• Sinful Colors Cloud 9 (orange, might be 2 coats?)
• Sinful Colors Nail Art Time Off (black)
• Seche Vite top coat
I adore any and all sparkly oranges, and Cloud 9 is a fab one. I can’t remember whether I did 2 coats here, as it’s quite sheer. I did zigzags and dots with the Time Off black. Didn’t entirely get on with Seche Vite though, as it started peeling after a few days. I’ll have to try again with another top coat sometime :)
• Revlon Sunshine Sparkle
• Rimmel Stormy Skies
• Seche Vite top coat
Sunshine Sparkle is quite a thin, runny polish, in a creamy yellow with a bit of sparkle that is more evident in the bottle than on the nail. (More coats might show it more, I guess). This was 2 coats. I’m not fussed about the not hugely sparkly nature of it, because I love this shade of yellow. (It is paler than both the other yellow colours I have used recently). Stormy Skies is a nice steel blue colour that I did lines, wiggles and dots with. If I was doing beads, definitely Lauscha dark teal (aka steel blue). Could be tricky doing the stringer work, since that is a very spreading colour. Might need encasing in clear first, or leaving raised.
I was impressed, this one lasted 8 days without too much chipping. I wore it to Flame Off because I didn’t have time to do any flame designs, so I was packing glass and beads, hefting them on and off the train, unpacking at Uttoxeter… then repeat in reverse to get them home again! So this combo gets on with Seche Vite just fine.
I have trimmed my nails for a bit of a change since these – new job, new keyboard, etc etc…
Last week’s nails.
• Revlon white (part of a neon duo set)
• Collection 2000 Hot Looks – Big Hair (the red)
• Pretty – Scatter effect (black dots in whitish grey)
• Sinful Colors Time Off (nail art black)
• Seche Vite top coat
I like the way this came out. I wanted something to try out the scatter polish with. It needs a base under it because it is a very translucent whitish grey with the little black dots in it. It isn’t hugely saturated with glitter either, so you get quite a thick layer of polish with not a great deal of dots, so to layer it up itself to opaque would be tricky.
Big Hair is a lovely bright red that I like a lot.
The Sinful Colors nail art black was a very handy find, also in Poundland. I didn’t actually know it was a nail art one when buying it, I was just after any black, and the label was printed in black… The brush is really nice – very long and thin and great for making the lines.
Oh and this last one was from before. The beads are ornate bicones in a nice creamy coloured base with flame shards applied. The nail polish was Revlon’s Chroma Chameleon aquamarine, which has lilacs at some angles. I put Chit Chat Ariel on top, which is another of Poundland’s. Very pretty blue-aqua hex glitter in two sizes, though again there’s a lot of thick base polish and the glitter’s not so saturated. This was two coats, with Seche Vite stuck on top to get it to actually dry – the clear base is a very jelly one. Still pretty, just don’t try and get full glitter coverage with these!
I did have a go at making these beads, based on my Dotty Fruit Salad Nail Art post.
The colours were a bit tricky.
I started off using Effetre pastel yellow and coral. The smaller rightmost tab used these colours and came out fine, but in the two larger beads both the yellow and the coral struck more towards orange, meaning that the colours weren’t so distinct. So I put the beads back in the kiln the next day and went over them again, this time in dark yellow. The dark yellow’s a little brighter and also not quite as opaque in the dots, so there are some smeary-looking areas.
Both yellows are really too bright if I wanted to match the nail polish better. I do have some Vetrofond banana cream, which can be pale but is also a striking colour (though definitely doesn’t go orange). Or I was thinking of mixing yellow and white and seeing if that gave me what I was after. It’s a difficult one!
This was another recycled/found and no-spend challenge.
“Using only found natural materials such as feathers, leaves, fir cones, twigs, whatever you can find in nature, make a wearable piece of art, such as a brooch, necklace, earrings, hair band, embellished hat, tiara etc.”
The thread for this Craft Pimp February 2014 challenge is here.
I have a small collection of beach pebbles I picked up at Brighton, so decided to use three of those. They’re a dark grey-brown-green and still quite glossy. I picked out a longer one for a pendant and two of roughly the same size for earrings. I used copper wire to wrap them securely, then patinated them with liver of sulphur until they were really black. I tumbled them to bring the copper back up to gunmetal, and hand-polished the top surfaces back some more.
The earwires are my niobium ones, which go well with antiqued copper. I hung the pendant on brown Greek leather cord.
We had to include a picture of it being worn, which is a bit tricky to photograph one’s self! So excuse the blurriness.
Inspired by Nuthin’ But A Nail Thing’s polka dot tutorial.
I went for some nice bright spring and summery colours. (Also, I might have to make beads in these colours, because they are rather nice. Not sure if I have a coral that is this pink though, I don’t usually use coral).
Dotty Fruit Salad
I used alternating base colours for my nails.
• Collection 2000 Lemon Soda
• Collection 2000 Fruit Salad
Lemon Soda is a similar colour to Miss Sporty’s Popcorn, but a warmer shade. Fruit Salad is a coral pink. They’re both pretty opaque, which is good for this. They are also both fast drying, which is very handy when you are layering lots of dots!
I used Seche Vite as a top coat because you want something fairly thick to go over the layers of dots. Though it may just be me, but it seems to be shrinking even faster than usual over these colours.
I used a dotting tool – it has one larger round steel ball end and one smaller. If you don’t have one, then anything with a rounded end works. I have used the end of a mandrel before, and a toothpick should do for small dots. Brushes are bad for making dots because they give you splodges instead.
Thumbs! (I trimmed my thumbnails down before they caught on anything, they were getting slightly impractical. As a nail biter, it is a novelty for my nails to get too long). See also experimenting with my camera’s timing option for the two-hand pics.
And one of each hand. The colours make me happy.
I should find a matte top coat sometime, because I think they would also look awesome frosted. I have three matte polishes, which I was unsure about at first, but I do really like the finish.
I did these at the end of last week (we were having a theme day at work).
Hazard Warning decals
• Miss Sporty – Popcorn
• Saffron London clear (for decal base)
• Black Sharpie marker
• Seche Vite top coat
I made the decal base on a ziplock bag like before. Then I started off using acrylic paint for the warning signs, but you need precise and sharp lines for these and doing that small enough with the consistency of tube paint wasn’t working for me. Sharpies write on most things, so I tried to see if they would write on dry polish – yep! You could draw directly on your nails too, but I wanted to do both hands so this way was easier. I left enough space around the decals for them to cover the entire nail, so there are no little edges to show up.
I put a couple of coats of Miss Sporty’s Popcorn as the base colour. This is a rather nice warm buttery yellow, no neon or green tinge. The brush was awful though – bristles sticking out and falling off and generally rough feeling. Strange, as the £1 Saffron ones have perfectly serviceable brushes.
Then a third coat to use as the one to stick down the decals – actually, two in total would have been fine. Popcorn is a fast-drying polish, so I didn’t wait long before applying the decal. I put them all on before filing the ends to remove the excess there and then using a brush and acetone around the sides. Add Seche Vite and presto.
The thumb got some bubbles trapped under the decal and there was the occasional smudge, but on the whole they worked incredibly well. (And of course, you don’t see little messes when they are at arm’s length!)
You can get Sharpies in all sorts of colours – I wonder if others work as well as the black does?