Mermaid tail and hands

The mermaid hands are made of aluminium foil and paper.  I wanted them to look kind of like human hands, but animal-like at the same time, so I opted for clawed fingers.

If you think those are small, wait till you see the teeth.

Then I turned my attention to the tail.

Remembering how successful my dried lentil scales were when I made the trophy head, I decided to use that method again for the mermaid.   Since the mermaid is much smaller than the trophy head, I used quinoa seeds instead of lentils.  They make nice round scales.  As with most things that can be bought from the bulk foods aisle at the grocery store,  they're also dirt cheap,  so all in all a win.