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    Default Need help making Dead Mermaid!

    I need help for my pirate display. I want to make a skeleton or dead mermaid for my display next year. I want to make her tangled in fish netting and resting on my cargo. I have looked and I want a realistic fish tail to attach to my skelton but the cheapest I can find is $100 for the tail alone. I do not want to buy a little mermaid tail from disney either. HELP! I think it can be really cool but need some ideas.
    Thanks

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    where is the one you have found for 100. so that we can have an idea of just what your looking for

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    Chicken wire.....polyester batting.....latex.

    Chicken wire ....paper mache....thin card board scales.

    Chicken wire.....tight fitting shiny formal evening gown...scissors.


    Just a couple of options.

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    cardboard... sequin material (fabric store,walmart) and good old duct tape.

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    Here is a post for the one Dr. Slickshill did: https://www.halloweenforum.com/hallow...maid-prop.html

    Don't know the size of it, maybe you could ask about it.

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    Need help making Dead Mermaid!
    Also, you can find some costume wings on clearance and with a little tweaking, have a decent-looking tail:


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    Quote Originally Posted by aSmarterU View Post
    Here is a post for the one Dr. Slickshill did: https://www.halloweenforum.com/hallow...maid-prop.html

    Don't know the size of it, maybe you could ask about it.

    OMG, that's creepy. But perfect!

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    Do you sew? If so, I'm thinking that would be quickest. Even if you've never done it before it would be super easy. So maybe a better question is do you have access to a sewing machine?

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    Need help making Dead Mermaid!
    I don't know if you have a idea how to build your Mermaid but I was surfing on the web and I came across this pic. I remembered your thread. may be this could give you an idea on how to design it. Hope this helps a little.



    If I was going to build a Mermaid. I probably use some these materials.

    1. cheapo foam skull head
    2. a cheap black long wig.
    3. 3/4 PVC piping for the body, arms, uni-leg.
    4. chicken wire to mold the bold.
    5. "Great stuff" foam can Home Depot. for making the body rigid.
    6. paper mache, newspaper, tissue paper, card board
    7. duct tape, Black.
    8. any type of acrylic paint with paint brushes to paint the scales.
    9. construction adhesive for skin texture.looks awesome for rotting skin.
    10. mahogany wood stain. great color for rotting skin look. dab on wipe off effect.

    If you need more detail info please feel free to PM me. My name is JiMI.
    hope this can give you a idea for materials. Good Luck.

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    Need help making Dead Mermaid!
    Here is one pic of an actual prop you can get from Haunted Props .com for $287 which first got me thinking........Attachment 3292

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