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Author Topic: DIY Feegee Mermaid  (Read 8843 times)
Herbert West
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« on: May 18, 2013, 01:48:30 pm »

A great little do-it-yourself guide to making your own mummified mermaid from the gentleman who brought you the video guide to making cheap pressure gauges.

I really want to try this.


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« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2013, 02:57:18 pm »

Please show us when you have made your own Feegee Mermaid. I have seen a real, as in made in the Eighteenth Century, Feegee Mermaid. It was made from a monkey and a fish body minus head taxidermied together. It was part of an exhibition of Jenny Hannivers (I've no idea if I spelled that right). It was only moulting a little and the tail still had scales.
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« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2013, 03:03:19 pm »

Now that is quite awesome. I might have to give this a go now!
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« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2013, 04:05:43 pm »

I like it a lot!
The skin looks awesome even before paint.
I wonder if an unpainted saran wrapped creature is waterproof. It's plastic, so it should, but will it hold as a "thing in a jar"?
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« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2013, 05:04:37 pm »

Nicely done, both the mermaid and the video.
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« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2013, 07:44:26 pm »

Excellent video.. subscribed to his channel for all the awesomeness.. Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2013, 08:42:24 pm »

I think I've found the skeleton he used.

http://www.skeletonstore.com/mr-thrifty-skeleton-4th-quality-33-5-tall-without-stand-c-100005


Plan on getting one soon as part of my "relic of the month" commission series.
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« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2013, 11:36:26 pm »

OOoo, I love seeing how people make things.  The processes are always so unexpected.
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« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2013, 08:12:29 pm »

Please search on YouTube for "steampunk monkey fish" it's from the MCM expo a free years back.
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« Reply #9 on: May 27, 2013, 10:12:15 pm »

That is a really expensive looking skeleton that probably came from a scientific supply company. I'd like to see this project done with a cheap Halloween shop skeleton.
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« Reply #10 on: May 27, 2013, 10:53:27 pm »

I have been wanting to make one of these for a while.  When I get around to making one I will share it.

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« Reply #11 on: May 29, 2013, 03:57:43 am »

That is a really expensive looking skeleton that probably came from a scientific supply company. I'd like to see this project done with a cheap Halloween shop skeleton.

$44 according to the website, which isn't too bad. Looks pretty realistic too, which is what I'm looking for.
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« Reply #12 on: May 29, 2013, 09:51:00 am »

Absolutely fantastic! Now where can I get cheap skeletons in Australia?...
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« Reply #13 on: June 30, 2013, 08:38:55 am »

Well I ordered my skelton this evening. So I'll be able to get started on mine soon.


http://www.skeletonstore.com/

Skeletons in all sizes and budgets.
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« Reply #14 on: June 30, 2013, 04:28:00 pm »

Wow! Almost everything on their front page is out of stock.

You know, when I was a kid, there were no skeleton stores.
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« Reply #15 on: July 01, 2013, 11:20:51 am »

Wow! Almost everything on their front page is out of stock.

You know, when I was a kid, there were no skeleton stores.

Nope, you had to dig up your own.  Shocked
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« Reply #16 on: July 01, 2013, 11:01:59 pm »

I think that this is an appropriate place for this - make sure that the sound is on.  This is a short from 1929 by Walt Disney.  It never fails to make me smile - the best bit starts a few minutes in:
 
http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon_video/3962-Skeleton_Dance.html
 
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« Reply #17 on: July 18, 2013, 05:13:59 am »

Got my skeleton and am about to start work

The Good:

Solidly constructed. I expected fairly flimsy plastic, but nope. Its very heavy, solidly molded, resin-like plastic with an excellent level of detail. Each vertibrae and most of the bones are individually molded., and joints are held together with stainkless steel pins, bolts, and hinges.

The Not So Good:

Very heavy seam lines, and flash on a lot of the pieces. Nothing that can't be fixed with a sanding wheel and X-acto knife though. Also some of the screw holes in the bones are stripped out, so the screws holding some of the joints in place are loose, or come apart easily. Easy to fix with epoxy or other heavy duty filler.

 The seam around the skull is huge, and will require a lot of filling andd sanding to hide. Also the breastbone does not line up with with the rib pieces at all. It'll require a lot of grinding and cutting to get them to line up. Theres also a huge steel nut in the center of the breastbone holding the ribs together. Gonna have to find a way to get rid of this or hide it.

The arms, legs, neck vertebrae and skull all come in separate pieces, so there's some assembly required. Unfortunately there's no numbering or instructions on how to put the neck vertebrae in the proper order, so I just had to guess. That was an annoyance.

So basically some nitpicky problems that're easily fixed by anyone who has an experience with making plastic models. Looking forward to corpsing this puppy.
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« Reply #18 on: July 18, 2013, 05:38:00 pm »

Corpsing puppies is a violation of animal cruelty laws.
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« Reply #19 on: July 18, 2013, 08:32:29 pm »

Corpsing puppies is a violation of animal cruelty laws.


Aww, but its fun!
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« Reply #20 on: August 17, 2013, 05:58:15 am »


A few work in progress shots. Now to skin it.






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« Reply #21 on: August 17, 2013, 07:45:36 pm »

I presume that the dirty sock is in the photograph for scale.
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« Reply #22 on: August 17, 2013, 09:09:25 pm »

Mermaid mummies =]

Herbert WestYou can check you got the order of the neck (cervical) vertebrae right using the diagrams on this wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cervical_vertebrae (I presume they are made with some degree of accuracy to human anatomy). The first vertebrae C1, the atlas, is ring-shaped, the second vertebrae C2, the axis, has a process on the top which fits into the hole in C1 (these two vertebrae are thus shaped to allow the full range of head movements). The other cervical vertebrae look similar to each other but increase in size from C3 to C7.
It's hard to tell from the pictures you posted, but it looks like you've got them right to me =]
Looking good so far with the tail too!

If there are any cheap skeletons in the shops around Halloween I might have a go myself, but only on a much smaller scale skeleton; I don't have much space here!
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« Reply #23 on: August 18, 2013, 05:14:57 am »

I presume that the dirty sock is in the photograph for scale.

Actually its because I forgot to clean my room before taking the photo.  Embarrassed

Thaks for the info Phoenix. The vertebra are epoxied into place for support, so hopefully I got them in the right order. I also bent the steel support rod with some pliers to make it hold its head upright. Sadly one of the elbow joints broke, so I ended up having to epoxy it into position. I'll wrap some tarnished wire around it later to hold it together and to make it look like the break is intentional.

Next step, is to add the plastic skin, and some bits of fine wire along the back for a fin.
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« Reply #24 on: August 24, 2013, 11:44:26 pm »

Some good progress has been made on the mermaid.

First, a better shot of the head.





The following photos are actually my second attempt at skinning. I wrapped and heat gunned the body as instructed, however since money was short, I decided to use one of my roomies spray paints, which turned out to be bright orange instead of the reddish clay tone I wanted. I guess that's what I get for rushing things. So I unwrapped it, tried to hide as much of the orange as I could with grey paint, and re-skinned it.

I also took the opportunity to beef up the tail with more aluminum foil and tape, and added a back fin using copper wire and some transparent packing tape. I ran into some major problems getting the plastic around the tail and back fin, so ended up using artistic molding paste I had on hand to fill in some of the gaps and hide where the tape was clearly visible.





Thankfully I made some money from a small commission and was able to hit Fred Meyer for some decent paint (on sale too, yay!)



So outside it went for the first undercoat.






So at this point, I'm hitting it with washes of dark brown and some thinned white glue to get rid of the gloss and bring out the skin texture. Also glueing down some spots where the plastic isn't adhering properly. More updates as they become available.
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