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    ☆TAILMAKING REFERENCE INDEX☆


    Below is an index of threads, videos, and other links for the making of every kind of tail. From spandex to dragon skin, from tail care to tail decoration. All the information you need to make a tail at your fingertips!

    Please look through the sections and links/threads below BEFORE asking any tail making questions. We are ending up with a lot of repeated information and duplicate subject threads, so we'd like to cut down on that. Plus you need to do research yourself instead of relying on others to provide answers all the time

    If you feel a thread or link should be added, post the URL in a comment and we will assess and possibly post it!



    Basics:


    The Original "How to Make a Mermaid Tail" by Sasha
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtwnOQg_KH8

    MerNetwork Tailmaking FAQ
    http://mernetwork.com/index/faq.php?faq=tailmaking

    Materials and Supplies Information Page
    http://mernetwork.com/index/content....s-and-Supplies

    "Monofins, The Official Thread" by Winged Mermaid
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?2909

    "How to Modify (Extend) a Finis Rapid Monofin" by Moonflower
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?4750

    "Tips on Measuring for a Tail" by Winged Mermaid
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?4157

    "The Official How to Put On Your Mermaid Tail thread" by aniar
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?5869

    "Why we don't advise full silicone tails for your first tail." by Winged Mermaid
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?7106

    "Chlorination How To: Making Latex Non Sticky" by AptaMer
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?5421

    "E6000 Poisoning" by AniaR
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?11962


    Care and Maintenance:


    "Tail Care and Maintenance, The Official Thread" by Winged Mermaid
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?3108

    "Archive: "Important Tail Care & Maintenance"" by Spindrift, originally by W
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?114

    "Water Proofing Spray" by APhisOutofWater
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?208

    "Tail Drying" by Blue Mermaid
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?1646


    Lycra/Spandex tails:

    "sewing lycra and other swim fabrics" by draggersprez
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?1542

    "How-to: Swimmable mermaid tail" by Colt-kun on deviantART
    http://colt-kun.deviantart.com/art/H...tail-118291015

    "Making of a Mermaid Tail" by Little Orca
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XARgUycggk

    "Little Orca's New Tail" by Little_Orca
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?230

    "Painted Spandex Tail" by LindseyLu
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?108

    "Painting on fabric tails?" by mermaidwillow
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?481

    "Starting my first tail!" by Taylor is a Mermaid
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?192


    Neoprene tails:


    "Archive: "Sewing Neoprene"" by Wingéd Mermaid, Originally by malinghi
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?574

    "Neoprene vs Neoprin" by Mermaid Lexia
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?3374

    "Where is the best place to order neoprene from?" by Coradion
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?1342

    "Found: Neoprene at JoAnn Fabrics" by Moonflower
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?238

    "New Neoprene Tail In Progress" by Ide
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?2310

    "Neoprene Thickness" by taom
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?502

    "Another "How I made my neoprene tail" thread" by *Celine*
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?2487

    "Starting a sequin tail!" (Neoprene with sequin trimming) by Mermaid Nyla
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?1479

    "Head Start on my two-week Neoprene Tail Construction" by SirenaSolaris
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?1097

    "Neoprene Glaucus atlanticus tail (aka Blue Sea Slug tail )" by Ilyena
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?6332


    Sequin tails:


    "Hannah Fraser's Tails" by Wingéd Mermaid
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?443

    "Vector Enterprises 47mm Large Shell Sequins Order Thread" by Winged Mermaid
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?4242

    "Cartwright's Sequins - colour and durability reference" by Mermaid Melaina
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?7426

    "White sequin/latex/spandex tail" by Ilonka
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?2452

    "Transforming a neoprene tail into a sequin tail" by *Celine*
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?7135

    "***Starting a Sequin Tail***" by Mermaid Saphira
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?535

    "Marissa's Alex plus tail makeover" by Ilonka
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?5299

    "Large Seashell Sequins for Sequin Tails!!!" by MermaidBonnie
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?2911

    "nina's sequin mermaid tail quest" by NixieOona
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?8354

    "another sequin tail" by Mermaid Enora
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?10235


    Partial tin cure silicone and latex tails:

    "Archive: "Using ALEX for Tails"" by Wingéd Mermaid, originally by Capt Nemo
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?553

    "Safety Considerations for working with tails made from Alex Plus" by Mermaid Shelly
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?1026

    TailFlip article on using ALEX Plus
    http://issuu.com/t_obrecht/docs/tail_flip_issue_1 (Page 10)

    "Latex (slip casting) and neoprene tail tutorial" by Winged Mermaid
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?3838

    "If Not Alex then what.... ?" by Mermaid Citrine
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?2908

    Melbels tutorial on ALEX Plus tails, inspired by Raven of Merbellas original tutorial
    http://missfit1023.deviantart.com/ar...rial-209421264

    "Silicone caulking- Why do I never see anything about it?" by Moonflower
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?1499

    "Hiding a zipper with a dorsal fin?" by Mermaid Jewel
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?1126

    "Ariel Tail Construction Begins!!!" by julessweetie
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?209

    "Silicone & Fabric fins - Progress Pictures" by Moonflower
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?1610

    "First Tail, a Hybrid Adventure" by Reef Fish
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?12581


    Molded slip casting latex and platinum silicone tails:


    FAQ Latex and Silicone Tails
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?1894

    Andrew's Tail Making Journey
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?405

    How-to guide that's just made from adapting Dr. Seaweed's thread (no filler posts)
    http://mernetwork.com/imgs/ATJ.pdf

    "Star's First Tailmaking Experience" by Star
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?587

    "Fantasea FX's first casted latex tail!" Ilonka
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?1788

    "Full Silicone Tal Tutorial - In the works" by Kanti
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?2089

    "Lorelei's First Silicone Tail Attempt!" by Mermaid Lorelei
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?1178

    "Jazz's H2O Style Silicone Mermaid Tail Process" by jazz2453
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?5525

    "Jessica's dragonskin tail" by Jessica
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?5697

    "Julz's First Latex Tail attempt" by Mermaid Julz
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?5855

    "Jazz's Second Dragonskin Tail" by jazz2453
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?6103

    "Jessica's Second Dragonskin Tail" by Jessica
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?6373

    "Silicone Mermaid Tail Tutorial" by jazz2453
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?6947

    "Mizuko's Silicone Tail" by Mizuko
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?4604

    "Mer gal's tail in process" by Mer-gal
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?9553

    "Silicone hates me! why won't it CURE!!!!" by Elle
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?7118

    "Dragon Skin on Neoprene?" by Little_Orca
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?3161

    "How can I fix a clay mold that keeps cracking?" by Jinx
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?2624

    "Tail sizing and Tail Form / double - expanding foam?" by Paisley777
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?6940

    Instructable Silicone Tail Tutorial by Rogue Siren
    http://www.instructables.com/id/Silicone-Mermaid-Tail/


    Paint and decor:


    "Archive: "Scale Painting Video and Quick Tail Preview"" by , Originally by Courtney Mermaid
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?577

    "JACQUARD--- Paints Creators of "Lumiere" " by Little_Orca
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?3182

    "Wanna Get Awesome Powdered Pigments?! Go to ETSY! " by jazz2453
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?6913

    "No Heat Fixative for Screen Printing Inks" by Winged Mermaid
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?3623

    "Createx Paint Stores" by SeaVixen
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?2238

    "Airbrush System" by leeloo
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?2122

    "Createx or Jacquard on Neoprene?" by SireniaSolaris
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?1072

    Archive: "What kind of paint to use?" by Winged Mermaid
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?575

    "What to use as fringe?" by Mermaid Aqua
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?1329

    "Free tail Template" by draggersprez
    http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?1917
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    You are so AWSOME!!!!!

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    Thanks for putting me on the list as a reference!!!!

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    Thank you for using me as a reference and this is awesome!
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    thanks for posting my template! and this is awesome!

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    Thanks for this! I've added it to my subscription list.

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    Adding this here: http://www.thistothat.com/cgi-bin/gl...ic&that=Rubber
    its a website to find the best glue to stick two things together (ignore what I was searching lol)

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    Do I have to use the Mesh Nylon Power?

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    I've been reading through so many of these threads, and there is one question I haven't seen answered. I wonder if anyone knows if you can pour and pull silicone directly off a clay mold? I was thinking of designing the scale sheet in negative, which would be easier for one of the designs I have in mind.

    If no one knows, I might do a very small experiment when I finally get supplies.

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    Call smooth on and ask but I'm pretty sure you can't I dont think it'll cure

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    Quote Originally Posted by deepblue View Post
    I've been reading through so many of these threads, and there is one question I haven't seen answered. I wonder if anyone knows if you can pour and pull silicone directly off a clay mold? I was thinking of designing the scale sheet in negative, which would be easier for one of the designs I have in mind.

    If no one knows, I might do a very small experiment when I finally get supplies.
    Of course you can!
    Just make sure to use sulfur free clay!

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    Awesome, thanks! I do plan on using a clay people report good results with so, yay.

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    Yes, monster makers clay works great with silicone! I made my mini octopus that way, and my starfish too

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    Pleased to say I've added a handful of new links to the Molded slip casting latex and platinum silicone tails section Keep 'em coming! (Just remember I only add links to tailmaking threads only after the tail has been completed.)

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    Great! Having the info centralized is so handy! Thanks!

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    Thanks for adding my threads!

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    Wow thank you so much for posting all these helpful link's need to learn all i can on neoprene fabric's and the "how to's" really appreciate thanks

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    There's no neoprene silicone or neoprene latex that's what I'm looking for but still thanks and please add it

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