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Hannah Fraiser and Linden Wolbert as Real-Life Mermaids on ABC's 20/20 as part of its "Superhumans" special.
READ THE FAQ BEFORE ASKING ANY QUESTIONS:
Are they real mermaids?
They are real people, and they are people who perform in wearable swimmable mermaid tails. They are not born mermaids. In the clip they show you the tails off of them and tell you they are separate tails that are worn to swim in. Any "fake" comments will be deleted.
Where can I get a tail?
Go to http://www.merfolktails.info for a full list of professional tail makers. MerNetwork also have sections for discussing commercial tails, tail makers, and tailmaker reviews in the forum. I will tell you that no matter what tail maker you would like to buy from, research them and their products and look at reviews not endorsed or posted by the company FIRST. Also research the materials that they use before buying. A good place for mermaid tailmaker reviews and information on materials is MerNetwork.com.
Can you teach me to make a tail?
No, but I can tell you where to find all the information you will need to make one. MerNetwork also has the most comprehensive information on the net on making every kind of tail there is. So if you're a crafty person you have the informatin to make what ever kind of tail you want, all at your fingertips! Start at this page http://mernetwork.com/index/content.p... and check out all of the links, especially the ones at the top (Guide to materials and supplies, FAQ, Tailmaking Reference Index, Tailmaking section of the forum). You HAVE to read through the information if you want to learn how. Asking how to make one will be replied with with links to where you can read it for yourself as those questions have been answered dozens of times previously. If you look there is information on how to make every type of tail there is.
Where did Hannah get her tail?
Hannah hand makes every one of her tails herself. Thus far all of her tails are neoprene with a fiberglass monofin in the bottom. Her blue tail is painted with screen printing ink, and her sequin tails are hand sewn cartwright sequins (thousands and thousands- it takes over 6 months to make this kind of tail by hand), the "fringe" she uses is cut clear vinyl shelf liner. To make a tail like this yourself would cost you $500 and up.
Where did Linden get her tail?
Her tail was made by a professional Special Effects Artist out of molded platinum silicone. The SFX person who made this does not make tails for others. For a tail of this caliber the pricing falls $3,000-$10,000.
Can you give me a tail? Can a tailmaker give me a tail?
No, and it is impolite to ask that of anyone. You have to work hard and save up for a tail. In high school I worked an entire summer and dedicated all of my savings from my work to buy my first tail. I saved over 3 years for my MerBella Studios tail ($3500). Work hard and save responsibility and you too can have enough to buy a beautiful tail :) If you watch the mermaid community closely there are raffles for tails every once in a while, which gives you a -chance- to get a tail for a lower price.
Can you or a tailmaker give me a tail for a lower price?
Sometimes tailmakers have sales or promotions where they are sold for lower. Otherwise is is impolite to ask for a lower price, as tailmakers put a lot of time, effort, and expense into developing their tailmaking technique. They have many many more expenses than just the cost of the materials. Start up costs and overhead costs are often paid for out of their own pockets and can be thousands and thousands of dollars out of their own savings. There is a reason why the tails are as much as they are, so be respectful and do not ask for a discount.
Many ask for a silicone tail below $400. Just the cost of materials far exceeds that, so no. If you really truely want that kind of tail, be patient, work hard, and save responsibly for it.
I'm a kid or a teenager. Can I buy a tail?
You have to have someone who is 18 years or older order it for you. Some parents will buy tails for birthdays, Christmas, ect bot not all will of course. You can work hard and save (baby sitting, chores, odd jobs, actual jobs, saving allowances, saving birthday/christmas/ect money) to buy your own tail. I highly advise against buying anything but a fabric tail if you are not fully grown (at least 17-23 years old) becuase you will grow out of it. Some kids and teens have grown out of tails in a matter of months. Fabric tails are cheap and stretch more and thus can be used for longer and replaced for cheaper once they're grown out of. Wait until you are fully grown before you invest in a nice tail (neoprene, latex, silicone ect).