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Nerissa
09-16-2011, 04:01 PM
Hi! I am going to cosplay Ariel at a con which will take place on October 1st. I do have a bra, with shells made by Lisa Fabio, but the shells are very, very large! So I want to make my own. I'm not very busty, frankly, I'm a Norwegian A cup, which probably is an AA cup in the USA... :$ So I'm thinking of making some smaller shells. But what materials shall I use? I saw someone making them of clay, but that's too heavy, and wood would take too long.
Do you have any ideas? Has anyone here made their own Ariel bra before?

green52
09-17-2011, 01:28 PM
Have you looked at the guide on making sea shell bras? Its posted in the how to section: how to section (http://mernetwork.com/index/content.php?135-Tutorials-and-How-to-Guides).

You can find it if you go to "Home", then click "Making Tails", right below the home button.

Nerissa
09-17-2011, 02:06 PM
Oh, thanks! :)
But I was thinking of the Disneyland version with handmade seashells, not actual seashells. I think I'm going to try with polymer clay.

Mermaid Saphira
11-13-2011, 04:18 PM
You could paint the real shells purple to make them look like the disney version...
or I just thought of some people on esty who sells tops

Click here for bikini top--> http://www.etsy.com/listing/62974572/mermaid-bikini-top-sale?ref=sr_list_21&ga_search_query=ariel+top&ga_view_type=list&ga_ship_to=US&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_facet=handmade
(http://www.etsy.com/listing/62974572/mermaid-bikini-top-sale?ref=sr_list_21&ga_search_query=ariel+top&ga_view_type=list&ga_ship_to=US&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_facet=handmade)
Click here for fake purple shells--> http://www.etsy.com/listing/84027341/emily-angelfish-medium-purple-mermaid?ref=sr_list_3&ga_search_query=ariel+top&ga_view_type=list&ga_ship_to=US&ga_page=2&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_facet=handmade

taom
11-13-2011, 06:29 PM
Polymer clay sounds like it would work really well. You could make the shells to perfectly conform to your body so they wont rub. I've heard that shells can be a bit rough on the more sensitive bits that they cover....

Spindrift
11-13-2011, 07:56 PM
Polymer clay sounds like it would work really well. You could make the shells to perfectly conform to your body so they wont rub. I've heard that shells can be a bit rough on the more sensitive bits that they cover....

Maybe pasties could cover the more sensitive areas to add a buffer zone?

taom
11-13-2011, 08:07 PM
That's another idea! Nice thinking!

Mermaid Star
11-14-2011, 11:40 PM
The ones made for disney were sculpted, molded and then cast using a plastic.

gypsymer
01-24-2012, 08:50 PM
I did an Ariel inspired top but I used a bra and actual shells.

http://mernetwork.com/index/attachment.php?attachmentid=1496&d=1327450867

Mermaid Saphira
01-25-2012, 10:31 AM
^ I love that! Beautiful! U did a GREAT job :)
Seriously, u should consider selling stuff like that! ;)

Moonflower
02-05-2012, 04:16 AM
I will say, the ones the girls wear at the parks are made by cup size, and are fitted to the bras with velcro (so they can be washed), and each is very "bowl-like" to completely cover the girls' assets LOL
(I used to work at WDW in costuming, and got to examine them closely one day while no one was watching LOL)

Mermaid Saphira
02-05-2012, 10:08 AM
no wonder mine didnt fit.... :(