Thursday, February 7, 2013

Flip Flop February - Spun Sugar

Another nail art technique that I haven't tried yet - spun sugar nails. I've been wanting to try these for a while, but didn't really know how to go about doing it. This challenge motivated me to just try it finally!


I think it turned out pretty good for a first attempt! It took me a long time to choose what colors I wanted to use, and the process took even longer. Now that I know what I'm doing, it might go quicker next time, though it still took a while for the polish to dry a bit and become tacky and stringy.


I looked up some tutorials on YouTube to get an idea of how I should attempt it. I followed this tutorial for the most part, and just put some polish on a plastic palette. I then let it get tacky, and dipped my dotting tool into it, slowly pulling it back out to make strings. I then just kept going across in one direction instead of circling around my nail.


I used a bright blue China Glaze for my base called Hanging in the Balance from the Cirque du Soleil collection. I really love this color, and it's even brighter in person than my photos show. I then used Wet n Wild French White Creme for the spun sugar part. It dries relatively quickly, and it's already quite thick since I have had this one for a long time and it's almost empty!


I used my fine dotting tool for the spun sugar strings, but you could use a toothpick, pencil, bamboo skewer, or just about anything else. I just like how my dotting tools are easy to clean and are reusable! You can see a few spots where the white paint got pretty thick. I like the variation in size, but the thick ones took a long time to dry. 


I didn't apply a topcoat over these like I normally would have. It probably would have helped the thick white lines dry quicker, but I liked the texture that the lines created, so I just left it. I knicked a spot on the pinkie that got pretty thick before it dried, but oh well! 


Don't forget to check out the other bloggers doing this challenge too! 



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