It's been close to a year since I had to leave my comfy day job because of an injury. (Well let's face it, I'm getting up there. It was time.) And although I miss all of my coworkers immensely, I've been really enjoying my time getting familiar with nail tech life. Even though it's been a bit hair raising to leave the steady income behind. We (James and I) have decided that two clients a day is all we need to replace my full time income. That's left me LOADS of time with the grand-baby and I thought it would mean I would have heaps of blogging time. It's been very surprising to learn that I had less time for documenting things. Our wee Beastie will be heading off to school in September and I'll be left to my own devices more and more. We'll have to see how that plays out. In the meantime, Here are a bazzillion (well, not quite) nail art pics from the last month or so. Most are client requests so I can't take credit for the designs, just their execution.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
There are video tutorials of these bubble roses all over YouTube so I won't be documenting the process. I can tell you that these are more than addicting! They are made by what reminds me of a candle making process. Dipping the very tip of a needle tool into gel and curing it repeatedly. Between each dip, I painted petals with gel paint (it seems to work better than gel polish because of it's more opaque qualities. crisper edges) before re-dipping in a light bodied builder gel. Each bubble is finished off with a clear topcoat and cured. When I removed them from the needle tool I needed to file the back to flatten it so I can apply earring studs or pin backs.
started these guys by dipping into tiny caviar beads. Some are clear and some are silver. I mixed a gradient palette from soft sage green to a peachy pink and each petal layer was a reflection of that palette.
You can see that the petals in the center of the flower look a bit fuzzy or out of focus. I tried to use gel polish for those guys. I realized right away that I needed something more opaque and switched to gel paint. Much better results. The outer petals are slightly darker in shade to the inner ones.
Three shades of purple gel paint to make three layers of petals but the flowers still look full and finished.
I think this flower set showed me that twinning was difficult with more petals. I really do love the look of more and thinner petals though. I think I'll have to have a go with other colours. I used a fine yellow glitter in the center of these flowers instead of the caviar beads.
Monday, March 26, 2018
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
I've made some simple button earrings and pendant necklaces. They were so much fun to make. Hard to know when to stop! Thought I'd share the process for any of you who have some clay kicking around.
I gathered together some supplies that inspired me. I love these clear flexible stamps. They are meant to be used with a clear rigid stamp base, but they work very well without it on the polymer clay. I mixed up a batch of a pleasing colour and flattened it out to a 3mm thickness.
I dusted the stamps with cornstarch and stamped right onto the rolled out clay. I cut around the stamped images with a craft knife and tried to pair everything off. Some of the images I used a tiny round cutter on. These are my favorite pieces. Random patterns chosen without looking too closely. I really just tried to make sure I had two of each kind of pattern.
I dusted each piece with gold metal pigment powder before I baked them. After I baked and cooled the pieces I used a nail buffer to remove the gold powder from the high points of each design. I super glued earring backs right onto the back of each piece and poked them into apiece of cardboard to hold them still. I used some water based glossy varnish to shine them up and make sure the gold powder stayed put.
After the pieces dried I used my drill to make a small hole in the bottom of each piece so I could hang a bead or bead cluster from each earring. I also drilled into the top of each necklace piece to glue eye pins for hanging.
I had a bit of clay left over and decided some beads were in order. Now to figure out exactly what I'm going to do with these!
Thursday, January 11, 2018
So many nails!!!!
It's been a fantastic month. Heaps of new clients all with new nail art ideas. Here are a few of them. Too many to post them all.
This was a transparent blue builder gel over top of some holographic glitter that was applied over a base of opaque blue gel. Love the depth this technique gives.
Some matte burgundy gels with a 3D gel brush sculpted rose.
A hand painted snowman with a few accent nails. Loads of snowy glitter and a sweater nail in grey.
Great set! Love doing marble! and who can resist matte black?
A hand painted feather with an embedded crystal.
These are some embedded shards of mica flake. Soooooo pretty!!!
A simple double stamped snowflake with holo glitter accents.
Chilly blue and silver with some 3D swirls in snowy matte.
3D swirls with blizzard glitter. Brrrrrrrrrr.....
Sweet pink set.
Natural nail polish mani. I love doing these.
A faded chrome over white with a 3D ring finger for textrue.
I was calling these ones Canadian winter. We did a glitter fade and a plaid with chrome tape.
These were my Holiday nails. a mauve ombre with snowy stamps.
More sweaters. This time with a metallic denim accent.
Black gel overlays with some rainbow glitter.
Some natural looking french extensions.
My glittery New Year Nails. Matte nudes over a glitter base edged in 3D white powder.
More pretty pink festive nails.
Hope these are a bit inspiring.
I'm tired now.....
Maybe I'll relax by painting more nails.