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I screwed and glued Styrofoam on a board to build up the basic shape. Then used joint compound (plaster) to give it the proper full-figured form. I used a ceramic face I got from the Goodwill. Before the plaster set I poked in the prickly leaves from a Monkey Tail Tree to make the fishy scales. I used a little scrap of tin to adorn the part of the upper torso that was exposed. The tail was cut out of a plastic ceiling tile scrap that I salvaged from an Espresso bar that was part of a new QFC store we were building in Seattle. (I'm a commercial Carpenter). After a good dry time I begin a process of layering the paint. I do layers because I scrape, sand paper and steel wool off paint in some areas to expose the metal, jewels or trinkets I may have imbedded
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lemonie2 years ago
Nice to see a mermaid with a fuller-figure, they're usually quite skinny.
Could you add some words to this explaining what you used & how?

L
Lord of The Things (author)  lemonie2 years ago
Thank you L: I screwed and glued Styrofoam on a board to build up the basic shape. Then used joint compound (plaster) to give it the proper full-figured form. I used a ceramic face I got from the Goodwill. Before the plaster set I poked in the prickly leaves from a Monkey Tail Tree to make the fishy scales. I used a little scrap of tin to adorn the part of the upper torso that was exposed. The tail was cut out of a plastic ceiling tile scrap that I salvaged from an Espresso bar that was part of a new QFC store we were building in Seattle. (I'm a commercial Carpenter). After a good dry time I begin a process of layering the paint. I do layers because I scrape, sand paper and steel wool off paint in some areas to expose the metal, jewels or trinkets I may have imbedded. I hope this helps? Please feel free to ask more questions.... I really Dig It!