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Thread: Recreating the Mertailor Pirate Fluke. (For Personal Use Only).

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    Oh yes, esp considering how expensive even the trials are o.o
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    Wow, that looks awesome! Makes me feel jealous of all those lucky enough to try and make a silicone tail
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    Quote Originally Posted by Azurin Luna View Post
    Wow, that looks awesome! Makes me feel jealous of all those lucky enough to try and make a silicone tail
    Thank you! It took me years to build up the courage to get to the point where I felt confident to make my own tail and even just making the clay sculpt was nerve-raking! But what I learned to far from this experience is if you are patient, everything will turn out exactly as planned. I am a very impatient person so I had to re-wire my brain to not think in terms of instant gratification/success and instead think of every failure as a path to it

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    I'm currently pouring the second half of my fluke and I just ordered some Finis long fins which are what Eric used to use in older tails. I'm not sure how reliable they'll be in comparison with a full size monofin, but I feel like with this fluke in particular, I want to retain as much movement as possible and avoid the fluke looking rigid underwater. I think long fins will give that effect while still providing adequate propulsion.

    Also, I'm starting to look at color options! I downloaded and printed out some of the old Mertailor color sheets and this is one of the color designs I came up with:

    [IMG]D4A51F40-50AD-4322-860A-437C7F34E686 by Desirae Powell, on Flickr[/IMG]

    The base is a dark turquoise with purple and pink accents. I'm trying really hard to stay away from the typical "ariel green tail", but it's also calling my name . We'll see what I lean towards once I finish the scale body and put it all together haha.

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    looking forward to seeing the rest of your progress!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asterism View Post
    looking forward to seeing the rest of your progress!!!!
    Thank you for following! I just finished pulling the other half of my flukeout of the mold so Iím making some decent progress and can hopefully get his tail up and running soon

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    Hey guys, I'm finally back with some progress! So I finally glued the fluke haves together along with some modified Finis Long Fins in between

    [IMG]66679B01-7C6F-42AA-883F-04C7BD47FF3F by Desirae Powell, on Flickr[/IMG]

    The side seams were a bit messy but I'm sure that once I paint them it wont matter too much. [IMG]023DB2B1-4F0C-4F52-B07D-F6C8D5F7E5B0 by Desirae Powell, on Flickr[/IMG]

    I also finally started working in the scale body which I will hopefully be able to knock out this weekend. I bought flat seashells and the plan was originally to make a full silicone, individual scale mold out of Mold-Star 16. Unfortunately, mold material got underneath the shells and was essentially unusable [IMG]41C5B049-0BB3-4E10-9FFD-B10539EC8A05 by Desirae Powell, on Flickr[/IMG]

    I cut the least damaged square of scales out and I planned on attempting to use just this part until I decided to experiment with using it as a clay mold. I tested out some clay and out came a really pretty shell!

    [IMG]192B8E27-9064-49CA-B36F-CF9CB850B18A by Desirae Powell, on Flickr[/IMG]

    So far I've been molding all of the shells in the smallest and most clean shell mold in the silicone [IMG]CFA7A1C2-8F06-4F77-895D-95E87FFDB04A by Desirae Powell, on Flickr[/IMG]

    Currently I'm creating a scale sheet with all of the clay shells and it's turning out beautifully! [IMG]18566DEF-5ACD-4725-AFDA-D7362C0744A4 by Desirae Powell, on Flickr[/IMG]


    I don't plan on doing a large scale sheet, (even though it is more efficient and cuts down on time), simply because I don't have much storage space and storing my big fluke mold was already a HUGE hassle. I think I may stop about halfway up my wood plank which is about up to my knees. My hope is that I can finish molding these scales and pouring the silicone by the end of this weekend to that after my Disney trip next weekend I can start the painting process! Overall, my goal is to have the tail finished and tested by the end of March and so far I'm on track.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MerRaeofSunshine View Post

    Currently I'm creating a scale sheet with all of the clay shells and it's turning out beautifully! [IMG]18566DEF-5ACD-4725-AFDA-D7362C0744A4 by Desirae Powell, on Flickr[/IMG]
    Ooo! I love the natural colors of the clay seashells!
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    Aren't they pretty? As I was making the clay shells I kept thinking about how nice they look! Makes me want to do a marble themed tail in the future

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    I can't wait to see it all done!
    It's coming along so beautifully!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MermaidLillianna View Post
    I can't wait to see it all done!
    It's coming along so beautifully!
    Thank you! Iím excited to see the turn out as well! Iím surprised I made it this far haha

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    Wowie! Those shells look so real!

    That fluke is seriously well done. The seams probably will be almost invisible if you paint it, esp with a darker or very vivid color
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    A little late on this, but another product that will fill in mold errors/bubbles, etc is Smooth On's "Free Form Air"
    It's easy to use, starts out with the consistency of a marshmallow kinda, then dries like a rock.

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    Can't wait for more updates on this!!!

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    Same here! I can't wait to see how this turns out for you
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