Monthly Archives: February 2015

Dream Mermaid

Work continues on the dream sequences for Seed in the Sand. I have just finished the mermaid who beguiles the poor creature in his dreams and points to the island of the dancing dolls. My decision to sew on sequins for her fish scales led to many hours of labor. Though I was in some despair over the slow progress, I am very happy with the result. Here she is sitting on what will be her rock in the dream ocean. I am carving it from a high density foam block with the drywall saw shown in this photo.

The mermaid sits on her unfinished rock.

The mermaid sits on her unfinished rock.

Below you can see some shots of the mermaid in progress.

The mermaid's head is sculpted and painted and her wire armature is covered in green foam.

The mermaid’s head is sculpted and painted and her wire armature is covered in green foam.

I copied the pattern for her body onto a sheet of sticker paper to make cutting out the tiny fingers easier. I used white shimmery dance/swim knit fabric for her body. I wanted her to shimmer a bit as if she was still damp from the ocean.

The pattern for her body has been copied onto a sheet of sticker paper to make cutting out the tiny fingers easier. I used white shimmery dance/swim knit fabric for her body so she will shimmer a bit as if she was still damp from the ocean.

Here you see the mermaid's hand in progress. It is turned inside out. I don't need to leave a seam allowance with the dance/swim knit fabric because it does not fray. It works well for these tiny fingers. My stitches are very tiny so this seam won't have any gaps with it is turned.

Here you see the mermaid’s hand in progress. It is turned inside out. I don’t need to leave a seam allowance with the dance/swim knit fabric because it does not fray. It works well for these tiny fingers. My stitches are very tiny so this seam won’t have any gaps with it is turned.

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I am nearly done sewing on the sequins here.

I am nearly done sewing on the sequins here.

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