Recently, I have been trying to teach myself how to make my own sideshow gaffs, primarily a Fiji Merman.
I documented my first attempt HERE.
I wasn't very happy with this Merman. He was two dark colored and his skin was too smooth. His face was oddly featureless. I decided to give making a merman another crack. This time my budget was 25 cents.
I started by buying a rubber skeleton at a garage sale for 25 cents, blowing my entire budget.
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Now the one thing that I DID like about my first merman was the hands, which were made out of the feet of a bird my cat killed. My cat had killed another bird (public menace) and I was going to use the legs again to make the arms.
Unfortunately, my cat decided she was not down with the bird leg and tore it off the merman while I left it out to dry.
I had to improvise and fashioned some artificial arms out of some old bones and liquid nail. I used the fingers of the skeleton to make the hands.
I finished off the merman by making a dorsal fin out of another bone and making fins out of a plastic bag (specifically the yellow bag they put around the corn at Long John Silver's).
And we have Merman 2.0
The arms turned out better then I thought, but I think the bird legs would have looked better.
The face is an improvement, but it looks too skeletal. I should have probably put a couple extra layers of crepe paper on it.
Also, he's way to shiny. I'm having a lot of trouble getting my merman the texture I want. I want it to look like dried up flaky skin, but I can't figure out how to make paint look like that. I was hoping the paper would create the effect, but there is still tow much gloss. I would LOVE any of you craft happy people out there to help me map out Merman 3.0.
For some genuine, non crappy mermaids look HERE.
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