Materials: a balloon and air pump.
Inflate a balloon leaving about 8 inch flat tail (Pic 1)
First we have to attach the mermaid body to the tail balloon using the tulip twist. You have to make the doll body (see instructions for Mermaid, Doll 2, Doll 3 and etc.) without legs (Pic 2).
Twist the body bubble of about three—inch (Pic 3).
Force the rest of the balloon two—inch away from the body bubble (Pic 4).
Cut off the rest of the balloon and tie off the end. You should have at least one—inch flat tail after the knot (Pic 5).
Tie the blue tail balloon to the pink body balloon leaving about half—inch flat pink tail between balloons (Pic 6).
Twist the first blue soft one—inch bubble (Pic 7). This bubble helps us to make the tulip twist.
Force the first blue bubble inside the rest of the balloon, four inches deep (Pic 8 through 10) or as far as the flat pink tail can stretch. Forcing the 1st bubble so far inside of the balloon will bend the balloon in a hook shape.
Twist the second soft three—inch bubble (Pic 11). This step is marked with red arrow between points A and B on the scheme.
Twist the third two—inch bubble (Pic 12). The first blue bubble is inside of the third blue bubble.
Twist the fourth one—inch bubble (Pic 13).
Twist the fifth one—inch bubble (Pic 14).
Twist the sixth one—inch bubble (Pic 15).
Twist the seventh one—inch bubble (Pic 16).
Twist the eighth one—inch bubble (Pic 17).
Twist 9th about one inch bubble (Pic 18)
Twist the tenth two—inch bubble (Pic 19).
Lock both ends of the chain of the last 8 (the 3rd through the 10th) bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 20 and 21).This step is marked with arrows between points B and D on the scheme.
Twist the eleventh two—inch bubble and lock both ends of the chain of the last five (the seventh through the eleventh) bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 22 and 23). Just force the free end of the eleventh bubble between the sixth and the seventh bubbles. This step is marked with arrows between points E and C on the scheme.
Twist the twelfth two—inch bubble (Pic 24).
Lock both ends of the chain of the last two (the eleventh and the twelfth) bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 25 through 27). This step is marked with arrows between points D and F on the scheme. The rest of the balloon is the thirteenth bubble. You can use the thirteenth bubble as a handle or cut it off and tie off the end.
There are different positions you may adjust the tail (Pic 28 through 33). Congratulations, you have made the mermaid tail.
The mermaid tail (Pic 34 through 36) can be used without the body to make different sculptures as an elephant head, a fan, and etc. Have fun and happy twisting :)