I call her Glimmer the Mermaid. :) (She's got her own facebook page, that makes her real!)
I made the LED swimmable mermaid seashells at the end of 2013, and wore them to the NC Merfest convention and they were a huge hit. When I got home, I decided the shells needed a light-up tail to complement them. The rabbit-hole opened up, and I dove right in.
The end result is absolutely stunning, and I am completely delighted with it. This was the most learning-intensive and difficult and frustrating project I've attempted in.. well, since college, I think. I have had to learn so much in so many different fields, and I've encountered so many amazing people and communities along the way.
This tail uses about 180 Adafruit Neopixels and an Arduino Micro to control them. It's got a bluetooth feature -- I can control it with my android tablet and change the animations and brightness of the lights. I plan to add audio sensors and possibly motion or color sensors as well (that'll be phase two, I think).
It is designed to be swimmable. I'm doing the first full water test probably next week, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I used enough glue that nothing shorts or zaps me. Nothing has so far, and all the partial water tests I've done have worked fine.. but strapping a big battery and a bunch of electronics on, and then going for a swim, makes me a little nervous.
|Mermaid in the bathtub!|
But. Swimming Mermaid LED Tail!!!
This is a neoprene tail painted with Jones Tones. I used the same basic method for the tail as I used for my last neoprene Ariel Mermaid Tail, but I spared no expense this time. I used a competitor monofin (which I like SO much better than the Rapid). I made the scales larger and added lots of rhinestones and gems and lace. When the lights are off, it almost comes across as "Mermaid Wedding" -- but I love the fanciness and I love how the predominantly white color scheme goes with the lights, whatever color they are.
The lights on the top part of the tail are individual neopixels cast in resin for diffusion and waterproofing.