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Theobromine
04-23-2013, 06:25 PM
Hey everyone, I was just wondering if anyone out there owns a tail from Finfolk yet. I liked their page on Facebook and have been eyeballing their Kickstarter page for a while now: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1012274353/finfolk-productions-hawaii-experience

Anyway, I have been wanting a realistic/silicone mermaid tail for a REALLY long time now but have been hesitating due to the price. But I messaged Finfolk on Facebook this morning to ask a few questions about their tails, the Kickstarter campaign, and the time frame of actually receiving a tail if I ordered one, and they were VERY prompt and helpful in replying. I messaged back and forth with them for a while and they answered all my questions about prices, colors, customization, and measuring. This was, in fact, what caused me to decide to order from them rather than Merbellas, whose tails I have been drooling over for a long time now. The Finfolk tails look very well-made and beautiful, and it is clear that the girls take a lot of pride in their work. They are willing and enthusiastic about working with me to make my dream tail and I am sooo excited, I can't wait to see how it turns out!

MerEmma
04-23-2013, 06:27 PM
Wow, congrats! I don't think anyone here has ordered a FinFolk tail yet but they do seem like wonderful people to work with! I can't wait to see your tail; will you share color schemes or are they a secret? :)

Theobromine
04-23-2013, 06:32 PM
I haven't nailed down my exact design yet but I know it will be mostly blue with gold accents. I will let everyone know how the tail turns out. I can't wait! They said I should have it by around June, when their Kickstarter campaign finishes.

MerEmma
04-23-2013, 06:45 PM
Fantastic! I can't wait to read your review. Their work that I've seen so far is so gorgeous. What monofin?

Theobromine
04-23-2013, 06:53 PM
Their standard tail comes with a Rapid, but I wanted a Competitor so I'm paying a little bit more. Very reasonable, though. I already have a Rapid that I've had for a couple years and I really like it, it's great for training, but I don't like how they look in mermaid tails. And if I'm going to be shelling out (haha) for a full silicone tail, I might as well go the whole way. So excited!

MerEmma
04-23-2013, 06:56 PM
Ooh, yes, the competitor I feel is definitely the way to go! <3 I'm excited for you! I'm curious, do they do extra fins?

Theobromine
04-23-2013, 07:04 PM
Yep, they do. Don't know too much about that yet because I haven't decided if I want them or not.

Mermaid Tula
04-23-2013, 07:37 PM
Oh keep us updated! I've been thinking about getting one of their tails!

Mermaid Miel
04-23-2013, 10:10 PM
Wow, Let us know when it comes and how it looks! I would love to see a Finfolk tail. I love their texture!

Theobromine
04-23-2013, 11:37 PM
I will of course let everyone know how it looks! I'm so excited!

MerEmma
04-23-2013, 11:52 PM
When will you get it by? :D

Theobromine
04-24-2013, 12:10 AM
They told me I should hopefully have it by June!

MerGrrl
04-24-2013, 01:15 AM
Congrats! I've seen their work in person and it is STUNNING.

Theobromine
04-24-2013, 10:22 AM
Sweet :D Thanks!

Mermaid Dottie
04-24-2013, 01:09 PM
That is super exciting!

Finfolk Productions
05-31-2013, 10:19 AM
We are SO excited to get you your tail. It has been a pleasure working with you. :D

MerEmma
05-31-2013, 10:39 AM
SO cool! I just saw how Mermaid Cydney got hers!

Loralei
05-31-2013, 10:51 AM
Mermaid Cydney ordered from MerNation tails.

MerEmma
05-31-2013, 11:22 AM
Oh. derp. ;\ That was a mistake there, ahaha. xD Oops.

Mermaid Varshana
05-31-2013, 11:50 AM
Depending on pricing for a more basic tail without extra fins, I'm just about sold on these girls.

Ariel Starfish
05-31-2013, 01:30 PM
Wow lovely tails! <3

Theobromine
05-31-2013, 10:24 PM
Hi everyone, I would highly recommend getting a tail from Finfolk as they are awesome to work with! I can't wait to get my tail and show it to you all!! <3

spottedcatfish
06-02-2013, 02:30 AM
Looking forward to it!

Theobromine
06-11-2013, 02:00 PM
So, all I can say is Merbella Studios, you better watch out!!!!

Echidna
06-11-2013, 02:57 PM
can we see pictures please?
*hops up and down*

I hope it's possible to order without having a facebook account as a must?

All this nice stuff that I can't access :(
but etsy, facebook, twitter etc really creep me out
(yea I'm THAT old)

Mermaid Varshana
06-11-2013, 03:13 PM
Etsy's great. It's as easy as Amazon and Ebay to use and about the same thing.

Theobromine
06-11-2013, 04:37 PM
So, can you see this picture from their Facebook page even if you don't have an account? (I don't know if it's public or not) https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=183975318433081&set=a.130777587086188.28451.126859280811352&type=1&theater

Otherwise, I don't think they will mind if I show off a couple of the progress pics they've sent me.

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It's looking soooooooooo beautiful I can't believe I'm actually going to own this!!! I can't wait!

And Caltuna, I know they don't have a website yet as they're primarily just working through Facebook at the moment, but I'm sure they would love to hear from you; they've been fantastic to work with. I can ask if they mind me giving out their email so you can contact them (though they're also members on Mernetwork!)

Finfolk Productions
06-11-2013, 06:42 PM
Caltuna,

We would be happy to chat with you via email if that is easier for you.
finfolkbryn@yahoo.com

:)

Echidna
06-11-2013, 06:45 PM
I could see all the pictures, thank you!
The scales look fantastic. Definitely merbella-like :D

Guess I'll have to make a facebook account sometime anyway.
But it would still be great if there were a website independent from that;
would be a bit more accessible.

Echidna
06-11-2013, 07:01 PM
Caltuna,

We would be happy to chat with you via email if that is easier for you.
finfolkbryn@yahoo.com

:)
Thank you guys :)

At the moment, I don't have much to spend, but I'll definitely keep an eye on you and your products,
and get in touch as soon as I can save up enough lol.

Theobromine
06-11-2013, 09:24 PM
Pfff, they look far more realistic than the Merbella scales :P I should know, I'm an extremely picky zoologist and I made sure they came out as realistic as possible ;)

I hope you order from them though Caltuna, they've been fantastic about communicating with me and bringing my ideas to life!

Theobromine
06-17-2013, 10:49 PM
Ohmygosh. You guys. Ohmygosh. It's finished. It's coming! It's the prettiest tail ever!!!! Check it out! https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.189251561238790.1073741834.126859280811352&type=3

Mermaid Tula
06-17-2013, 11:05 PM
That's yours?! Omg congrats! It's gorgeous! I've been drooling over it since I first saw her putting the gold edging on the scales! It's incredible!

Merrow Fair Isle
06-17-2013, 11:08 PM
That tail is spectacular! Gratz to you!

Theobromine
06-18-2013, 01:04 AM
Thanks guys!!! I'm sooooo excited. I think it's the most amazing beautiful tail everrrr, I'm so happy they went with all my crazy ideas (like gold outlines on every single scale?!?!) and my arowana fin design.....OMG it's so awesome. Now I just have to sit here and wait for it to arrive! Argh! The waiting!

Mermaid Momo
06-18-2013, 01:12 AM
About how much did you pay for it? I'm going to start saving for a tail but I wouldn't want to email them when I'm not looking to make a serious purchase at the moment :/

Mermaidmechanic
06-18-2013, 01:34 AM
Unique! I'm spreading the word of my new found love for pool noodles by the way. If you don't have one, I suggest dropping by walmart and picking one up... ventilating silicone FTW!

WavyMermaidy
06-18-2013, 07:18 AM
That tail is fabulous...I'm usually not an extra fin kind of gal but the extra fins on this are great as are the gold on the scales. Fantastic!

Spindrift
06-18-2013, 09:07 AM
That looks amazing!! Lol I love how we're all gawking over tail candy.

Aziara
06-18-2013, 09:52 AM
That tail...I'm just... :jawdrop: The scales are so perfect! And the fluke! OMG...I think if I ever buy a tail, it will have to be one just like this, only in green instead of blue. That would be my perfect tail.

Aziara
06-18-2013, 09:56 AM
What sort of monofin does Finfolk use in their tails?

Mermaid Varshana
06-18-2013, 10:05 AM
A FFP tail is $2500

Theobromine
06-18-2013, 10:58 AM
*squeeee* I love it so much, I'm glad you guys do too!

And yes, their standard tails are $2,500 and come with a Finis Rapid monofin. I wanted a Competitor in mine, so they added that for an extra $170 so all up I paid $2,670. They may charge extra for the extra fins normally, but because I ordered this tail through their Kickstarter, they said they had all the funds built in for that so I got my extra fins as part of the normal cost of the tail. If you are curious about ordering one, you would have to message them on Facebook and ask (they're really good about getting back to you. When I originally sent them a message to ask about ordering a tail, they messaged me back like five minutes later). Also, I did pretty much custom design or help them design all this myself (I was especially particular about the scales and the side fins, which I wanted to look like those of an Asian arowana), but all the molds are going into their repetoire for their big Hawaii project, and then for their normal tailmaking business, so these scale and fin shapes will be available for all :) I would just hope that no one would copy my fin and color combinations exactly.

I will be posting a full review once I get it and am able to swim in it and get some pictures!!

MerMarla
06-18-2013, 02:06 PM
Hi Theobromine! Congrats! I was just looking and drooling over the construction pix! What an awesome tail and fluke! How long from when you ordered, got all the details (sizing, colors, scale shape, fluke shape...) and then completed? I would have to rob a bank right now to get one (my horses board runs about $1800, that comes first!) I can't wait for you to swim in it and post some pictures! Do you know if FinFolks cut your monofin in a sort of shape or is it still flat! That fluke is huge! I love it, love, love it! Congratulations again!

(((HUGz))) and Bubble https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/e/B0C'z
Mermaid Marla

Theobromine
06-19-2013, 12:34 AM
So I just went back through all my Facebook messages and it looks like I first contacted them to ask about ordering a tail on April 23. They shipped my tail yesterday, June 17. So that was less than three months but keep in mind that was with sculpting ALL new molds, including the scales. Which they sculpted individually, by hand, out of clay. Because I was that picky about the shape and the little details on the scales. That was the part that took the longest. Now that they have that scale sheet done it would go a lot faster. The second longest was probably my fluke sculpture. I kept sending them pictures and ideas throughout the process and they kept sending me progress pictures, which was awesome. Once all the molds were done it went really fast, probably only a couple of weeks. They worked really hard and did such an amazing job!

Anyway, I know they did have to cut the Competitor a little, but because it is such a nice expensive monofin I wanted to sacrifice as little of it as possible, so all they really did was round off the sharp edges (to keep it from tearing the silicone) and trim a notch in the middle to accommodate the middle part of the fluke shape. Mostly they just built onto it, so as to preserve as much of the surface area (and power) of the monofin as possible.

Aziara
06-20-2013, 11:10 AM
Finfolk should totally make the 'design your tail' templates with all their different flukes like Merbellas and the Mertailor do. As gorgeous as the pictures are, sometimes it's hard to see the exact fluke shape because it flows in the water. Not to mention I love coloring tail templates, lol. And it makes it easier to explain complex coloring schemes with a visual aid too. OMG! I just noticed how the two smaller hip fins are integrated into the scales! I am so impressed with this tailmaker.

Theobromine
06-22-2013, 12:21 AM
Guys. Guys! GUYS!!! My tail is here!!! Take a look!
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=190771654420114&set=a.130777587086188.28451.126859280811352&type=1&theater

That was just a quick cell phone pic for now, but I will be taking a lot more pics and posting a full review later on!

Mermaid Tula
06-22-2013, 12:26 AM
Oh Theo it's beautiful and you look great in it!!

Theobromine
06-22-2013, 08:31 AM
Thank you <3

Mermaid Varshana
06-22-2013, 09:12 AM
Aaaaaahhhhhhh!!!! ^^;

Arella
06-22-2013, 09:51 AM
That's really pretty and unique!

Mermaid Oshun
06-22-2013, 10:10 AM
absolutely beautiful!!!:cool:

Aquatarian
06-22-2013, 12:53 PM
Guys. Guys! GUYS!!! My tail is here!!! Take a look!
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=190771654420114&set=a.130777587086188.28451.126859280811352&type=1&theater

That was just a quick cell phone pic for now, but I will be taking a lot more pics and posting a full review later on!

OMG! That's yours?!

It looks amazing! You have to take some pics when you go swimming again!

That's seriously one of my favorite tails. From the colors to the scale shape to the fins. It's so beautiful!

merman_terp
06-22-2013, 01:21 PM
Stumbled upon this thread and just saw the picture of your tail! It is amazing! Love the color and the fluke design! You look great in it. Im so jealous!!!

XMermaidMarinaX
06-22-2013, 01:45 PM
Guys. Guys! GUYS!!! My tail is here!!! Take a look!
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=190771654420114&set=a.130777587086188.28451.126859280811352&type=1&theater

That was just a quick cell phone pic for now, but I will be taking a lot more pics and posting a full review later on!

Post a review, take some pics, make a video!

Theobromine
06-22-2013, 02:14 PM
Thanks guys! I will definitely do a review after I get some better pics and some video, just have to wait until I have a day off and a decent camera!

deepblue
06-22-2013, 02:22 PM
It's gorgeous. I really love the detail of the scales... I'm imagining the time it took to make that mold! Looks so worth every penny and every moment of waiting.

Theobromine
06-22-2013, 02:48 PM
SO worth it. And they did an incredible job on the molds. I knew I wanted scales with a realistic shape and texture and they made the best scales I have seen on any tail ever. And they took my sketches and ideas for fin shapes and did an even better job than I imagined

Ariadne
06-22-2013, 06:56 PM
So beautiful! Congratulations, I know you're thrilled!

Mermaid Lorelei
06-23-2013, 01:02 AM
Man, I can't wait to see this tail in person! And I'm bringing along my camera, so I'll be sure to take some photos!

Theobromine
06-23-2013, 01:17 AM
Yay, Lorelei! I can't wait to swim with you! I...do have to practice putting it on a few more times, it's so tight it took me about an hour to struggle into. I think I have a better idea now of what it takes, though. You read all about other people's experiences, you think you know what you're getting into....then you try it yourself, haha. Well, they made it a bit extra tight for me because I told them I've been losing weight lately, and I was worried that if I keep losing weight it would end up too baggy. So this way it will accommodate a bit more weight loss (which I will hopefully accomplish!).

Yay I'm so excited for my next day off so I can try it out again!

Mermaid Lorelei
06-23-2013, 01:23 AM
Hahaha, I'm happy to help you get in if you need it. I've done it a couple of times now and I have a few tips. :3

Theobromine
06-23-2013, 08:34 AM
Oh, haha, thanks. I think I have a slightly better idea of what to do now, but yeah, I might still need the help. Depends on whether my mertender decides to come with me or not.

shimmygoddess
06-23-2013, 10:08 AM
absolutely gorgeous!!!

MerCat
06-25-2013, 09:49 PM
er-ma-gerrrd its beautiful! And you look gorgeous in it! I'm so jelllly! I cannot wait to get started on the molding process with my tail!

Theobromine
06-25-2013, 10:36 PM
I'm going to try to get some more, better pictures of it soon. Took it for another swim today, this time at a bigger pool, and it was awesome and everyone was coming to look and ask me about it! We didn't bring a camera because we weren't sure about the photo policy at the Y but they said it was fine to do, so hopefully tomorrow we will do that! Then I'm gonna write up my full review.

Mermaid Calypso
07-02-2013, 12:17 PM
That tail is amazing! I'm hoping to order from FinFolk once I get the funds saved up.

Theobromine
07-02-2013, 12:22 PM
You should! I think they are just getting better and better! My attempts to get better pics of me in my tail keep getting foiled :( But hopefully today I will try again, as it's my day off.

Ariel Starfish
07-02-2013, 12:37 PM
More pictures please! <3

Theobromine
07-02-2013, 01:18 PM
Hopefully by the end of today! :eek:

Ashe
07-02-2013, 06:39 PM
So pretty! And haha good luck getting into it :P Is it really that tight?

Theobromine
07-03-2013, 10:28 PM
Ok, just got some more pics up! You can see them in my album here (https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.208218122661262.1073741829.206621792820895&type=1)
And feel free to like my new mermaid page as well :D

Mermaid Calypso
07-03-2013, 10:49 PM
Agh, that tail is so gorgeous in the new photos! I'm practically drooling over it! :jawdrop:

Theobromine
07-03-2013, 11:36 PM
I loooooooooooove it :D :D :D It looks so incredible in the water, too. First experiment with our new GoPro, but my husband and I decided that we suck as cinematographers :P We're going to have to practice more before we can get decent videos but I'm hoping to maybe get some screencaps from the video clips we did get today. Just...the videos would make everyone seasick to watch :P

Mermaid Oshun
07-04-2013, 07:50 AM
This is Amazingly gorgeous! How long did you wait for it? I read the horror stories of others waiting almost a year to get tails from elsewhere. That seems so unnecessary when these and the other guy's are so top of the line!

Theobromine
07-04-2013, 08:37 AM
I waited just under three months from when I first contacted them to ask about ordering, to when it showed up at my door. And that was WITH all the completely custom sculpture work (they sculped all my fins, fluke, and each and every scale by hand). Now that they have the new scale mold done it takes them far less time; I've seen on their Facebook page that they look like they've already almost finished at least one new tail for another customer, all while working on their own tails for their big Hawaii project. Go like them on Facebook and follow their progress!

Mermaid Varshana
07-04-2013, 08:43 AM
This is Amazingly gorgeous! How long did you wait for it? I read the horror stories of others waiting almost a year to get tails from elsewhere. That seems so unnecessary when these and the other guy's are so top of the line!
That's what I'm screaming! The ONLY reason it's become accepted to wait that long for a tail is because the most popular tailmakers are so flooded with work. It's like, come on, dude. Does it HAVE to be a merbellas? Is that really the ONLY studio on the planet that is capable of giving you a beautiful, high quality tail?

Theobromine
07-04-2013, 08:55 AM
That's what I'm screaming! The ONLY reason it's become accepted to wait that long for a tail is because the most popular tailmakers are so flooded with work. It's like, come on, dude. Does it HAVE to be a merbellas? Is that really the ONLY studio on the planet that is capable of giving you a beautiful, high quality tail?

Nope! I think Merbellas makes beautiful tails and I wanted one for the longest time, but now I'm really glad I went with Finfolk instead. They were so awesome to work with and I had a completely custom tail just in time for summer! There are enough tailmakers out there that you don't have to settle for waiting six months, yeesh.

Aziara
07-05-2013, 09:57 AM
Finfolk is now my absolute favorite tailmaker... I can't believe how fast they whipped out that next tail after they finished yours! I am starting a tail fund yesterday, lol. And omg, the new pictures... :drool:

Marie-Josie Cayer
08-21-2013, 10:16 AM
I am tired waiting after Fish Butts for a partial silicone tail that have been ordered back in October 1st 2012 and never heard about it again. Decided to put a deposit in end July for a Finfolk Production silicone mermaid tail and I'm penned for the last week of September. The tail will be ready by Halloween hopefully. I am trusting this company to deliver a beautiful and durable quality dream tail. I have the betta fluke in mind. Will write a review when time will be due! ;)

Marie-Josie Cayer
08-21-2013, 07:51 PM
Finfolk Productions has just release a YouTube video of their betta mermaid tail in active! Here`s the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ES7QDQrS_yo

Marie-Josie Cayer
08-21-2013, 07:59 PM
Note: In action I should mean rather than active. Thanks!

Yulia
08-23-2013, 02:44 PM
Wooow, I really disliked the betta design when I saw it flat on the ground, but in the water it looks very realistic and pretty!

Aziara
08-23-2013, 02:49 PM
Wooow, I really disliked the betta design when I saw it flat on the ground, but in the water it looks very realistic and pretty! Yeah, this design is definitely at its best in the water. I wasn't overly impressed with the still photo, but now, I think this fluke is amazing!

Mermaid Syrena
08-27-2013, 12:17 AM
FF is gonna be starting work on my tail THIS WEEK! *squee* I'm waaaay psyched!
We're going to be working on a new kind of fluke- a fae-like one, and I'm going to be submitting my measurements on Thursday for the body to be cast.

I can't waaaaaaait. Tail euphoria is one of the best kinds of euphoria, IMO.

Blondie
08-27-2013, 12:43 AM
I'm very impressed with their beta fish tail! I thought it looked gorgeous but I was skeptical on how well it would actually work. I'm very impressed to see there's little drag on it!

Merman Arion
08-27-2013, 02:46 AM
FF is gonna be starting work on my tail THIS WEEK! *squee* I'm waaaay psyched!
We're going to be working on a new kind of fluke- a fae-like one, and I'm going to be submitting my measurements on Thursday for the body to be cast.

I can't waaaaaaait. Tail euphoria is one of the best kinds of euphoria, IMO.

This is pretty much you right now hahaha ;)

http://i.imgur.com/yvJY1.gif

Mermaid Syrena
08-27-2013, 02:59 AM
This is pretty much you right now hahaha ;)

http://i.imgur.com/yvJY1.gif

Alex- EVERY excited cat gif ever made is pretty much me right now, haha!

Sea Pearl
09-03-2013, 02:13 PM
Beautiful tail! And the Beta fish tail is just amazing. It seems to flow so gracefully through the water in that video.

Mermaid Octavia
09-05-2013, 10:36 AM
Mermaid Kala, a co-worker, wants one of the beta tails. Maybe someday! They look incredible in the water though I wonder how much drag they might have?

Mermaid Octavia
09-11-2013, 05:37 PM
Ugh I know it hasn't been long but I am dying for my tail. ;; It'll be the end of October before I see pictures though!

Marie-Josie Cayer
09-28-2013, 04:48 PM
FYI Mermaid Octavia: I have ordered a Finfolk silicone mermaid tail in End July and production date was due for this past week. Abby and Bryn postponed my tail`s production for another week or two since they are currently busy with other projects (heard they have a new fluke in the works). Just hopefully it will not affect your tail`s production date. Please PM if you want to speak more about it. Thank you!

Mermaid Octavia
09-28-2013, 05:04 PM
Oh yes, I saw the new fluke and it's lovely but I hope you get your tail soon! The wait is agonizing so I can't imagine being in your shoes. <3

Marie-Josie Cayer
09-28-2013, 05:11 PM
Before ordering a taik from Finfolk, I hoped greatly to receive a Fish Butt tail but to no avail, the wait was making me anxious and now I don`t want to see another scenario reocuring la Fish Butt again. There`s an important amount of money being invested there and I don`t want to be disappointed! It will be one year on October 1st that Fish Butt owes me a partial silicone tail. Hope you get your dream tail soon and I did not had a sneak peak at their new fluke unfortunately.

Mermaid Octavia
09-28-2013, 06:55 PM
I'm sure they'll show it soon. Syrena has it and it's quite beautiful. From what I can tell, they're almost done with her tail so I hope production on yours starts swiftly. Finfolk seems pretty fast when it comes to production. I know they're also helping with a local Renn Faire. I sent a PM to you so we can discuss your tail. I'm very excited for you!

Mermaid Octavia
10-02-2013, 04:04 PM
I just made another payment on my tail, yay! Finfolk is moving studios to a bigger space and they mentioned on Facebook that everything should be in working order in 1-2 weeks. Hopefully this won't delay tail production but you never know!

Marie-Josie Cayer
10-02-2013, 06:12 PM
I have sent in yesterday personal measurements (thanks to my mom to help out taking them) and I hope really soon seeing next step for mermaid tail process! Hope this move will not postpone their schedule and production.

deepblue
10-02-2013, 06:34 PM
This is pretty much you right now hahaha ;)

http://i.imgur.com/yvJY1.gif

hehe! Your gifs crack me up. :D

The tails I see from FinFolk have them quickly becoming a fave tailmaker. The betta just helps that. It's lovely in the water. I can be counted among those who thought it was an impressive design but wondered how well it would perform. It's so pretty!

Mermaid Syrena
10-03-2013, 12:08 AM
Yes, Octavia- I'm so happy to have Abby and Bryn working on my tail that's gonna debut their new fluke! I'm in absolute love with it. :D I DO have progress pics (which people on my FB would have seen), but I think it's only fair to them to wait till I've pics of the final product- before I post it here. (as much as I already want to, lol)
Also... I can't WAIT to see how your betta turns out!

Mermaid Octavia
10-03-2013, 09:17 AM
I wanna see it all complete soon! It's so beautiful, Syrena! <3

Mermaid Syrena
10-03-2013, 10:36 AM
Thanks, Octavia! Wish we could meet for a swim <3
They're going to finish painting my tail today, and hopefully the extra fins will be on soon so the tail can be sent out by the end of this week. They're pretty busy with moving the studio- must be stressful.

Mermaid Octavia
10-03-2013, 06:41 PM
If you're going to be at NCMerfest in January, I am doing everything I can to go! Maybe we can swim there as a mini-Finfolk pod?

shimmygoddess
10-03-2013, 06:46 PM
Look forward to meeting all of you at NCMerfest!!:)

Mermaid Octavia
10-03-2013, 06:59 PM
I am so hoping everything works out! It'd be worth the 6-8 hour plane ride across the country!

Marie-Josie Cayer
10-06-2013, 07:02 AM
FYI Mermaid Octavia: my mermaid tail is 2 weeks overdue for production (I was penned for last week of September). I hope their studio move will not push your tail`s production tail further in November. I am getting impatient personnally. Hopefully it will be resolved in a resonable timely manner Good luck.

Mermaid Syrena
10-06-2013, 07:21 AM
Marie-Josie Cayer: I think all of us (you, Octavia, Dan and myself) are looking forward to getting our tails. And that's not wrong. To be fair, I myself have been a bit worried of late because I have an aquarium performance coming up in just a month, and I really need to get into that deep water and practice with my tail.

BUT-- I think that as Finfolk clients and friends of Finfolk, we should try to be a little more understanding when it comes to production times. Abby and Bryn aren't machines- they don't pop those babies out on a conveyor belt, lol! They're people too, with their own schedules. And that goes for all tail makers.
They've been busy with Ren Fest, which just ended, and they've also been really stressed out moving their things into the new studio. Abby updates me every chance she gets- and just know that they haven't forgotten about our tails at all. They just need to get some logistical groundwork (i.e moving into winter studio) downpat before they can continue with production at the usual rate.

I know the wait can be agonizing, but just try to think of it this way: We will never be here again, experiencing this same delicious (and painful) tail anticipation again!

Mermaid Octavia
10-06-2013, 01:10 PM
Syrena, I understand completely. I know they have very important things on their plate and I know my tail will get here when it gets here. I'm just excited, is all. :)

Mermaid Syrena
10-06-2013, 10:22 PM
Octavia- I was kind of addressing Marie-Josie Cayer's post, actually- but oui, of course I'd expect you to be excited! I understand completely. :D Always on FB to talk about, y'know, scale tipping and colours and other glorious tail things.

Marie-Josie Cayer
10-07-2013, 05:06 PM
Mermaid Syrena, my tail is about to start for it`s production, would you be kind giving me some advise as to what would be best to invest in a tail? Mermaid Octavia: the girls are ready to roll into productions, I`m sure they will keep their promise for your time slot indeed! I was delayed for a couple of weeks. Now they are ready. :)

Marie-Josie Cayer
10-07-2013, 05:10 PM
As to previous post, ladies, you are both right. Like they said: Patience is a virtue. :)

Merman Dan
10-07-2013, 06:01 PM
Like they said: Patience is a virtue. :)

I often tell my children that I have no patience for impatient people. ;)

Mermaid Octavia
10-07-2013, 06:25 PM
They're ready? Wow, that was so fast! EEE SO EXCITING!

Mermaid Syrena
10-08-2013, 02:22 AM
Marie-Josie: The first step, of course, would be deciding on your fluke type. :) Do you already have some colours in mind? I think you mentioned you were firming up the colour template with 'em. And you can think about what extra fins you'd like later, if any-- I spent a while thinking about those, haha. You can have pelvic fins, hip fins, ankle fins, heel fins (great for hiding heels!) and a dorsal.

Mermaid Syrena
10-09-2013, 05:19 AM
(I posted this in the Tails thread too, but it's so beautiful and I'm so excited, I couldn't resist. Hope you don't mind, admins! <3)

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Here's the most recent progress picture of my Finfolk Productions tail! They uploaded the 1st picture on their FB, and the 2nd one is the most recent picture they sent me. You can see how fantastic they were at transforming and gradiating the colours from the previous progress pic (the deep purple and yellow tail). They made it a lot more iridescent, shaded in pinks, and turned the yellow more champagne, which I requested for and am completely happy with. This fluke is also their newest fluke design. I love that it's so flowy and fae.

To be added: extra fins, and gold scale tipping.
I'm so psyched. I can't wait to get my tail and start practising in it for my upcoming gig. I just feel like this is the tail of my dreams, and Finfolk is doing a stellar job of translating it into RL.

Merley
10-09-2013, 06:28 AM
Oh that's your tail Syrena, how tiny are your legs? :o You must be teeny.

Aziara
10-09-2013, 09:05 AM
Everytime Finfolk comes up with something new, I reflexively go 'oooooh' out loud. First time was when I saw Cyanea's fluke, then when I saw the tail with the awesome seafoam/burgundy paintjob, and now this awesome new fluke! Will the design be going into their main production line? Or is it a one off?

Blaze
10-09-2013, 10:18 AM
O_O wow. THAT is gorgeous.

First time I've questioned getting my next one from Merbella! What are the price points? Can't seem to find a page for them save facebook and I cant get on there on my work computer.

*EDIT* Nevermind; saw on the thread that their base is $2,500.:)

Mermaid Syrena
10-09-2013, 10:35 AM
Waikiki Mermaid: *laughs* I'm not the tallest mer swimming around here, that's for sure! I stand at a lofty 5"3. ;) It's mostly the angle of the picture, as well as the actual flowiness of the fluke. The middle V part to the tips ends are about 5 Coke can lengths, if that gives you any idea. :P So yeah. It's the longest fluke they've made yet.

Aziara: It most definitely is available for order! :D Bryn and Abby modelled it after a beautiful Pinterest picture that I'll scout around for, and named it after our favourite singer: Loreena (McKennitt), because she's so magickal and they made this fluke so magickal and gah. So yes. Available for order. :)

Scarlet Rose: It's gorgeous, innit? Yeah, like you said, so this one started out at a basic 2.5k. I upgraded to a competitor monofin. Then I added 100 for scale tipping, and it's 150 per pair of additional fins. I'm going to get 3 pairs of 'em.

Fifi Tigg
10-09-2013, 10:44 AM
So exciting Mermaid Syrena! They just get better and better! I cannot wait to add little Mermaid Emily's tail to this thread :D

Blaze
10-09-2013, 11:07 AM
Scarlet Rose: It's gorgeous, innit? Yeah, like you said, so this one started out at a basic 2.5k. I upgraded to a competitor monofin. Then I added 100 for scale tipping, and it's 150 per pair of additional fins. I'm going to get 3 pairs of 'em.

Yes! Phenomenal! I think it would look a-freaking-mazing with the flame paint job I am looking for. I would also definitely upgrade to a competitor. Not sure I want additional fins but probably; just don't know the placement/shape.

Not sure on the scale shape I want either yet though...

Aziara
10-09-2013, 11:27 AM
Oh my gosh, that would look amazing with a flame paint job! So cool that it's named after Loreena Mckennitt, I love her music too.

PearlieMae
10-09-2013, 11:38 AM
Syrena! THAT IS AWESOME! What a lovely tail!!!

Mermaid Octavia
10-09-2013, 11:48 AM
GAH Syrena, it's so AMAZING. The champagne color is just gorgeous and I cannot wait to see pictures of you in it!!

Merman Dan
10-09-2013, 12:29 PM
... this one started out at a basic 2.5k. I upgraded to a competitor monofin. Then I added 100 for scale tipping, and it's 150 per pair of additional fins. I'm going to get 3 pairs of 'em.

Sounds like how I selected mine though I may go with only one additional set of fins, the competitor, scale tipping, and a dorsal fin. :)

Mermaid Octavia
10-09-2013, 01:04 PM
I thought extra fins were $100 a set? I'll have to look that up again at home. n_n Either way, I got a Competitor upgrade and two sets of fins - pectoral and heel. :)

Merman Dan
10-09-2013, 01:22 PM
From the Finfolk FB page:

Tail Design and Pricing

Ordering and designing a tail is an exhilarating process! We want it to be as easy as possible. Here is a breakdown of pricing, ad-ons, and how it all works!

Full silicone tails start at $2,500 and come with a Finis Trainer monofin.

Competitor monofins are a $150 upgrade.

Dorsal fins are a $150 upgrade

Extra fins of any variety (hip, ankle, etc) are $100 a pair.

There is no extra charge for coloring. In fact, 4-5 well blended colors make for beautiful depth, and we encourage full color schemes for that reason!

Scale Tipping is also available, and has been a very popular way to add depth and realism to tails. This detail painting comes at a $100 upgrade, and we highly encourage it!

triteia
10-09-2013, 03:11 PM
there stuff looks so great. *_* I can't wait to see your fin!!

AniaR
10-09-2013, 05:19 PM
I think I realized why I *thought* the flukes weren't glued down. It's their style for how they do the flukes, they come out on sides well past the monofin width wise. So to me I thought I was seeing a monofin gap when really they basically have extra fins that come out and extend. It's easier to see in the betta example, and once I realized it there I could see the design on all the others.

I'm really excited to see these tails in person at NC Merfest. These girls have gotten so good, so fast, it's insane!

Mermaid Octavia
10-10-2013, 08:31 AM
I'll be there with mine! I hope Syrena is too! <3

Merman Dan
10-10-2013, 09:03 AM
Abby & Bryn said mine would be done in time for MerFest, as well :)

Mermaid Octavia
10-10-2013, 10:06 AM
Abby & Bryn said mine would be done in time for MerFest, as well :)

That's so awesome, Dan! When did you place your order, if you don't mind me asking?

Merman Dan
10-10-2013, 10:20 AM
I started making payments towards the end of July.

Mermaid Syrena
10-10-2013, 10:58 AM
I'm so envious of all you mers- and all you Finfolk mers (Octavia, Dan, that's you) who get to go down for NC Merfest! If only Singapore wasn't so far away from the US. Darn geography! :P

Aziara, Scarlet Rose, PearlieMae, Triteia: Thank you! I can't wait to receive it and post pictures. Expect my unboxing video to be extremely excited and unglamorous.

AniaR: Yep. Their flukes are pretty wide in general. I'm one for theatricality, which these girls do great, so it all works out. I'm just curious to see if it'll be harder to swim in this tail because of the gorgeous flowy fluke. We'll see! And I never complain when it comes to sculpting better core muscles!

Dan: Merman tails just look better with badass dorsals, IMO. Dyou have a design out for it?

Mermaid Octavia
10-10-2013, 12:22 PM
Dan: When did the girls state your tail is to be started? I know Syrena's is almost done and Marie's is in the making (if I read everything correctly) and I was told mine would start "late October". I'm just trying to figure out, in my head, where everybody's tails are sitting in terms of production and whether or not mine might be delayed!

Blaze
10-10-2013, 12:51 PM
Thank you! I can't wait to receive it and post pictures. Expect my unboxing video to be extremely excited and unglamorous.

AniaR: Yep. Their flukes are pretty wide in general. I'm one for theatricality, which these girls do great, so it all works out. I'm just curious to see if it'll be harder to swim in this tail because of the gorgeous flowy fluke. We'll see! And I never complain when it comes to sculpting better core muscles!


Can't wait to see the unboxing video but even more so I cannot wait to see what it looks like in the water! I'm all about theatricality too so I *really* want to see what this fluke looks like in the water!

Finfolk Productions
10-10-2013, 03:09 PM
Hello mer-loves!

You've of course all been contacted personally, but we just wanted to say publicly - THANK YOU. Our studio move took longer than expected, with setbacks galore, both business and personal, and you have all been so graciously patient as we get our lives back in order. This has been and should be the only foreseeable delay in production of any kind, and we should catch up quite quickly. We're also excited to announce that we will be at NC Merfest in January, with some BIG. EXCITING. NEWS. Keep your eyes peeled for announcements. It will be so lovely to meet so many of you in person. <3

PearlieMae
10-10-2013, 03:32 PM
I would so love to go to NC Merfest! I'm so excited to see all these new creations, and am very curious to see what Finfolk's BIG EXCITING NEWS might be!

Blaze
10-10-2013, 03:36 PM
The NC merfest is shaping up to be the place to be! Really wish I didn't have a medieval event the same weekend! Urg!

Mermaid Octavia
10-10-2013, 03:57 PM
The NC merfest is shaping up to be the place to be! Really wish I didn't have a medieval event the same weekend! Urg!

It really is! I can't wait to meet my tailmakers in person! ;;

Theobromine
10-10-2013, 04:25 PM
AAAAAAAUUUGHH I REALLY wish I could go to NC Merfest!!! But I can't afford to, being funemployed at the moment. *sigh* I hope it turns into an annual thing, I would really love to meet everyone else. It would be awesome to do a group swim/photoshoot all in our Finfolk tails.

Mermaid Octavia
10-10-2013, 06:18 PM
Maybe we can arrange another Finfolk pod meetup sometime, Theo? :D

Mermaid Syrena
10-10-2013, 10:40 PM
ONE DAY we'll have a complete Finfolk meet up! I'd really love to meet all of you too. <3

Ariel Starfish
10-12-2013, 11:09 AM
ONE DAY we'll have a complete Finfolk meet up! I'd really love to meet all of you too. <3

i wish I could 'beam me up' ( startrek way ) to all the cool mervmeeting, cons etc in the US!

like, REALLY BAD!! U girls do knot know how much i envy u ;)

Theobromine
10-12-2013, 03:17 PM
^^ Yes to all of the above! And Octavia, we can surely meet up sometime on the Oregon coast.

Mermaid Octavia
10-14-2013, 08:26 AM
I was asked for my measurements!! I know of at least three people ahead of me, BUT STILL!

Mermaid Syrena
10-14-2013, 03:34 PM
*hyperventilates* IT'S DONE! IT'S DONE! AND I AM GOING ALL KINDS OF MAGICKAL BATSHIT RIGHT NOW!

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MerEmma
10-14-2013, 04:32 PM
WOW!

Phoenix Mermaid
10-14-2013, 04:40 PM
It looks gorgeous Syrena! I can't wait to see you in it :)

PearlieMae
10-14-2013, 04:51 PM
*hyperventilates* IT'S DONE! IT'S DONE! AND I AM GOING ALL KINDS OF MAGICKAL BATSHIT RIGHT NOW!

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That is so beautiful and you are too cute for words!

Mermaid Octavia
10-14-2013, 05:17 PM
Like I said on Facebook, WAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!

IT LOOKS AMAZING SYRENA WHEN DOES IT ARRIVE DO WE GET A BOX OPENING VIDEO?!?!?!?!?

Aziara
10-14-2013, 05:42 PM
:jawdrop: I'm speechless.... It's so ethereal and magical.

OceanRose
10-14-2013, 05:49 PM
OMG Syrena!!!!! It's amazing!!!

Mermaid Octavia
10-14-2013, 06:30 PM
omg and Finfolk now has their seaweed tops priced out YAAAAAY! I'm totally getting one to match my tail eeee!!

Merman Dan
10-14-2013, 06:39 PM
You see how long it took me to ask for something for mermen, right? ;)

AniaR
10-14-2013, 06:52 PM
it's a true work of art, absolutely stunning.

Winged Mermaid
10-14-2013, 07:02 PM
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I am LOVING all of the options for this! I also love that there isn't any bra strap showing, cause honestly that drives me nuts! Great news for the busty mers: "If it is a bra size that exists, we will make it." Custom paint and extra straps aren't extra either :)

Now only if it wasn't $275 + S&H

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Merley
10-14-2013, 08:17 PM
Saw it on fb, Syrena. Congrats. It's lovely. That fluke is just to die for. Also that seaweed top is awesome but the price...Pretty much $300 for a bra. Idk about that one.

Blondie
10-14-2013, 10:13 PM
Holy smokes that tail is magical!!!

Mermaid Syrena
10-15-2013, 12:47 AM
Thanks, lovelies! I can't WAIT till it gets here. *performs a dance of anticipation around the room* Finfolk have been great throughout all of this. I'm looking forward to see how the other tails turn out!
My only mild concern is that they accidentally made the waist 1 inch smaller than my actual waist, though. That can be remedied by trimming off a few scales from the waistband, right? I just want to check so I don't wreck such a beautiful thing.

Blaze
10-15-2013, 09:33 AM
Thanks, lovelies! I can't WAIT till it gets here. *performs a dance of anticipation around the room* Finfolk have been great throughout all of this. I'm looking forward to see how the other tails turn out!
My only mild concern is that they accidentally made the waist 1 inch smaller than my actual waist, though. That can be remedied by trimming off a few scales from the waistband, right? I just want to check so I don't wreck such a beautiful thing.

How long till it's delivered; do you have an idea on shipping time?

If I seem a little anxious to see what this tail looks like in the water it's because I'm talking with the girls on getting my flame one with this design. ;D Still don't know what details I want; additional fins, scales (what options are there?) and scale tipping need to be considered.

As for the waist NO; I would discuss with them how to remedy. 1 inch shouldn't be that bad but may squeeze you a little tighter than you'd like; my initial though would be to cut a splice in between a few scales to give a little room for expansion but I don't know what that would do to the integrity of the silicone. Talk to the girls!

Mermaid Syrena
10-15-2013, 09:50 AM
How long till it's delivered; do you have an idea on shipping time?

If I seem a little anxious to see what this tail looks like in the water it's because I'm talking with the girls on getting my flame one with this design. ;D Still don't know what details I want; additional fins, scales (what options are there?) and scale tipping need to be considered.

As for the waist NO; I would discuss with them how to remedy. 1 inch shouldn't be that bad but may squeeze you a little tighter than you'd like; my initial though would be to cut a splice in between a few scales to give a little room for expansion but I don't know what that would do to the integrity of the silicone. Talk to the girls!

My boyfriend is an absolute sweetheart, so he made sure it's coming over by expedited FedEx shipping. I'm expecting it to be here on Friday, maybe Saturday.

I think a flame rendition of this would be lovely. You mean reds/oranges/yellows? I'm pretty sure they only have one scale mold atm (they recently changed their scale patterning, so the one they're using now is what they say is the new and improved one). But for fins... go crazy! I'd also really recommend scale tipping. The girls did a great job on mine- it adds to the realism.

Yeah, I talked to Abby and she said it would be fine to neatly snip away maybe two or three scales from the middle, depending on how much I need to let out. I just want it to still sit above my bellybutton, but not compress me like a mer-dumpling, lol. Esp as I tend to bloat.

Blaze
10-15-2013, 10:15 AM
My boyfriend is an absolute sweetheart, so he made sure it's coming over by expedited FedEx shipping. I'm expecting it to be here on Friday, maybe Saturday.

I think a flame rendition of this would be lovely. You mean reds/oranges/yellows? I'm pretty sure they only have one scale mold atm (they recently changed their scale patterning, so the one they're using now is what they say is the new and improved one). But for fins... go crazy! I'd also really recommend scale tipping. The girls did a great job on mine- it adds to the realism.

Yeah, I talked to Abby and she said it would be fine to neatly snip away maybe two or three scales from the middle, depending on how much I need to let out. I just want it to still sit above my bellybutton, but not compress me like a mer-dumpling, lol. Esp as I tend to bloat.

Woohoo on the shipping! OMG I am super excited FOR you so yeah; the description you used of you being "ALL KINDS OF MAGICKAL BATSHIT" is really accurate I'm sure. ;D

Yup, it's loosely based on the coloring on the bottom half (no white except maybe a little 'fade' at my waist) of the 'Fire fish':
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The actual fin on my tail would look more like actual flames. :D So I'm not sure what extra fins would look good; was wondering if there was a side long fin option to make it look more like the fire fish or flame.

Not sure also on what the difference scale tipping would make since I'm not sure how the color scheme will go. Will most likely let the girls decide!

Cool on the waist! :D

Mermaid Syrena
10-15-2013, 10:25 AM
Woohoo on the shipping! OMG I am super excited FOR you so yeah; the description you used of you being "ALL KINDS OF MAGICKAL BATSHIT" is really accurate I'm sure. ;D

Yup, it's loosely based on the coloring on the bottom half (no white except maybe a little 'fade' at my waist) of the 'Fire fish':
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The actual fin on my tail would look more like actual flames. :D So I'm not sure what extra fins would look good; was wondering if there was a side long fin option to make it look more like the fire fish or flame.

Not sure also on what the difference scale tipping would make since I'm not sure how the color scheme will go. Will most likely let the girls decide!

Cool on the waist! :D

Eep! Finfolk DEFINITELY has a long side-fin for that. Check out the fins they used for Zelah the Mermaid, Mermaid Alora, as well as Siren Nasreen.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=215188411978438&set=pb.126859280811352.-2207520000.1381847089.&type=3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=204712009692745&set=pb.126859280811352.-2207520000.1381847093.&type=3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=195462733951006&set=pb.126859280811352.-2207520000.1381847104.&type=3&theater

Hope this helps!

Blaze
10-15-2013, 10:33 AM
Can't view FB pics on my work computer and too small on my phone. :p I did google and found this clip though; yes I love the side fins on the gold tail!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2e-1wdn8MDM&amp;feature=share&amp;list=PLA33985D307328473

Mermaid Riia
10-15-2013, 02:18 PM
OMG SYRENA DAT TAIL!! Piece of art! Congratz! :)
Do you have any idea how much the shipping for your tail is/was?

Theobromine
10-15-2013, 05:08 PM
Syrena, just try the tail on first before you trim any scales. It may fit just fine. My tail is I think 2-3 inches smaller than my measurements and it fits me fine. When I was doing the measurements, Abby and Bryn told me take off an inch all around anyway, to account for the stretchiness of the silicone and keep it snug around your waist so it doesn't gap. This works very well. They took off an additional inch from my measurements because at the time I was doing a workout competition with some work friends and was losing a fair amount of weight. Well, I didn't lose much more after that but oh well :P Still fits.

If you do trim scales, make sure to be very careful and round all the corners between scales. Do NOT make a cut down into the tail between the scales. This will just give it a place to tear from very easily. Yes, Dragonskin is very durable but it is not indestructible, and if you give it a pathway to tear on a high-stress area like the waist, it definitely will. I had a small tear in the waist of mine due to this, because there was an area where the point between the scales was too sharp. Luckily I was able to fix it easily (well, Lorelei fixed it for me, with a little more Dragonskin). Anyway, you just want to be very careful with that area. That's why I lowered the waist of mine a tiny bit, to take a little pressure off it when I pull it up over my rump.

And I can't remember if I posted this before, but here's a video of me swimming in my tail (with Mermaid Lorelei who is awesome and who made the video). You can see how it fits me and how the fluke moves in the water. I have more video clips but I'm clueless about video editing so I've done nothing with them so far :doh: It's also the first stuff my husband and I were shooting with our GoPro so it was basically a practice run. I need to get some more footage and learn video editing...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTSPRfmpc14

Mermaid Lorelei
10-15-2013, 05:47 PM
I could edit a video of just you if you want Theo. :> I still have all the footage.

Theobromine
10-15-2013, 06:11 PM
That would be really sweet, if you have the time :) <3

Mermaid Lorelei
10-15-2013, 06:17 PM
Sure thing. :>

Jadestone
10-15-2013, 08:40 PM
Syrena, your tail is gorgeous!! I cannot wait to see how it looks on you :)

And I love that video of Theobromine and Lorelei!! Ahhh you both look fantastic. Someday I hope I can swim with another mer (: And I'm in looove with the song you used! What is it??? I have to go listen to everything that artist has ever made!

Fifi Tigg
10-15-2013, 08:53 PM
Hi gorgeous video! Was this filmed with a GoPro? :)

Winged Mermaid
10-15-2013, 09:26 PM
I'm in looove with the song you used! What is it??? I have to go listen to everything that artist has ever made!

It's Blackheart (Original) by Two Steps From Hell :)

Theobromine
10-15-2013, 09:57 PM
Yes, my husband and I got a GoPro Hero 3 Black recently, that's what we used to get the footage. For the shots in that video, we just laid the camera on its back on the bottom of the pool looking up. It turned out pretty cool!

And Lorelei put the video together and picked the music :) I think she did a fantastic job.

Mermaid Lorelei
10-15-2013, 10:36 PM
Aww, thanks guys. Yeah, the song is Blackheart and the Go-pro is Theo's. :3 I just put everything together. XD

Winged Mermaid
10-16-2013, 12:12 AM
I can say that GoPro footage looks AMAZING if you can get enough light. Outside swimming with sunshine is the best. Unfortunately most of my footage is in indoor pools because living in WA they see outdoor pools as a waste.. ya know with 9 months out of the year it's rainy cold (usually hangs around 38-45 most of the winter and into spring and fall from what I've seen). The 2nd best footage I got was an indoor pool in Vancouver where they had skylights everywhere and the sun was shining through them strongly that day.

Mermaid Syrena
10-16-2013, 03:20 AM
Riiarin: Thank you! We used the fastest UPS shipping- I think it worked out to 400 Singapore dollars or so.
Jadestone: Danke, sweetie! And, oh man. I totally know what you mean about wishing you could swim with another mer. It gets LONELY sometimes over hayerr!
Winged Mermaid: Two Steps From Hell --> hellish name, heavenly music. Seriously. Can someone say "gym jaam"??
Theo: All right, that made me feel better. :) I'll wait to see how it fits, and then act accordingly! And yes I rewatched the video of you and Lorelei for like the fifth time. So beautiful! And the music!

Blaze
10-16-2013, 09:22 AM
I love the GoPro! Hubby got one before our trip to Jamaica; he took it with him when he went scuba diving and saw this:

http://youtu.be/bfJeYMhrk4g

His words: "The 'clicking' sound is the Dive Master ringing his "HOLY SHIT LOOK OVER THERE" bell."

We hoped to use it to capture me swimming but due to scheduling problems with the tour boat we didn't have a chance.

Aziara
10-16-2013, 09:27 AM
Syrena, just try the tail on first before you trim any scales. It may fit just fine. My tail is I think 2-3 inches smaller than my measurements and it fits me fine. When I was doing the measurements, Abby and Bryn told me take off an inch all around anyway, to account for the stretchiness of the silicone and keep it snug around your waist so it doesn't gap. This works very well. They took off an additional inch from my measurements because at the time I was doing a workout competition with some work friends and was losing a fair amount of weight. Well, I didn't lose much more after that but oh well :P Still fits.
This was something I was thinking of doing if I ever make/buy a silicone tail. I love how yours fits, so I guess my theory was correct ;). Were the inches taken from all measurements (i.e., even knees and ankles)? Or just from 'fleshy' areas, like thighs, calves, and bum?

MerEmma
10-16-2013, 09:28 AM
WOW. That was so neat to see. <3

Theobromine
10-16-2013, 02:06 PM
This was something I was thinking of doing if I ever make/buy a silicone tail. I love how yours fits, so I guess my theory was correct ;). Were the inches taken from all measurements (i.e., even knees and ankles)? Or just from 'fleshy' areas, like thighs, calves, and bum?

You know, I'm not entirely sure. I didn't actually think to ask back then. It's pretty tight across my knees, so I suspect they might have taken it in on all measurements. I do wish it wasn't quite so tight on my knees, but I don't think that impacts the way it looks.

Last night I was really carefully re-watching some of the footage we took to see how the waist looked when viewed from the side. There is a tiny bit of flapping on the back of the waist when I swim down, but it's barely perceptible, far less than a lot of other tails I have seen. I know it's inevitable that there will be a little bit of that in any tail (unless it's glued to your skin or something), but I think it's so minimal on my tail it turned out really great. And the gold of the waist looks really good against my skin and makes a really good transition without doing a "blended" waist (I'm not a huge fan of those, because I think skin-colored scales look really weird, and the skin tone never matches the paint job anyway). So yeah, basically, they did a really good job on my tail. Despite taking an hour to put on the first time I tried, and almost being reduced to tears because I thought maybe I was too fat to ever get into it, I finally figured out how to do it and the tightness of the waist is worth the effort! (and it only took me an hour the first time, now I can do it in 15-20 minutes with lube)

Blaze
10-16-2013, 02:11 PM
Despite taking an hour to put on the first time I tried, and almost being reduced to tears because I thought maybe I was too fat to ever get into it, I finally figured out how to do it and the tightness of the waist is worth the effort! (and it only took me an hour the first time, now I can do it in 15-20 minutes with lube)

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An HOUR the first time? Ok, so i will definitely be asking for tips & tricks on how to get into the thing in under an hour lol.

Theobromine
10-16-2013, 02:12 PM
SEX LUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUBE

Theobromine
10-16-2013, 02:19 PM
Oh also, I derped around for probably at least half the time just trying to get one foot into the monofin pocket because I was trying to just slide it in. I couldn't get the @#$%^&^% thing around my heel no matter what I tried. I finally figured out I had to just reach in and grab the heel strap and hang onto it with a couple fingers while I shoved my foot in. I had to do that for both legs separately. After that it was just a matter of hiking the rest of it up over my ample rump. But seriously, let me tell you, my legs slid in EFFORTLESSLY when I tried it with water-based lube. I am never not using lube again. I should buy an industrial-sized container of lube.

Blaze
10-16-2013, 02:25 PM
SEX LUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUBE

**falls over laughing**

Ok I'm set then. ;D

Mermaid Lorelei
10-16-2013, 02:55 PM
Just don't leave your lube in the YMCA changing room!

Theobromine
10-16-2013, 03:02 PM
:doh: Ah yes...thank goodness I remembered right at the last second to run back and retrieve my "lotion"...

Marie-Josie Cayer
10-16-2013, 08:26 PM
Good news Mermaid Octavia and Mermaid Syrena: my mermaid tail casting has starting this week. I have chosen the betta tail with personnal customizations to the highest portion of the fluke. It will have a dorsal and probably some small fins as we progress into production. I have been told by the ladies that the Betta tail does not have the Competitor monofin upgrade. Colour chosen will revolve around magenta, light blue and pink along with silver or gold scale tipping. The main body will be more like a red wine colour with degradation colours. Feel free to share your stories if it pleases so. Thank you!

Theobromine
10-16-2013, 08:32 PM
That sounds awesome, I can't wait to see how it turns out!

Theobromine
10-16-2013, 08:32 PM
And yeah, the betta fluke is way too narrow to put a Competitor in. You'd have to trim it down so much there wouldn't be much point.

Mermaid Octavia
10-16-2013, 09:01 PM
That sounds absolutely beautiful, Marie! I can't wait to see it!

Mermaid Lorelei
10-16-2013, 09:13 PM
Ooh! I'm excited to see another betta tail.

Merman Dan
10-16-2013, 09:21 PM
Outstanding! Marie, I know you must be thrilled! :) I'm on the Finfolk queue, somewhere. That work for me!

Mermaid Octavia
10-16-2013, 09:23 PM
If Marie's tail is being started now, I think Dan's might be next? That could mean they're on schedule to begin production for mine in two weeks! Hopefully! I'm trying not to get too excited. XD

Merman Dan
10-16-2013, 09:46 PM
I know the feeling! I am beyond psyched to become an anthropomorphized red drum!

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Mermaid Octavia
10-16-2013, 09:50 PM
That will look AMAZING, Dan! I don't know what your skintone is but I can imagine those colors would shiny beautifully in bronze and reds in the sun!

Merman Dan
10-16-2013, 10:00 PM
That will look AMAZING, Dan! I don't know what your skintone is but I can imagine those colors would shiny beautifully in bronze and reds in the sun!

Here's the top half. This was our beach tip over the summer. Yes, that's my 9-year old mermaid with me, there. :)

http://scontent-b-atl.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/558522_10151582919659352_402569116_n.jpg

Yes, I am Merman Dan: The Merman With a Farmer's Tan. ;)

Mermaid Octavia
10-16-2013, 10:02 PM
Awww so cuuuute! I've seen you comment on Finfolk's page! I can't wait to see yours! Any extra fins? Competitor?

Merman Dan
10-16-2013, 10:33 PM
Competitor, dorsal fin, scale tipping, and extra fins; though now I am wondering if I'd like two sets of extra fins instead of one!

Mermaid Octavia
10-16-2013, 10:34 PM
OOooOOooo and here I am, debating what pectoral fins I want!

Fifi Tigg
10-17-2013, 02:35 AM
So excited for everyone! Just heard from Finfolk that Emily's little tail will be finished in a few weeks! :yay:

Elle
10-17-2013, 03:32 AM
So excited for everyone! Just heard from Finfolk that Emily's little tail will be finished in a few weeks! :yay:

YAY! I'm so glad she's finally getting a tail!!

Marie-Josie Cayer
10-17-2013, 04:04 PM
Glad that Finfolk ladies are catching up smoothly for their production. Just can't wait and see final results for all your tails! I think we should give more credit to Finfolks to make all those dream tails come true! :D

Mermaid Octavia
10-17-2013, 07:35 PM
So excited! Now I can't seem to decide on the shape of my pectoral fins... I know I want them, I'm just not sure which ones to pick. @_@

Mermaid Lorelei
10-17-2013, 10:36 PM
What are the options and what fluke are you going with Octavia? Maybe we can help?

Mermaid Octavia
10-17-2013, 11:20 PM
What are the options and what fluke are you going with Octavia? Maybe we can help?


That would be wonderful! ;; The fluke I'm getting is the standard/classic one, like this: https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/1084962_204712009692745_1179580572_o.jpg and I'm not sure there is a finite list of options for pectoral fins, honestly. I know Finfolk is super busy so I don't want to pester them by asking tons of questions.

Initially I was going for pectorals like on this tail, but when I see it in the water, I don't care much for it. It might be better if it stopped mid-thigh, maybe? But there's also pectorals like ChristoMer has: https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc3/1048389_197282580435688_1511948724_o.jpg These are more pointed(?), I guess? Honestly, I'm looking for something that's both pretty and functional. With a black tail, I'd love for it to look badass but I'm at such a loss... @_@ I hope this blathering makes even a lick of sense.

Mermaid Lorelei
10-18-2013, 02:03 AM
Personally, I would go for the fins like ChristoMer's if you're hoping for a badass black tail. :3 Is the entire tail going to be black, or are you going to have highlight colors?

Mermaid Syrena
10-18-2013, 03:13 AM
Fifi - I am WAY excited for you. What colour palette did you pick for little Emily? She's gonna be so thrilled.
Dan - I'm looking forward to seeing another merman tail! Merman dorsals, WOOHOO! (also, the red of your tail is gonna go well with your farmer's tank, lol)
Octavia - I am so psyched for you. Like I told you before ... URSULA COLOURED TAIL. Lol. I think a black and purple with silver highlights and a mean looking dorsal would be kickass, but that's just me. Can't wait to see what you decide on!

Mermaid Syrena
10-18-2013, 03:14 AM
Theo - How exaaactly does one apply the lube to get in the tail, lol

Merley
10-18-2013, 03:27 AM
Btw Syrena, saw you in the Yahoo article. You looked lovely. Too bad they didn't feature your new tail from Finfolk.

Mermaid Syrena
10-18-2013, 03:33 AM
Waikiki Mermaid: Aww, thank you, you're a sweetheart. <3 Yeah, my Finfolk tail was still in the first stages of being cast in silicone at the time, so it wasn't in the article. Which is a pity, but oh well! I have high hopes that it's gonna arrive today. :D

Merley
10-18-2013, 03:42 AM
Fins crossed for you. I love watching mers get their tails. Unboxing vids are 90% of the reason I come on here. Can't wait to see you in it. That fluke is just godly.

Mermaid Octavia
10-18-2013, 08:26 AM
Personally, I would go for the fins like ChristoMer's if you're hoping for a badass black tail. :3 Is the entire tail going to be black, or are you going to have highlight colors?

The base color will be black and then there will be purple stripes from front to back and a gradient silver belly, like my neoprene tail (though it's probably hard to see in my avi). I think you're right with the badass fins like ChristoMer has. I hope he doesn't mind. >>

Thank you, Syrena! No dorsal for me, I think. Maybe in the future but I don't like how dorsals seem to pull open waists on the tails I've seen. That's why I'm going for pectorals instead. :) EDIT: PLUS I realize in the gigs I do, there's a lot of sitting involved and I'm afraid that would just ruin a dorsal. I do a lot of volunteer appearances with the Oregon Mermaids and a lot of times, we're sitting in some kind of chair!

Merman Dan
10-18-2013, 08:57 AM
In the interest of keeping mine a tad realistic, this is what I originally sent to Finfolk:

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7425/10344544984_e3ee036f02_o.jpg

MerEmma
10-18-2013, 09:11 AM
I'm so excited to see your tail, Dan, seriously! Ahhhh, it's going to look awesome. :D

Mermaid Syrena
10-18-2013, 12:03 PM
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Hyper-excited unboxing/unboxed videos! Finfolk tail with the new Loreena fluke. SO BEAUTIFUL. ALL TEH BEAUTY. *hyperventilates* Sorry for the Instagram filters, the lighting was bad. I'll upload an unboxing vid when I can!

Mermaid Octavia
10-18-2013, 12:22 PM
WOOOOOW!!! <3

Merley
10-18-2013, 05:53 PM
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Hyper-excited unboxing/unboxed videos! Finfolk tail with the new Loreena fluke. SO BEAUTIFUL. ALL TEH BEAUTY. *hyperventilates* Sorry for the Instagram filters, the lighting was bad. I'll upload an unboxing vid when I can!
There are the pictures I came to see. Congrats, it suits you, Syrena. Love your face :jawdrop: You look so happy. Now be a dear and put it on. :]

Merman Arion
10-18-2013, 07:09 PM
When mermaid Syrena got her brand new tail ;)

http://25.media.tumblr.com/2bc48a1ae3b166871980995ced660ae3/tumblr_munb5taEZH1qdlh1io1_400.gif

"Suck it, fish haters!" :eyebrows:

Sherl
10-19-2013, 10:02 AM
Congrats on finally receiving your tail, Syrena! Can't wait to see your unboxing video :)

Mermaid Cascada
10-19-2013, 11:15 AM
That has to be one of the most beautiful tails I have ever seen! Congratulations Syrena!

Seatan
10-19-2013, 11:23 AM
It's GORGEOUS, Syrena!!! I couldn't take it anymore, I keep seeing such beautiful stuff from Finfolk, I just contacted them about getting a tail based on the Portuguese Man O War.

Mermaid Octavia
10-19-2013, 01:22 PM
When I get my Finfolk tail, I hope to be graced by a GIF from Arion. <3

Mermaid Syrena
10-20-2013, 12:00 AM
Aww, thank you all, you're all so sweet. *blushes*

So. Here's my unboxing video! Sorry for the excited voices and the narrow panel- that was the only way to film to fit the whole tail in. Much love! xx
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aApyX9O198A

MerEmma
10-20-2013, 12:10 AM
AHHHHHHHHH! :D It looks AMAZING!

For the pelvic fins, all of them I've seen have not been stuck down but it may be that they decided to glue it down. It's SO pretty and it just matches you so well!

Mermaid Syrena
10-20-2013, 12:21 AM
Thanks, MerEmma! Yeah, I almost wrecked my fins there, lol.

Oh and I realized- it helps A LOT to watch it in full screen!

Winged Mermaid
10-20-2013, 12:24 AM
Wow, it's freaking beautiful! Congratulations Syrena! :D Can't wait to see you in it! Looking forward to your swimming videos for sure!

Mermaid Syrena
10-20-2013, 12:33 AM
Thanks, Winged Mermaid Iona! YOUR unboxing video remains one of my all time faves. ;) Hyperventilation FTW. And yes, hopefully today I'll manage to get it on. Grrrr.

Seavanna- that is SO exciting! Do you have pictures?

Fifi Tigg
10-20-2013, 04:12 AM
Emily and I just watched your unboxing video and your so lovely and the tail is absolutely stunning!:mermaid kiss:

Marie-Josie Cayer
10-20-2013, 08:57 AM
These photos are priceless, cherish what is yours rightfully. You deserve it! Congrats! :3

Seatan
10-20-2013, 12:25 PM
Ah ah ah! I was hyperventilating for you, Syrena! Cod, I love unboxing videos!!! Makes me feel like I'm there! So, so exciting.

No, I don't have pictures yet of my tail plans as we are going to discuss what would be best for a Man O War tail over the next couple of months (my tail is slated for the end of November/beginning of December for production), but I made a Pinterest page with the colors I am looking for (http://Pinterest.com/fandomfunk/man-o-war-tail-design) in the Man O War since they are translucent and can vary. I know they are going to make a dorsal fin that looks like the unique top shape and that I am going to have tentacle like ankle fins. I'll probably start sketching ideas soon.

But seriously, your tail is fintastic and I can't WAIT to se you swim in it! *bounces*. And it is so cool that you are the first one in Sungapore to sport such awesomeness!

Blaze
10-20-2013, 12:35 PM
LOLVE LOVE LOVE!!

Jessica
10-20-2013, 04:40 PM
Syrena,

your tail is a work of art! It's absolutely amazing! I can't wait to see pictures of you in it!

Theobromine
10-20-2013, 05:36 PM
Syrena, blalrgh sorry I didn't get back to you soon enough with more details about lube/putting the tail on and stuff (had other things on my mind). It seems you've gotten it figured out already, but if you want to talk about it more you can message me again. Congrats on receiving your tail, it's stunning!

Merman Arion
10-20-2013, 05:45 PM
New pics of my favorite mersister :D *hugs*

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Seatan
10-20-2013, 05:59 PM
OMG! Gorgeousness!

Mermaid Kelda
10-20-2013, 08:25 PM
Aaahhhh it looks amazing on you! This is making me seriously consider ordering a tail from them, now that I have a job again... Eventually I think I'll own a tail from every maker, just cause I can't hold back when I see amazing tails like these o__o

Aziara
10-21-2013, 08:13 AM
OMG! It looks even better on you! I love really long flukes.

PearlieMae
10-21-2013, 10:01 AM
:thumbs-up: ahem...waiting for video...

Mermaid Syrena
10-21-2013, 10:50 AM
I just came back and saw all these bootiful messages from all y'all (is that a phrase? lol). *emotional sniff* Thank you! It's been a bit of a rollercoaster ride - my beau and I spent an hour and a half the first time just trying to get the tail on me, and it hurt so much that I cried after that. But all my FB mer friends (you know who you are!!) were insanely encouraging, as were Abby and Bryn and a couple of my schoolmates-- so the next day I went down armed with some seeerious lube. And! I got into the tail in 15 minutes! Such joy.
It's extremely heavy - Finfolk tails generally look heavy because of their glorious big flukes, but mine is even heavier due to the extra length- so my ankles do hurt and I sink easily in this tail, but I think the beauty is worth the discomfort. Which I hope will pass.

And thank you, Merman Arion, for posting my pictures! :> I actually came on here intending to do just that, but I see you beat me to it. *winks* And I have absolutely no problems with that. Thank you for being a wonderful mer-brother.
PearlieMae - ...ikr?! I've been having lots of GoPro trubbel, so I'm working on that. Grr, technology! Why can't we all just have a videographer following all of us around, all the time?! ;)

PearlieMae
10-21-2013, 11:50 AM
"Why can't we all just have a videographer following all of us around, all the time?!

What, do you mean you DON'T???

And yes, y'all is a word if you are from the South (US)

Hey... why does your Singaporean accent sound like central California? ;)

Mermaid Octavia
10-21-2013, 06:08 PM
Do you find you have a lot of drag in the water with that fluke style, Syrena? I'm curious to know how well the fluke helps with propulsion! And do you have a competitor in it?

edit: DERP DERP I think you said you had a competitor in it. Never mind that part!

Mermaid Kelda
10-21-2013, 07:13 PM
I can't wait to see a video when your GoPro stops being troublesome. If I get a tail from FF it'll definitely be this fluke, so I'd love to see how it (and the competitor) move/flow.

Seatan
10-21-2013, 08:13 PM
Yes, I would love to know how it feels to swim! When you say it's heavy, where is the weight centered? At the fluke? And if so what part of the fluke? The long fin ends or the ankles? Is it evenly distributed? Just wondering how it feels!

Marie-Josie Cayer
11-06-2013, 04:38 PM
Glad to annouce that my custom mermaid betta tail is finally done! Check out Finfolk Productions Facebook page if you have a chance! :)

Echinacea
11-06-2013, 04:46 PM
It is absolutely GORGEOUS, I am looking forward to seeing pictures of you in it!!

MerEmma
11-06-2013, 05:02 PM
SO pretty! What are fluke extensions?

Mermaid Octavia
11-06-2013, 05:20 PM
I loved it! Congratulations!! Can't wait to see you in it! ;)

Marie-Josie Cayer
11-08-2013, 02:35 PM
Thanks to all, I will share pictures when it gets home safely. :)

Seatan
11-10-2013, 12:27 AM
It is soooo gorgeous, I LOVE the colors!!! Those electric purple tips make me tingle. Yikes, I'm so excited about my tail being designed! FinFolk says they are working their schedule out now. I know that you have one in the line, Octavia, and also Dan, right? Fifi, didn't you once mention that they were making a tail for your daughter, too? They originally said that mine would be started the end of November/beginning of December, but I don't know if that look out is still the same. Who else has one on order with FinFolk besides us?

Fifi Tigg
11-10-2013, 01:23 AM
Yes Emily's tail is in the works and we hope to see some pictures in a week or so :D