What you see here is my first finished sculpt, one that I have been amazed that I became so attached to.
Myrna is a hand made, OOAK (one of a kind) mermaid doll, which I lovingly sculpted without the use of molds in any sense or in any aspect.
From her pert flank to her little head she measures a mere 2.5 inches. From her head to the base of her tail, she measures just 5.5 inches. Including the very end tips of her tail fins ... her total length is 7.25 inches. The length of the fins are almost 3.5 inches, and the combined fin-span is slightly over 3 inches.
She was sculpted with a mixture of Prosculpt clays, over a strong wire armature, and her hair is a glorious dark and deep auburn color with rich highlights that gleam in the light, created from tibetan lamb hair. It is super silky and oh so soft, I constantly find myself playing with it as it just feels so delightful.
In fact -- I couldn't bring myself to style it or fix it in any way as I was having too much fun playing with it and doing different hairstyles! :) So I left it alone ... thinking her future owner might enjoy doing the same or adding embellishments of their own or changing her hairstyle from time to time. Her silver floral headdress, however, is permanently affixed to her head.
She was hand painted with quality Genesis heat set paints and her body has been delicately blushed and shaded all over to lend a sense of realism and movement.
Her tail shimmers with a combination of paints and pearlescent powders -- though the paint clogged the hand-sculpted individual scales, they still show through with a rippled effect so that it still carries a scaled appearance. Her flanks also have a hint of red that blends into a deep purple and then into the indigo blue as a bit of detail that ties her auburn hair to the color of her tail.
The tail fins are amazingly flexible and can be manipulated in several ways as you like, though of course, being gentle with them is always a good idea! They are iridescent and shimmer in the light. She also wears a simple and delicate string of tiny beads on her tail as another decoration. Her tail has a glossy finish so that it has that "wet" look.
She wears a surgical steel arm band that is wrapped around her right bicep as a simple decoration.
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The Tidal Grotto was also sculpted by my hands. It is a wooden base on which tiny gravel stones have been permanently glued into place, with a ring of larger polished stones handpicked by me. The sides were covered with sturdy and strong Aves Clay, in which I set in alternating clamshells, snail shells and smaller rocks. The base is supported by 4 small short and round "legs" that have a plastic pad on the bottom of each one to protect any surface it is placed on from being scratched.
The Tidal Grotto comes complete with a collection of 17 removable objects! Each object was carefully chosen to compliment the size scale in which Myna was sculpted in.