She was found tangled in a fisherman's net, her arm badly broken. That day there happened to be a journalist at the harbor photographing the boats when the fisherman came in with his odd catch. Before anyone could say 'Fish and Chips' she was whisked away to London, her arm repaired with the most advanced technology of the Victorian era, placed in a large, specially made tank and hauled to the British Museum where she was the talk of the nation as folks came in droves to see her.
After a few months, the novelty wore off and the people were off to see the newest, shiniest thing and it was decided that she would be moved to another location to make room for the Gryphon that would soon be coming from the mountains of Tibet.
Whilst in transport over the London Bridge, the wagon bearing the full load of the tank, hit a large pot hole jarring the tank and cracking the glass viewing window.
The mermaid saw her chance, pushing as hard as she could on the damaged glass.
The glass burst with the added pressure, water came rushing out, the mermaid along with it. Eye witnesses said for a moment or two she clung to the rails of the bridge before she plunged into the Thames and disappeared.
It was speculated by many that she made her way to the sea. She was never seen again by human eyes.
Back in London in a dusty corner of a minor museum, her empty tank can still be found....
The lovely Alpha Stamps supplied all the wonderful items used in the project including this spectacular Arched Shrine Shadowbox and the Stair Step Shrine Base.
I put a couple of rubber bands around the box so it would glue tightly fitted together with no gaps.
After the paper was dry, I started messing with my chosen elements and embellishments until I got a layout that I liked, my object was to give her tank a steampunk look to match her repaired arm.
A detail picture of what I ended up with liking best. I glued everything down using E6000.
Make sure you've got ventilation...this stuff is super smelly and not good to breathe, but boy does it stick well!
I decided she need some flotsam in the tank so I used some closed cell Styrofoam that I tore into a couple of chunks and painted to look like sand mounds.
Here is a detail picture of my little mermaid....
Mermaid Paper Doll Kit and a tail from the Mermaid Tails Half Sheet.
I used small watch parts to repair her injured arm and had fun embellishing her with Liquid Pearls, a crown and pretty shell sequins. (all supplies are listed below)
So, if some day you are out fishing in the deep, deep ocean and you see a mermaid with the sun glinting off of what appears to be a metal arm, give her a wave.
Thanks for stopping!
For a link to all the wonderful supplies provided by Alpha Stamps click HERE.
Arched Shrine Shadowbox
Stair Step Shrine Base
Wrought Iron Gates For Arched Shrine
Mermaid Paper Doll (smaller size)
Finnabair Mechanical Metals Rustic Gears
Belle Epoque Mermaid Heads & Hats Collection
Spanish crowns Collage Sheet
Mermaid Tails Half Sheet
Coral Chipboard Set-4 pieces
1mm Micro Beads-Aqua
Brass Patina Conch Shell Charms
Seashell Sequin Mix
Seashells in Plastic Tins
Brass Patina Seahorse Charm
Voyage Beneath the Sea-Deep Blue Dreams Scrapbook Paper
Down By the Sea Tide Scrapbook Paper
Mini Steampunk Seahorse-Set of 2
19mm Fancy Metal Drawer Pull or Box Feet
Liquid Pearls White Opal
White Pearls Mix in Tin
4mm Brads-Antique Gold, Copper & Pewter
Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Ink Pad
Black Acrylic Paint
Green Glass Pearls
Brilliance Galaxy Gold Ink Pad
Liquid Pearls Lime Green
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