his week on FMG Magazine is Ocean week, and for our “Learn” section, keeping with the Ocean and Mermaid theme we have going, I wanted to share with you a very well done, informative video on how to create your own Mermaid Tail. With your tail, you will be able to gracefully swim amongst the Sea creatures and enjoy the world under our amazing Ocean.
Merlissa is your host…Enjoy!
Additional videos for your Mermaid Tail from Melissa Thomas:
Basic Zipper Tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hs0v3a2IqJk
Basic Elastic Tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3fIIxogwJc
How to Paint Mermaid Flukes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZxFpmP1G-U
“Special thanks to my mother who did all the sewing (since she doesn’t trust me around her machines yet. ) I’d also like to thank Molly, Awena, and Coraline for supervising different aspects of the making of the tail and my fiancé for always believing in me and supporting my strange hobbies.” ~ Melissa Thomas
THE CARE AND USE OF YOUR NEW MERMAID TAIL:
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To care for your tail so it lasts a long time, make sure you clean it. In some public pools there is a chlorine neutralizer rinse next to their water aerobics equipment. I have had no problem dipping my tail in these rinse buckets. This will help get rid of that smell as well.
If you have no rinse buckets at your pool, cleaning is still simple. Remove the monofin from the fluke and wash the tail by hand. So far I have used laundry soap on it and it was just fine. Hang the tail to dry. Do NOT put it in the dryer. Heat on the mermaid tail is a big NO-NO since it can ruin the fabric and cause shrinkage and color fading.
When you are not swimming in your tail and need to store it, simply take the fin out and hang it on a hanger in the closet. Be sure to keep the fin nearby so you will always know where it is.
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Taking your tail to the coast, to the lake, or on a family vacation is a lot of fun. My black tail went across the country with me to the east coast and then up and down it. If you are traveling by plane, make sure your monofin will fit in your suitcase. The monofin is flexible and will bend a little, but you will not want to bend it too far or for too long. My monofin was bent slightly for about 8 hours for my trip to the east coast. However, when I got there, I took it out of the suitcase and let it ‘breathe,’ even placing objects on the fin to help it get flat again. It is also wise to take with you a seal-able plastic bag that will hold your tail. Chances are if you are on the road, and especially if you are hotel hopping, you will need something to store your wet tail in so it doesn’t get everything else all wet. Hanging it to dry overnight may not always completely dry it out.
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Swimming with a tail can be a feat to master. Do not swim alone when in your tail, especially if you are new to the experience. Most people are a little weirded out the first time they swim with their legs bound together. The monofin alone will make you swim faster, but you swim speed will slow down to a little above normal, normal, or even slower than normal with the tail on because of drag. How much drag you experience depends on how elaborate the tail is, what materials it’s made of, and how many layers are involved.
[box_tip]For beginners, keep to sallower waters to begin with. Work on swimming without having to dart for the side of the pool and get used to the feeling of moving your legs together to swim. Only when you have gotten the kick down and can swim strongly in the tail would I suggest moving to deeper waters. Only swim in familiar waters or pools.[/box_tip]
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Be sure to visit Melissa’s site for more Mermaid Videos!