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    Would you say an 1/8 polypropylene is somewhat rigid for good propulsion?

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    And thank you so much guys!

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    Senior Member Pod of Cali Merman Storm's Avatar
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    1/8" polypropylene is what i normally use. It works well.
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    1/8" polypropylene is what i normally use. It works well.
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    Let the storm rage on!

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    Ok so the plastic place didn’t have polypropylene in 1/8 but he let me see some samples and I ended up choosing high density polyethylene I really like the feel of it and it should make me go zoom! Also, I’ve been trying to gain weight and I guess I succeeded because getting into my tail today was a pain and a half. Like, I might have to make a new one.

    SO, if I do have to make a new one, I’ll make it out of fabric so it’s cheaper (and has more stretch), but I’m wondering if you guys know of different ways to insert a removable monofin into a fabric tail? Like, should I do a little zipper? Or just let the fluke be open?

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    One issue with polyethylene: It is heat sensitive. If you leave it in the car or in the sun, it could warp. Be careful.
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    Thank you Mermaid Jaffa! That sounds perfect

    And thank you Merman Storm! You’ve been such a great help to me I’ll definitely try to keep it out of the sun, but I’m also hoping that I can mold it a small bit to fit my feet better

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    https://ibb.co/28yqHvX
    I’m still alive! Lol I finally, FINALLY...mostly finished my tail�� So I got some clear flex seal to make it smooth and have glitter, but it cured yellowish. So note to you: no flex seal! Lol So I had to do some repainting agaaaaain. Once it’s dry and I complete my monofin, I go swim!

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    it looks amazing, wow

    have fun swimming^^

    oh and take pictures, please!
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    +1 on pictures

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    https://ibb.co/QYRHwqC
    https://ibb.co/6DLf7xJ
    https://ibb.co/xGKZ700

    Swam in my tail today! Sorry I don’t have under water pictures yet, I’ll try to get some soon. Also didn’t swim with my monofin yet because I forgot to make it smaller so it can fit. But I did swim in my monofin by itself today too after I modded it with polyethylene paddles (I’ll get of pic of it later) and it worked really well!
    If I could do anything differently about my tail, I’d have made more room for behind my ankles for a look of more continuity. I’m also going to place the inner plastic piece I have to give my foot space better shape, from the top to the bottom next to my ankle so it’s smoother.
    Also good news! After squeezing into my tail with all my might, it turns out I just had to wiggle around a bit to loosen things up, phew!
    Are the links showing you guys the pictures?
    P.S. I made my top myself, my first swimsuit top I’ve ever made

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