Always be yourself.
Unless you can be a vintage mermaid statue.
Then always be a vintage mermaid statue.
Fess up. Haven’t you ever dreamed of being a vintage mermaid statue? No?
Okay. How about just wishing you were a mermaid?
I’ve wished such a thing. And from all the quotes on Pinterest, it’s seems to be a pretty popular wish.
But for all my wishing, the closest I could come is scoring an antique mermaid sculpture at a yard sale about seventeen years ago.
Or as some might call it:
A vintage mermaid statue.
Do you think I’ll ever get rid of her? Pfft. If I actually turn into a mermaid, then maybe.
Meanwhile, her tail fin has been broken since I bought her and it’s going to need a fixin’ soon. I’m thinking it will make a nice cold weather project.
I’ve been doing my research. And statue repair is doable, see video.
So that is the approach I will take.
From then I’ll have to decide whether to keep her looking the same as she does now, or change her look.
As a lover of vintage I just don’t think I could slap a whole new look on this lady of Neptune. Sure she needs a good cleaning, but trying to reproduce some of that patina?
I don’t think I want to go there.
But perhaps I could add a few shades of color along the base and on the shell holder.
I mean, that’s a wholelotta flesh tone going on, don’t you think?
For the sake of her reputation, I filled her shell basket with a bunch of shell garnished Christmas ornaments.
No doubt, I’ll make her something a little more stylish to hold when it’s all said and done.
Have you ever seen this kind of mermaid sculpture before? I can’t seem to find another one like this. I’d love to know her origin. So if anyone has any idea who or where she was made, please leave a comment or drop me an email. I’d be truly grateful.
I actually hauled off one whole truck load of junk to the Salvation Army while clearing out the hobby shed. I took a break to take these photos, so I’m sorry about all the dirt and poor staging, Anyhow, I feel like a new MERMAID after getting rid of that much stuff. You might want to try it sometime;)
Don’t forget to make some waves ~ Amy
chris aka monkey says
wow amy i would keep her forever too, and a little change wouldn’t be so bad.. a while back i printed “always be yourself unless you can be batman then always be batman” for my grandsons, it is still taped up next to ” don’t let anyone dull your sparkle” love your mermaid, i just got back from an emergency trip to fl, thought we were gonna lose my older bro, but he is a fighter and after being resusatated 4 times has been moved to rehab and took 12 steps yesterday woohoo xx
Hi there, I have a mermaid statue handed down the family, very similar to your but a larger tail, I keep precious beach finds inside her arms that we’ve found over the years, under neath her it says 14k gold, I assume that is the paint used. I love her and have always kept her in my bathroom, the closest to water and to be safe from little hands! Enjoy yours because I’ve never seen one that close to mine. Will send a photo of you have an email
I would love to see your mermaid. Send on over a photo, please!! I still haven’t been able to fix mine, but it’s on the list. I had no idea that might be 14 karat gold paint, but I think you are right. I’ll have to look underneath mine. These old statues are precious treasures from the past. It is up to us to preserve them. Thanks so much for stopping by to share your story. I look forward to seeing your finned lady.
Danielle Sines says
Hello! I have one as well that I’ve been using as a planter with beautiful flowers! I got it in a vintage shop in Chicago