragon (which was obviously a partial influence on my own top/tail), but somehow I feel better knowing that a mermaid is serving and defending our country....

...alright fine; YOUR country. However, Canadian though I may be, I say that now is the time to stand together! :soap box:

Mermaid Neri Elvina
12-03-2014, 05:33 AM
That's great Merley!!

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polyhymnia113
12-03-2014, 12:11 PM
Got an update email from Raven saying construction of my tail is done and she's going to begin attaching all the extra fins then paint. :D so excited.

Ariel-Starfish
12-04-2014, 04:56 AM
I have not heard from Raven about my seaweed top. She said It would be finished any moment. But another month has passed. I don't know why, but I'm fine with it and knowing it's gonna be an amazing top anyway! :) Haven't seen pictures trough.

shimmygoddess
12-05-2014, 08:57 PM
I am so sad :( I bought this gorgeous top from Raven last month when she was clearing stuff out and put a bunch of tops up for sale. It is built on a 36C bra, but b/c the shells are so large, I am thinking the cups can go bigger. I was worried it would be too big and unfortunately it is. It arrived today and is not only loose on my but the shells are just too massive for my frame. It is absolutely gorgeous and has so much detail and I am just heartbroken it doesn't fit. I am thinking I will need to sell it. Would anyone be interested? The shells are about 8-9 inches. I paid $262.65 which included shipping

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Mermaid Lorelei
12-05-2014, 09:13 PM
Oh man, that is so freaking gorgeous! I seriously wish I was made of money.

Mermaidmechanic
12-05-2014, 09:52 PM
Hey guys, mechanic here! Sorry, I have been a bit MIA but I've been silently stalking boards. Suspicions are correct, the Coast Guard has kept me very busy as I am in a very important leadership - transition phase that determines the direction of the rest of my coast guard career. I do plan to be active again this spring though, and maybe sooner if I catch a break in work! I feel slightly warm and fuzzy that I'm inquired about. ^_^

MermaidMichelle
12-05-2014, 11:31 PM
*Salutes Mermaidmechanic* Carry on, then. :mermaid kiss:

annika
12-07-2014, 10:48 AM
Do you guys think it would be ok to ask for an update after I got an email from raven in early November avout my tail just starting to be painted ?

AniaR
12-07-2014, 01:47 PM
Yeah go for it.

I forgot to post this here:

So I have made the decision to receive my new tails during NCMerfest as opposed to having them mailed here to Halifax. While it's hard for me to go another month waiting, it is taking a chance to have the tails go through customs which can hold items for weeks with no guarantee that they will get to us in time. I will still have to pay shipping and custom fees, but far less than I would if it was mailed to Halifax. My mermazing merbrother Merman Christian (https://www.facebook.com/mermanchristian) is taking up the responsibility of letting me mail them to him in the USA and he will drive them to NCMerfest where I will film an EPIC unboxing with all of my close mer-friends. This means poor rapidash is being pulled from retirement for another month haha. We'll have a few gigs together, and one last photo/video shoot. So while we are also celebrating advent for Fishmas, I'll be celebrating advent for my tails and counting down the days hehe! I am SO lucky to have so many mermazing (as Linden calls it!) mer-friends and family. I am overjoyed to see them again.

polyhymnia113
12-07-2014, 01:53 PM
Do you guys think it would be ok to ask for an update after I got an email from raven in early November avout my tail just starting to be painted ?
Annika, I would say that you can certainly send an inquiry, but I've found that Raven emails or replies to inquiries only when she has something new to say. If you have a specification for your tail or an update on the paint scheme you want, by all means send it to her so she has it on hand for reference, but you aren't likely to hear from her until she's got new info for you about your painting stage. Also, didn't I read somewhere that you ordered in July? Did you order it as a rush tail?

MermaidMichelle
12-08-2014, 04:20 PM
"Fishmas"? Is that some sort of Cult of Cthulhu? I thought you were a fellow Catholic.... ;)

Seriously though, that sounds amazing and I look forward to seeing it! Last night I was speaking to my friend Joanne and she restated her desire to have me speak in front of a couple thousand people in support of the LGBT Community at the Metropolitan Community Church's General Conference in 2016, which is in Vancouver, so I may have a shred of understanding of the joy of actually being near a place where I can swim in my upcoming tail! I mention this because it placed a question in my head: Will you or any of your mer-friends be wearing your new tails at NCMerfest?

As for Rapidash, let her remain forever testimony to the lasting quality of Raven's work; to think it's actually ​thinner than her average tail!

PearlieMae
12-08-2014, 05:00 PM
"Fishmas"? Is that some sort of Cult of Cthulhu? I thought you were a fellow Catholic.... ;)


Isn't Christ the "Fisher of Men"? ;)

AniaR
12-08-2014, 05:08 PM
I'm pretty sure it's the thinnest silicone tail out there. I have to make her last for 3 more gigs and a photoshoot now though that's the only thing I am stressed about.

Theta
12-09-2014, 11:04 AM
Isn't Christ the "Fisher of Men"? ;)

I'm sure if the Pope would let aliens into the church, he'd let us mers in, too ;)

Arella
12-09-2014, 12:27 PM
I wore that top for my photo shoot if anyone wants to see more pics they're on my facebook page :)

I am so sad :( I bought this gorgeous top from Raven last month when she was clearing stuff out and put a bunch of tops up for sale. It is built on a 36C bra, but b/c the shells are so large, I am thinking the cups can go bigger. I was worried it would be too big and unfortunately it is. It arrived today and is not only loose on my but the shells are just too massive for my frame. It is absolutely gorgeous and has so much detail and I am just heartbroken it doesn't fit. I am thinking I will need to sell it. Would anyone be interested? The shells are about 8-9 inches. I paid $262.65 which included shipping

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Mermaid Wesley
12-09-2014, 04:43 PM
Damn. One cup size too small for me. I would have bought it, too.... Good luck


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Mermaid Neri Elvina
12-09-2014, 04:48 PM
How much were you selling it for? This is so gorgeous!

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Mermaid Wesley
12-09-2014, 06:45 PM
You know what, shimmygoddess, I'm headed to nc merfest (I assume you will be there because of your location but I don't know so if you are....)and if this hasn't sold by then I would love to try it on and if it fits I would love to buy it. I understand it will probably sell before that but I thought I would throw that out there. It's stunning and if it would fit me I would absolutely buy it.


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Sirena The Coral Reef Koi
12-09-2014, 08:10 PM
Hi Everyone just updating everyone that my tail has been sold to a lovely lady in Australia <3

Mermaid Jessica Pearl
12-09-2014, 08:33 PM
Hi Everyone just updating everyone that my tail has been sold to a lovely lady in Australia <3
Glad it went to a good home. Anyone we know ;) ;)

Fifi Tigg
12-09-2014, 08:53 PM
:yay::clap: That's me! I cannot wait until the New Year! :mermaid kiss:

Seraphina Suds
12-09-2014, 08:57 PM
Oh, yay Fifi! Do you have makeover plans for it?

MermaidMichelle
12-09-2014, 10:27 PM
I'm sure if the Pope would let aliens into the church, he'd let us mers in, too ;)

Right you are; see my signature! :mermaid kiss:

Well played, PearlieMae, though the proper term is probably Fishermas, though it is a Mass held by Christ's "fish" (I once described myself as "a fish in Jesus' net" while explaining to my confessor the concept of mermaiding)! :mermaid kiss:

Congratulations on the tail sale, Namiko and Fifi! :mermaid kiss:

shimmygoddess
12-09-2014, 11:01 PM
I paid $262.65. I would probably do down to $250 and then add whatever the shipping fee will be
QUOTE=Mermaid Neri Elvina;160932]How much were you selling it for? This is so gorgeous!

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shimmygoddess
12-09-2014, 11:04 PM
I wore that top for my photo shoot if anyone wants to see more pics they're on my facebook page :)

I knew I had seen it somewhere for photos but could not remember where. It looks great on you :) I really wish it fit. :(

shimmygoddess
12-09-2014, 11:06 PM
the shells are bigger than the actual bra cup. IMO I think someone bigger than a C might be able to wear it.


You know what, shimmygoddess, I'm headed to nc merfest (I assume you will be there because of your location but I don't know so if you are....)and if this hasn't sold by then I would love to try it on and if it fits I would love to buy it. I understand it will probably sell before that but I thought I would throw that out there. It's stunning and if it would fit me I would absolutely buy it.


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Arella
12-09-2014, 11:06 PM
Yeah I love that top I would buy it but I have already ordered a new scale top to match my new tail :)

Fifi Tigg
12-10-2014, 12:05 AM
Oh, yay Fifi! Do you have makeover plans for it?
LOL No its beautiful, no alterations needed :D

Ilyena
12-10-2014, 01:15 AM
I feel like there should be a fashion icon quote thing here along the lines of one I heard in Bride Wars ("You do not alter a Vera to fit you, you alter yourself to fit Vera" but like "no one messes with a merbella tail." ..I don't know, weird thought and no sleep finishing commissions make me giddy lol

Mermaid Lorelei
12-10-2014, 01:45 AM
I'd almost wish for bigger boobs for that top Shimmy.

shimmygoddess
12-10-2014, 08:11 AM
exactly right though!! the only thing that could be done easily is extend the back straps to accommodate a larger bra size...that is an easy fix by getting another set up hooks,e ct..then just adding some extra pearls. But the shells are decorated around the lace and one should not mess with perfection. LOL


I feel like there should be a fashion icon quote thing here along the lines of one I heard in Bride Wars ("You do not alter a Vera to fit you, you alter yourself to fit Vera" but like "no one messes with a merbella tail." ..I don't know, weird thought and no sleep finishing commissions make me giddy lol

Seraphina Suds
12-10-2014, 12:42 PM
LOL No its beautiful, no alterations needed :D
I figured :p

Ariel-Starfish
12-10-2014, 01:15 PM
Got a picture from my top today! :yay:

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polyhymnia113
12-10-2014, 02:11 PM
Eeeep. That is gorgeous!

annika
12-10-2014, 02:46 PM
Is the tan part bra material?

MermaidMichelle
12-11-2014, 02:47 PM
Wow; look at that jewelry. Seldom has a garment made of fishnetting and seaweed looked so royal! :mermaid kiss:

Mermaid Lorelei
12-12-2014, 06:49 PM
I'm just going to leave this here.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaJKX7nqd0E&amp;feature=youtu.be&amp;list=UUdWLaYX Fs9u6eqGCr6dJBfg

MermaidMichelle
12-12-2014, 08:00 PM
Oh wow; c'est magnifique! I always did like Raven's clownfish design, and I offer kudos to her and Chad; this footage is Splash!​ quality, and I do not say such things lightly! :mermaid kiss:

AniaR
12-12-2014, 08:17 PM
Did you know that tail is ALSO a fraken tail?? left over pieces!! SHE IS AMAZING.

Anahita
12-12-2014, 08:23 PM
That video is absolutely splendid.

And holy crap.... That's a franken tail? That's two "franken tails" I've seen so far, and I can't believe either of them were made from scraps. :hail: Hail Raven, those are some serious skills.

Mermaid Lorelei
12-12-2014, 09:02 PM
Aren't most of her personal tails franken tails?

AniaR
12-12-2014, 09:49 PM
Yes

Vrindavana Starfish
12-13-2014, 04:43 PM
:jawdrop:

Toxotes
12-13-2014, 05:19 PM
MermaidMichelle named it, it is as epic as Splash. Needed some moments to realize that it's "just" a costume... :jawdrop:

Kaila Mermaid
12-13-2014, 05:30 PM
Shimmygoddess, are you still selling the top?

Mermaid Wesley
12-13-2014, 05:33 PM
Lovely! And no she isn't selling it anymore she is exchanging it with raven.


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Kaila Mermaid
12-14-2014, 01:35 AM
Drat. That's awesome that she can exchange it for the right size, though!

Mermaid Neri Elvina
12-14-2014, 06:04 AM
I'm just going to leave this here.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaJKX7nqd0E&amp;feature=youtu.be&amp;list=UUdWLaYX Fs9u6eqGCr6dJBfg
Darn I can't see it.

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polyhymnia113
12-14-2014, 12:39 PM
Darn I can't see it.

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I couldn't either, but I found the video in question on the Merbellas youtube channel. ;)

Mermaid Harmony
12-15-2014, 02:29 PM
Warning: Wall of text with important question, or if you don't want to read, you can watch my merbella review!
Hey friends, I just posted my review for my merbellas (named Nymeria) (yeah, after a year and a half lol) Also, question for those with silicone merbellas, mine is starting to rip in small places in the butt and down by my calf, this is new, I had no holes up to three months ago, did I break an age barrier and now it's starting to stretch more? I haven't gained weight, if anything I've toned up (yay abs) and I haven't done anything different. Granted, I think I may also use my tail more than the average mermaid, anywhere from 3-5 times a week (not as much as Raina by a long shot, but I feel a decent amount) So I don't know if it's just because I use it alot that this is happening, I'm assuming it's normal, but it makes me sad to see Nymeria start to rip. Coradion helped me fix some spots with silicone and so we'll have to fix a few more, but I was wondering at what age of your tail did you start finding little holes, or have you at all, do you just keep putting on silicone on those spots on the front and inside of the tail to reinforce? I'm a little freaked out because I need her to last me till Spring when I can get a new one. Also the inside has power mesh, I don't know if that makes a difference but I think helps and reinforces everything. Also my heel area shows no wear which is pretty rad.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zn7ta4jONP0

AniaR
12-15-2014, 03:23 PM
Pearlie Mae gave me powermesh and I found reinforcing rips from the inside with it prevented them from getting bigger. My tail started to crack/rip close to the 2 year mark only very minor but ramped up after mold infestation and increase in gigs. Silicone does harden over time which makes it more brittle I was reading on spfx forums.

Kaila Mermaid
12-15-2014, 04:04 PM
That tail is absolutely gorgeous...

Mer-Crazy
12-15-2014, 05:49 PM
Raina is that your top?! It's so beautiful! I love the way the blue pops against the oranges reds and yellows!

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AniaR
12-15-2014, 06:02 PM
Nope I shared mine already

MermaidMichelle
12-16-2014, 12:23 AM
Harmony, you are beautiful and so is your review! :mermaid kiss: You answered some of my questions regarding Merbella's tails' suction and drainage, and I am extra happy I chose a Competitor now because - despite my interest in being a tank mermaid - I might actually have one or more opportunities to swim in the real-life ocean!

Also, at first I wasn't sure if you were wearing fishnets, but I soon saw that you are wearing mermaid tail scale pants/tights! Those are really cool and perhaps you should review them too!

Mermaid Harmony
12-16-2014, 01:11 AM
Michelle, Not to get too off topic, I'm glad you love my video :-) Thank you for the pretty comment (makes me smile), but yeah I love my leggings, I'm actually going to buy a new pair, and once those come in I'm gonna borrow Storm's Black Milk ones and compare the three, as I bought my ebay ones at the same time she bought blackmilk so mers can see how they change over time. :-) Tomorrow I'm doing Shell Bras :-)

Ariel-Starfish
12-17-2014, 01:23 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zn7ta4jONP0[/QUOTE]

I can't view the video :(

MermaidAmestris
12-17-2014, 11:18 PM
So Merley, when do we get to see some pictures of your tail? You said it was in the mail, and (unless I'm quite literally insane) I read on another thread somewhere that you had received it.

polyhymnia113
12-18-2014, 12:03 AM
I was thinking exactly that recently...what happened to Merley's highly anticipated unboxing video!?

Mermaid Harmony
12-18-2014, 12:26 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zn7ta4jONP0

I can't view the video :([/QUOTE]
It played when I just now clicked on it, I don't have anyone blocked on it, country wise, you can also search www.youtube.com/mermaidharmony (http://www.youtube.com/mermaidharmony) and it'll be in the videos there.
you also might have adblock or pop up blocks that prevent it from playing maybe?

AniaR
12-18-2014, 12:26 AM
works for me!

Merley
12-18-2014, 02:13 AM
Haha, yes I did receive my tail and I adore it. I took it for a swim with Mermaid Harmony and I'm going for another swim this Friday with her and Coradion. Sadly, I didn't make an unboxing video. I got too excited and tore the box open the second it got here and no one was around to film it. Sorry guys. I can make a video showing the details when I get back from Jersey for the holidays. As for pictures I posted one in the photoshoot thread. But I'll repost here. I didn't get many pictures. Just a couple my friend snapped and I've gotten kind of fat so I'm feeling self-conscious about posting anything. Anywho here's a few from the first swim. Harmony is lovely as always. Damn her. Just kidding. I love that Girly. <3 26016 26015

AniaR
12-18-2014, 09:14 AM
So cute!!!

AniaR
12-18-2014, 01:36 PM
Raven made me a whole splash ensemble. Necklace and head dress to go with my top and tail!!

Mermaid Neri Elvina
12-18-2014, 01:58 PM
Raven made me a whole splash ensemble. Necklace and head dress to go with my top and tail!!
Oooo can't wait to see pics!

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Mermaid Harmony
12-18-2014, 02:02 PM
Merely, girl you crack me up, you are adorable, and I like that first picture with your hair down...also this friday we are bringing conditioner and a water bottle :-)

polyhymnia113
12-18-2014, 02:19 PM
Merley you look super cute and lovely! Hillarious story about unboxing. I'd probably be that excited and forget to film also.

polyhymnia113
12-18-2014, 02:20 PM
Raven made me a whole splash ensemble. Necklace and head dress to go with my top and tail!!
WHAT?!?! Your adoring public demands photos!

Mer-gal
12-18-2014, 06:29 PM
I've gotten kind of fat so I'm feeling self-conscious about posting anything.


From what I can see you are nothing of the sort! You don't need to be self conscious of that body!

MermaidMichelle
12-18-2014, 09:00 PM
We really shouldn't be setting ourselves up to ridiculous/inhuman standards of beauty; that's what the media is for (as it is materially-based on profiting from selling us solutions to our perceived failings, it is thoroughly devoted to ensuring that we perceive ourselves as having failings!)

In short, you look beautiful, Merley, and so does your tail! :mermaid kiss:

Raina, you have tantalized us with visions of classic mermaiding on film (Splash!) and lovely modern mermaiding (you)! Deliver when you think best! :mermaid kiss:

Vicky Mermaid
12-19-2014, 05:16 AM
Very pretty tails ladies. I absolutely adore all of them!

AniaR
12-19-2014, 01:03 PM
Raven made a video of my top public. You can see it by going to raina mer on fb as I can't share it from my phone. Everything is still drying so my awesome friend john jay is bringing it from Florida for me! To merfest. We were gonna mail it to christian but its been cold and just taking too long for everything to dry. Now we don't have to stress :)

AniaR
12-19-2014, 01:05 PM
I think its a great evolution of rapidash. Originally we were going to go crazy with fins but I needed this tail to be super practical. I even intentionally had it made a bit looser so I can get in and out of it faster while wearing tights. Less chance of me damaging it gig after gig that way.

Vrindavana Starfish
12-19-2014, 02:26 PM
OMG those are GORGEOUS! That fluke!

polyhymnia113
12-19-2014, 03:16 PM
Oh Raina, that's a breathtaking ensemble.

Lorelei
12-19-2014, 07:02 PM
That fluke is beyond goregous! :swoon:

AniaR
12-19-2014, 07:41 PM
A few people keep saying it has my freckles hahaha XD

MermaidMichelle
12-19-2014, 08:27 PM
So it's a frecklefish?!? lol Actually what caught my eye both for the top (I like how the strap goes around your neck!) and the tail was that its colour scheme isn't too far removed from my own! I'm glad I'm going for a more sparkly/shiny/metallic flamelike pattern, big side fins and a koi fluke; that way we'll be able to tell our fiery-themed fishies apart! ;) :mermaid kiss:

I quite like the uniqueness of your fluke, though; it feels a bit like a cross between the Angler (though less deep-sea raggedy) and the Peacock Mantis Shrimp. It looks really cool too!

AniaR
12-19-2014, 10:06 PM
I believe it's the calpyso fluke.

It sounds like our designs were pretty close with my original one!! lol great canadian minds think alike ;) but I am happy with it simpler :) I know for some people they wont see the point because I stayed close to the original tail I own, but I didnt want to give up this colour scheme. It's iconic for who I am locally. If I buy another tail in the future I'll get a diff colour ;)

MermaidMichelle
12-20-2014, 01:20 AM
Well, you've made a career out of mermaiding and know exactly what is needed for any given fishy situation. As for me, things have become so complicated of late that I'm not quite sure when and where I'll be able to swim in my tail, so I figure that I might as well have it be my dream tail no matter how extravagant it is...lol

Prince Calypso
12-20-2014, 06:05 AM
Hey Raina do have any idea where i can finds some pictures of Raven's Lionfish tail.
I've seen in in a video but can't seem to find a pic of it.

Also love the new tail Raven made for you and the top is perfection. the touch of blue with that gem in the center really accents it well and makes the rest of the colors just pop.

AniaR
12-20-2014, 07:09 AM
She isn't finished with the lion tail. I think its only been photographed the one time. Its posted here a few pages back. ;)

And thank you. I used to have blue hair and wear all blue lol. Its like a throwback hehe

Michelle I think you have a good plan!!

Mer-Crazy
12-21-2014, 02:01 AM
Does it cost extra for the Dragon Scales and how much is a custom Fluke again? About $300-400 (varying depending on complexity of course)?

Arella
12-21-2014, 10:46 AM
I love that top :) I ordered a scale/atlantean top with fins to match my new tail and am so excited to see what it ends up looking like

annika
12-21-2014, 10:41 PM
Can you guys tell me at about what day did you get your first picture of your tail? Raven said she'd send me a photo as soon as she got back from vacation but I haven't got any�� and I'm at at 210 days and really excited, nervous, feeaking out,ecstatic etc...... ☺️ Thanks!

AniaR
12-21-2014, 11:33 PM
I ordered my tail Feb 2 and got a photo Nov 16 on my birthday ;) ;p she takes a while sometimes! When I checked in with her this week lots of issues with delayed curing and painting dry because of cold weather.

polyhymnia113
12-21-2014, 11:38 PM
Can you guys tell me at about what day did you get your first picture of your tail? Raven said she'd send me a photo as soon as she got back from vacation but I haven't got any😭 and I'm at at 210 days and really excited, nervous, feeaking out,ecstatic etc...... ☺️ Thanks!
Well if it helps I'm at day 250something and I still haven't gotten a pic either, nor is my tail at paint stage as you mentioned in an earlier post yours was (even though you didn't order until July which is 2 months later than I did, which seems weird, but my tail is somewhat complex so perhaps that accounts for her being ahead on yours). She emailed about three weeks ago saying she was just attaching my extra fins and would send a photo of that before begining paint. Still waiting for that pic.

polyhymnia113
12-21-2014, 11:52 PM
*three months. My order was in April.

annika
12-22-2014, 10:32 AM
Yes that is a bit wierd but my tail is a very simple design with no extra find so that probaly explains it ��

Mer-Crazy
12-22-2014, 07:04 PM
I wouldn't be too worried :) I ordered mine is Early August, so I think I'm technically after Annika but my tail hasn't even been started yet because although it's simple in design I asked Raven to try out a new technique on my tail, so I'm expecting it to take longer than average.

AniaR
12-22-2014, 07:13 PM
I checked in with her today and she's still working away she didnt even know it was christmas this week lol. Some of the orders she's finishing up are sets so she's making tops and hair pieces etc that go with them.

Mer-Crazy
12-22-2014, 07:29 PM
I wasn't complaining, I promise since I'm only like 130 days in or something I'm still not expecting mine for ages (in my head it's coming around July next year). I was just trying to assure polyhymnia that her tail isn't being pushed behind others or anything like that.

Mermaid Kelda
12-22-2014, 07:36 PM
I don't think she was speaking specifically to you ;) more to polyhymnia as well.

polyhymnia113
12-22-2014, 10:38 PM
Well, Melaina, I also was not complaining. Merely answering the question of another mer about who has gotten status updates or pics. Let's keep things cool, eh?

MermaidMichelle
12-23-2014, 12:43 AM
She isn't finished with the lion tail. I think its only been photographed the one time. Its posted here a few pages back. ;)

And thank you. I used to have blue hair and wear all blue lol. Its like a throwback hehe

Michelle I think you have a good plan!!

Thank you very much! :mermaid kiss: Your reassurance means a lot to me!

Mermaid Kelda
12-23-2014, 05:34 AM
Well, Melaina, I also was not complaining. Merely answering the question of another mer about who has gotten status updates or pics. Let's keep things cool, eh?
Hey woah woah woah, I wasn't saying anyone was complaining! Raina was just posting an update for everyone.
I thought you had posted the first question but it was annika (sorry!) but I still wasn't implying anyone was complaining! Just making sure Selene knew Raina wasn't talking specifically to her, since it seemed like that's what she had thought.

polyhymnia113
12-23-2014, 06:34 AM
Cool/sorry/no worries. It's hard to read tone in text. My error. :)

Mermaid Kelda
12-23-2014, 06:47 AM
No problem! Tone in text is notoriously difficult ;___; I try to use emoticons to help it along but I think sometimes it makes things worse xD

AniaR
12-23-2014, 07:09 AM
Sorry folks I was just posting general updates as I do!

Mer-Crazy
12-23-2014, 01:13 PM
I think I would unofficially change my post to 'oh that Raven! She is such a hard worker!' And that way everything that followed is gone haha. I think everyone is just (well at least I am) a little hyper aware about what they say, they don't want to be misunderstood and have other people think they're complaining when it's more like a little update haha.

Mer-gal
12-23-2014, 01:15 PM
I sent Raven a Facebook message to see if I can purchase a top. I was wondering if there is a better way to reach her.

Kaila Mermaid
12-23-2014, 02:39 PM
Try emailing her at merbellasstudios@gmail.com

Mer-Crazy
12-26-2014, 09:42 PM
Hey I have a question for anyone with a performance tail with a Merbella fluke, how big is it size wise as in across and measured from the very tips to where you can fold the body down? I have a basic tail and have actually managed to find a suitcase that I can fit it into (bicycle suitcase) but it only has about 10cm both ways of wiggle room so I'm worried that if the performance fluke is much bigger it won't fit, so I'll need to find a different case, I haven't bought one yet just in case. Also, I'm not sure if the foot pocket size makes a difference but I'd be getting a large.

annika
12-26-2014, 09:55 PM
i would also really like to know this too!

AniaR
12-26-2014, 10:16 PM
I have a picture somewhere with the measurements on. I've posted it a bunch on here probably in this thread and on fb I'll see if I can find it but last I checked no case in existence would fit. I looked at bike cases and portfolios. I had a custom bag meant and its giant

Mer-Crazy
12-26-2014, 10:26 PM
Yeah, I was worried that the performance fluke was going to be bigger. I went to look at your review and there was some text that indicated that the image below was telling me how big it is, but the picture itself wasn't working.

AniaR
12-26-2014, 11:52 PM
I remember all my measurements were above 30 for sure. I'm not home but I'll measure when I am

annika
12-27-2014, 09:04 AM
I know this is a pretty intrusive question but came you all tell my how much was your shipping, how big the box was (about),and how long it too to get to you. Thanks ��

Winged Mermaid
12-27-2014, 10:11 AM
My tail is 31.5 inches across at the widest point, and from the fluke tips to the lowest foldable point (end of foot pockets) is 34 inches. The FedEx box it came in is 34 x 29 x 4.5 . It was a tight squeeze in the box and she had to fold over the fluke ends as much as they would go. I'm in WA and shipping was $121.71 and it took 6 days (arrived a day or two earlier than the shipping estimate said, if I remember correctly).

AniaR
12-27-2014, 10:58 AM
cost my first tail 500$ and a week to get in canada not including customs fees.

Kaila Mermaid
12-27-2014, 03:45 PM
I grossly underestimated the shipping

Mermaid Sirenia
12-27-2014, 03:47 PM
http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/12/27/69e9629da06c305d1973387bf0e8d6aa.jpgMy seaweed top is finished!!! Practically drooling right now

AniaR
12-27-2014, 04:07 PM
Looks amazing!

AniaR
12-27-2014, 04:07 PM
I have one of these tops and it's so freaking durable.

Mermaid Sirenia
12-27-2014, 04:12 PM
Thanks! And that's good to hear! I have a lions paw she'll top but I wanted something with more comfort and I wouldn't fear falling apart haha

Mer-Crazy
12-27-2014, 05:11 PM
Okay, so based off the measurements Iona has given me I think the cases I'm looking at will fit at least her tail, the smaller one measuring in at (unsure if this in interior or exterior however):
115cm base width x 102cm top width x 80cm height x 32cm depth
(45.2" base width x 40.1" top width x 31.5" height x 12.6" depth)
http://www.velogear.com.au/cycling-accessories/bike-bags-case-pods/bike-case.html

And the larger one (interior dimensions):
125cm x 85cm x 32cm
(49.2" x 33.4" x 12.6")
http://www.cyclingdeal.com.au/buy/b-w-bike-travel-hard-case-18kg/96002-BIG

So I'm just gonna leave these here :)

AniaR
12-27-2014, 05:32 PM
it doesnt take into account how thick everything is once you fold the tail up though. I lot of them wont close over the thickness. I literally took my tail to stores and tried lol

Mer-Crazy
12-27-2014, 05:36 PM
I didn't know exact measurements for that, so I just went off Iona's box measurements and she said it was a 4.5" depth, both of these have over a 10" depth so I thought it may be okay :)

AniaR
12-27-2014, 05:54 PM
the flukes tend to vary, mine is bigger than hers. So I would wait until you get it before you buy anything for sure!

Mermaid Harmony
12-27-2014, 05:59 PM
I'm with Raina on this one, wait till you have it to buy anything, or if you buy anything make sure you can return it just in case, I'm pretty sure my shipping was about 220 to Hawaii and the box was pretty big about as tall and wide as a dishwasher, and about a hand length deep

Mer-Crazy
12-27-2014, 06:04 PM
Yep! I think waiting sounds like a good idea. I was going to wait until I got my tail any way, because I'd have extra fins to deal with and I have no idea how that would affect the size and I wasn't sure if the actual foot pocket size of the monofin affected the blade size (I think I may have read somewhere it might but I can't remember for sure). It would be really silly of me to buy one now with no clue as to how big my tail was going to be haha. But at least they're sitting here now in case anyone has a tail that may fit them and they're looking for a case for them :)

Mermaidmechanic
12-29-2014, 08:33 AM
I actually found a fab rolling suitcase at a swap meet for under 100.00 that fits both my tails. :D I see a similar one nearly every time I go.

annika
12-29-2014, 03:24 PM
26181 i got my first photo update!!!!!!!!

Vrindavana Starfish
12-29-2014, 03:42 PM
I love the colors and the spots! I keep coming back to the classic fluke shape as my favorite, even though the fancy ones are beautiful, I love this shape best.

Kaila Mermaid
12-29-2014, 05:19 PM
GORGEOUS!!!

Mermaid Wesley
12-29-2014, 05:50 PM
!!! Wow


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polyhymnia113
12-29-2014, 06:44 PM
How exciting! I love the speckles. Lovely!

Mer-Crazy
12-29-2014, 08:53 PM
Raven just posted this to FB. It's gorgeous!

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Mermaid Sirenia
12-29-2014, 09:05 PM
Wow! Love it!

Mermaidmechanic
12-29-2014, 09:28 PM
Gosh, her detailing is flawless and despite that, it seems to improve with every tail. Shes mega-talented. I feel super lucky to have one of her tails. :O

Starfrit
12-29-2014, 09:43 PM
:swoon: Pink, gold and pearl are one of my favorite combos. I love it!!

MermaidMichelle
12-29-2014, 10:13 PM
Oh yes indeed; it makes me even more excited!

Also; Mermaidmechanic, not only do you have one of Raven's tails, but you also have one that was something of a prototype for dragon-designs which have become increasingly popular! :mermaid kiss:

AniaR
12-29-2014, 10:47 PM
She told me that's a raven's choice tail :D

Mermaid Romy
12-29-2014, 10:56 PM
Ah gosh! Seeing everyone's tails and tops makes me wanna save extra hard for my tail!

Who else has fallen in love with the golden ray top? I loved it ever since I saw it on her fb and Instagram!

Mermaid Jessica Pearl
12-30-2014, 03:44 AM
Ah gosh! Seeing everyone's tails and tops makes me wanna save extra hard for my tail!

Who else has fallen in love with the golden ray top? I loved it ever since I saw it on her fb and Instagram!

That ray top is the most amazing top I have ever seen! Just incredible!

Mermaid Silverlilly
12-30-2014, 04:04 AM
what amazing stuff she does guess when I can save the cash I am going to have to decide between merbellas and finfolk for my dream tail which I won't be displaying here as I don't want any of the originality taken :) As I adore the tail I have designed so much only question is weather to go individual scales or not or is there a way to scale tip without individual scales as I am going to take awhile to save and don't have huge finances?? Any recommendations here as I love both Ravens and Abby and Bryns work but I have no clue who to go with as I love both and both will do the custom fluke I desire from what I have seen on there sites as I am following both. However going with Merbellas I won't have to pay extra for my extensive paint job that my eventual dream tail will require! Also merbellas has more of a tops range to get to match my tail when the time comes and would also love bracers and am hoping to eventually design some tops for myself when I get flippers to play with etc.

Overall may take time but I have no idea who to go with as I think without individual scales Finfolk does it will be cheaper but have fins and paint job to pay for any recommendations?? As both are beautiful but I love Merbella's tops so much!

Thanks won't be the near future but just thinking about it for when I can get the cash together!

Ariel-Starfish
12-30-2014, 04:43 AM
Omgosh! Seeing all these tail pass by I'm getting even more exited for my tail! Will be selling my basic tail soon if anyone is intrested. But waiting a bit longer to take a swim in it for one last time. (Still waiting for my eye to heal so I can swim underwater.)

SeaNymph
12-31-2014, 11:41 AM
Ariel, may I ask you a question? How long was your mermaid top shipping from Florida to Belgium? Im just wondering how long USPS takes for smaller boxes, not tails...

Ariel-Starfish
12-31-2014, 01:47 PM
I willet u know; I have not recieved my top yet. :)

SeaNymph
12-31-2014, 02:00 PM
Oh, damn. When did Raven send it? Have the same problem.... How long did your purple top take, do you remember?

Ariel-Starfish
12-31-2014, 02:07 PM
I have no clue. Raven told me in her last mail 'she would send it out directly' but that's all I got. My Ariel top took 1,5-2 weeks to arrive so that was quickly. I hope this helps!

SeaNymph
12-31-2014, 02:26 PM
Thank you very much! I'm expecting a box sent at Dec 9th and it did not arrive yet. But maybe it got into the Christmas shipping chaos. Just a theory to keep my hopes up ;-)

Mermaid Syaira
12-31-2014, 04:16 PM
Raven just posted this to FB. It's gorgeous!

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Does anyone know who's tail this is?

AniaR
12-31-2014, 04:35 PM
A free diver client

Arella
12-31-2014, 05:42 PM
I am just itching for my tail :) I know it's a long ways off but the design is so spectacular!

annika
12-31-2014, 05:52 PM
same! i can't wait and I'm dying for it

AniaR
12-31-2014, 07:24 PM
12 hours til my new tail :D

annika
12-31-2014, 07:38 PM
Really? Wow that's great your receiving it at merfest right?

OceanWhisper
12-31-2014, 08:06 PM
Raven just posted this to FB. It's gorgeous!

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This is AMAZING! I love how it still looks like something fantasy-worthy, while looking so realistic at the same time :D

Raven just keeps getting more an more skilled!

PearlieMae
12-31-2014, 08:10 PM
12 hours til my new tail :D

You must be climbing the walls!

OceanWhisper
12-31-2014, 08:12 PM
12 hours til my new tail :D

so exciting! is that the franken-tail that was in the thread a while back?

OceanWhisper
12-31-2014, 08:17 PM
Also AniaR, I'd love to see photos!! :D

AniaR
12-31-2014, 09:05 PM
Nope fraken tail is a gift. This is the tail I bought. Performance tail

OceanWhisper
12-31-2014, 09:39 PM
haha okay ^.^ mybad

annika
12-31-2014, 10:03 PM
Just some clarification, but the pink gold and black tail isn't yours. Right Rania?

Mermaid Sirenia
12-31-2014, 11:19 PM
Just some clarification, but the pink gold and black tail isn't yours. Right Rania?
No her new one has the same colors as rapidash, just a different look :) so excited for you raina! You deserve that new, beautiful tail of yours!!

annika
12-31-2014, 11:29 PM
Your going to make an unboxing video right? You better, I need to see those tails! XD

MermaidMichelle
12-31-2014, 11:46 PM
HAPPY NEW TAIL (soon)! :mermaid kiss:

Mermaid Aprilia
01-03-2015, 01:31 PM
Hey, does anyone know what are the extra 2 designs that are mentioned on the Facebook page? I know there are definitely four because of the design templates for the main four. I am quite interested in this fluke: https://scontent-b-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/v/t1.0-9/1509142_831408110248604_8052389334894924145_n.jpg? oh=123bbc6dde23c12b318ab92f3ca7d6b7&oe=54F9F0BD

In fact, Raina's new tail from Raven has this same fluke, right? Raven's tails are just so gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yulia
01-03-2015, 02:08 PM
Nope, the fluke design that Raven has on the picture is the "She creature", I believe. Not the same as Rainas.
As far as I now, the "She creature" design is not available to the public.

polyhymnia113
01-03-2015, 02:50 PM
The fluke in the pic is definitely the "She-Creature" fluke and thus far it has not been an option available to the public / is one of her personal tails. Raina's tail, I believe, has the unofficially nicknamed "calypso" fluke and was also the same fluke shape on the Rainbow Mantis shrimp inspired tail and I think on Raven's recent lionfish tail. That said, she does do custom fluke designs for an extra fee if none of the current offers suits your tastes.

Mer-Crazy
01-03-2015, 03:49 PM
Also the Ariel fluke <3 I asked this question a while back haha.

-Merbella
-Angler
-Merfin
-Butterfly Koi
-Ariel
-Calypso

Mermaid Aprilia
01-04-2015, 11:44 AM
Thanks for all of the responses everyone! You see, I've just been dying to do some designs - and I've done tons using the Angler fluke (because it's gorgeous!!) but I can't help but notice that the Angler fluke is much stiffer than the other flukes. That being said, I really liked the look of the Calypso tail and how it moved in water and land etc etc. I was sort of afraid to ask been as I've only amounted 10% of the necessary funds for a silicone tail - but I'm just so eager when it comes to designing tails! X3

Thanks for the responses everyone and sorry if I was bother!

Mer-gal
01-04-2015, 12:04 PM
Try emailing her at merbellasstudios@gmail.com

I sent her a message a few weeks ago and she hasn't responded. Is that normal?

Mermaid Kelda
01-04-2015, 12:14 PM
Yes, it is normal. You were asking about a top, right? She's constantly swamped with emails from clients and would-be clients, and she has to give priority to her current clients. The only way you're likely to get a response from her is by having the full amount ready for payment (and titling your email as such) and even then she only takes orders every once in a while. From what I've seen, she generally only makes tops when it's with a tail order, or through her Etsy.

Basically, if she doesn't answer, she doesn't have the time for another order. Either she saw your email and couldn't respond because she already has too many orders, or she didn't see it because she doesn't have time to check her emails because she has too many orders. :P

Mer-gal
01-04-2015, 12:25 PM
Ok thanks I was worried I did something wrong and it didn't go through properly.

Mermaid Crystal Shimmer
01-04-2015, 01:29 PM
I also emailed her a while ago about a top. Didn't get a response yet. I truly want an awesome one before august because of an awesome gig I'll probably do. (once we get the financial part sorted out)

polyhymnia113
01-04-2015, 01:34 PM
Thanks for all of the responses everyone! You see, I've just been dying to do some designs - and I've done tons using the Angler fluke (because it's gorgeous!!) but I can't help but notice that the Angler fluke is much stiffer than the other flukes. That being said, I really liked the look of the Calypso tail and how it moved in water and land etc etc. I was sort of afraid to ask been as I've only amounted 10% of the necessary funds for a silicone tail - but I'm just so eager when it comes to designing tails! X3

Thanks for the responses everyone and sorry if I was bother!
If younlike the angler fluke but are averse to it's stiffness it warrants mention that you can ask Raven to cut the monofin back some so that you're fluke has flowier movement in the ends.

Thanks for all of the responses everyone! You see, I've just been dying to do some designs - and I've done tons using the Angler fluke (because it's gorgeous!!) but I can't help but notice that the Angler fluke is much stiffer than the other flukes. That being said, I really liked the look of the Calypso tail and how it moved in water and land etc etc. I was sort of afraid to ask been as I've only amounted 10% of the necessary funds for a silicone tail - but I'm just so eager when it comes to designing tails! X3

Thanks for the responses everyone and sorry if I was bother!

polyhymnia113
01-04-2015, 01:35 PM
Oh goodness! Please forgive all the auto correct and typing snafus in my reply.

Mer-Crazy
01-04-2015, 01:40 PM
Don't worry about it Mer-Gal. I'm a current client with a tail order and have sent her a few emails regarding the design aspects of my tail but haven't heard from her in months. She's very likely just super busy as always.

Mermaid Aprilia
01-04-2015, 02:02 PM
Thanks polyhymnia, I'm surprised that I didn't think of that! However, I still like the Calypso fluke better I think... :/ I'll have to do a similar design to what I have now with the Angler fluke.

Mer-Crazy
01-05-2015, 10:45 PM
Everyone here's probably already seen it already, but I thought I'd throw this in here anyway. I didn't realise the lionfish tail was blue.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l42E8de9auM

MermaidMichelle
01-05-2015, 11:00 PM
This is actually my first time seeing a colour video of the lionfish tail, and let me state that the slow swimming among the grotto makes the performance very realistic for her chosen form of fish! :mermaid kiss:

ShyMer
01-06-2015, 12:49 AM
Those side fins hold their shape really well! Are they like what you're getting on your tail, mermaidMichelle?

Vrindavana Starfish
01-06-2015, 05:22 PM
Thanks for sharing that! I hadn't seen it yet. :)

Mermaid Aprilia
01-06-2015, 07:32 PM
That tail is really gorgeous!!! Love the fins and the fluke!!! Raven is so great at making tails!!! But I can't help but think it must feel weird swimming in a tail of that quality that she spent hours making herself :s Must feel good though!

polyhymnia113
01-06-2015, 07:34 PM
That tail is phenomenal. Raven never ceases to astound with her talent.