Saturday, 17 August 2013

Ruffle Skirt Nails - Tutorial

I have had this idea rolling around in my head for some time and finally found the time to try it. I think they turned out alright for my first attempt.
I bought some tissue paper at the dollar store and found a colour I had a matching nail polish for. It turned out I have a couple so I will be trying different versions of this later I think. For these nails, I chose Avon's Pastel Pink to match the pale pink tissue paper. I also used gems from Cheeky. I wanted nice square gems to top off the ruffles.
After painting a couple of coats of polish on the nails and letting them dry completely, I cut the tissue paper into strips. I made one strip wider than the other to create layers. (In the above photo, you can see that the bottom strip is wider than the top one.)
Simply fold the tissue paper up accordion like.
Start with your widest strip to add to the nail first. I placed a stripe of clear polish where I wanted the top of the tissue paper to start.
Press the top of the folded tissue paper to the clear polish so it will stick to the nail. Be careful around the sides of nails so the paper doesn't hang off the edge.
Once your first layer of tissue paper is added, fold your second, thinner strip of paper, if you haven't done so already. I added white glue to the top of first layer of tissue already on the nail, in order to stick the second layer of tissue to the first.
Simply arrange the second layer of tissue on top of the first sticking it to the glue. This adds layers to your 'skirt'.
I then added another stripe of glue across the top of the second layer of tissue paper to stick the gems to. The glue will dry clear.
I continued to add enough gems to make a row across the top of the 'skirt' to hide the tops of the tissue paper and add a little bling.
Here they are again in the sunshine this time.

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Final Results - Competition

Well, I went and picked up my prizes and my nail sets on Tuesday and did better than I had realized! That's always nice. :-D

I received four third place prizes.
My son likes these ribbons best, he likes the colour combination.

I received four second place ribbons.
The nail set that I couldn't find on display at the C.L.E. won second prize in their category!

I received three first place ribbons.
Well, I am very happy with all of this, winning 11 out of 13 prizes that I entered! Not bad for my very first time ever entering a contest like this. :-)

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Silver Spun (Tutorial)

A lovely simple metallic look to these sugar spun style nails.
The first step is to paint your nails with a couple of coats of your base polish.
Put a few drops of your chosen polish that you want to 'string' over your nails onto a surface you can work with. I use a tin pie holder. Be careful not to use a plastic surface as the nail polish can eat through it. Once you have your polish drops work it with a toothpick or a dotting tool if you like. You want to mix it up like you are mixing dough for a recipe. This lets the air work into the polish and starts to solidify it.
When you work the polish keep checking it's consistency by pulling the toothpick up and watch for when the polish pulls up and looks stringy, like in the above photo. Now your polish is ready to work with.
Now drag the polish across your nail and continue to do that until you have the look you want.
And there you have it, sugar spun nails. I hope the instructions were easy to follow.
The polishes I used were a blue metallic shimmery polish by Kozmic Colours and Starry Sky by Avon.

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Arts and Crafts Competition

You are probably aware that I entered some of my nail sets into a competition. I went to the Canadian Lakehead Exhibition and here are some of the results for the contests.
Those little tiny packages of nails on the wall are mine. lol  It looks like I won 3 first prize ribbons, 3 second and 4 third! Not bad. One of my sets is missing and I couldn't find it, so I'm not sure what happened to them. I have to go back on Tuesday to collect my entries and my prizes, so I guess I'll find out then. :-)

A couple of my nails fell off of the display I tried to make, so I will have to come up with a better way to display them, if I do this again.

Thursday, 8 August 2013

80's Abstract

Just some stripes and shapes for an 80's look.
I used Sweet Mint by Avon as the base colour. I did some striping with Licorice and French White Tip also by Avon. Then I added Avon's Luxe Lavender and Sally Hansen's Mellow Yellow triangles. I also made some odd shapes with Avon's Viva Pink.

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Peace, man!

For these nice bright nails, I did a bunch of peace symbols in different colours and facing different directions.
I started with Viva Pink by Avon over all the nails and then did the symbols using Avon's Sunshine, French White Tip, Sweet Mint and Aqua Fantasy.

Friday, 2 August 2013

Dollar Store Find

Not the best lighting for the top photo, but it still looks pretty. This polish has no name, but it is a nice metallic shimmery pink.