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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: The Awesome Manicure Thread! on: March 16, 2013 11:20:21 PM
Ohhhh!! The starry night polish is so elegant. I love that! And WOW the nail foils are neat! I haven't seen those before.

Thanks for all the info on gel vs shellac. Very helpful!

Anytime! I set myself apart from the rest by furthering my nail education and informing and educating those on the subject. Smiley
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: The Awesome Manicure Thread! on: March 16, 2013 07:14:52 PM
Ooh, so cool! I am kind of confused about gel polishes and shellac, can you explain please?
Sure, I'm a nail tech so I love this kind of thing, lol.

Shellac is a power polish. You can call it a hybrid and is closer to a nail polish than a gel. It has solvents that allow it to be removed with acetone or CND's nourishing remover (which is an acetone formula infused with oils that give a hydrating removal and doesn't dry out your nails as much as acetone would a lot quicker).
There are two types of gel. Hard gel and soft gel. Hard gel can only be removed by filing off and is usually reserved for enhancements like acrylic is used. Soft gel can be removed the same as shellac but takes longer. It has less solvents than Shellac and is closer to a hard gel. Depending on the company, it can take anywhere from 15 to 45 mins to soak off, sometimes even more.

Shellac is a name brand. It is a product by Creative Nail Design (CND) and is a professional only line, meaning only certified nail tech's can purchase it. Some people compare Gelish to Shellac but they are different. Gelish is more of a soft gel than Shellac is because it has less solvents than Shellac.

Make sense? The nail industry is complicated and consumers (and even nail tech's) are easily confused by certain companies marketing tactics as well as salon's that are lying to the public about their products just so they can make more money. You'll often find a little corner salon saying they do Shellac manicures when they end up pulling out some off brand rip off. Touchy subject with me, lol.
3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: The Awesome Manicure Thread! on: March 16, 2013 01:22:13 PM
Gel enhancements with CND Shellac and nail foils.
4  Washington / Washington: West / Sewing Classes Olympia/Lacey/Tacoma on: March 15, 2013 11:52:07 PM
I've been trying to learn how to sew for forever and would like to just take a class now. Can anyone recommend a good place near the Olympia/Lacey/Tacoma area that isn't too expensive? I live in Lacey but willing to travel. Thanks!
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: Stamping Letters ON Polymer Clay for Magnets on: June 18, 2012 09:41:37 AM
Once I stamp an image, I use my heat gun and dry the ink a little. That sets the ink so it doesn't smudge following a coat of varnish.
6  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Re: mod podge... on: February 21, 2011 07:42:49 PM
I've read that people use outdoor MP for that with good results.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Hot-Fix Questions on: November 19, 2010 05:32:03 AM
Can anyone help?
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Hot-Fix Questions on: November 14, 2010 08:28:18 PM
Is it possible to make my own hot-fix stones, studs, etc?

Where is the best place to buy hot-fix supplies? Iwas looking on ebay but I'm not sure how to tell the quality. I'm looking for stones, studs, etc.

I had more questions but it's late and I forget now, lol.

Thanks!

9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Where to Start (been asking myself for 5 years) on: July 22, 2010 09:13:56 AM
Maybe try sewing something you really want. Have you tried looking at the sewing patterns and finding something that is exactly your style, then finding a fabric to go with it? Patterns come in different sewing levels (some will be labeled Easy or something similar). But I think even new seamsters/seamstresses can learn on more challenging patterns as long as you read all the instructions and take your time, making sure you understand each step before doing it.

If you want to alter clothes, there are tons of good books out there to guide you through it, such as Subversive Seamster, Sew Subversive, Generation T, Sweater Surgery, etc. If you get clothes to alter at charity shops or yard sales, you can experiment and if it doesn't work out, you aren't out much.
Thanks for the great advice! Smiley
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Where to Start (been asking myself for 5 years) on: July 05, 2010 10:59:22 PM
I really want to be able to modify and make clothes, especially for my husband. He is tall (6'4 240lbs) and has a heck of a time finding clothes that fit. Kinda goes for me as well cuz I'm short and petite (5'2, 100lbs).
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