Wednesday, September 11, 2013

How About a Little Sugar?

Second week for the Nail Challenge Collaborative technique and only the second time I have attempted this technique....Spun Sugar!

This technique takes some patience.  Okay, I'll admit it, more patience than I have, which means the lines on the bottom are nice, thin and well placed.  The top ones, not so much.

I started with two coats of OPI Peace Baby and sponged with Barry M Leche.

Next I used the spun sugar technique with three different colors (which I will list soon).  If you aren't familiar with this technique, you know where to go...YouTube it!  Just to give you an idea, here is the after effects.  The basic idea is to let your polish thicken up by stirring it until you get a consistency where dipping a tool (toothpick, dotting tool, orange stick, etc.) into it and pulling it across your nail creates threads of a well used bottle of Seche.  Getting the right thickness takes time, because if you just let it sit then it will end up with "chunks" of over dried polish in the strings and each polish takes a different amount of time according to starting viscosity and "willingness" to thread.  For example the polish on the right above took forever because of the glitters in it.  I assume it was because it had more suspension products in it to keep the sparkles from sinking.  And since it was the last color I used, I wasn't patient or very successful with it, as you can see in the gloopy pinkie.

The colors I used for the strings were Revlon Muse (green), China Glaze Dress Me Up (pink) and China Glaze Fast Track (glitter).

One of the secrets to spun sugar nails is not to top coat them, so if you want a top coat, make sure you apply it before you start spinning.  I added a top coat just so you can see how it "melts" the lines.  Yep, that's just how I roll.  The photo above on the left is with top coat and the right without.

I really like this method, especially for french if I could just cultivate a little patience, maybe I could create something spectacular!  In the meantime, enjoy the rest of the techniques.