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« on: January 27, 2013 04:21:08 PM »

Sometimes it can be difficult to paint details on your nails, especially on your dominant hand. When you make your own decals you can have intricate nails in the style you want. For this design I started by putting down two coats of base coat and two coats of color. You do not have to use color as a base. If you only use clear coat it is see through and you can trace a design, choose a base color later, and even see better for placement. I like to use color so I can see better for painting the design. I could also use a nail outline underneath for placement. You do want to use several coats to build up a nice base though. You can paint on parchment or a plastic bag. I like to use a packet with a card for a stable surface. I used acrylic for the design and a top coat to seal it. You need to let it cure for six hours but no longer than a few days to a week or it becomes brittle. If you have made these in advance are concerned you can refresh with a top coat the day before using.

I like to use a straight pin to slide under and release them from the plastic. I get less breakage than using my nails or tweezers to peal them up. Paint a base coat and color on your nail and let it dry. It can be slightly tacky, this helps it adhere, but if it is completely dry it will work like the window clings and become permanent with time. I have one stuck to my table that I left sit too long. Smooth it onto the nail. You can use a top coat to help it adhere before the next step.

Dip a cotton swab into nail polish remover to clean away excess.

You can do all your nails or just one or more accent nails. I still need to to do more clean up around my nails, but you can see I went with a brown polish with an accent nail. I dropped the other decal in my mail clutter so I only did one accent.


« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2013 06:20:30 PM »

i've seen this technique online a bunch just as a design decal but not as the whole nail, but i like how you did it. and your bird looks super cute.

i'm definately gonna have to try this one

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« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2013 07:43:19 AM »

Very cool technique!

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