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Swarm Con Planning Has Officially Kicked Off!

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Lots of disappointment this evening that will hopefully not result in more.

We started work on pouring the molds tonight and discovered the true extent to which we really didn’t know how to mix the Ultracal 30 cement.

We’d done a test run earlier in a small cup and encountered similar problems, but it still hardened just fine, so I’m not giving up all hope just yet. We’ll just have to see how they’re looking tomorrow….

Mermaid Update #2

I THINK we’re actually sore from sculpting for 4.5 hours straight on Sunday, how sad is that? XD My legs hurt lol

Also ordered the plaster yesterday. 50 pounds of it. We are prepared to make molds of Godzilla. (Except not actually, this shit gets hot).

And has $80 shipping, apparently. So that’s pretty cool. -_- Didn’t realize that until after I ordered. Always carefully check your orders, kids.

Updated Fluke design. I just shaved a bit off the edges because I felt like it was too round and bubbly and I wanted it to be more sporty.

Nyoom mermaid!

But really. I transferred my original template- which was on cheap flimsy paper - to more solid poster board so that we could lay it on top of the clay and cut out the general silhouette more easily.

The second image shows my monofin on top of the template to give an idea how the fin will fit inside the fluke. Once we make the mold, we’ll pull two latex positives from it, and then sandwich the monofin between the layers, gluing them with latex and possibly some plumbers goop. It’s really important that the sculpt be as symmetrical as humanly possible because we aren’t making a second mold for the flip-side, we’re just pulling two and then flipping one over.

We should start the sculpting process this weekend, so excited!!

Our clay arrived today!! It was a day earlier than we anticipated! So now we’re prepping the templates for our flukes. 

I ran out of paper so this might not be as wide as I want the fluke to be - I’m not sure how I feel about the length compared to the width. It seems a little fat in the middle XD 

Still working on it. The design will be folded in half and traced so that both sides will be even

Our clay arrived today!! It was a day earlier than we anticipated! So now we’re prepping the templates for our flukes.

I ran out of paper so this might not be as wide as I want the fluke to be - I’m not sure how I feel about the length compared to the width. It seems a little fat in the middle XD

Still working on it. The design will be folded in half and traced so that both sides will be even

Mermaid Update #1: Clay!

Ordered the clay to sculpt our flukes! Should be arriving between Thursday and next Tuesday, most excited.

We found 25 pounds of wet, air drying clay on Amazing for $17.99 plus $4.99 shipping, which was still WAY cheaper than what we were looking at from places like Blick. Blick had 2 pound tubs for almost $11.

Do your research, kids. Check everywhere and you can find a super cheap option.

I’ll upload our materials list soon so you guys can see the general cost if everything we’re looking to buy in case you’re interested :) I’ll also list the sources from which we’re acquiring all this stuff.

Happy swimming!