How to Make a Mermaid Tail for Swimming

Do you enjoy being a mermaid as a hobby or as a professional? Recent movies and television viewing have renewed audiences’ curiosity to this fantasy sea creature. There are thousands of females who are participating with handcrafted or purchased mermaid tails and fins to add to their swimming fun.

There are people who believe that mermaids and mermen did really exist or do exist in our waterways and oceans. There are mythological stories of ancient gods who initiated their existence.

For thousands of years sailors have sworn to observe these half-human half-fish sea creatures while on their voyages. These claims were said to have been imagined and these mermaids were invented when observing a manatee or sea cow. Too many months at sea was claimed to be the reason for this fantasy invention.

Today, young girls and women enjoy the beauty and majesty of the tail and fin and play dress-up in their pool, lakes, or ocean waters as a hobby. The more serious-minded, study this new performing arts medium and become professional mermaids working in tourist locations or in the movie industry.

The mermaid has an attractive hairdo, a decorated or shelled covering for her top, and the majestic tail and fin.

The mermaid tail is the envied creation and it receives much attention and emphasis from other mermaids and spectators. The design of the fin is engineered for underwater speed or may be highly decorative for professional mermaids or modeling.

Sewing skills, creativity, and imagination are needed for DIY mothers who wish to make a tail for young daughters. The swimsuit section of fabric stores stock mermaid fabric which is stretchable and imprinted with scales.

The fin may be made from polycarbonate plastic sheet; not acrylic as it will break. Or select flexible rubber, vinyl, or any material which has flexible strength to insert into the fin.

There are many online DIY instructions for making tails and fins for girls. The serious enthusiast and professional performer will prefer to purchase their supplies from specialty companies.

Become familiar with cleaning and storage care. Some of these materials cannot take heat from the sun or stored in warm or hot locations.

Professional tails are made from latex and silicone to present realistic finishes. The construction of these tails is more complex and would require professional assembly. These tails are 15 pounds or more. Buoyancy needs to be utilized for heavier tails to eliminate sinking.

The tail needs to be comfortable for the legs, feet, and ankles and offer maneuverability ease through the water. Mermaids are carried to the water whenever their tails are too heavy for the wearer.

The fin may be of simple design or very elaborate. The simple trout-like fin will give the swimmer speed. This is the most popular and preferred fin style; mono fin. More elaborate or fancy fins similar to a veil tail goldfish will require a stronger swimmer to handle extra weight and to work the beauty of the pectoral, dorsal, anal, and pelvic fins. These are added features for the performing artist and model.

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