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AniaR
06-07-2017, 08:11 PM
super cute!!!!

I still dont have proper tracking for mine. Hope it gets here soon!

AniaR
06-08-2017, 09:41 PM
oooh whose is this??

https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/q82/s720x720/18921692_1436461706409905_1435973926738102913_n.jp g?oh=16135ac4a5fa74b4146df2cb5f9c3f10&oe=59E246B2

Little_Orca
06-09-2017, 04:32 PM
Beautiful tail, sadly not me. Maybe if I hit 1000 days, I'll ask Raven if I can post the sketch she gave me. :)

(I'm at 852 days, or 2 yrs 4 months for those curious.)

Little_Orca
06-10-2017, 09:38 PM
And as if on cue, I got an email today stating that my tail and top were being painted. <3

Mermaid Syaira
06-11-2017, 02:20 AM
I just got my sketch!!! So happy =D =D =D

frozenbutterflywings
06-11-2017, 11:57 AM
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170611/23a482295f6a563d3a5b08b7ccaa2cb1.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170611/fcd4b9b4d5e3523c52ca978bc7eafd0c.jpg
Guys!! I just bought this gorgeous GalaxSea scale cuff. It's so cute ❤️
Hopefully this will keep my patience down more lol


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frozenbutterflywings
06-11-2017, 07:32 PM
On a side note I was looking up un boxing videos of mermaid tails and there are several stolen videos like Iona and Lorelei


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Mer-Crazy
06-11-2017, 07:41 PM
On a side note I was looking up un boxing videos of mermaid tails and there are several stolen videos like Iona and Lorelei


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As in someone reloaded them on their own chanel?

frozenbutterflywings
06-11-2017, 07:43 PM
As in someone reloaded them on their own chanel?

Yes I saw like 4 videos of Iona and like 3 of Lorelei


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Hydra1337
06-11-2017, 07:55 PM
I've tried reporting them but YouTube won't take them down.

Mer-Crazy
06-11-2017, 07:59 PM
I'm pretty sure Iona and Lorelei can make a copyright claim on them if they wanted to

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AniaR
06-11-2017, 09:39 PM
I know Iona tried to go up against one woman, and the woman retaliated by reporting all of Iona's videos even though Iona's are legit and there was some big issue. But for sure send Iona a message and let her know.

frozenbutterflywings
06-11-2017, 10:18 PM
I know Iona tried to go up against one woman, and the woman retaliated by reporting all of Iona's videos even though Iona's are legit and there was some big issue. But for sure send Iona a message and let her know.

Wrote to her on Facebook. Got in touch and sent her the links to all the videos of her and Lorelei. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170612/133e51ddc2db05d1d45a74a7c4dfc7df.png


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AniaR
06-11-2017, 10:26 PM
wow that's so nuts!

AniaR
06-15-2017, 12:11 PM
So I got my Merbella's clothing! Took about two weeks for international shipping.

The tops in my opinion run a little larger. I normally ALWAYS need a M to make sure the top doesnt shrink too much when washing, and become a belly top haha. But both tops I got were too big and I could have certainly gotten away with a small I think!

The tank tops are a different material than the other tops and it's a LOT thinner and more fragile compared to the Tshirts etc. The tank top was really loose for me too (should of gotten a small) so I tied it in the back.

The tights are awesome. The colors are vibrant, the stretch is great, the fit is nice and the material comfy.

I've only got some pics of the tank top and the tights so far

https://scontent-ort2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/19145707_1935209110090796_5712447737218795042_n.jp g?oh=1c74f44b2203988642da863f4038c2db&oe=59CEF165

https://scontent-ort2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/19105874_1935563410055366_3564727832148360998_n.jp g?oh=474976635a816c5cdead6d5bae8345d6&oe=59A1E6D8

https://scontent-ort2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/19105941_10158808952515425_3021438296498752007_n.j pg?oh=425dde15e1114324a5a4498853e728b3&oe=59CEAEBD

Mer-Crazy
06-15-2017, 06:57 PM
I'm still waiting for my stuff. It'll get here soon though I'm sure :)

Mer Coralia
06-16-2017, 02:36 AM
Your fifth position arms and front tendu are so cute Raina! <3

Though your arms are a little low for ballet, minor correction though. Like you just needed to straighten your elbows a tad.

Also your arms are looking so good!

AniaR
06-16-2017, 10:51 AM
Actually, I was highland dancing :D it's a thing here. But I was just jumping a whole bunch and sean was taking photos mid movement haha. I actually had one that came out a little praise Jesus-y

https://www.cowalgathering.com/images/upload/images/event-timetable_minipic_2.jpg

frozenbutterflywings
06-17-2017, 11:05 AM
How true to size are the leggings and tank top? Do the leggings stretch a lot?


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AniaR
06-17-2017, 11:31 AM
Like I said the tank top for me runs large. I got a M and I'm swimming in it. Had to tie it behind me I could of easily done a small. The tights are pretty perfect per size

Little_Orca
06-17-2017, 06:29 PM
Omg, on Merbella's instagram her video story is my tail being painted. I'm like crying... it's finally happening.

frozenbutterflywings
06-17-2017, 06:37 PM
I can't see it :( her account is private lol I wanna see it so bad lol
How long have you been waiting?

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Little_Orca
06-17-2017, 06:59 PM
This is day 860.

frozenbutterflywings
06-17-2017, 07:10 PM
Wow hopefully mine will be after. I'm on day 803 :)


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MermaidNerenia
06-18-2017, 01:25 PM
Omg it looks beautiful LittleOrca!!! Im sure you will be right after FrozenButterfly! I just hit day 376.

AniaR
06-18-2017, 08:00 PM
yeah Mimi's tail was a year in January I believe, so like a year 5 months. But hers is really simple, we sent my old rapidash fluke (threw out the body) to be recycled. Just a regular tail no fins etc.

Mizuko
06-18-2017, 08:42 PM
I'm on day 858, so getting close! :D

Merfin_Aurora_Oceania
06-21-2017, 05:08 PM
Congrats Orca :)

Has anyone been onto Merbella's facebook page recently? Her website shop is amazing, just pre-ordered a cuff. Makes me one step closer to my dreams for ordering a tail and top from Raven. Thank you :D

Do you guys pay for your tails as soon as a slot opens or do you pay before the sketches start happening?

frozenbutterflywings
06-21-2017, 05:10 PM
Congrats Orca :)

Has anyone been onto Merbella's facebook page recently? Her website shop is amazing, just pre-ordered a cuff. Makes me one step closer to my dreams. Thank you :D

I pre ordered the last batch of cuffs I got 1 galaxsea one I'm so excited to get it! Wish I could afford 2 but I'm so happy I could get one. She posted a demo of the galaxsea one in instagram and it looks stunning.


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MermaidNerenia
06-21-2017, 05:50 PM
You pay as soon as a slot opens and you are accepted. Once a slot opens up, you have to send a request email with the tagline funds available for them to consider you. It is to my understanding that they're quite specific about the commission's they take. The last two spots that opened up had to give Raven complete creative freedom with the tails.

Mermaid Alea
06-21-2017, 08:08 PM
Today was a cruddy work day and a tropical storm is slamming us, but my day got brighter when I saw that Merbellas still has silicone scale cuffs for sale!!! I was trying to decide between the GalaxSea and Fiji wave. It was a hard decision because I wasn't sure what would match my current tail best as well as my future tail(s), but it came down to me really loving that light blue/silver tail Raven made that was in the Weeki Wachee Calendar:
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So Fiji Wave it was haha. Getting something made of silicone from Raven is such a dream! Ughhh I am so happy now! Thanks Raven!!!!!! ;)

AniaR
06-22-2017, 12:00 AM
man I wanted that tail!! lol

Mer-Crazy
06-26-2017, 09:01 AM
So I know I've been super quiet recently, that's because I've been waiting to reveal my tail to all you lovely people! I wanted it to be a surprise and I wanted the first time you all got to see it to be the same time I got to see it so... tada! I'd like to introduce you all to my beautiful tail Whimsy <3


https://youtu.be/oljRH1rsTAw

frozenbutterflywings
06-26-2017, 09:02 AM
So I know I've been super quiet recently, that's because I've been waiting to reveal my tail to all you lovely people! I wanted it to be a surprise and I wanted the first time you all got to see it to be the same time I got to see it so... tada! I'd like to introduce you all to my beautiful tail Whimsy <3


https://youtu.be/oljRH1rsTAw

It's broken. I can't see it :(


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Mer-Crazy
06-26-2017, 09:07 AM
It's broken. I can't see it :(


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Haha try now (it was in the final stages of processing and I hadn't hit publish yet because I didn't expect anyone to see it so soon) haha <3

frozenbutterflywings
06-26-2017, 09:17 AM
Lol I saw it! Omg so gorgeous!! I'm so happy for you. All this goodies are gonna look amazing!
Congrats again!


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Theta
06-26-2017, 03:09 PM
Dude that is amaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

polyhymnia113
06-26-2017, 03:14 PM
That is so beautiful. Your excitement is adorable too!

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AniaR
06-26-2017, 10:00 PM
congrats I am so glad for you

Mer-Crazy
06-26-2017, 11:35 PM
Thanks everyone <3
Here's a quick little video of my first swim. My friend came along and tried out my old Starry Night tail, she was adorable <3


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwTL01vltUQ

Mermaid Syaira
06-26-2017, 11:50 PM
Whaaa looks awesome😊😊😊😊 what monofin did you get?

Mer-Crazy
06-26-2017, 11:59 PM
Competitor :) I live right near the ocean so when it warms up I plan on swimming there quite a bit so I wanted something strong.

Mermaid Alea
06-27-2017, 10:41 PM
Very beautiful tail Mer-Crazy! It is like you unboxed an instant mermaid kit with all of those accessories you got haha.

Mer-Crazy
06-27-2017, 10:44 PM
Yas! I hadn't realised how much stuff I'd actually bought haha. My friend was calling me the mermaid pimp with all my bling XD

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MermaidNerenia
06-28-2017, 08:21 AM
Mercrazy you got it!!! That tail is beautiful, I saw she named it Whimsy, that's a fitting name I think. I ADORE the markings on it, and you look wonderful swimming in it. All the accessories are amazing, I love the abalone top, I almost picked one of those up myself.

frozenbutterflywings
06-28-2017, 11:48 AM
My galaxsea scale cuff just shipped out yesterday and it should be here tomorrow!!! I'm so excited to wear it


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AniaR
06-28-2017, 09:49 PM
I just got the head dress I bought too!!!

frozenbutterflywings
06-30-2017, 03:34 PM
I saw both the tops! They look stunning. Too bad they are too small for me

Mermaid Vee
06-30-2017, 03:38 PM
can we talk about how beautiful this top looks!! i want to see it on a person so bad <3

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Mer-Crazy
06-30-2017, 05:13 PM
Broken links :(

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TheMermaidQuintessence
06-30-2017, 09:32 PM
How does the process for the premade stuff on facebook work?

I sent in a email, and I want to go to the store, but do I need to be here to respond immediately to the email in order to get the tops? Like how will I know whether I'm able to purchase them? If they email me back does that mean I can purchase them, and respond any time in the next 3/4 hours, or do I have to be the first one to respond? XD I'm afraid to leave the house I want one so bad!! I've been obsessed with merbella and would love to own something from her!

TheMermaidQuintessence
06-30-2017, 09:33 PM
They really are just gorgeous!!

TheMermaidQuintessence
06-30-2017, 10:29 PM
I GOT THE TENTACLE TOP!!! omg omg OH MY GOD!!!!! I.....I can't even!!!! I knew I really wanted a Merbella tail, but was nowhere close to being able to afford it, or have the patience for the process, or get a slot, and I've ADORED her work from a far especially her tops, but again I didn't think I'd ever be able to get a slot and then the premades came out and I didn't see them until later in the game and I was shaking because I was so scared I was way too late and now I can die happy!!! I just want to cry oh my god.... what a day.... I just can't believe my luck. the top was even made in my exact size, and my favorite colors, and should be a nice contrasting accent colored match to my tail!! T.T I need to go catch my breath XD

Mer-Crazy
06-30-2017, 10:33 PM
From personal experience if you message them saying 'I would like to buy item x & y if they're still avalible' they'll hold them for you (assuming you have finds avalible of course)

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frozenbutterflywings
07-05-2017, 03:06 PM
Anyone have any updates lately?


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AniaR
07-05-2017, 05:59 PM
Ive seen tags on instagram a few people have gotten their tails

MermaidNerenia
07-06-2017, 08:11 AM
That sounds exciting! Sounds like she's really getting through the orders :) hopefully when she wittles them even further down everything starts going fast and furiously for her. I know that she has a couple more legging patterns coming out as well I'm excited for that I love mine so much I can't wait to get another set.

Dustweb
07-10-2017, 02:32 PM
Did anyone else order a bracer during the second pre-sale for 7/7? Did you get a shipping notification yet?

My order is still in-process, so I assumed that Raven needed a little more time to finish them up since she's adding so many new product lines. But I saw her post on the 5th saying they were ready to go so I'm just curious if any shipped out yet. I figured I'd ask you guys!

Does anyone have theirs from the first batch? I'd love to see photos!

frozenbutterflywings
07-10-2017, 02:34 PM
Did anyone else order a bracer during the second pre-sale for 7/7? Did you get a shipping notification yet?

My order is still in-process, so I assumed that Raven needed a little more time to finish them up since she's adding so many new product lines. But I saw her post on the 5th saying they were ready to go so I'm just curious if any shipped out yet. I figured I'd ask you guys!

Does anyone have theirs from the first batch? I'd love to see photos!

I posted mine up on instagram
It's the same name as here

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Dustweb
07-10-2017, 02:44 PM
Oh wow, it's so pretty!!! That color change is just unreal.

Update: just got the shipping notification! Figures, I'm the queen of uncanny timing. I was probably posting while they were making the label. ������

AniaR
07-10-2017, 03:43 PM
I think she confirmed they were all shipped out, but I know shopify was a bit weird with my clothing order and I didnt get tracking info.

Dustweb
07-10-2017, 04:00 PM
Oh, strange! I got Shopify's "your order shipped" notification basically as I was posting here, so maybe your tracking info will come soon too!

Shopify once sent me a shipping notification a month after my order was delivered to my house, haha. Automated systems do such weird things sometimes.

Mermaid Alea
07-10-2017, 06:28 PM
Yep I got an email that my cuff shipped out! I am super excited! :dance:

AniaR
07-10-2017, 06:32 PM
oh I eventually got mine just never got the tracking info haha. I know shopify handles that end of it.

AniaR
07-12-2017, 02:10 PM
Raven made an adorably done video on how to fix fin rips on merbella tails. You cna only see it by clicking the youtube link, doesn't embed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfdrYcAeUoU&feature=player_embedded

Jadestone
07-16-2017, 03:37 PM
Hope people got a chance to grab those tops/headdresses/bracers if they wanted--only 3 of each, I bet they'll sell out fast.

In other news, I got my initial tail sketch!!! I gave almost all design power to Raven (only requested a range of colors for the main part of the body), and I really love what she came up with :) I need to go craft a new top or something though to get out my excitement lol... I try not to think too much about getting the the tail since it's gonna be such a long wait but this has me bouncing around again!

frozenbutterflywings
07-16-2017, 03:40 PM
Hope people got a chance to grab those tops/headdresses/bracers if they wanted--only 3 of each, I bet they'll sell out fast.

In other news, I got my initial tail sketch!!! I gave almost all design power to Raven (only requested a range of colors for the main part of the body), and I really love what she came up with :) I need to go craft a new top or something though to get out my excitement lol... I try not to think too much about getting the the tail since it's gonna be such a long wait but this has me bouncing around again!

That's so exciting! I got an update that mine is set to be completed in the fall.
I know it's just an estimate and things could happen but I'm so excited!
They said it was built and waiting to be in the next batch.



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Cincy_mermaid
07-19-2017, 08:01 PM
I'd love to buy a used merbella tail. Their absolutely gorgeous!

Jadestone
08-04-2017, 02:01 PM
Does this belong to someone on here??? It says its an evolution, but not sure if it's customer or one of her personals...

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I really love it!! I'm really into the way she's been mixing different scale types. Does anyone here have the tarpon scales? I don't remember who got the Lunar Koi set but that had them too i believe...

frozenbutterflywings
08-04-2017, 02:53 PM
Does this belong to someone on here??? It says its an evolution, but not sure if it's customer or one of her personals...

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I really love it!! I'm really into the way she's been mixing different scale types. Does anyone here have the tarpon scales? I don't remember who got the Lunar Koi set but that had them too i believe...

I'm getting the tarpon scales I can't wait! They look so amazing!


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AniaR
08-04-2017, 04:57 PM
I think she remade it saying the client sold the original tail back to her and she remade it resell?

MermaidNerenia
08-11-2017, 09:43 AM
She got me with this one. I am not usually a fan of dorsal fins but this one is perfection. I love the copper colorings in there as well. They blend so well with the gold and turquoise, it's a combo I never would have thought of. Her creative mind is incredible.

I'm on day 430, this is the first time I'm starting to feel the impatient struggle. Just keep swimming, just keep swimming.

Great part is though, since I ordered my tail, I am down over 30 lbs now. I have been out of the gym for a month though trying to get my body confused and re-used to not going. We start back in the gym again after Dragoncon so I can hopefully knock another chunk of weight off, the muscle I have put on is insane though.

Mermaid Alea
08-12-2017, 07:37 PM
Another exquisite work of art! :swoon:

Just when I see one Merbella's tail and think it couldn't get prettier than that, she makes another that is even prettier.

AniaR
08-12-2017, 07:39 PM
way to go nerina! Mimi (from my team) is still waiting too. it's been about 1 year 7 months. I know she posted about all the rain in her area messing things up and making her frustrated.

MermaidNerenia
08-16-2017, 04:01 PM
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Ahhhhh who's is this beauty!!! This almost looks like the scales might shift colors. I love the pastel colors.

AniaR
08-16-2017, 06:44 PM
it's so beautiful! the buyer identified herself on FB!

I am actually planning on sending me she creature tail to be evolved.

Mermaid Vee
08-19-2017, 02:33 PM
I don't know if you saw her recent instagram post with the fluke sculpt but that was my fluke commission. I can't wait to get my tail! DAY 892....

frozenbutterflywings
09-01-2017, 09:14 PM
Any updates lately?


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saborigakusei
09-01-2017, 10:01 PM
A few weeks ago Raven sent me pigment pictures to confirm that the colors were right, but that's it. *sigh* the anticipation is killing me....

She said mine will be finished with the next batch, so I imagine we'll get ours around the same time, frozenbutterflywings!

Also, props to you Mermaid Vee, for being so incredibly patient!

frozenbutterflywings
09-02-2017, 06:21 AM
A few weeks ago Raven sent me pigment pictures to confirm that the colors were right, but that's it. *sigh* the anticipation is killing me....

She said mine will be finished with the next batch, so I imagine we'll get ours around the same time, frozenbutterflywings!

Also, props to you Mermaid Vee, for being so incredibly patient!

Anticipation is always the worst. I'm on day 880 and it's starting to get to me lol


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Mermaid Vee
09-02-2017, 11:13 AM
Hahaha Thanks! I definitely have been itching for a update. On the instagram she said the tail was ready so I wondering if she made another tail with that fluke...

But also it helps that i have two mythic from finfolk now but i cat wait for my merbellas !

AniaR
09-03-2017, 10:57 PM
she posted a sculpt for one of the orders on her personal FB and just apologized to friends and family for being a hermit because she's done nothing but work on tails. LOL

I think there will be a wave of everyone getting them soon

Yeka
09-05-2017, 08:32 PM
So, I'm a bit confused, sorry! Is Merbella still accepting limited commissions? Or is she done for the foreseeable future? I'm kind of developing an obsession with her tails.... Lol.

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AniaR
09-05-2017, 09:12 PM
she's not taking any right now.


Also, people who are waiting please remember Raven is directly in the path of Irma :( I am watching anxiously for the safety of all my floridian merfolk friends

Mermaid Kane
09-05-2017, 10:18 PM
she's not taking any right now.


Also, people who are waiting please remember Raven is directly in the path of Irma :( I am watching anxiously for the safety of all my floridian merfolk friends

My grandma is going to get hit too... :(

Satine
09-05-2017, 10:23 PM
My grandma is going to get hit too... :(

Ive had enough of hurricanes now just starting to get back to normal after Harvey. Houston is still bad in many places. Hope Irma doesn't come this way to.

Hopeing raven is safe and all the lovely mermaids at mernation are as well as everyone else in Florida. Hurricanes suck big time !!!!!

polyhymnia113
09-05-2017, 10:43 PM
I agree, we're barely recovering from Harvey down here in Texas; I really hope Irma loses momentum and fades out.

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Satine
09-05-2017, 10:58 PM
I agree, we're barely recovering from Harvey down here in Texas; I really hope Irma loses momentum and fades out.

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what area are you from? I am Tomball just outside of Houston

polyhymnia113
09-05-2017, 11:08 PM
I'm in San Marcos. :)

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frozenbutterflywings
09-05-2017, 11:24 PM
I'm in the middle of Florida and I'm hoping all my Florida mers are safe this storm is no joke right now.


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Jadestone
09-10-2017, 01:49 PM
stay safe frozenbutterflywings!! these storms are no joke :( Hope you texas mers are recovering all right.

AniaR
09-10-2017, 02:01 PM
Raven was evacuated but couldn't get out of the state, she's in an area that is higher ground. But at this point they're expecting their home/studio to be directly hit and flooded based on it's location. :(

frozenbutterflywings
09-12-2017, 11:09 AM
Anyone talked to Raven? How is she and Tyler doing? I'm out of power till idk when which sucks.


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Satine
09-12-2017, 02:34 PM
Praying all is well with her home and studio !!! Xfinity is doing free wifi all over Florida right now no password

frozenbutterflywings
09-14-2017, 11:49 AM
I apologize this isn't mermaid related. But how do you report someone on here? Someone posted this. I just wanna report the spam but don't know how to https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170914/30c43430cdebe7107cc9424179fc9d14.png


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Mermaid Kane
09-14-2017, 12:47 PM
I apologize this isn't mermaid related. But how do you report someone on here? Someone posted this. I just wanna report the spam but don't know how to

1) I'm sorry, but I don't know how myself.
2) This isn't the place to post this.

frozenbutterflywings
09-14-2017, 01:00 PM
I know and I do apologize but I literally searched and couldn't find anything on it. I don't even know who the moderators are. I think aniar is one of them


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Yeka
09-14-2017, 02:03 PM
So Merbella's Facebook page confirmed that they're safe and the studio is okay! She posted a beautiful hurricane-inspired tail drawing.

AniaR
09-14-2017, 03:41 PM
to report a spam post you click the little ! on the bottom left hand corner under the person's username where they've posted. I am not a mod, I have just been here forever so I know things.

I heard from raven yesterday that thankfully everything is Ok :)

Slim
09-14-2017, 03:55 PM
In the bottom left corner is a triangle with a ! Clicking on that will give you the option to report that post.


I know and I do apologize but I literally searched and couldn't find anything on it. I don't even know who the moderators are. I think aniar is one of them


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frozenbutterflywings
09-14-2017, 04:43 PM
Thank you guys! I appreciate the info and I'm so happy to hear that Raven and everything is ok.


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Mermaid Kane
09-19-2017, 02:42 PM
I ADORE her round flukes. They are amazing!

MermaidNerenia
09-22-2017, 02:42 PM
That was one of the biggest reasons I went with Merbellas, her fluke sculpts are pristine but my #1 reason was her painting. Somehow she makes you look SUPER REAL, she's so talented.

I'm on day 472.

A group of Ohio mermaids are planning a meetup at Ginnie Springs during the first weekend of August 2018. I would love to have my tail in time for that but I don't know. That seems like a tight timeline when I think of how many tails I think she has out there, plus recovery from the hurricane season.

Ginnie is the spring I have most wanted to swim in.

frozenbutterflywings
09-22-2017, 02:45 PM
Day 900!!! I hope everything is well with Raven that she is recovering from the storm


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AniaR
09-23-2017, 12:31 AM
I caught up with raven and she only got back to work yesterday after returning to the studio and cleaning up from irma! shes working non stop!!

Little_Orca
09-23-2017, 01:12 AM
I just got photos of my top, tail, necklace, and veil from Raven. I am so happy. I am still in a bit of shock that I am finally going to be a 'real' Merbella after 957... plus the shipping time. I'd share the photos if I had asked for permission before she went to bed, but if she posts them on instagram (and then here), I am sure you will see them. Look for spots. :)

Mermaid Syaira
09-23-2017, 04:06 AM
338 here =)

Little_Orca
09-23-2017, 01:47 PM
Since Raven had officially posted the pics on her instagram now, and all the images are watermarked...

Here is the pretty gal I waited 957 days to see. :)

https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/224119342059487233/361004154342342657/Merlissafront.jpeg

https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/224119342059487233/361004155172683787/Merlissaback.jpeg

Mermaid Aria
09-23-2017, 01:49 PM
Since Raven had officially posted the pics on her instagram now, and all the images are watermarked...

Here is the pretty gal I waited 957 days to see. :)

https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/224119342059487233/361004154342342657/Merlissafront.jpeg
OMG IT'S ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL! I'M SO EXCITED FOR YOU!

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Little_Orca
09-23-2017, 01:50 PM
Also, my top and veil.

https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/224119342059487233/361004884922859520/Kelptop.jpeg

https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/224119342059487233/361006643388874752/MermaidVeilAll.jpeg

frozenbutterflywings
09-23-2017, 01:51 PM
Since Raven had officially posted the pics on her instagram now, and all the images are watermarked...

Here is the pretty gal I waited 957 days to see. :)

https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/224119342059487233/361004154342342657/Merlissafront.jpeg

https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/224119342059487233/361004155172683787/Merlissaback.jpeg

Wow!!! Thatís absolutely stunning! So worth the wait I bet [emoji7]


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MidnightMer
09-23-2017, 03:20 PM
Since Raven had officially posted the pics on her instagram now, and all the images are watermarked...

Here is the pretty gal I waited 957 days to see. :)

https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/224119342059487233/361004154342342657/Merlissafront.jpeg

https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/224119342059487233/361004155172683787/Merlissaback.jpeg

Your tail is so beautiful, the blues go together really well.

AniaR
09-23-2017, 09:04 PM
oh she made you a veil?? that's amazing! I want you to know I didn't realize you're getting one and I asked her if Sean and I get married if she'd make me one too. LOL. But who knows when/if that'll happen/ I'm so glad you finally got your tail it looks amazing! and it's so much better than ones she made years ago because she's learned so much now!

Adjusting to a silicone tail can be tricky/ Do not get discouraged if you have trouble getting it on your body in the start. it's a learning curve!

Yeka
09-23-2017, 09:15 PM
This makes me so happy. I really hope she takes commissions again soon. :)

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frozenbutterflywings
09-23-2017, 09:33 PM
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170924/d7d1cc2bdd9a3f14249f2cc29103309a.pnghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170924/12d321950162d8bd3863354f5210beb0.png
I added these beauties to my collection today :D


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AniaR
09-23-2017, 10:02 PM
4214942150


I got these two :D

frozenbutterflywings
09-23-2017, 10:05 PM
4214942150


I got these two :D

Those are gonna look so good with your tail!


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AniaR
09-23-2017, 10:20 PM
to be honest, I have a lot of gear because I share with my team haha

Little_Orca
09-24-2017, 04:02 AM
oh she made you a veil?? that's amazing! I want you to know I didn't realize you're getting one and I asked her if Sean and I get married if she'd make me one too. LOL. But who knows when/if that'll happen/ I'm so glad you finally got your tail it looks amazing! and it's so much better than ones she made years ago because she's learned so much now!

Adjusting to a silicone tail can be tricky/ Do not get discouraged if you have trouble getting it on your body in the start. it's a learning curve!

The veil was a surprise she added in for fun. ^_^ If you and Sean get married, by all means get a veil, too! I wont be offended. XD omgrainagotaveiltoo,huffhuff! <3 <3

I am hoping that my tail will be here by my 9th engagement anniversary (yup, engaged 9 years, I think we are ready, lol) and I will take it to the coast with us and give it a try in the hotel pools, and if the weather is nice, maybe post on the sand. We'll see. :) I anticipate it will be rough to start with, but I am ready to give it a shot.

Kitson
09-25-2017, 04:25 AM
Also, my top and veil.

https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/224119342059487233/361004884922859520/Kelptop.jpeg

https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/224119342059487233/361006643388874752/MermaidVeilAll.jpeg


that headdress is so beautiful !

MermaidLiara
09-25-2017, 09:28 AM
Also, my top and veil.


https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/224119342059487233/361006643388874752/MermaidVeilAll.jpeg

Holy carp. That veil. Almost makes me want to change my wedding theme to mermaid :P

Jadestone
09-30-2017, 03:46 PM
Two performance slots open according to their facebook! Message quick if you're hoping for one I'd say

Yeka
09-30-2017, 03:52 PM
I emailed! Fingers crossed........

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frozenbutterflywings
09-30-2017, 03:53 PM
Just curious what is the new pricing? When I click on the link it says error


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Saelyyia
09-30-2017, 05:36 PM
I also sent in an email hoping at a chance for one of the spots. *fins crossed for us all*


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MermaidNerenia
09-30-2017, 06:06 PM
Looks like Tyler edited it to have the pricing as a comment since a note wasnt working.

Good luck to whoever submitted requests! I truly hope they go to mers on the Mernetwork!

AniaR
09-30-2017, 10:26 PM
I'm hoping to drop off my she creature for a refurb when I visit in November. Poor thing is so old hahaha. The body wont take a touch up so it needs a body replacement!

Saelyyia
10-02-2017, 01:13 PM
I'm happy and overly excited to announce I got one of the spots and will officially be joining the Merbellas family. Many wishes and luck to whoever the other luck mer was that landed the other spot.

frozenbutterflywings
10-02-2017, 01:18 PM
I'm happy and overly excited to announce I got one of the spots and will officially be joining the Merbellas family. Many wishes and luck to whoever the other luck mer was that landed the other spot.

Iím so happy for you! It will be worth the wait! Canít wait to see your design


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Slim
10-02-2017, 01:43 PM
Congratulation


I'm happy and overly excited to announce I got one of the spots and will officially be joining the Merbellas family. Many wishes and luck to whoever the other luck mer was that landed the other spot.

MermaidNerenia
10-02-2017, 03:02 PM
Congrats Saelyyia! Welcome to the fin family! We're the most patient mermaids in the world. <3 Day 482 <3

Do we have any inkling of who got the second tail?

Raina, I hope you guys get some beautiful weather and get out swimming together! Those are some of my favorite video's where she's just swimming out and about in the springs with other mers!

Saelyyia
10-02-2017, 03:47 PM
Thanks everyone.

I haven't seen anything about who got the second tail yet either. But on the in-case they are here, congratulations to whoever they may be.

MermaidNerenia
10-05-2017, 09:08 PM
OH MY GOD.....who owns the pastel tail she just posted....im dying. Its my new favorite.

She said it's going to Oz.

frozenbutterflywings
10-05-2017, 09:21 PM
Owner identified herself on Facebook post


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MermaidNerenia
10-06-2017, 08:14 AM
Oh! It's Mizuko!!!! Should have known with that color scheme! <3

What a spectacular tail congratulations!!!

Saelyyia
10-06-2017, 04:27 PM
Congratulations to Mizuko. Her tail is stunning.

frozenbutterflywings
10-06-2017, 04:28 PM
My tail should be next in line to get done :)


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AniaR
10-06-2017, 07:14 PM
oh long time coming for mizuko. awesome. man raven is slaying

frozenbutterflywings
10-06-2017, 07:45 PM
I would love to give something in return to Raven for all her hard work. I just donít know what that something is


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sabreprime
10-06-2017, 08:41 PM
42253

Did some artwork of Raven in the tail that convinced me to go with her as a tail artist. Working with the prismacolor pencils is always fun.

introverting
10-06-2017, 09:42 PM
42253

Did some artwork of Raven in the tail that convinced me to go with her as a tail artist. Working with the prismacolor pencils is always fun.

omg THAT was used with ONLY PRISMACOLORS???!!! itís AMAZING!!!


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frozenbutterflywings
10-06-2017, 10:52 PM
omg THAT was used with ONLY PRISMACOLORS???!!! itís AMAZING!!!


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Ugh I know Iíve seen this and itís amazing! I wish I could color like this and have my mersona as artwork.


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sabreprime
10-07-2017, 02:47 PM
Thank you! I love Merbella tails because they use so many fun colors and they have such unique fin and fluke configurations. I am actually doing a commission of someone else's mersona right now - not a Merbella, but it's still been a lot of fun! When I get the time, I want to try some other Merbella tails in colors I haven't tried yet.

frozenbutterflywings
10-07-2017, 02:51 PM
I love my colors and design and canít wait to see it come alive soon


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Merley
10-10-2017, 05:23 PM
Thanks everyone.

I haven't seen anything about who got the second tail yet either. But on the in-case they are here, congratulations to whoever they may be.

Hey mers, long time no post, happy to announce I got the second spot. Saelyyia wondering if you heard from Tyler recently? Still trying to get an invoice from him.

Mizuko, your new tail is so pretty. 😊


42253

Did some artwork of Raven in the tail that convinced me to go with her as a tail artist. Working with the prismacolor pencils is always fun.

^That's stinking adorable <3

Saelyyia
10-10-2017, 07:14 PM
Saelyyia wondering if you heard from Tyler recently? Still trying to get an invoice from him.

I Merley, i sent you a PM answering your question.

Mizuko
10-11-2017, 03:50 AM
Thank you everyone! I'm so stoked with my tail, I cant wait to receive it! I cried all morning when Raven sent me the photos, its just so perfect!

Mermaid Vee
10-13-2017, 06:45 PM
I can imagine Mizuko! It is so beautiful!


My tail is going to be finished this week to be shot for the weeki wachee calendar and i can't wait to see the images and videos that Raven said she will send my way :D. Any one else heard from here lately?

frozenbutterflywings
10-13-2017, 06:50 PM
I can imagine Mizuko! It is so beautiful!


My tail is going to be finished this week to be shot for the weeki wachee calendar and i can't wait to see the images and videos that Raven said she will send my way [emoji3]. Any one else heard from here lately?

Thatís so cool! I havenít heard anything. Would love an update but donít wanna bug them.
Mermaid Vee what day are you on? Iím just trying to gauge where I am in the line.


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frozenbutterflywings
10-31-2017, 09:34 PM
How is swimming with the Merbella leggings in a silicone tail vs. without? Has anyone gone swimming in a silicone tail with the leggings on?

My tail is getting painted next! Iím so excited! Iím on the home stretch.

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AniaR
10-31-2017, 09:42 PM
I cant swim in skin tight tails in leggings, but I can in the she creature. It's fine, and keeps the wrinkles out

AniaR
10-31-2017, 09:43 PM
I know she was almost done Mimi's before the Hurricane but haven't heard much.

I am travelling there in 2 weeks and hope to see her.

frozenbutterflywings
10-31-2017, 09:45 PM
I hope you guys get to spend a bunch of time together.
I already told my managers at Disney that Iím calling in when my tail is ready lol


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MermaidNerenia
11-06-2017, 11:09 AM
Day 517 and im siiick :( trying to cheer myself up watching swimming videos and work on my workout calendar for winter.

frozenbutterflywings
11-11-2017, 03:18 PM
OoOoOo whoís pretty tail just got posted on Instagram?


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MermaidNerenia
11-12-2017, 11:52 AM
Well that answers my question. I was just about to post asking if that was YOUR tail Butterfly!

Whoever it is I LOVE the shades!

AniaR
11-14-2017, 12:36 PM
yeah seriously tho, drool worthy

Mermaid Syaira
11-14-2017, 10:54 PM
It reminds me of fairy wings to be honest

Mermaid Persephone
11-19-2017, 02:20 PM
Hey y'all. Happy to announce I recently got a slot for a Merbella tail after the last opening they posted! It'll be my first silicone tail, and I've loved Merbella for years. Super excited.

I sent in just a concept-- a tail inspired by red storms via the quote, "Red sky at morning, sailors take warning."

Mermaid Kane
11-23-2017, 07:37 PM
Hey y'all. Happy to announce I recently got a slot for a Merbella tail after the last opening they posted! It'll be my first silicone tail, and I've loved Merbella for years. Super excited.

I sent in just a concept-- a tail inspired by red storms via the quote, "Red sky at morning, sailors take warning."

Lucky duck! Can't wait to see it. ;)

AniaR
11-24-2017, 09:36 AM
that's awesome.

It was Raven's birthday yesterday.

I sadly didn't get to see her at all during my Florida trip because she is THAT level of swamped trying to make sure you all get your tails :) so rest assured she's working her tail off

Mermaid Kane
11-24-2017, 12:10 PM
Oh, happy late birthday, Raven!

Mermaid Persephone
11-24-2017, 05:16 PM
Thanks, y'all!

And happy belated birthday to Raven.

polyhymnia113
11-24-2017, 05:39 PM
Hey y'all. Happy to announce I recently got a slot for a Merbella tail after the last opening they posted! It'll be my first silicone tail, and I've loved Merbella for years. Super excited.

I sent in just a concept-- a tail inspired by red storms via the quote, "Red sky at morning, sailors take warning."That concept/quote is going to be incredible as inspiration! I cannot wait to see what Raven comes up with for you based on that. Enjoy the journey!!

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Little_Orca
11-30-2017, 05:22 AM
Someone came home today. :)

https://instagram.fsnc1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/t51.2885-15/e35/24178034_134165867217746_5302439423890161664_n.jpg

frozenbutterflywings
11-30-2017, 05:27 AM
Someone came home today. :)

https://instagram.fsnc1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/t51.2885-15/e35/24178034_134165867217746_5302439423890161664_n.jpg

Yay so happy for you it looks stunning!
I canít wait for an update on mine. Day 969!
Canít wait to see videos of you swimming it will be gorgeous.


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Little_Orca
11-30-2017, 05:34 AM
My Unboxing Live Stream I did: https://youtu.be/BeEgZLV9Tx8

AniaR
11-30-2017, 08:51 AM
Yay little orca!! I am so happy for you. Finally! wooo!

PearlieMae
11-30-2017, 09:44 AM
Congratulations! It's a masterpiece! Happy Swimming! :mermaid kiss:

Yeka
11-30-2017, 09:50 AM
Beautiful!!

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Theta
11-30-2017, 12:40 PM
Congratulations, Orca!!!! It's gorgeous and we can't wait to see you swim in it <3

Mermaid Persephone
11-30-2017, 02:22 PM
Congrats, Orca. That is a stunying tail.

MermaidNerenia
11-30-2017, 04:42 PM
Congratsssss!!!!! You're beautiful together! How many days total?

Little_Orca
11-30-2017, 07:39 PM
Congratsssss!!!!! You're beautiful together! How many days total?

Thanks :D Final day total was 1,025 because UPS kept it one extra day.

Jadestone
12-01-2017, 03:01 PM
CONGRATS LITTLE ORCA!!! so that one was yours!! ahhh so lovely, that's so exciting!

sabreprime
12-04-2017, 11:56 PM
So lovely, Orca! Congrats!!

Theta
12-05-2017, 11:31 AM
Thanks :D Final day total was 1,025 because UPS kept it one extra day.


Instead of "Anne of the Thousand Days" it's "Orca of the Thousand Days!" :D

polyhymnia113
12-05-2017, 11:33 AM
Instead of "Anne of the Thousand Days" it's "Orca of the Thousand Days!" :DYou win everything ever for this reference. [emoji7]

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Mermaid Vee
12-06-2017, 06:20 PM
Little orca you're amazing, and your tail is stunning!

I'm at 1005 days... and i can't wait. She just sent my pictures of my tail, the same ones she posted on Facebook earlier (H2O themed) and its glorious... i can't wait to have her with me

Little_Orca
12-07-2017, 09:47 PM
Thanks all. :) I hope to get some nice pictures soon, other than my silly attempts at life (putting it on w/o lube just for that horrible experience, lol).

I am giving a talk at Norwescon in March for a second year in a row and this time I will be talking silicone tails. I should get lots of nice pictures there, too. Until then, here are some more pics from unboxing day and after:

https://scontent-sea1-1.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/e35/24253744_865104570316883_8442255843788849152_n.jpg

https://scontent-sea1-1.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/e35/24274320_195123767716834_502322139236401152_n.jpg


https://scontent-sea1-1.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/e35/24177464_876912872469900_3272445598409687040_n.jpg

Little_Orca
12-07-2017, 10:03 PM
Bonus! Horrible picture of me! (mostly the angle and the tail is not on 100%.)

But even though it's horrible, this tail makes me feel like I am beautiful.

42604


I was not smiling because I was exhausted, lol.

Little_Orca
12-10-2017, 11:33 PM
https://mernetwork.com/index/attachment.php?attachmentid=42620&d=1512966676

Here she is, hanging up with the bra and my watercolor painting.

... I need to get back into painting.

Slim
12-10-2017, 11:38 PM
Your room decorations is on point. You can feel the sea life from the picture.


https://mernetwork.com/index/attachment.php?attachmentid=42620&d=1512966676

Here she is, hanging up with the bra and my watercolor painting.

... I need to get back into painting.

AniaR
12-16-2017, 01:05 AM
If you are a *current* Merbella client, or are on their list waiting for your tail, we started a fun private fan group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1828517690551125/

Mermaid Syaira
12-16-2017, 02:53 AM
Yay!!! I've sent a request 😊

frozenbutterflywings
12-16-2017, 08:13 AM
Thatís exciting! Iíve also sent a request to join.


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Saelyyia
12-16-2017, 02:12 PM
Just sent in my request too!

frozenbutterflywings
01-02-2018, 08:12 AM
What happened to the Facebook page?
What monofin do you have in your Merbella tail and how do you like it?


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AniaR
01-02-2018, 10:14 AM
temporarily took the group down, will be back up again shortly :) ran into a behind the scenes issue but had no time to resolve it over new years so it was easier to take it down temporarily til I could.

frozenbutterflywings
01-02-2018, 10:28 AM
Understandable gotta do what you gotta do :)


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Mermaid Persephone
01-10-2018, 01:30 PM
Just sent a request while I await my tail. I cannot get over Raven's most recent designs. I just know my tail is gonna be something special.

Mermaid Vee
02-08-2018, 08:45 PM
I got my tail on Monday (day 1065) but have been super busy and only tried it on last night! its amazing, I'll share pictures soon but mine was the aqua and orange H2O inspired set!

Nerdmaid Faith
02-08-2018, 09:03 PM
I got my tail on Monday (day 1065) but have been super busy and only tried it on last night! its amazing, I'll share pictures soon but mine was the aqua and orange H2O inspired set!I seriously love that one so much

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Mermaid Vee
02-08-2018, 09:20 PM
hahaha thank you! Both the top and fluke were custom sculpts, they are available to the public now but they are so beautiful together. plus the top has the right amount of coverage and stays put compared to some go the other strapless tops I have. Sooo good for kids parties!

Mermaid Kane
02-08-2018, 10:04 PM
I got my tail on Monday (day 1065) but have been super busy and only tried it on last night! its amazing, I'll share pictures soon but mine was the aqua and orange H2O inspired set!
Its STUNNINGLY beautiful! :o

MerEmma
02-09-2018, 12:10 PM
Omg! I'm SO jealous--your tail is beautiful, I love the colors and her sculpt of the H2O fluke is so pretty. Please post a swim video! :O

AniaR
02-09-2018, 07:47 PM
Mermaid Mimi also got her tail, my old Rapidash with the moldy body taken off and replaced with a pretty new one:

https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/l/t1.0-9/27751587_2049458585332514_6661852864037200786_n.jp g?oh=52eab70e55a62ce3eb5c55d939e567d8&oe=5B0E40EA

https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/27655230_2049458655332507_1349856339618981307_n.jp g?oh=704670e5f378cd0506b43eb096ab2742&oe=5B1D8182

The Water Phoenix
02-09-2018, 11:20 PM
It's beautiful!

Shelby Coral
02-13-2018, 01:20 AM
Just had a shoot in my merbella [emoji170] here's a few of my favorites [emoji7] 429194292042921

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Mermaid Corinne
02-13-2018, 07:42 AM
Just had a shoot in my merbella [emoji170] here's a few of my favorites [emoji7] 429194292042921

Sent from my [device_name] using MerNetwork mobile appWow!! Those are soo cool!

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Shelby Coral
03-10-2018, 02:02 AM
My favorite photo from a recent mini shoot I did with some friends [emoji172] I love my merbella [emoji172]43066

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Ashton
03-10-2018, 10:03 AM
lovely!

Saelyyia
03-14-2018, 12:43 PM
Those are stunning Shelby!

Mermaid Ankhali
03-14-2018, 01:54 PM
My favorite photo from a recent mini shoot I did with some friends [emoji172] I love my merbella [emoji172]43066

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Hey Shelby, it's me, Niara from IG!


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MerDaryah
03-15-2018, 10:44 PM
Beautiful [emoji173]

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saborigakusei
03-20-2018, 10:24 PM
Day 1000.... No updates since December... :meditation:

Saelyyia
03-23-2018, 03:14 PM
I just approved the design for my tail today!


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Mermaid Persephone
03-23-2018, 03:33 PM
I just approved the design for my tail today!


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I approved mine yesterday! Congrats.

Saelyyia
03-23-2018, 03:58 PM
Congratulations to you too!

frozenbutterflywings
04-05-2018, 04:28 PM
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Guys I got my tail!!!!
Unfortunately the top which Iím in love with is way too big but they are gonna get me the right size. Iím sooo flipping exciting I canít contain it!!! Iím seriously in love.
Tomorrow makes 3 years and it was totally worth the wait! I also got some cute shell clips from raven itís cute.


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polyhymnia113
04-05-2018, 08:10 PM
It is gorgeous and looks so perfect on you!!! Congratulations! I remember when you first posted about getting a spot! So thrilled for you! Love that style of scales!!

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frozenbutterflywings
04-05-2018, 08:11 PM
It is gorgeous and looks so perfect on you!!! Congratulations! I remember when you first posted about getting a spot! So thrilled for you! Love that style of scales!!

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Thank you! I still love the dark colors on your tail itís one of my favorites by her.


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polyhymnia113
04-07-2018, 02:15 PM
Thank you! I still love the dark colors on your tail itís one of my favorites by her.


Sent from my iPhone using TapatalkAwww, thank you!!!

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Mermaid Holly
04-07-2018, 03:43 PM
Bought the Merbella calender at Weeki Wachee, because hey, if you can't buy one, just look at someone else in one, right?

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Mermaid Holly
04-07-2018, 03:45 PM
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saborigakusei
04-17-2018, 10:23 PM
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*internal pandemonium* :yay:

The Water Phoenix
04-17-2018, 10:25 PM
It's beautiful!

frozenbutterflywings
04-17-2018, 10:29 PM
So happy for you!!!!


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Mermaid Holly
04-18-2018, 06:18 PM
WHAAAA THAT'S AMAZING

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saborigakusei
04-19-2018, 06:33 PM
Thanks!!!!! Day 1030 lol. It just arrived today but I'm at work so I don't get to open it till I get off at 11pm...

Mermaid Chloe-Marie
04-20-2018, 10:32 AM
The long bits on the end of the fluke are gorgeous :jawdrop:

Mermaid Alea
04-20-2018, 08:06 PM
Saborigakusei - Your tail has to be one of my new favorites! My boyfriend normally doesn't say much when I show him photos of silicone tails, but he was amazed at yours and said he really loves the color scheme.

Did you ask Raven to do that electric blue paint or was that her idea? I just love that bright blue she uses. It really glows!

saborigakusei
04-21-2018, 06:01 PM
The long bits on the end of the fluke are gorgeous :jawdrop:

Thanks!!! I loooove the look of long, trailing fins<3
I can't wait to see how it looks in the water! ^^



Saborigakusei - Your tail has to be one of my new favorites! My boyfriend normally doesn't say much when I show him photos of silicone tails, but he was amazed at yours and said he really loves the color scheme.

Did you ask Raven to do that electric blue paint or was that her idea? I just love that bright blue she uses. It really glows!

aaaahhh, you are so sweet!!! I asked Raven for copper and light blue, but she chose the actual shades. I didn't give very much direction during the design process.

My mersona's a bit of a hoarder... she loves shiny things, but her treasure tarnishes constantly from exposure to the sea. I picked a color scheme resembling oxidized copper to reflect that. :)

cletusk20
04-21-2018, 09:22 PM
That's an awesome mersona/ design backstory

saborigakusei
05-05-2018, 09:43 AM
That's an awesome mersona/ design backstory

Thanks so much!

Also: first beach trip!

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Fun fact: someone on that beach called the cops on me about my octonipples :(

Ashton
05-13-2018, 03:15 PM
those colors go great with your skin.

KTMaggs
05-13-2018, 06:31 PM
Thanks so much!

Also: first beach trip!

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Fun fact: someone on that beach called the cops on me about my octonipples :(

That tail is so gorgeous on you! Btw nice octonippples lol.


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SeaNymph
08-02-2018, 12:43 PM
Hi folks,

normally I would join you now for the waiting game, or rather: the end of three years waiting time and the happy, exciting and curious time before finally getting my tail. Well, I never got it.
Okay, I am one of the very first Merbella customers and a returning client who already ordered two tails from them (at early 2012 and 2013). I was always very happy with Ravenīs work. Since these tails are old and heavily used by now and have lots of tear and wear, Raven and I agreed that she makes me a new one. I was more than happy with that because I love both Ravenīs artistic talents and the quality of her tails, so I ordered and paid in full at July 2015 for a tail and a top.

Henceforward I was waiting, planning, measuring, thinking about design, changes, new inspirations, etc. You know, all that jazz. Finally, the design was made, and I was left to just wait. I know the game, I didnīt care much to wait year after year, because I already knew the long waiting time for Ravenīs tails from before. I was told it will be worth it, I believed it and continued waiting. I was patient, loyal and always in best and friendly agreement with Raven and Tyler.

At March of this year, 2018, and slowly reaching the 3-year mark, I asked them for some updates. I didnīt get any, instead I was asked to pay extra money because of my special design. I was confused about this unexpected demand because this was never addressed before. In fact, I was a little pissed about that because they just cannot raise prices arbitrary, and if they do, they must tell the clients promptly. But we came to an agreement and everything was okay again. They promised to send me a new sketch. It never came.
At June 2018 I was asking for the sketch and updates in general. Not getting that new sketch means that they probably did not even start my tail. I got nervous. Their assistant emailed me back that Raven and Tyler had to suffer the loss of their friend and were not available at that time. I didnīt know that, I apologized and asked the assistant instead if perhaps she knows something about my tail order. Next thing she told me was that my order was CANCELED by Raven and Tyler and my money was transferred back. After almost THREE YEARS WAITING. I was deeply shocked and didnīt understand anything anymore. Nobody except us mermaids can empathize what it means to wait, hope, looking forward and long for a tail for THREE YEARS. How hard it can be, to count the months down and get closer, count weeks, count days…. And finally, when in the range of getting the tail, the whole order canceled??!! All dreams, hopes, anticipations destroyed. Heartbreaking. But it got worse: When I begged for explanation, I was told (by the assistant) that Raven and Tyler donīt want to deal with the “increased pressure of this order”. WHATTT????
First, I thought that they have mistaken me for another person. In this year, 2018, I was asking them twice for updates, this cannot be the “increased pressure”. They never personally apologized, explained or justified their action to me. Neither Raven nor Tyler!!! Since there was nothing wrong between us, no conflict, I didnīt understand the world anymore. When they started to post again at FB and Insta, selling things and stuff, I once again asked them to get in contact with me. But guess what they did? They BLOCKED me and de-friended me. Unbelievable, I have no words for this behavior!! I mean, itīs okay for some moody teens but not for a professional company which should be able to deal with their oldest and most loyal returning clients in an honest, authoritative, adult and reliable way. Not punch them into the face and then sneak away from responsibility. I never thought that a well-known company like Merbella would be able to show such a disrespect for their clients. What they did to me is not just a broken promise, which is bad enough, itīs also a broken contract. However, since I consider myself a very fair person, after all that, I silently waited 1.5 months (until today) to give them the opportunity to get in touch with me and to discuss things privately and peacefully. They should have been able to explain things to me by now. But nothing.

For those of you who want to know the real reason they canceled my order: I have no idea. They never answered. I have some guesses, I think the most likely thought is that because of mainly selling premade tails now they have taken on more custom orders in the past than they can chew now.

Sorry for this long post, my story is NOT meant to be a warning to not order or buy from Merbella, on the contrary, I have made very good experiences with them some years ago. But the possibility that an order can be canceled after 3++ years waiting time for literally no reason is something every new Merbella client should consider. I donīt want another person to get their heart broken and I still have no words to describe how desperately disappointed I am by this company that I once loved and admired so much.

AniaR
08-02-2018, 01:12 PM
I've read this a few times and I really don't know what to say except I totally appreciate why you're so hurt. I haven't seen a lot from Merbellas aside from premade stuff. It seems they have a lot on the go. I am like you, yes I have tails, but 3 are so totally worn out that I either need them remade or to get new ones. I was hoping to have my she creature tail refurbished but they were too busy. I ended up having to go with another tail maker just so I can keep my team swimming which is too bad, I would have preferred to keep it all merbellas, but such is life I guess.

Your whole thing just sounds so crazy and confusing. I am glad you at least got your money back but I couldn't imagine waiting that long to have it cancelled. I am so sorry.

PhaylennMurķch
08-02-2018, 02:28 PM
it sounds like they hadn't started your tail at all

BlueCorvidae
08-02-2018, 05:07 PM
Honestly, this sounds like Merbellas is about to go under. Mermaids tend to be far more sympathetic and patient with this sort of thing than any other consumer towards a business, but I've never seen a creator of any kind behave like that to their clients and their company come out of it unscathed. I don't have the same attachment to Raven that a lot of you guys have, so from my unbiased outside opinion, it seems like Raven and her husband are struggling to run their company. Other tailmakers have been growing and hiring on new people to take the burden, but most potential clients have to cross their fingers for even a chance to order a Merbella tail. In the commercial world, this is not a good thing.

Ransom
08-04-2018, 04:28 AM
Sad to see that happen to crafters of Raven's calibre. If she needs a long break from tailmaking itself, it wouldn't surprise me in the least :(

inanna
08-06-2018, 08:41 AM
. How much are your tails?

Our tails start at $3,400. Shipping not included.

2. Do you accept ____ for payment?



We only accept Paypal for payment.

3. How do I order a tail?



All orders are placed via email.Please read this ENTIRE FAQ
When you are ready email Tyler at MerbellaStudios@gmail.com


4. Do you Accept Payment Plans?


We do not offer payment plans for first time costumers.
We now offer Half and Half Payments for returning tail customers.

5. Whats the production time?



Current production time is over 2 years. Please email for the most accurate and up to date production time. We do work very hard to get orders completed as quickly as possible, but this is Art and we are more concerned with making sure you receive the BEST possible product even if it takes a little longer.



decided to check out the faq, and holy cow. money up front in paypal, wait time over two years. but only offering payment plans to returning customers? how are you gonna get returning customers if it takes three years to fill an order?

BlueCorvidae
08-06-2018, 02:25 PM
decided to check out the faq, and holy cow. money up front in paypal, wait time over two years. but only offering payment plans to returning customers? how are you gonna get returning customers if it takes three years to fill an order?

That and you don't really get a say in the design of your tail.

Saelyyia
08-06-2018, 02:26 PM
As one of Raven's customers I feel like that may not be a very fair statement. I had a great deal of say in my design.

frozenbutterflywings
08-06-2018, 02:29 PM
I know her recent commission she opened a spot but she put as a disclosure that she had complete artist freedom for the tail.


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Theta
08-06-2018, 02:52 PM
Raven gives her clients a very decent amount of creative control over their tails. The reason it doesn't seem so much like that lately is because she's been opening slots for commissions that specifically give her artistic control. I had a lot of creative control with my tail, both in the initial phase and in the repaint/revamp phase.

Theta
08-06-2018, 02:55 PM
decided to check out the faq, and holy cow. money up front in paypal, wait time over two years. but only offering payment plans to returning customers? how are you gonna get returning customers if it takes three years to fill an order?


Haha you'd be surprised. We just really love Raven's tails. I ordered a new one a couple of years ago now (I'm hoping I come up in the queue soon!). For me, it's worth the wait.

BlueCorvidae
08-06-2018, 03:58 PM
I was misremembering her FAQ, sorry. I recalled this part;

We can design a tail from scratch, just for you. All you need to do is send us some images of yourself, along with a description of yourself, your likes and favorites, and some hobbies or activities you enjoy etc. We can design a tail that will fit your personality.

And completely forgot the bit before it.

Make sure you have the funds available. Collect or make any images that will help us create your tail, like color palletes,images, or reference photos. Decide if you want any fins and where.

I'm still incredibly unimpressed with how difficult it is to even place an order like this and how she's apparently been treating her customers lately.

Mermaid Momo
08-06-2018, 04:16 PM
I used to want a merbella tail (i still do because i think her laint jobs are the best on the market right now) but some of the things that turned me off was that you had to provide all money upfront for something you won't see for 3+ years. And i knew it was really really REALLY hard to even get a hold of them to place an order. (It's also my personal belief that returm customers are possibly treated with priority over new customers when it comes to contact and the queue)

When i heard she was limiting the orders she took i thought that mesnt a quicker turn around time and better communication but i think turn around got even longer?

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AniaR
08-06-2018, 10:36 PM
I'm not sure how accurate the FAQ is these days, since she's not taking orders and hasnt been for a year (except when someone cancels etc). I am not sure she's actually ever taken a payment plan though. She did offer it to me back when she wasn't as swamped but I decided to pay my tail in full. I thought I was likely a special case cuz I've always been timely with payments and offered up front to pay for extra things etc

I was talking to Tyler and I think it's Ok for me to say this here, they are moving so they have a bigger workshop space with better ventilation to help improve curing as well. She was so busy we didn't get to see each other when I visited last year which was a first for us, so I know it's not for lack of work. Tyler did mention to me too when I wished him luck on the back orders that they were almost caught up. So... hopefully!

Ransom
08-06-2018, 11:08 PM
Someone with this much work should have the revenue to expand and recruit a team by now. No sense tying this much output to just one person's craftsmanship, however talented they might be.

Hopefully they can still turn things around. Tails wear out and lose their colours, but what customers remember is how we made them feel.

AniaR
08-07-2018, 09:22 AM
They tried hiring people before, it greatly lowered the quality. It's just one of those things, can't outsource talent

BlueCorvidae
08-07-2018, 09:35 AM
They tried hiring people before, it greatly lowered the quality. It's just one of those things, can't outsource talent

Okay, but Mertailor and Finfolk both have a warehouse and a full staff, and their quality hasn't been reduced by this. In fact Mertailor has been improving significantly.

Theta
08-07-2018, 11:11 AM
Finfolk has been dialing back on silicone tails though (Did Mermaid Hunter ever get his???) and their wait times are right up there with Merbellas at this point, or close to it. They have also had some quality control and customer service issues.

Mertailor was lucky in that he had good exposure and was able to ride that wave and set up his facility while perfecting his craft. He's also much better at mass producing tails; I love his stuff lately but his silicones can't touch Raven's for creativity imo. They each have different strengths.

KTMaggs
08-07-2018, 01:03 PM
Finfolk has been dialing back on silicone tails though (Did Mermaid Hunter ever get his???) and their wait times are right up there with Merbellas at this point, or close to it. They have also had some quality control and customer service issues.

Mertailor was lucky in that he had good exposure and was able to ride that wave and set up his facility while perfecting his craft. He's also much better at mass producing tails; I love his stuff lately but his silicones can't touch Raven's for creativity imo. They each have different strengths.

Mertailor only sells one type of silicone tail and itís most likely easy to master. Mernation sells 3 different types of silicone tails, that are relatively inexpensive, they are very high quality and the tails are always done in less than a few months, sometimes it just takes 3 days to make! But you do have to send a duct tape dummy.



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AniaR
08-07-2018, 01:08 PM
annnd Mertailor DID hire people to help make his silicone tails, but then let them go due to quality and wanting to have more artistic control, and now does them all himself again. His turn around times are faster yes, but he only has to focus on making the tails, but for a while there he was selling premade tails so they weren't customized in size or color unless you paid extra. Only recently did he switch everything back to mostly customization or fully customization.

having staff do your fabric lines/other things is one thing. But all the tail makers still do their own silicone tails. No one has had success outsourcing that.

It took mertailor a decade plus to get where he is now, and Finfolk are able to do their stuff BECAUSE of all their premade items. Merbellas is still just a two person operation with an occasional customer service helper working out of a home. You can't expect a leap to the same level as the others with a warehouse and huge staff overnight without any of the things that helped lead to those for others.

Theta
08-07-2018, 02:17 PM
^ This.

This business model seems to be working for them, and has for a long time now. They don't bite off more than they can chew. Many tailmaking companies have come and gone, not knowing their own limitations, and when they tank they do it hard and fast and ugly. Everyone knows that the wait times are long and communication is sparse with Merbellas; you know that going in, after you've decided that they payoff is worth it.

KatieScottArt
08-07-2018, 04:41 PM
I was fortunate enough to order a pre-designed tail back in 2016 after she stopped taking orders from the public. I had asked if I could have a rush order fee IF it were doable and they agreed with a “completed by” month. This would have made it an 8 month working time which was pretty unheard of but they said they could do it so I trusted that. The tail had to go through a redesign because the fluke on her original drawing wasn’t available to the public. I was told this pretty late in the game but no problem, I was able to send over a redesign within three days of finding out the other fluke wasn’t available. After 10 months I realized that my 8 month rush order wasn’t going to happen as promised, which is understandable because she’s a busy gal and the original order had changed. I decided to cancel my order altogether because I didn't want to play the waiting game and I shouldn’t have ordered if I was going to be an impatient person, plus I needed the money. I hadn't gotten any word of them starting on it and I made sure to ask if it was too late to cancel. I guess they hadn't started? I had gotten my hopes up with the rush fee and promised date, that’s totally MY bad and I understand that. I should have known better but also if it can't be done, a rush order shouldn't be an option and they never communicated about potentially not meeting this deadline. Communication really would have been nice, even to be like “hey, looks like we won’t make it, something came up” but I got nothing. 7/26/16 was the initial date I ordered. 5/26/17 was the date I asked for the refund. It took 10 months to get my tail refund back to me and I still haven’t received the 400.00 rush fee refund to this day (almost 15 months as of now). Not really stoked about that part. I know my experience is so "whatever" but it still sucked to go through. I know we all know the wait times are long and communication is bad but when you're told that something is doable, doesn't a part of you want to believe that?

The first time I ordered through her was in 2012. It was a GREAT experience with good communication and an 8-9 month wait. It was awesome!!
Her artwork is hands down some of the best out there (my personal favorite) but the business and communication side could use improvement. Accepting full payment for orders over two years out just seems like it could lead to a financial disaster if people started backing out (like me). I have no business suggesting how other people should run their companies but I'm still waiting on my complete refund and it’s been over a year. :/

AniaR
08-07-2018, 09:12 PM
Yeah last I heard they stopped allowing rush fees all together. Sorry you went through that. It seems to be how things are all around right now. If you haven't emailed them about your refund in a while I'd totally do that