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12-25-2007, 02:10 AM
This is my first time trying to make a tutorial. Constructive criticism and questions are welcome.
Mermaid body
1. Make an oval with body colour.
2. Shape into a lop-sided bicone
3. Slightly flatten front and back
4. Heat a glob of glass and attach at “shoulder” and pull down to waist to form arm. Heat joints to blend.
5. Make a round bead slightly touching the body-heat gently until blended.
6. Place two dots (whatever size you desire) on the chest.
7. Heat top of “breasts” to blend.
8. Use pre-made twisties for the hair. Slightly twirl and twist as adding to the mermaid. I use a blend of clear and opaque glass for depth.
9. Add eyes, mouth and if you like…little dots you know where.

12-25-2007, 02:13 AM
Mermaid Tail
1. Make an oval-ish bead with the tail colour.
2. Add the body colour to the upper half.
3. Shape oval.
4. Decorate fin.
5. I sometimes add a belly button-just for fun.
I sometime overlap the frit so it is on both the body colour and the tail.

12-25-2007, 02:16 AM
Mermaid fin
1. make a small bead of the tail colour.
2. Shape it like a bell, then slightly flatten.
3. If using frit add that now and melt in.
4. Place a dot of transparent colour on either side of the bell.
5. Continue to add dots to either side-at this point the find can be left as-is or manipulated into a more elaborate fin.

12-25-2007, 02:22 AM
Very simple to follow, but detailed enough. Pictures really help for this visual learner. Only thing I would like to see is a picture of the top, middle, and bottom put together. Maybe that's already going to be your next step, think I caught you while you were posting.

Thanks for adding this to the tuts!

12-25-2007, 02:22 AM
I string the parts together and using findings and a small beaded belt.
Before I became more adventurous and learned to make bigger beads I made my mermaids in 4 parts. Making the head and upper body as two separate pieces. I was also a bit less daring and put a bra top on her.

12-25-2007, 02:44 AM
When I string them together I use beading wire with metal beads between the pieces. The belt is made to match.
That's it my first Tut. Thanks for looking.

12-25-2007, 02:52 AM
Thank you beadtown. I hope more tutorials will follow as I learn more.

12-27-2007, 11:07 PM
Ooh Ooh she is too cute! Let's see what results I get... Post pics here???

12-27-2007, 11:14 PM
Tomorrows project. Along with hearts.

12-28-2007, 02:53 AM
Very easy to understand. I like that you added the pictures. I will definitely give this a try.

12-28-2007, 03:19 AM
I'll try it! Thank you for the tutorial!

12-28-2007, 07:14 AM
OK... so I tried it... cooling down at the moment, but I have a feeling it will turn out more like the creature from the black lagoon! LOL

12-28-2007, 11:31 AM
Company today, and my studio is a MESS rearranging :eek: but I'll give it a try over the weekend. She looks so cute but I'm with Maggie a little modest might have to be a little creative with the hair flow.

12-28-2007, 04:20 PM
Dove thanks for doing/sharing this tutorial with us. Now it only it is as easy as the tutorial makes it look. :) and mine come out half as good as yours I'll be happy.

12-28-2007, 09:42 PM
Thanks for the Tut! I 'attempted' one today, will take her picture tomorrow.
...I think she has fin rot... :lol:

12-29-2007, 04:55 PM
Thanks for the thanks. I would love to see some of the finished works.

12-29-2007, 06:40 PM
Never one to dodge a dare -- here's my first attempt - her name is Fanny Finrot, if you look carefully you'll see she's the grateful recipient of a trichiotomy. This happened while she was gasping for breath due to the deplorable conditions of her gills.

12-29-2007, 06:58 PM
Yeah Louise! I think she's a cutie. I hope to make one tomorrow and will post regardless of health issues, birth defects... Still a bit under the weather today.

12-30-2007, 06:11 AM
Here's mine... 'cept her arm broke off... this was fun - gonna have another try tonite!

12-30-2007, 06:11 AM
Here's mine... 'cept her arm broke off... this was fun - gonna have another try tonite!

12-30-2007, 06:12 AM
Here's mine... 'cept her arm broke off... this was fun - gonna have another try tonite!

12-30-2007, 06:14 AM
What the.......????? I sooo did not press post button that many times! Sorry!

12-30-2007, 01:42 PM
I love the fun factor of these beads.
Louise. the dotted belt is lovely-I would like to try that.
Girl Friday-When I started these I had the problem of pieces breaking off in annealing, mostly it is piece of the hair. If I really like the bead and I spent a lot of time I put it back on a mandrel bring it up to temp in the kiln then add the missing pieces. It usually works.
How's yours coming beadtowne? I hope you are feeling better today.

12-30-2007, 05:26 PM
I gotta say this is a really fun tutorial... I like how if you stuff one part of the bead up, you don't have to ditch it! LOL! Plus you can really give them lots of personalities...

12-31-2007, 11:00 AM
Great tut. I will give it a try when I have a space to work in again.
Great beads everyone I love the personallities of all of them. Good job.
have fun everyone.
will post mine when I get one made.

12-31-2007, 02:03 PM
Have the lower body and tail in the kiln. Like the body, tail is not so hot, afraid to make the torso! Thinking it will be twice the size of the torso. Mermaid on steroids perhaps,

12-31-2007, 11:42 PM
I need to get mine put together and take a picture from a better angle, but here she is:

01-01-2008, 10:01 AM
Thanks Dove, I'm thinking you could have lots of fun mixing and matching these:clap:

Maggie, I love the bikini look! I wanted to cover mine up but didn't think quick enough. ...and she's not on steroids either!

Maxine, too bad about her arm because she turned out really well!

01-01-2008, 02:34 PM
Here she is all made up.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jan-2008/88372-MermaidPen1.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jan-2008/88372-MermaidPenH.jpg

01-03-2008, 12:06 AM
Maggie she is lovely. I like the colours. Which blue did you use?

01-05-2008, 09:26 PM
I posted her on the newbie thread but thought I should post her here as well. I made her head separately because it was easier.:D I think I will have to try another one.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Jan-2008/104810-mermaid1.jpg

01-05-2008, 11:55 PM
Maggie she is lovely. I like the colours. Which blue did you use?

I think it's Moretti periwinkle light alabaster, then dipped in frit on parts.

01-05-2008, 11:56 PM
Sueze, I think she is precious and I like the idea of a separate head. She could have a necklace that was when put together.

01-09-2008, 08:08 PM
Maggie thanks for the colours.
Sueze: Very sweet. Like Maggie says a nice necklace looks great when assembling them. White seed beads look like pearls if you use them.

12-27-2008, 12:02 AM
great job very unique, xposedart

01-01-2009, 12:23 PM
Hi Sueze I like the idea of separate pieces I play with it alot. Especially if you are on a hot head like me it allows you to make things larger with out all the worry. She is cute good job.

01-09-2009, 12:33 PM
Wow! great tut! thanks sooo much! I'm thinking it's easy to follow and your step by step is clear, will have to give it a go soon!! :)

03-31-2015, 07:34 AM
I realize this thread is rather old, but it is new to me and I want to thank Dove for creating such a charming mermaid and making the tutorial easy to understand!. I will be attempting to make her as soon as I get my torch set up. I will post when I get her finished! Thanks!

04-01-2015, 02:42 PM
May need to try this!