Marina (Various Outfits) - the Little Mermaid: Ariel's begining

In Progress




FuriePhoenix posted on 15 September, 2010 - 16:29
you know I cant wait to see this!

Raine posted on 8 July, 2011 - 20:38
OMG I so want to see this! I love Marina Del Rey :D *resists singing*

FlyingMammal posted on 8 July, 2011 - 20:53
@Cez - fabric here, so i'm starting to cut and pin over the weekend it's not quite the fabric i wanted, but i hope it'll be ok as it will look like clothes - really i wanted proper lycra like a swimsuit but serves me right for getting it from online... i will be getting proper lycra for her actual tail. (see journal) @Raine - YAYs for Marina having loves! She's awesome and deffinatly needs more loves. I am looking forward to coslaying her. I hope the two costumes turn out okays. I may ask you opinions on things hehe

FlyingMammal posted on 8 July, 2011 - 20:53
P.S Anyone have ideas for the wig????????? I'm stuck!!!

LittleRecordGirl posted on 8 July, 2011 - 21:02
Yes, yes, YES! Cannot WAIT to see this!

Raine posted on 8 July, 2011 - 21:39
There are two wigs I would pick if I was making this cosplay but they are both from the same seller on ebay I have bought from them before some of their wigs are already backcombed which helps sometimes. and the latter is a longer version for like a penny more but if u sweep it back n up it should work well it just depends on if you want it to be up n "floaty" like in the ocean or if you just want to go for a normal smooth wig xD

FlyingMammal posted on 24 July, 2011 - 21:18
@Raine, thank you for looking at wigs, I thought i'd go for somewhere between floaty/underwater and straight down (I would have the 'spike' but downwards instead of floating) [if that makes sense].. So those wigs you showed me looked pretty good. :D I'm just looking some more on ebay to see if there is a slightly different purple, but if not I will be going for the longer version that you sent me to. Thank you tons, I will let you know what I decide (unless u see an update first)

TheStarlightFairy posted on 24 July, 2011 - 22:50
Gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaasp I LOVE MARINA You're going to be so awesome as her ^^ Looking forward to seeing progress!

FuriePhoenix posted on 4 August, 2011 - 11:48
looking forward to more progress too! Eeee cant wait for our shoot!

Raine posted on 12 August, 2011 - 21:04
The progress looks good! I cant wait to see it when it's finished~ :D Hope you find the wig your lookin for ^_^

FlyingMammal posted on 12 August, 2011 - 21:37
Thanks everyone. @ Raine I ordered the longer version of the ones you said :) also bought another one from that seller as I liked it and if i don't use it for Marina i can just wear it myself. hehe. Ohhh I then saw another wig that is a bit brighter than the colour I was thinking of, but it looks too short to be able to swooosh back.So for now, I can't wait for the wig you found to arrive, I want to seewhat colour it really is :D I'm all excited.

FuriePhoenix posted on 13 August, 2011 - 12:31
Progress on helmet and accessories is looking great!

Raine posted on 13 August, 2011 - 18:44
Thats awsome! I hope it's the right shade~ :3

FlyingMammal posted on 15 August, 2011 - 13:54
thank youus. Raineeeee, i bought 3 wigs, once they arrive i'll be asking your opinion :) hehe

Raine posted on 3 October, 2011 - 13:16
Oooo those wigs look awsome so far~ I'm a sucker for purple wigs xD They all look so niiice D':

FuriePhoenix posted on 8 March, 2012 - 15:51
im liking the size of the fins!

J-Po posted on 12 December, 2013 - 22:33
this is too good :P

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Progress Journal

7th March 2012


yesss progress! lol ok it's not that special but i want an opinion...

I shaped wire into a shape I like.. and it's the length of 'from my knee to my ankle' which i tried to make in proportian to the way marina's are drawn.

that was last week sometime but i want an opinion before i add fabric. Then again, I don't have tail fabric so no idea what i'll attach it too. maybe elastic on my feet or something when they are inside the 'swimsuit' then i can use them for when i have her main tail too. easy? not really!

20th October 2011


I haven't forgotten Marina. Not in the slightest. It's just come to a holt because of fabric for her main tail and not being able to get more purple fabric paint.

I've done quite a bit now and my other wig turned up agesssssssssss ago. Which I think I will use. I just have been neglecting CI. I do have photos though which I will upload as soon as I remember (not on my laptop at the moment)

Anyways, expect up to date updsates asap.

21st August 2011

2 out of 3

I bought 3 wigs, as i hate buying online and i couldn't decide on colour.
2 have arrived and one reminds me of Madam Mim (so I may [probably not] end up making a body suit and use that wig for her normal form....)
i like one of the wigs a lot, but i want to keep it how it is hehe. i love the colour though and it will be awesome onces i can gel it down... i'm not sure how i want to style it. straight down as if she's out of the water i think. There is on part of the moviewhere she's on a rock.I want to do her bald head too. That's easy peasy.
I have been trying to find a good colour lipstick, but i think i will wait until the other wig arrives so i can match it up

8th August 2011

Teeth and Shark belt

as i said in last journal [below] i also made a start on the shark for the belt.
I made quite a few different shaped teeth, I tried to base them on the animation but it was harder than i thought.. So they turned out however they turned out. The harder tried the worse they looked. I will be using some bleach bone paints on the tops of them.

8th August 2011

Helmet Progress

The glue seemed to be dry enough today, so I smothered the inside of the helmet with glue and did 10 layers of news paper, with 3 layers on the visors.

I also started the shark belt. I used two layers of card so i could have depth on the teeth and eye. I then used 2 layers of newspaper and pva glue, trying to avoid the eye. (see image in next journal [above])

6th August 2011

Earrings Attempt 2 +Helmet Progress

I attempted to make the earrings again. This time I used the correct gas mark on the cooker. I like them, they need painting obviously. I tried to make them a bit more (what I thought looks) shell like. They are thin and curl over the sides like shell... I will post image of the back when I've painted them. I put some extra fimo on the back/inside so that i can attach clip on earring clips, or some invisible string to tie around my ear. I hope the first one as the second will hurt.

I also used newpaper and pvaglue to cover the out side of the helmet. I did 6 layers on the hat part and 3 on the visors. Need to wait for it to dry fully then I can do the inside.

3rd August 2011

OOPS and Helmet.

Yesterday I sewed the top and swim suit again. They feel a lot better now.

Today I made the base out of cardboard for the helmet. I will be putting paper macha over it then cover it in the fabic used for top and swimsuit.

I have some meshy stuff I might use for the fins. I have shimmery and none shimmery.

I just made shell ear rings, I made them from Fimo... I did them uneven as you'd hardy ever find 2 shells extly the same... Anyways we use a gas cooker, and it only says *F and *C soooooo, I guessed.... 5 minutes later I smelt burning... Ooops!!!! I then looked for a converstion and well......... I put it on gas mark 5 and it was meant to be 1/4 of a gas mark - OOPS! They melted and went bubbley... Tomorrow I'll make them again, and the shark teet (if I have enough) and also the start of Tom Riddle ring.
BTW I use white fimo and thephoto is it burnt - OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOPSY!!

27th July 2011

well it was going well...

I cut out a lot of fabrics last night and today sewed most of them..
I managed to sew Marinas base top and 'swimsuit (as i'm calling it)
They both need altering, but I sewed them as a base to fit on and re sew.. etc..
The swimsuit is full length but i just took this on webcam quickly. when i take it in, i'll take a proper photo.. also colours are odd in photo.

8th July 2011


YAYs I ordered some Lavender lycra jersey... It's not quite the fabric I was expecting it to be. It is more jersey than lyrca - it's just me getting mixed up :/ I still like it... I just really hope it won't look stupid.
I am going to do both her normal outfit and camo outfit. I realised that her camo outfit goes over her tail, and her tail is a different shade of purple... this way the fabric i have is actally better, as her top (on normal outfit) and her all in one camo outfit will look like clothes... i hope.... This is why i /HATE/ buying fabric from online.