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Green Tea Mermaid
04-25-2015, 01:28 PM
I am on day 290. I haven't heard anything since March 9th when I was updated that they had started working on my fins.

Vicky Mermaid
04-25-2015, 04:01 PM
You know that i think the silence is the most annoying. I understand they are busy, but i had a few times now when i checked in that she said i will have more pictures tomorrow. And then i didn't hear for a couple of weeks. Untill i asked again after that. Don't want to be an impatient customer. I'm sure it will be worth it, since i love what i've seen so far.

AniaR
04-25-2015, 07:07 PM
yeah it's totally something they know is a problem and struggle to work at just being the two of them. I'm always trying to help them figure it out. I know right now Raven is phone-less and computer less (both destroyed from tail making stuff getting knocked onto them) . So she's doing everything from Tyler's phone and he usually answers emails. So it's entirely possible he said photos tomorrow! and she didnt know... lol

That's not to make excuses for them. I know it's annoying as hell. but she's one of my best friends and even *I* get it that way hahaha. I haven't heard from her more than I think 2 sentences in a good month. The NICE thing about that, is that usually when she's like that it's because she's in full steam mode and shit is getting done!

So I am sure you'll see/hear soon. I'm excited for you :)

MermaidMichelle
04-26-2015, 12:40 AM
Ouch; losing a phone and computer is crippling in today's world! This evokes still further the image of Raven as a successful-yet-struggling artiste; let us all continue to remind ourselves of what an honour it shall be to wear one of her creations! :mermaid kiss: :cheerleader:

Vicky Mermaid
04-26-2015, 04:41 AM
Yeah like i said, i'm sure it is all worth it since she is a fabulous artist indeed!

Green Tea Mermaid
04-26-2015, 08:19 AM
Oh my goodness! Didn't she just get that laptop a little while back?! That really is unfortunate. I can't even imagine trying to work without one. Yikes.

AniaR
04-26-2015, 12:47 PM
Raven goes through technology like you wouldnt believe lol. One time I was talking to her and I think she spilled acetone all over her keyboard lol. They also need a new camera I remember. theirs got flooded. risks of the job! We've gone through like 7 cameras since starting mermaid stuff lol >.>

Venessa Louisiana Mermaid
04-26-2015, 01:43 PM
So I posted my Merbella review about 3 nights ago and it is not showing. I assume it has to be reviewed or soemthing. How long does this usually take?

Vicky Mermaid
04-26-2015, 03:03 PM
Omg are you kidding me?! If i can't find my iPhone for 3 minutes i go crazy :jawdrop:

AniaR
04-26-2015, 04:15 PM
all reviews get approved. Just because multiple people joined the site to post fake reviews. So an admin usually goes and just verifies that they are a member of this site and they did indeed get a tail. But Iona is away right now on a trip and I have no idea about Mal he tends to come and go. They usually approve them in batches so I'm sure next time one of them is online here they'll get to it. I think there's a few for other tail makers waiting as well.

Vicky Mermaid
04-27-2015, 03:59 AM
last night i received pictures of my tail. How do i add them again? I know it's told before but i can't find it...

Merman Arion
04-27-2015, 04:02 AM
last night i received pictures of my tail. How do i add them again? I know it's told before but i can't find it...

you go next to the smiley icone and you click at the one saying "insert image". Then, you choose a file from your computer and click on "upload file".

Green Tea Mermaid
04-27-2015, 04:34 AM
last night i received pictures of my tail. How do i add them again? I know it's told before but i can't find it...:D I am so excited. I can't wait to see. I love seeing new tails!

Vicky Mermaid
04-27-2015, 04:55 AM
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Vicky Mermaid
04-27-2015, 04:57 AM
They are not watermarked, but Raven told me it's oke to share because she is not operating from her own computer. It is love at first sight :mermaid kiss:

Morticia Mermaid
04-27-2015, 05:06 AM
WOW. Those are lovely Vicky!

Mer-Crazy
04-27-2015, 05:21 AM
Sooo pretty! Like a real fish I love it so much! Now I can go to bed. I was worried I was going to have to go to sleep without seeing it <3

Mermaid Kelda
04-27-2015, 08:59 AM
Ahhhh it's stunning Vicky! So so beautiful! Super happy for you!

Yulia
04-27-2015, 09:01 AM
It's fantastic Vicky! Congratulations!

MotorCityMerman
04-27-2015, 09:10 AM
That's pretty amazing. Very natural looking too.

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Arella
04-27-2015, 09:32 AM
That looks fantastic! I love the dorsal fin <3

Green Tea Mermaid
04-27-2015, 09:34 AM
Vicky I love your tail! So pretty! Congratulations!!!

Vicky Mermaid
04-27-2015, 10:09 AM
Thanks everyone :)

Silva
04-27-2015, 10:38 AM
Wow! Such a beautiful tail! I love the color combo :swoon:

polyhymnia113
04-27-2015, 10:58 AM
So gorgeous, Vicky! So excited for you!

Aurellia Gyldenscale
04-27-2015, 12:34 PM
Yay new tails! That one is gorgeous! So excited for you to have your first swim. :) <3

ShyMer
04-27-2015, 02:47 PM
I love seeing that color combo again! Excellent choice all around <3

Felicia
04-27-2015, 03:06 PM
Its super beautiful!!

Merman Arion
04-27-2015, 03:51 PM
OMG :jawdrop:

That's one pretty tail! :swoon:

Elodea the Mermaid
04-27-2015, 06:39 PM
Oh my gosh... the pearl and gold with the green are radiant. Vibrant and natural.

Keiris
04-27-2015, 10:02 PM
WOW Vicky! Can't wait to see you in that! It looks awesome!

Mermaid Syaira
04-28-2015, 03:26 AM
Congratulations Vicky! Can't wait to see it in action.

Mermaid Alea
04-28-2015, 01:11 PM
Soooo pretty!!! Oh my goodness I am looking forward to seeing the unboxing video!!

Ariel-Starfish
04-28-2015, 01:15 PM
Wow such an amazing fishy color combo! Congrats!

Vicky Mermaid
04-29-2015, 09:03 AM
Thank you all :hail:
And ofcourse i will do an unboxing video and a first swim video :)

Silva
04-29-2015, 09:06 AM
Awesome!

MermaidMichelle
04-29-2015, 03:51 PM
We're not done complimenting you and your tail yet! The sea-green shimmer of that tail will make you a very natural mermaid indeed! :mermaid kiss:

polyhymnia113
04-29-2015, 03:56 PM
The level of anticipation I have to see unboxing videos anytime someone is expecting their tail is maybe a little unhealthy. I'm like a little kid "did you get it yet? Did you get it yet? Did you get it yet?" Vicky, I cannot wait to see your gleeful unboxing of that gloriously beautiful tail!!

Lily
04-29-2015, 04:59 PM
The level of anticipation I have to see unboxing videos anytime someone is expecting their tail is maybe a little unhealthy. I'm like a little kid "did you get it yet? Did you get it yet? Did you get it yet?" Vicky, I cannot wait to see your gleeful unboxing of that gloriously beautiful tail!!

LOL THIS! Let us live vicariously through your unboxing!

Venessa Louisiana Mermaid
04-30-2015, 12:27 AM
Vicky, your tail is truly gorgeous. I hope, however, that the colors are true to life as they appear in the picture when you receive it. In my case, it was not. I suspect that there is either a filter being put on the photos or the saturation on her camera is set too high. I address the situation I had in the review I just posted.

AnnaAbyss
04-30-2015, 12:48 AM
*Swooooooon* :swoon: :swoon: :swoon:

Mermaid Neri Elvina
04-30-2015, 02:54 AM
Ahhh so pretty!!

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Vicky Mermaid
04-30-2015, 02:57 AM
No i did not get it, it hasn't been send out yet. and it will take a while after that since i live in the Netherlands. Thank you for all your lovely compliments. And Venessa, i also hope the colours are like in the pictures. So sorry to read that you didn't have a nice experience. But afterall i hope you will enjoy your tail. Even if the colours are not what you were hoping for, i think it is beautiful.

Meronica
04-30-2015, 01:10 PM
That tail is gorgeous. I love the green, and it looks so natural! Even if the colors aren't as vibrant as the picture provided, you can easily remedy it in any pictures you take with it in Photoshop. (But hopefully it really is that gorgeous in person!)


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Venessa Louisiana Mermaid
04-30-2015, 11:54 PM
Thanks....like the mother of a child that didn't quite turn out the way you had hoped, I am loving it for what it is.

Ariel-Starfish
05-01-2015, 01:27 PM
I'm over 200 waiting days and just wanted to ask how everything works out with my order atm. But it seems I can't reach Raven or Taylor. I'm patiŽnt but It's been scince last november that I heard something from them.

polyhymnia113
05-01-2015, 01:33 PM
That's pretty normal. I'm at day 385 and I did hear from her a few weeks ago to clarify some things as she's finishing up my tail and top but prior to that it had been months since I'd heard anything. To be fair she was basically done about two weeks ago but it became clear we'd had some miscommunication about colors and so she's presently making the necessary adjustments. So my tail would have been done at about day 371 for those of you tracking wait time averages and such.

Ariel-Starfish
05-01-2015, 02:39 PM
385?! Do you have a complicated design? Or perhaps they should change their waiting times. But thanks for letting me know! :)

polyhymnia113
05-01-2015, 05:06 PM
My design is somewhat complex, "custom" fluke (sorta custom not really though ...it's a surprise), double ankle fins, a dorsal, and a set of hip fins. That said I know wait times for simpler tails do seem to be shorter.

Felicia
05-01-2015, 05:39 PM
My design is somewhat complex, "custom" fluke (sorta custom not really though ...it's a surprise), double ankle fins, a dorsal, and a set of hip fins. That said I know wait times for simpler tails do seem to be shorter.

Just have to say, your tail sounds pretty BA

polyhymnia113
05-01-2015, 07:05 PM
Thank you! :)

Felicia
05-02-2015, 01:15 AM
No problem! I love complex tails! Not to say I dont like simple tails too but I love extra fins sooo much lol

Silva
05-03-2015, 09:14 AM
polyhymnia113 (http://polyhymnia113), that sounds awesome! I love complex tails!

Silva
05-03-2015, 09:15 AM
also, idk why it made your name a link

shimmygoddess
05-03-2015, 10:40 PM
Anyone know if Raven is out of town? She messaged me on April 13 saying my top was done and was going to ship it the next day. I still have not received it, have messaged her twice and emailed Tyler twice too. I am worried it was lost. I usually always here back from her so am getting a bit anxious as its been almost 3 weeks now. Am starting to wonder if they are even receiving my emails or if they are lost somewhere :(

AniaR
05-03-2015, 11:17 PM
yup she was doing gigs when I checked in with her yesterday. I think all weekend so you'll probably hear in the next few days :)

Ariel-Starfish
05-04-2015, 11:33 AM
I'm anxious to these days! Yesterday (while making a fabric tail) i descivered a minor bug from my mesurments and was just super stressed about the fact I haven't heard from her for half a year. Now 5 mins ago, I open up my IG and seeing i got a message from Raven - SHE SEND ME A TAIL SKETCH !!!! Aaaargh so freaking happy!! :yay: Not shure I can post it yet so I don't for now. Ofcourse I replay asap about the mesurment thingie and asked about how far I'm in line atm. :) I hope she reads it! ^^

shimmygoddess
05-04-2015, 12:32 PM
Thanks Raina!! Normally I don't nag, but since it was supposedly shipped and haven't gotten it, I am kind of worried. LOL

Vicky Mermaid
05-04-2015, 05:12 PM
Yeah i understand Shimmygoddes. My tail should be ready to ship last week, but haven't heared yet. Patience just a little little longer. And Ariel very excited for you dear!!!

shimmygoddess
05-04-2015, 07:11 PM
update: got my new top in the mail today...it is a perfect match!! She made my tail last year so only had photos to go by :) Raven rocks!!

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AniaR
05-04-2015, 07:25 PM
looks so good!!!

Vicky Mermaid
05-04-2015, 07:32 PM
Pretty!!!!!! Looks good!!!

Green Tea Mermaid
05-04-2015, 08:41 PM
Shimmygoddess you're top is so pretty! Glad to hear you got it. :D

Keiris
05-04-2015, 11:42 PM
It really looks GORGEOUS!

Merley
05-04-2015, 11:56 PM
Oh, Shimmy, those colors. I'm drooling. Love how the purple pops.

Mermaid Syaira
05-05-2015, 02:13 AM
That's stunning! :jawdrop:

Silva
05-05-2015, 07:46 AM
oh my goodness. That top is perfection :eyepop:

shimmygoddess
05-05-2015, 09:52 AM
Thanks everyone! I think I will need to make a mermaid inspired bellydance choreography so I can wear it to dance too :)

Ariel-Starfish
05-06-2015, 01:12 PM
@ Mermaid Vicky : Any news about your tail getting shipped?

After recieving my sketch on IG I tried to contact her again by answering her message she wrote with it. Nothing. I'm going nuts. Also becouse I have nothing else on my mind atm. :headwall:

teeth4u
05-06-2015, 02:25 PM
I love Raven's tails! They're really beautiful but (I know I'll get chewed out for saying this) I have seen a decline in the quality of her products. I've seen several pictures of mermaids with baggy and wrinkled tails from Raven. For the amount of time and money she takes to make these tails, I would expect them to be pretty perfect. That's just my opinion though.

MerEmma
05-06-2015, 02:34 PM
Baggy and wrinkled tails? Where have you seen them? Sizing issues I believe are typically on the customer's mis-measurements...I thought you were going to complain about declining customer service, which is a lot tougher to dispute.

Theta
05-06-2015, 02:50 PM
Also, there is naturally some bagginess/wrinkles to tails. If you're comparing them to the Splash tail, it was much heavier duty and Daryl Hannah's legs were shrink wrapped to get rid of outlines from knees/ankles and prevent wrinkles etc. That's dangerous unless you've got a safety crew. Also, Raven doesn't photoshop her tails- some tailmakers will touch up their tails (remove wrinkles etc) in their promo pics.

teeth4u
05-06-2015, 02:59 PM
Also, there is naturally some bagginess/wrinkles to tails. If you're comparing them to the Splash tail, it was much heavier duty and Daryl Hannah's legs were shrink wrapped to get rid of outlines from knees/ankles and prevent wrinkles etc. That's dangerous unless you've got a safety crew. Also, Raven doesn't photoshop her tails- some tailmakers will touch up their tails (remove wrinkles etc) in their promo pics.

I think it is safe to say that anyone paying $3,000 for a tail would not want their tail to be baggy or wrinkly anywhere. I know there are natural wrinkles, but I have seen several pictures of tails that look far too big. I'm not complaining at all, simply stating an observation. I'm not comparing her tails to the Splash tail. I'm comparing them to every other tail on the market (FinFolk, MerNation, MerTailor, etc.)

Theta
05-06-2015, 03:09 PM
I mean, you're seeing what you're seeing, and that's cool. (Not trying to argue.) I don't see it, personally (just looked through a bunch of her customer photos to check.) My tail wrinkles at the ankles when I'm bending them, but there has to be some slack in that area to be able to swim safely.

Mermaid Lorelei
05-06-2015, 03:10 PM
Do you have examples or the photos that you're seeing wrinkles in? It might be easier if we saw the same pictures.

Vicky Mermaid
05-06-2015, 03:28 PM
No Ariel still nothing....

MerEmma
05-06-2015, 03:31 PM
Yeah, I can't think of any baggy Raven tails. MerTailor is whom I particularly see bagginess from but otherwise I feel that the other major tailmakers out there have gotten the sizing generally pretty well. *shrug*

polyhymnia113
05-06-2015, 03:51 PM
I'm wondering if the situations Teeth4u is talking abkut is the rare occasion where you see someone in one of Raven's tails that wasn't originally made for them...like mermaid photo shoots or someone who bought or borrowed someone else's tail and so it doesn't fit the wearer perfectly but Raven cannot really be blamed for that.

teeth4u
05-06-2015, 03:54 PM
Of course, here are a few examples.

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I know Raina has said that she had wrinkle issues at merfest and figured it out but she has since posted more pictures where her tail has significantly more wrinkles than her previous one. I think it is safe to say these tails appear to be baggy in areas whether due to measurement errors or productions mistakes. However, they are just pictures. I would love to hear from these mermaids about how their tails actually fit.

teeth4u
05-06-2015, 04:04 PM
I'm wondering if the situations Teeth4u is talking abkut is the rare occasion where you see someone in one of Raven's tails that wasn't originally made for them...like mermaid photo shoots or someone who bought or borrowed someone else's tail and so it doesn't fit the wearer perfectly but Raven cannot really be blamed for that.

No, I am talking about custom made tails for a specific individuals.

Yulia
05-06-2015, 04:04 PM
FYI, Raina ASKED Raven to make the ankle area bigger, so it would be easier to put on.

With the Koi tail, it really looks like the tail wasn't made for her, and then of course it wouldn't fit perfectly.

Merman Arion
05-06-2015, 04:14 PM
Actually, there is one tail I can think of.

It was the first gold tail of Catalina Mermaid from Sheroes Entertainment before the new one.

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And here is her upgraded gold tail from Raven where the sizing issue had been totally solved :)

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Merman Arion
05-06-2015, 04:20 PM
FYI, I get wrinkles too with my tail from Finfolk Productions in spite of the perfect fit and I'm totally okay with it :)

Truth is that they are unavoidable.

Theta
05-06-2015, 04:24 PM
You really can't include Raina's tails in this group because hers are specially made a little looser to accommodate a medical issue.

The koi looks baggy but the mer in question may have lost some weight between giving Raven the measurements and having her tail completed. Raven's production times are notoriously long, and I wouldn't be surprised if there are people whose bodies change during that period.

I've got nothing on the gold one, except that it's been fixed, and the earlier images are not terribly recent, considering.

The ankle wrinkles are what I was talking about upthread. You can see the same things on the finfolk and mertailor tails, too.

MerEmma
05-06-2015, 04:28 PM
I don't even consider Raina's to be an example of this; she's explained the bagginess/wrinkles? She didn't get it pulled up high enough since it was her first time with the brand new tail. She's an exception out of those images. especially in the last of her images? There are some positions you will no matter what have wrinkles because of the way the body bends. Her tail fits excellently when pulled on appropriately and it's expected that it isn't perfect every time you wear it. I think it's a case of too-high expectations sometimes.

As for the koi...I've seen some shots before where her tail seemed VERY well-fitted. I don't know what's going on with that one and I won't speculate. Could've been the customer's measurements error, weight fluctuations or a mistake on Raven's position. I don't think she's on Mernetwork either so I doubt we'll find out why it's baggy.

NCmermaid is on the network though and she didn't leave an official review that I saw (may have scrolled past?). I feel like the image you posted was very soon after she received her tail; I remember it being one of the first few I saw of it although I'm probably incorrect haha!

Nonetheless, though. I think it's just not pulling it up high enough or the way she is laying. Look how well it fits in other pictures of her tail (although photoshop could often be at play in any mermaid's photos):
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SAME photoshoot. Wrinkles happen, and I'm not saying that none of Raven's tails are ever baggy (there is evidence supporting that they are sometimes) but Shimmy's I think is a case of a VERY well fitted tail. Most of her images on her Facebook (credit! https://www.facebook.com/MermaidAmara/ ) are wrinkle-free and beautiful. :)

(Also, despite wanting to NOT be speculative...I feel like I was. If this post has stepped out of line in some way, I apologize.)

EDIT: Also! Wow. That gold tail, the updated one, is beautiful. Gahhh. The first one was a partial with neoprene lining I think, that may have influenced it some. Who knows, though.

Mermaid Wesley
05-06-2015, 04:35 PM
In my opinion, unless you are there for the tailmaker to actually use your legs, there will be wrinkles. And even still. The koi tail, I remember we all notice sizing issues. The reason the merbella tails seem to wrinkle more than other tailmakers imho is that they are a bit thinner. This is good for range of motion, drag, weight, and getting tails on, but it does cause wrinkles when you twist.
The mertailors are really thick, so when they wrinkle, it's more like a ~ shape than a MW shape. Finfolk too. Their tails are thicker.
After seeing a ton of these tails in person though, the thicker ones still wrinkle, and the most I'll-fitting tail can be made to look good with camera angles, certain sitting positions, and even stuffing- yes I've seen mers stuff their tails lol. ;)
I mean do you have a pair of jeans that don't wrinkle when you bend your knee? I don't mean to like ruin the magic but no tail looks 100% real in person. Even Pearlie Mae's form fitted perfect tail wrinkles when she twists or bends her knees and ankles. That's not a bash to pearlie at all, because it's so beautiful in person let me tell you, but that's how it is. I do see some sizing issues with the gold tail and the koi tail, which I don't know anything about but you can see in the pic of mermaid ginger in her finfolk, she has ankle wrinkles too.
Those are usually caused because the mer didn't spend too long trying to get the tail pulled up all the way. (It takes flippin forever ugh lol)
so basically, what I'm saying is: the only tails I have ever seen without wrinkles would be one of the following: h2o, cgi, most fabric tails, and the mertailor lobster and whale tails. Those are constructed differently than other tails, and are 2-part molds. Maybe moo's tails too. I totally get what you're saying but it's really sortof a universal mermaid problem. I know at merfest, Raina was struggling a bit with adjusting to the new waist and getting the tail on, then she cut her hand, and then she tore it so now is being really careful getting in and out, so hers is sortof an isolated case anyways.
So yeah. In my personal opinion, the way merbella tails wrinkle is sortof typical, but as they're thinner, they wrinkle in smaller folds that are more noticeable on camera, but I would say the thicker wrinkles are more noticeable in person.
What am I even talking about. Sorry for the wall of text I got into it lol


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AniaR
05-06-2015, 05:59 PM
Lol I love it when a brand 'new' member jumps in to critique... Lol

Not sure where you see wrinkles in my photos lol

AniaR
05-06-2015, 06:00 PM
My tail is skin tight. It couldn't get any tighter. I think you're confusing seams with wrinkles and bent knees and bent ankles with wrinkles. I think you're a case of never used a tail or maybe even seen one in person

teeth4u
05-06-2015, 06:18 PM
My tail is skin tight. It couldn't get any tighter. I think you're confusing seams with wrinkles and bent knees and bent ankles with wrinkles. I think you're a case of never used a tail or maybe even seen one in person

Raina, I really don't appreciate you jumping to assumptions about me and who I am. I was unaware that you asked for a tail that would be somewhat baggy due to your health issues. I'm a new member but that doesn't mean I'm a new mermaid.

I think everyone here has very valid points. No tail will Be 100% perfect and it is nearly impossible to avoid wrinkles. However, a tail like the koi one or gold one should not be acceptable in my opinion. All tail makers have probably messed up at some point and made a baggy tail or two. I'm glad those who have recently purchased a merbella tail feel they got their money's worth.

Mer-Crazy
05-06-2015, 06:24 PM
Not to mention you keep blaming the tail maker for the wrinkles when it's all about the measurements they're given. A tail can only fit as well as it's measured and Raven is implementing new techniques for clients to measure tails with to make sure they fit better. But most mermaids report weight loss after recieving a tail and swimming in it for a while, even Raina whom I consider to be very slender lost weight on her first tail, which leads to baggage. You can't really blame us for getting defensive when you came in here with a comment that seemed to only be for the purpose of conflict and seemingly very little knowledge about how things like this works.

MerEmma
05-06-2015, 06:35 PM
Raina, I really don't appreciate you jumping to assumptions about me and who I am. I was unaware that you asked for a tail that would be somewhat baggy due to your health issues. I'm a new member but that doesn't mean I'm a new mermaid.

I think everyone here has very valid points. No tail will Be 100% perfect and it is nearly impossible to avoid wrinkles. However, a tail like the koi one or gold one should not be acceptable in my opinion. All tail makers have probably messed up at some point and made a baggy tail or two. I'm glad those who have recently purchased a merbella tail feel they got their money's worth.

That's the thing though...none of us are assuming the koi tail is or isn't Raven's fault. The koi tail is very recent; I'm certain Raven knows how to put measurements accurately into a tail. While accidents can happen, you are still putting the blame on Raven with:


However, a tail like the koi one or gold one should not be acceptable in my opinion.

We don't know. Maybe the customers gave wrong measurements. Maybe the customers wanted them baggy so they could be removed quickly/easily. We simply don't know. There are a lot of different reasons for a tail to be baggy. *shrug* It could be Raven's fault, but that is only between Raven and the customer. Not for us to decide what happened. What we do know is this: Raven reliably creates skin tight tails. She has made a LOT of tails and knows how to put the measurements together. That's about all we know for absolute certain.

teeth4u
05-06-2015, 06:39 PM
Not to mention you keep blaming the tail maker for the wrinkles when it's all about the measurements they're given. A tail can only fit as well as it's measured and Raven is implementing new techniques for clients to measure tails with to make sure they fit better. But most mermaids report weight loss after recieving a tail and swimming in it for a while, even Raina whom I consider to be very slender lost weight on her first tail, which leads to baggage. You can't really blame us for getting defensive when you came in here with a comment that seemed to only be for the purpose of conflict and seemingly very little knowledge about how things like this works.

its very interesting that you view my comments as a conflict. That's not why I came here. I'm genuinely interested in the development of the mermaid community. I'm also not blaming the tail maker at all. It's a hazard of the job, not necessarily the creators fault. My comments are not a reflection on anyone's skills or talents. I was just stating an observation and wanted others opinions. I'm not heated about this at all. I'm a new member and so far I have received a lot of passive aggressive comments. You said yourself that you are being defensive. That's not necessary.

teeth4u
05-06-2015, 06:41 PM
That's the thing though...none of us are assuming the koi tail is or isn't Raven's fault. The koi tail is very recent; I'm certain Raven knows how to put measurements accurately into a tail. While accidents can happen, you are still putting the blame on Raven with:



We don't know. Maybe the customers gave wrong measurements. Maybe the customers wanted them baggy so they could be removed quickly/easily. We simply don't know. There are a lot of different reasons for a tail to be baggy. *shrug* It could be Raven's fault, but that is only between Raven and the customer. Not for us to decide what happened. What we do know is this: Raven reliably creates skin tight tails. She has made a LOT of tails and knows how to put the measurements together. That's about all we know for absolute certain.


i should have clarified! It should not be acceptable if it is the fault of the tail maker but like you said, we do not know.

AniaR
05-06-2015, 06:44 PM
Sorry but when the first thing you do when you join a forum is make ignorant statements about a tail maker it raises red flags. And before you jump to calling me biased I've said the same things about people who have joined and jumped right to bashing mertailor or others. You also seem to personally fixate on me which is also another red flag
I'm not buying it honestly. Imma just ignore you ;)

Mermaid Mystery
05-06-2015, 06:45 PM
Sorry but when the first thing you do when you join a forum is make ignorant statements about a tail maker it raises red flags. And before you jump to calling me biased I've said the same things about people who have joined and jumped right to bashing mertailor or others. You also seem to personally fixate on me which is also another red flag
I'm not buying it honestly. Imma just ignore you ;)

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teeth4u
05-06-2015, 06:53 PM
I'm not making ignorant statements. I was just expressing my opinion. I don't see how I've personally fixated on you either but oh well. I'm really bummed that I've basically already been shunned by the most popular mermaid (and basically everyone that supports her) here for stating my opinion.

teeth4u
05-06-2015, 06:59 PM
I'm not bashing anyone! Why is everyone getting so defensive? You guys really know how to give a warm welcome.

Yulia
05-06-2015, 07:53 PM
I'm not bashing anyone! Why is everyone getting so defensive? You guys really know how to give a warm welcome.

Make an introduction and I'm sure this slate can be wiped clean. ;)


A quick search gave me these pictures:

https://scontent-fra.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xaf1/t31.0-8/10257324_620292388089834_6781170327655253112_o.jpg https://scontent-fra.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/10599439_10203140629624603_6677865998178765199_n.j pg?oh=21027176430400865b0ce556869fc4ca&oe=55DE030F



Baggy =/= Bad

I totally agree that the Koi tail looked very big, but we don't know why it is big as others have said.
Sometimes models not used with wearing tails don't put their feet in the footpockets, and that usually lead to a baggier look.
Unless there's a tail story with proof that a tail was made bigger than measurements sent to the tailmaker I don't think there's arguments that the tails are badly made or that a tailmaker is bad. It's just a big tail.

Fifi Tigg
05-06-2015, 08:10 PM
Sorry but when the first thing you do when you join a forum is make ignorant statements about a tail maker it raises red flags. And before you jump to calling me biased I've said the same things about people who have joined and jumped right to bashing mertailor or others. You also seem to personally fixate on me which is also another red flag
I'm not buying it honestly. Imma just ignore you ;)

I've been reading this whole thread and it seems as though teeth4u was baiting AniaR from the start :confused:

Mermaid Wesley
05-06-2015, 09:34 PM
Yeah it came off as very accusatory and aggressive when you said: "I have seen a decline in the quality of her products" there's nothing wrong with the product, other than fit. This suggests that you thought something she did was wrong. And again: "I think it is safe to say that anyone paying $3,000 for a tail would not want their tail to be baggy or wrinkly anywhere." Assuming again that somehow Raven is the one messing up the sizing. And of the photos that you posted, as mers who are experienced in silicone can tell you (not meant as a backhanded thing I swear) all but one tail fits perfectly. I believe that you didn't mean to start anything, just explaining why everyone kinda jumped.


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shimmygoddess
05-06-2015, 10:08 PM
What a surprise to see all my pics posted here..LOL...I don't mind though :) All the beach photos posted were a photoshoot in Mid May 2014. My non photographer husband was taking them ( I had to set it, give him the camera, then take it and check to make sure pics were coming out) Being both model and photographer are not easy. It was at sunset and we had limited time due to light. I had to work fast, the water was super cold, so my tail was not on properly. I gave Raven pretty accurate measurements and it fits very snug. Tails are going to be a little baggy in the back side, simply b/c we have a butt and it sticks out and the silicone cannot cling to all parts like spandex. Even my spandex tails are a bit baggy in the back of the legs. If you have a curvy butt, you cannot avoide that. It bunches a bit by the heel, but from what I see that is pretty normal when sitting. Also probably bc I have small ankles and the monofin is just huge. There will be creases and wrinkles in certain positions, very normal. All this said, I am very happy with my tail. :)

Mer-Crazy
05-06-2015, 10:16 PM
They're actually discussing wrinkles over in the mer nation thread too haha and basically same thing, everyone has it now and then. The mernation girls even said it has to do with ankle width. If your ankles are thinner than the monofin/ foot pockets this can also cause distortion and wrinkle.

shimmygoddess
05-06-2015, 10:19 PM
NCmermaid is on the network though and she didn't leave an official review that I saw (may have scrolled past?). I feel like the image you posted was very soon after she received her tail; I remember it being one of the first few I saw of it although I'm probably incorrect haha!

Nonetheless, though. I think it's just not pulling it up high enough or the way she is laying. Look how well it fits in other pictures of her tail (although photoshop could often be at play in any mermaid's photos):


SAME photoshoot. Wrinkles happen, and I'm not saying that none of Raven's tails are ever baggy (there is evidence supporting that they are sometimes) but Shimmy's I think is a case of a VERY well fitted tail. Most of her images on her Facebook (credit! https://www.facebook.com/MermaidAmara/ ) are wrinkle-free and beautiful. :)

(Also, despite wanting to NOT be speculative...I feel like I was. If this post has stepped out of line in some way, I apologize.)

EDIT: Also! Wow. That gold tail, the updated one, is beautiful. Gahhh. The first one was a partial with neoprene lining I think, that may have influenced it some. Who knows, though.


No worries about sharing the pics. Yes, this photoshoot was less than a month after receiving my tail...I didn't have it on all that well...just fast enough to get these pics. Heck I still have a hard time getting it one. LOL. the water was freezing and was trying to hurry. Honestly, my heel bulge I think b/c the monofin is just big and my ankles are really small. You can see the monofin in that last photo it is much bulkier than my feet are...there is nothing to do about that. These particular pics were only edited for creative effects but I didn't alter my body or the tail in any way.

shimmygoddess
05-06-2015, 10:20 PM
They're actually discussing wrinkles over in the mer nation thread too haha and basically same thing, everyone has it now and then. The mernation girls even said it has to do with ankle width. If your ankles are thinner than the monofin/ foot pockets this can also cause distortion and wrinkle.

Exactly!! Was typing this at the same time..you beat me :)

teeth4u
05-06-2015, 10:58 PM
I guess I need to be more specific. I was making a comment on her product not her abilities to create. I love her tails and think their gorgeous and I was bummed to see some of these baggier tails. I still stand by my statement that if someone was buying $3,000 for a tail you would want it to fit pretty perfectly but obviously most tails don't for whatever reason. I think we can all agree that wrinkles are inevitable and very normal, especially at the ankles.

It makes me happy to hear that I was wrong about a decline in quality!

AniaR
05-07-2015, 12:36 AM
In my 7+ years experience dry gigs produce wrinkles thanks to lube that dries up and an inability to smooth the tail out in the way you can when its wet. But what do I know lol.

Keiris
05-07-2015, 02:16 AM
I guess I need to be more specific. I was making a comment on her product not her abilities to create. I love her tails and think their gorgeous and I was bummed to see some of these baggier tails. I still stand by my statement that if someone was buying $3,000 for a tail you would want it to fit pretty perfectly but obviously most tails don't for whatever reason. I think we can all agree that wrinkles are inevitable and very normal, especially at the ankles.

It makes me happy to hear that I was wrong about a decline in quality!
First of all, WELCOME to the forum, teeth4u! You are certainly entitled to your opinions and comments just as much as any one else here. Those tails do look baggy in some of those unflattering photos! Whether it be the fit , the pose, weight loss, incorrect positioning, whatever. I agree, if one is paying 3000 bucks for anything, the best you can get for that is not unreasonable. I think MVD, Raven, Finfolk and a few of the other artists really try to create the very best product they can because they are in fact, artists and their name is on every piece so to speak. Raven, in particular, takes her time to make sure each thing she cranks out is as beautiful as she can make it and from what I have heard is VERY concerned that each person be happy with their purchase. If only more businesses actually functioned like that!

Most here that have worn silicone will tell you they have some degree of wrinkling but it is usually minimal in a well-fitting tail.

Hope your swim with us here is fun! :)

Theta
05-07-2015, 11:07 AM
I guess I need to be more specific. I was making a comment on her product not her abilities to create. I love her tails and think their gorgeous and I was bummed to see some of these baggier tails. I still stand by my statement that if someone was buying $3,000 for a tail you would want it to fit pretty perfectly but obviously most tails don't for whatever reason. I think we can all agree that wrinkles are inevitable and very normal, especially at the ankles.

It makes me happy to hear that I was wrong about a decline in quality!

I think that's the point I was trying to make earlier. The tails that fit absolutely perfectly, the Splash tail, the H2O tails, are not practical for general consumption. They're not safe to use without a whole team in the water with you, and they're hideously expensive. I think the closest any solo mer has come to a wrinkleless, completely form fitting, natural looking tail is Linden, and she worked with a Hollywood SFX team and sunk 10k into it. See below:

29518

Also, most tails do fit very well! I think you need to adjust your expectation of midlevel silicone tails (and yes, Raven, Mertailor etc. are midlevel, when you include all the true SFX tails.) The tails R, M, etc. make are not only not made from body casts, they are made without the recipient even being in the room, so there's no from life tailoring going on.* They are absolutely worth every penny of $3k to $6k. They are not worth $10k. The reason the $10k+ tails aren't brought up much on this forum is because they're prohibitively expensive for 99% of Mernetwork users.

*generally. There are probably a few instances where customers are within driving distance, so the measurements/fit would be more precise, and I think Pearlie has customers send her a form of themselves for her to work on, but that's unusual in the tailmaking world. I think Eric's Famous Adult Tail was sculpted from life, but I remember hearing that that tail cost around $9k.

Theobromine
05-07-2015, 03:42 PM
I think everyone is bringing up some really interesting and important points about silicone tails and fit and expectations here! I'd love to add my 2 cents as well, but I also feel like maybe this discussion should be in its own thread (both for easy reference and also so we don't totally hijack the Merbellas thread--I'd post some examples of how even my perfectly-fitted tail still wrinkles in certain positions and not others, but I have a Finfolk tail and I'm not all territorial about tailmakers, but it would be nice to have a more neutral place to discuss everything).

Vicky Mermaid
05-07-2015, 04:04 PM
You know you can't avoid wrinkles. It happens with every tail. In some positions it will happen even if you have a perfect fit tail My Thom Shouse wettail (made from latex and urethan) wrinkled too in some postions. And also... Raven is not to blame anything, because she makes what her customers provide...

By the way, i just payed the shipping invoice So my tail will finally come home!!!!!!:yay::yay::yay::yay::yay::yay::yay::yay:

Ariel-Starfish
05-07-2015, 04:44 PM
Omg Vicky THIS IS INSANE!! :yay: Can u please pm me the shipping invoice? So i know I'm having the right amout of funds ready when it's my turn ^^ (Thinking my basic tail costs less due weight etc.)

anyway : revirling my tail sketch Vs the one Raven send me: 29526

Apart from the green belly and a bit less green on the fluke I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!

MermaidMichelle
05-07-2015, 04:56 PM
Thanks everyone! I think I will need to make a mermaid inspired bellydance choreography so I can wear it to dance too :)

*Ignores pages of conflict* I'm glad you're remembering to make mermaid bellydancing a thing! :mermaid kiss:

polyhymnia113
05-07-2015, 05:04 PM
Michelle gets us back on track with grace and ease every time. :D

MermaidMichelle
05-07-2015, 05:24 PM
Michelle gets us back on track with grace and ease every time. :D

Merci beaucoup, polyhymnia! :mermaid kiss: Seriously, they should make a "Pandora's Box" smiley for situations such as this....

Also Ariel, I quite like your sketches and Raven's sketches of your sketches!

Merman Arion
05-07-2015, 06:50 PM
Apart from the green belly and a bit less green on the fluke I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!

I think you should keep the green belly. It's a neat idea from Raven for doing something different and unique :)

AniaR
05-07-2015, 08:00 PM
I like the spots

Keiris
05-07-2015, 11:48 PM
I like the green belly too, nice point of contrast especially if she picks the color up in the fins.

Felicia
05-08-2015, 01:25 AM
I love the green/teal but I'm also a bit biased towards it lol

polyhymnia113
05-08-2015, 02:14 AM
I love how the green color only spots / speckles on your origjnal sketch on the fluke except on the very edges. I think it's a lovely way to keep the green more subtle if you want less than in the sketch she made for you, but I have to kind of echo everyone else that the added green really does look lovely.

Ariel-Starfish
05-08-2015, 02:34 AM
Thanks everyone! I Can't wait to see this design come to life! :swoon:

MermaidAmestris
05-08-2015, 10:36 PM
Neither can we, Ariel! I agree with everyone about the green, but of course it's your tail, not ours. Whether you keep it or not, I absolutely cannot WAIT to see it in real life! The creative shape of those stripes has been swimming around in my head since I first saw them <3

MermaidAmestris
05-08-2015, 10:38 PM
It's probably not healthy for me to get so excited over people's tails that aren't even mine, but until I can quit being poor and buy a monofin and some fabric, I'm living vicariously through all of you!

AniaR
05-10-2015, 10:09 PM
Aside from the colors nothing edited from this shot (because it was super cloudy) . As you see ... no wrinkles. You too can be wrinkle free by pointing your toes inside your tail and holding yourself just... so. LOL ;) it's a behind the scenes shot from a big group photo shoot we did recently. It was spontaneous. I actually didn't get my turn with the main photographer because I was just too cold and had to bail so Seanny got a few shots instead. (only 4 degrees c. it was so cold it HURT to touch the sand! lol)

https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/t31.0-8/11182722_1050926508275425_7486714746356522335_o.jp g

Also, here's an animated gif showing how lovely that fluke moves!

https://38.media.tumblr.com/0e862f6fd27699c7785f6c85251652fc/tumblr_no5uv2LzfO1r0wgkuo1_400.gif

Here's a gif from the shoot...

https://31.media.tumblr.com/52ad3d42898b0ec1da554ec38e6f35ad/tumblr_no5t3r6CHj1r0wgkuo1_400.gif

Usually if I get any wrinkles it's at the ankle area because as people mentioned here, I had it made bigger to accommodate getting in and out of the tail fast. I'm so glad I did.

https://scontent-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/v/t1.0-9/11150258_944255245605932_7283425518264648014_n.jpg ?oh=b2821917eda5825c13087d8d287688f8&oe=55DD9552

^ You can see the patch job I did on my waistline there.

Rocky Mountain Mermaids
05-10-2015, 11:46 PM
Holy crap Raina, your wasitline is impeccably blended! Is it photoshopped or just a really good color match?

Mer-Crazy
05-10-2015, 11:50 PM
Holy crap Raina, your wasitline is impeccably blended! Is it photoshopped or just a really good color match?
That's Raven's new blended waist upgrade :D

AniaR
05-11-2015, 12:24 AM
no photoshop. though I damaged my waist at a dry gig went I bent over and it hooked on something sharp that I didn't see and split it right open. So I've since fixed it and because there is a seam now from the patch it's a bit more obvious lol.

Vicky Mermaid
05-11-2015, 02:41 AM
Seam or no seam, wrinkle or no wrinkle, the tail is gorgeous. And like i said before. It doesn't matter wich tail you have. At some positions you will have wrinkles. I have seen them in every tail!
oh and by the way.... Since i didn't hear from Tyler if the payment went well, i emailed him to ask if they received the payment, he responded right back telling me that he forgot to get back to me that they got the payment right away and that the tail was send out the same day! So in a few days, i will be the proud owner of my Merbella Studio's tail!!!!

Mermaid Wesley
05-11-2015, 02:59 AM
Congrats!!!


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Mer-Crazy
05-11-2015, 03:26 AM
So excited for you Vicky! :D

Merman Arion
05-11-2015, 04:02 AM
I can't wait to see your tail, Vicky! :yay:

polyhymnia113
05-11-2015, 04:04 AM
Excellent News, Vicky! Congratulations! How exciting! Can't wait to see your unboxing video and photos. :)

Ariel-Starfish
05-12-2015, 02:40 PM
SO SUPER EXITED FOR YOU VICKY!!! :yay:

MermaidMichelle
05-12-2015, 05:23 PM
Congratulations to you, Vicky :mermaid kiss: and I appreciate how you suffer for your wrinkle-free work, Raina! :mermaid kiss:

Mer-Crazy
05-12-2015, 07:28 PM
Congratulations to you, Vicky :mermaid kiss: and I appreciate how you suffer for your wrinkle-free work, Raina! :mermaid kiss:
:lol: Michelle! You're so classic. :thumbs-up:

Mermaid Syaira
05-12-2015, 11:07 PM
Congratulations Vicky!!

AniaR
05-17-2015, 03:43 PM
got some of the photos back from the photoshoot thought I'd share a few

https://36.media.tumblr.com/696329c53f36c20ca6d4e39d0b137e28/tumblr_noibqd7QZt1r0wgkuo1_1280.jpg

https://41.media.tumblr.com/76ad258803d40c3ce57c459fc5210830/tumblr_noibqd7QZt1r0wgkuo3_1280.jpg

https://36.media.tumblr.com/1a45cf054ec17621f8526369f9ed0aaa/tumblr_noibqd7QZt1r0wgkuo2_1280.jpg

https://36.media.tumblr.com/bc884c28447dbd33c58529f99e0f201d/tumblr_noibqd7QZt1r0wgkuo5_1280.jpg

https://36.media.tumblr.com/83a16fd2ea02aba54ad9cf7c510b63f4/tumblr_noibqd7QZt1r0wgkuo4_1280.jpg

https://40.media.tumblr.com/3b727eac00f1a6318832acfa1ea903e7/tumblr_noibqd7QZt1r0wgkuo6_1280.jpg

polyhymnia113
05-17-2015, 03:47 PM
Lovely

Felicia
05-17-2015, 04:11 PM
You look incredible!

Vicky Mermaid
05-17-2015, 04:41 PM
Nice pictures!!!

AniaR
05-18-2015, 07:22 PM
had another shoot today

https://scontent-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xtp1/t31.0-8/11262504_10155611354035425_8090610977418700361_o.j pg

https://scontent-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xtf1/t31.0-8/11148835_10155611304105425_5413593097242536298_o.j pg

Ashe
05-18-2015, 07:24 PM
:swoon:

Fifi Tigg
05-18-2015, 07:33 PM
I like your style of photography Raina :D

AniaR
05-18-2015, 09:24 PM
Thanks. Sean took these- I am teaching him. I do the post work. We just switched from Canon to Nikon as our Canon gear died and we were gifted with Nikon. reallllly steep learning curb. Things that took 1 or 2 buttons on Cannon take 3 and a dial on Nikon lol. I also find the white balance controls drastically different so a lot of my skin tones are too pink or yellow and still trying to master that kind of correction in post lol. These were super harsh sun but because of the angles and rocks around us we still needed the flash otherwise I had stark shadows. So they all came out really bright and had to be lowered in post. But good poses and framing. We only JUST figured out how to manually move the focal point on the nikon after watching some online videos because it was like a rubix cube trying to hit all the right buttons and dials at once haha. I swear to God it's like I've never done photography before just from switching brands. I had NO IDEA they were so incredibly different.

AniaR
05-19-2015, 12:42 AM
whoops deleted my post. I made a video and just realized it rendered with 2 minutes of footage and 6 minutes of black... lol

Vrindavana Starfish
05-19-2015, 01:02 AM
Thanks. Sean took these- I am teaching him. I do the post work. We just switched from Canon to Nikon as our Canon gear died and we were gifted with Nikon. reallllly steep learning curb. Things that took 1 or 2 buttons on Cannon take 3 and a dial on Nikon lol. I also find the white balance controls drastically different so a lot of my skin tones are too pink or yellow and still trying to master that kind of correction in post lol. These were super harsh sun but because of the angles and rocks around us we still needed the flash otherwise I had stark shadows. So they all came out really bright and had to be lowered in post. But good poses and framing. We only JUST figured out how to manually move the focal point on the nikon after watching some online videos because it was like a rubix cube trying to hit all the right buttons and dials at once haha. I swear to God it's like I've never done photography before just from switching brands. I had NO IDEA they were so incredibly different.

Are the lenses compatible between Canon and Nikon? I haven't worked with Nikon much because it's more purist photography, and I do mainly video. But I've worked a lot with Canons, and I have a Lumix GH3 and GH1, soon to get a GH4. The controls between the Lumix and Canon are very similar, but the lens mounts are different.

Sorry, didn't meant to hijack the thread. Those photos are excellent, and I would have guessed you had a bounce board and not a flash. No creepy flash shadows. :)

AniaR
05-19-2015, 01:03 AM
Nope. And we have some dope Nikon lenses which is why we stuck with it

Maethor
05-19-2015, 11:10 AM
had another shoot today

https://scontent-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xtp1/t31.0-8/11262504_10155611354035425_8090610977418700361_o.j pg

https://scontent-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xtf1/t31.0-8/11148835_10155611304105425_5413593097242536298_o.j pg
I love how your eyeshadow matches your tail here! It looks so simple and beautiful!

MermaidMichelle
05-19-2015, 08:51 PM
Everything matches very well here, though what impresses me most is how you have mastered that gentle and feminine mermaid look which is most attractive! :mermaid kiss:

AniaR
05-20-2015, 10:37 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNxQSRi7yTE&feature=youtu.be

video works now. Had to put the tail on dry cuz the water stank and was too cold. dry rubber is a LOT of fun in the heat...

Ariel-Starfish
05-20-2015, 12:51 PM
Urgh so much prettyness :swoon: And with the foil your tail looks so realistic, like it's not a 'costume' but a real tail. URGH I want my tail so bad when seeing this :p Just 3 more months I hope!! (228 days now for anyone who wants to know - lol)

Ariel-Starfish
05-20-2015, 12:53 PM
Oh and before qi forgot to mention: the part where u where sitting on the rock reminded me of the original little mermaid! :D to cute!

http://www.videoreportages.be/files/gallery/94/94_28_large.jpg

Vicky Mermaid
05-20-2015, 02:46 PM
I agree with Ariel!

MermaidMichelle
05-20-2015, 04:14 PM
I suspect Raina was going for that very look...and she obtained it! :mermaid kiss:

MerEmma
05-20-2015, 04:52 PM
I love your hair so much in that video. You're such a beautiful mermaid, Raina. <3

AniaR
05-20-2015, 05:14 PM
Thanks! I curled my hair it was hard lol

AniaR
05-20-2015, 06:02 PM
29864298652986629867

Mermaid Kassandra
05-20-2015, 06:04 PM
Wow this is the tail Raven revamped this February?
I thought it was already sold!

Mer-Crazy
05-20-2015, 06:11 PM
Wow this is the tail Raven revamped this February?
I thought it was already sold!
Nah she was going to sell it but then they needed it for the Wikki Wachee (I so spelled that wrong sorry) calendar shoot, and was going to sell it once it was over. I believe it's already sold though lol. The things that happen when I'm sleeping haha.

MerEmma
05-20-2015, 06:27 PM
WOW. Beautiful EVERYTHING! Her hair looks blue in the first image and the top and everything. SO. GORGEOUS. <3

Ashe
05-20-2015, 06:39 PM
It looks amazing <3 I've always loved her rainbow tails!

Yulia
05-20-2015, 06:40 PM
OMG RAVEN IS A GODDESS

:fallover:

Mer-Crazy
05-20-2015, 06:42 PM
OMG RAVEN IS A GODESS

:fallover:
I so wish this forum had a like button haha. This will have to do :thumbs up:

Vrindavana Starfish
05-20-2015, 07:03 PM
:jawdrop: its so pretty!

MermaidMichelle
05-20-2015, 10:23 PM
WOW that tail is magnificently, breathtakingly gorgeous! The mermaid and the photography are epic too; each picture (especially the first and second ones) looks like a fantasy painting by Boris Vallejo or Julie Bell...yet with more clothing on!

Vicky Mermaid
05-21-2015, 02:09 AM
The girl is born to be a mermaid!!!!

Winged Mermaid
05-21-2015, 03:11 AM
Sooo amazing :swoon:
Katie Scott (Katie Scott Art) snagged this tail apparently!

Merman Arion
05-21-2015, 03:52 AM
Sooo amazing :swoon:
Katie Scott (Katie Scott Art) snagged this tail apparently!

That's right. She confirmed it on her Instagram.

Merley
05-21-2015, 04:26 AM
Raven's rainbow tail was the first tail of her's I ever saw. It made me fall in love with Merbella tails and I knew as soon as I saw it I needed my own. <3 Love this tail.

Ariel-Starfish
05-21-2015, 08:05 AM
These pictures are breath-taking! Wow! Now this is the reason
why I choose her as my tailmaker! Actually I'm very happy with this new content - new phone wallpaper and super for drawings. And drooling for another tree months (makes the tail waiting esier. Lol)

Little_Orca
05-22-2015, 04:08 AM
Just hit my 100 (+2) day mark. :)

Mer-Crazy
05-22-2015, 04:39 AM
Just hit my 100 (+2) day mark. :)
That's so exciting ^_^ I'm 281

Ariel-Starfish
05-22-2015, 07:50 AM
Just hit my 100 (+2) day mark. :)


Yay! I just hit 230 days today ^^

Ariel-Starfish
05-22-2015, 07:51 AM
Mer crazy: when did u just order? :)

Mer-Crazy
05-22-2015, 07:57 AM
Mer crazy: when did u just order? :)
I paid on the 14th of August last year (which is the date I count as my order starting) but I don't expect my tail to be finished until August or September, partially because Raven is working on a new-ish technique with mine that is being really difficult and also because I've been so indecisive about the design (it's still being worked on haha) and since it's getting colder here now I've told Raven that I don't mind waiting longer.

Merman Arion
05-22-2015, 08:26 AM
I paid on the 14th of August last year (which is the date I count as my order starting) but I don't expect my tail to be finished until August or September, partially because Raven is working on a new-ish technique with mine that is being really difficult and also because I've been so indecisive about the design (it's still being worked on haha) and since it's getting colder here now I've told Raven that I don't mind waiting longer.

I see. Are you still swimming with your first tail from her?

Mer-Crazy
05-22-2015, 08:31 AM
I see. Are you still swimming with your first tail from her?
I swim in it every now and then :) The tail doesn't fit me very well, I measured way too tightly so sometimes it's actually painful to swim in because its too tight and it's a little short so I sometimes flash mer-booty which is why there are no videos of me in it because I don't particularly like the idea of showing my butt off to the world. But I made a duck tape dummy for this one, so it'll hopefully fit better.

Ariel-Starfish
05-22-2015, 12:18 PM
Hmmm.... And I was HOPING to get my tail mid august. Guess not. :headdesk:

AniaR
05-22-2015, 01:49 PM
Maybe once you get your new one you can sell the tight one. My new tail is skin tight. It looks good but I prefer less tight. Hard on my hips to have so much compression. I'd rather wrinkles lol

polyhymnia113
05-22-2015, 02:28 PM
Day 407. I found it was most helpful to let go of any expectations of arrival times.

Ariel-Starfish
05-22-2015, 02:58 PM
About tight tails: I mesured the knee area WAY to tight on my basic tail and always had major bruises after every swim. I also mesured my ankle area (new tail) a bit wider now. :)

Aurellia Gyldenscale
05-22-2015, 04:56 PM
I'm at 150 days out of the quoted 200!

Felicia
05-22-2015, 09:16 PM
Day 258 for me

Mer-Crazy
05-22-2015, 09:23 PM
Maybe once you get your new one you can sell the tight one. My new tail is skin tight. It looks good but I prefer less tight. Hard on my hips to have so much compression. I'd rather wrinkles lol
I'm probably gonna sound super selfish or stupid when I say this but I don't think I can part with the Starry Night Tail. I would love to send her back to get upgraded over selling her, mostly because there aren't too many mermaids around where I live, so I'd love to have it as a loan tail or a spare one. Perhaps not the smartest decision for someone in my position, but I am too sentimental to sell something so personal that Raven put so much time and effort into for me.

AniaR
05-22-2015, 09:37 PM
I think upgrading is a great idea :)

https://scontent-lga1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xtf1/v/t1.0-9/11377133_954417917922998_6420998841588544207_n.jpg ?oh=5ade46b264f4270e13834b4814912bbb&oe=55CD3979

Oh no we didnt! yes we did ;) bought used raven's personal tails for our company woo woo I tried one on but these will replace for the other girls.

Mer-Crazy
05-22-2015, 09:40 PM
:O ^_^ You DID get the She Creature tail! I was wondering about that on your FB page! That's so exciting! Are you still going to add a tank to your company arsenal? (wow best sentence ever. Look at that double entendre haha)

Yulia
05-22-2015, 09:47 PM
So odd seeing you in a non-orange tail haha. All the tails are so pretty!
Do they fit well? Since not being made by measurements.

AniaR
05-22-2015, 10:20 PM
the fit varies they arent made to our personal measurements but I am confident we can manage it wearing tights underneath. I actually really love the fit of the she creature tail sooo comfy. yes still planning on tank it just has a 6 month construction time! we used part of our funds for two new tails, 3 tops, and raven sent my birthday tail too :) all used/recycled tails

Arella
05-22-2015, 10:26 PM
Those all look great!

Mer-Crazy
05-22-2015, 11:05 PM
Okay so I got super bored today and made a playlist of all the Merbella unboxing videos I know of. If there are any I've missed if people could tell me so I can add them that'd be great ^_^
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLy18RbPC-z-jzbKIF0fNRrXifI5KWhvt7

MerEmma
05-23-2015, 12:15 AM
SO AWESOME! OMG! Congrats, Raina! I'm SO happy for you! What a surprise to everyone too, I couldn't even recognize you in that photo for a short moment because I just expected it to be someone else. Those tails are SO beautiful! Please share your frankentail too, I wanna see it!

Merman Arion
05-23-2015, 12:33 AM
This is just amazing! Congrats! :clap: :clap:

Ashe
05-23-2015, 12:41 AM
That is amazing!!! Ah, and you bought one of my favorite Merbella tails <3

AniaR
05-23-2015, 01:21 AM
I will do better photos we having a photoshoot Sunday

Vicky Mermaid
05-23-2015, 02:33 AM
Ahhh so cool Raina congrats i am so happy for you!

Ariel-Starfish
05-23-2015, 04:29 AM
This is so amazing! Just watched all the pictures on IG so thought I might swim over here! :D And the Unboxing playlist looks awsome! <3

MermaidMichelle
05-24-2015, 08:27 PM
I look forward to the results of today's photosession, Raina! I think the purchase of the used Merbella tails was a wise move; it shall ensure a high-end (pun!) uniformity among your mermaids. I look forward to working with you when the time comes! :mermaid kiss:

AniaR
05-24-2015, 09:29 PM
https://scontent-lga1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xat1/t31.0-8/11146640_1621350401445759_7627222216615733865_o.jp g

my babies!!!

Victoria is wearing my birthday splash franken tail, Mutiny is wearing a blue tail that has been remade and used for product design testing multiple times. BUT THEY BOTH STILL LOOK AMAZING.

Also a few cute behind the scenes:

Victoria honestly looks so good in the Splash look. Can you believe this tail is recycled pieces?

https://scontent-lga1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xta1/v/t1.0-9/11350464_1607839122827798_503328817225541916_n.jpg ?oh=7443529600ae1abfacb0e41eff8958f9&oe=55C3C5DD

https://scontent-lga1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/1661914_1607839159494461_209455074900993190_n.jpg? oh=6a36c4f8d3209551846d5a4bad88463e&oe=55F8B1A8

AniaR
05-24-2015, 09:31 PM
A few more behind the scenes, these are just crappy cell phone pics can't wait to show the good ones!

https://scontent-lga1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xta1/v/t1.0-9/11209511_1496306367326310_836121174742470067_n.jpg ?oh=c47105050ad0bd464088f2530f2edb15&oe=560D3CAF

https://scontent-lga1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/v/t1.0-9/11295547_1496306453992968_5605341809761288058_n.jp g?oh=1eae7328934138e04bafbe23e7b42090&oe=55FCFA2A

https://scontent-lga1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/11058526_1496306497326297_508129254485565473_n.jpg ?oh=5583655c4b172b2e037aa1509c86c07e&oe=55C4E43C

https://scontent-lga1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xta1/v/t1.0-9/10690091_1496306293992984_1904687388792058192_n.jp g?oh=5e303f33cd17c8443952656dc484b4a3&oe=55FB80B1


there was a sandstorm and within minutes this happened...

https://scontent-lga1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xat1/v/t1.0-9/11329799_1496306683992945_8560358718049239514_n.jp g?oh=4100820676b2bf9990d31e789bd55720&oe=55C6514A

MerEmma
05-24-2015, 09:40 PM
OMG! The poor buried tails! :lol:

I can't wait to see the image results from the shoot, and Raina, you look so good in the whiteish gold tail. It's a beautiful look for you; it looks so nice with your hair.

MermaidMichelle
05-24-2015, 11:32 PM
That is the She-Creature, I presume, and it suits you very well! All of the tails look excellent and so do the mermaids in them! :mermaid kiss:

As someone who clocked in 30 years' worth of 'man hours' though, my sympathies go out to your long-suffering Mermaid Wrangler. He's handling three immobile ladies, each 30+ pounds heavier than normal due to their tails, and quite far from any body of water it seems!

Ashe
05-25-2015, 12:02 AM
So much envy :swoon::swoon: You all look amazing with them though :) Can't wait to see some more!

Little_Orca
05-25-2015, 12:03 AM
You all look so lovely.

It pains my heart with envy. :cry:;)

Varga
05-25-2015, 12:54 AM
So pretty, can't wait to see the finished pictures! :D

SeaMonkey
05-25-2015, 01:32 AM
i really want a Merbella tail, i just cant stand the wait time. im like a little kid. her flukes are amazing and the paint jobs, well, the tails speak for themselves. eish i had gotten more feedback on my new tail i posted just to see wut everyone thinks about it

Mermaid Neri Elvina
05-25-2015, 08:40 AM
That franken tail looks amazing! Raven is so talented

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Yulia
05-25-2015, 10:11 AM
Wow, all three of you fit so well in those tails! Perfect styling!

AniaR
05-25-2015, 10:23 AM
i really want a Merbella tail, i just cant stand the wait time. im like a little kid. her flukes are amazing and the paint jobs, well, the tails speak for themselves. eish i had gotten more feedback on my new tail i posted just to see wut everyone thinks about it

Keep an eye out for when she sells used ones! i try to post them here when she does!

Vicky Mermaid
05-25-2015, 05:30 PM
Gorgeous! The SheCreature tail looks realy good on you. The Frankentail is Amazing too! So is the other tail! My god, they all are!

lynsea
05-25-2015, 09:56 PM
Man you rock that she-creature tail! It really suits you. Those tails are spectacular by any accounts and given that they are recycled and test pieces, it's really astounding. It's amazing how much of an upgraded look the blended waist gives any of these tails.

MerEmma
05-25-2015, 10:34 PM
What monofins are in all the tails?

AniaR
05-26-2015, 12:46 AM
She creature is foil, blue is competitor, mini me is a wave

polyhymnia113
05-26-2015, 02:33 AM
All of you look stunning.

Mer-Crazy
05-26-2015, 02:38 AM
Anymore updates on your tail polyhymnia? The picture in your avatar looks awesome :D

polyhymnia113
05-26-2015, 03:33 AM
As far as I know she's still repainting. I'm losing my mind with anticipation. Thank you! It is a little snippet of a sketch she sent me for the fins that I added the blue bit on while we worked to revise the color issue. Raven really dug the idea and I'm pretty stoked about that. :) Believe me as soon as I have the watermarked photos of it I'll be sharing them with y'all. I know I've been pretty mysterious about my design so far since Raven did do something a little unexpected and out of the ordinary for me, but I will say / share that based on some recent posts in this thread it looks as if I'll have a fluke twin up in Halifax. ;)

Merenneito Nerissa
05-26-2015, 05:12 AM
Omgosh AniaR when I saw that blue one I almost fainted, it's damn beautiful <3 And oooohhh this envy... XD Congrats to you guys!

AniaR
05-26-2015, 11:21 AM
I know she's just finished up a huge project with weeki. One of the reasons we got our tails is because someone flew down and got em for us lol

Vicky Mermaid
05-26-2015, 11:39 AM
Oh that is nice Raina. At least you didn't have to let them go trough customs... Where mine still is....

AniaR
05-26-2015, 01:57 PM
We still go through customs. Just at the airport. It is usually quite an ordeal. But we did a party for the officers daughter lol!! So he rushed it through

Ariel-Starfish
05-26-2015, 04:32 PM
I know she's just finished up a huge project with weeki.
I hope it's for a new calendar or something? :D anyway- I'm going nuts again! I dreamt of visiting Raven asking her (very shy and ultra polite) where my tail was
. Lol I have no life:cry::lol:

Mer-Crazy
05-27-2015, 12:26 AM
I hope it's for a new calendar or something? :D anyway- I'm going nuts again! I dreamt of visiting Raven asking her (very shy and ultra polite) where my tail was
. Lol I have no life:cry::lol:
Oh my gosh Ariel I had a dream about meeting Raven the other week! Haha.

teeth4u
05-27-2015, 09:43 AM
Raina, the tails look great on your girls! I think the gold one is especially stunning on you. May I ask how much you paid for the collection?

Sherielle
05-27-2015, 10:49 AM
Raina, the tails look great on your girls! I think the gold one is especially stunning on you. May I ask how much you paid for the collection?Seriously?

AniaR
05-27-2015, 11:21 AM
Nope! Lol ;)

teeth4u
05-27-2015, 01:27 PM
Nope! Lol ;)

No worries! Just curious. I think Raven did a fantastic job.

Aurellia Gyldenscale
05-27-2015, 02:22 PM
What color is your new tail...is it gold? Only asking because mine is supposed to be gold too. Just wondering if that's what it looks like...so pretty! In my sketch drawings she substituted yellow for the gold since its hard to find a good gold in her design program. She assured me though that the gold was awesome and would look great though. :)


I think upgrading is a great idea :)

https://scontent-lga1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xtf1/v/t1.0-9/11377133_954417917922998_6420998841588544207_n.jpg ?oh=5ade46b264f4270e13834b4814912bbb&oe=55CD3979

Oh no we didnt! yes we did ;) bought used raven's personal tails for our company woo woo I tried one on but these will replace for the other girls.

Mer-Crazy
05-27-2015, 03:58 PM
Raven has made a 'gold' tail before, we discussed it in the thread a while back but I can't remeber who owns it. You can maybe check merbellas Facebook and see if there is a picture there, or go searching through the thread though I'm sure someone lovely will come along and tell us who bought it and provide pictures ^_^ it's 5am for me and I'm on my phone so I'm not really in a place to do it myself right now haha.

Yulia
05-27-2015, 05:43 PM
Do you mean this tail?
http://www.sheroesentertainment.com/catalina-mermaid

polyhymnia113
05-27-2015, 06:09 PM
There's another one that's more of a pale gold...she is in Germany I think?

AniaR
05-27-2015, 07:39 PM
yes this matches the germany colors a lot more. its almost yellow. not bright like Catalina's. We dont have many photos of this one yet and I dont feel the pics capture it at all. Always washed out.

Vicky Mermaid
05-29-2015, 05:11 AM
Please feel free to take more pictures LOL

AnnaAbyss
05-29-2015, 05:20 AM
You mean Daniela from Munich?

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polyhymnia113
05-29-2015, 05:21 AM
Yep, that's the one.

Ariel-Starfish
05-29-2015, 03:15 PM
Haven't seen this picture before! :p Daniela Is so awsome! I love her so much!

MermaidMichelle
05-29-2015, 03:22 PM
I thank you for delving into the various golds as you have; for my tail is to heavily involve a combination of fiery reds and shining gold, for I am...well, look at my sig.... \/

(And like The Hunger Games'​ Cinna, Raven is also working a surprise into my tail.... :pearl: )

Ariel-Starfish
05-29-2015, 03:35 PM
Michelle, any new 'secrets' u can show US from your tail? I can't remember when u ordered anymore - it's been so long! :D

MermaidMichelle
05-30-2015, 02:04 AM
As of today (May 30th; happy Feast Day of Joan of Arc everyone!) I am on Day 477; but I have unlocked an achievement of sorts...lol. That is to say, Raven has called me her "peach" and is giving me a free blended/transparent waist upgrade! She tells me it will go well with my "halo".... Oh dear, I do believe I gave away a bit of the secret.... ;) :saynothing:

I haven't heard from Raven since late 2014, however, so all I have to show en ce moment is the conceptual sketch which she sent me in the middle of last summer:

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Maethor
05-30-2015, 02:08 AM
As of today (May 30th; happy Feast Day of Joan of Arc everyone!) I am on Day 477; but I have unlocked an achievement of sorts...lol. That is to say, Raven has called me her "peach" and is giving me a free blended/transparent waist upgrade! She tells me it will go well with my "halo".... Oh dear, I do believe I gave away a bit of the secret.... ;) :saynothing:

I haven't heard from Raven since late 2014, however, so all I have to show en ce moment is the conceptual sketch which she sent me in the middle of last summer:

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Today is my birthday and I've always loved that it falls on St. Joan of Arc's feast day!! YOUR TAIL LOOKS INCREDIBLE
Will you tell us a bit of the color scheme? [emoji7]

polyhymnia113
05-30-2015, 02:18 AM
Oh Michelle...it's magnificent!

MermaidMichelle
05-30-2015, 03:12 AM
That is so wonderful; happy birthday Maethor! :mermaid kiss: My birthday is March 15th of 1979, but my Birth Certificate was registered on May 8th (the Joan of Arc celebration in Orleans, also Katniss Everdeen's birthday amusingly enough) and my Birth Certificate number adds up to May 27th of 1979: the day a Church of St. Joan of Arc was finally dedicated on the site of her martyrdom!

Thank you and thank you polyhymnia113! :mermaid kiss: The colour scheme involves lots of red and shining gold in a flame pattern, and sections of pearlescent white which create the shape of...something else...something rather appropriate to today's Feast Day....

AniaR
05-30-2015, 11:16 AM
I was going to have similar scales on my tail but Raven decided she needed to refine them to be stronger and better. So I opted out. I know michelle is waiting and I just know it'll pay off in the end. I think it'll be one of the best tails ever produced.

MermaidMichelle
05-30-2015, 04:27 PM
:mermaid kiss::dance::mermaid kiss::highfive::mermaid kiss::hug::mermaid kiss: Merci beaucoup you beautiful Arch-Mermaid! I should say it shall pay if, whilst I am waiting for the dragon scales, you are waiting for your traveling tank! I am extremely impressed by how well you lead the mermaids of Canada and am ultra-glad that I voted for you each day on the contest's web site! I thank you also for your assessment; it is an honour I could not have imagined when I first ordered your book and came to Mernetwork! True, it is Raven who is doing all the actual work, but it shall be my honour to display her masterwork upon my body! Enjoy more mermaid kisses than I have every posted before!! :mermaid kiss::cheerleader::mermaid kiss::rainbow::mermaid kiss::pearl::mermaid kiss::fallover:

Ariel-Starfish
05-30-2015, 04:40 PM
Thanks for all the updates Michelle! :mermaid kiss:

Ariel-Starfish
05-30-2015, 04:46 PM
Question for Raina: is it true the newer 'classic' scales are thinner than before? If u see the used blue tail and your Rapidash, i see difference in the tickness of the scales. Personally I like them more thicker- so they pop out more. Do you know I can ask Raven is she uses this exact mold?

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AniaR
05-30-2015, 05:55 PM
Yeah older tails had smaller scales. I dont think too many were made like that though. The blue tail was made shortly after my original Rapidash.

Mizuko
05-31-2015, 12:11 AM
Ive been offline for too long! So many beautiful tails to catch up on! Haha!

AniaR
05-31-2015, 10:30 PM
Couple more pics:

https://scontent-lga1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xta1/v/t1.0-9/p320x320/11109279_10155684075435425_2264340370957397800_n.j pg?oh=07326072deb7d1a0f7cb8e6b798c4619&oe=55FE8337

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MermaidMichelle
06-01-2015, 12:53 AM
Oh, they all look beautiful! :mermaid kiss: That Splash! tail looks very authentic...yet brighter than the film tail! The darker one has a cool deep-sea look and the third pic is just so romantic!

Merman Arion
06-01-2015, 05:11 AM
I'm confused.
Wasn't the Franken tail meant to be a tail for dry shoots only? Is it okay for Mermaid Victoria to wear it in the water?

Mer-Crazy
06-01-2015, 05:17 AM
I'm confused.
Wasn't the Franken tail meant to be a tail for dry shoots only? Is it okay for Mermaid Victoria to wear it in the water?
Well it's made out of silicone and has monofin, so I don't see why it can't be used in the water :) I think Raina said it's primarily for dry shoots because it's lighter because the fluke is smaller but it can also be used in water.

Ariel-Starfish
06-01-2015, 07:51 AM
So in love with that blue tail! ❤️ great pictures Raina!

And : THEY GOT STARTED ON MY TAIL!!!! *does funny dance* :yay: :yay:

http://a.fod4.com/images/GifGuide/dancing/1tumblr_lgp6q5NhE21qcjtu8o1_500.gif

Tomorrow i'll hit the 8 months mark. ;)